Congress Programme

MONDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2021
18.00 – 19.00 Pre-congress drinks reception and presentation of BCPC award for outstanding services to the crop production industry.
DAY 1 – TUESDAY 2 NOVEMBER 2021
09.30 – 09.45 Welcome and introduction
Julian Westaway (General Manager, British Crop Production Council, BCPC)
Plenary session: UK National Action Plan (NAP) for pesticides and new breeding techniques
09.45 – 10.00 Chair: Tony Pexton (BCPC Board and Farmer, British Crop Production Council, BCPC)
10.00 – 10.30 The public consultation on the NAP for pesticides: conclusions and implications
Chloe Meacher (Joint Head – The Pesticides Hub , Defra)
10.30 – 11.00 The future direction of the NAP: the NFU’s view
Tom Bradshaw (Vice President, National Farmers Union, NFU)
Morning break: exhibition & networking 11.00 – 11.30
11.30 – 12.00 The future direction of the NAP: the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC)’s view
Hazel Doonan (Head of Agronomy and Crop Protection Sector, Agricultural Industries Confederation, AIC)
12.00 – 12.30 Defra’s public consultation on the regulation of genetic technologies: conclusions and implications
Dr Louise Ball (Team Leader/ GMO Regulatory Policy, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Defra)
12.30 – 12.50 Q&A session
Lunch 12.50 – 13.45
13.45 – 13.50 Stream A
Regulatory Affairs

Chair: Iain Watt (Head of Plant Protection, TSG Consulting)
Stream B
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Chair: Susannah Bolton (Research Director, Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board, AHDB)
13.50 – 14.20 Developments in EU PPP regulation: impact on the UK
Dave Bench (Chief Executive, Crop Protection Association, CPA)
IPM uptake in the UK: analysis of responses to the VI IPM assessment plan
Dr Henry Creissen (Research Fellow, Scotland’s Rural College, SRUC)
14.20 – 14.50 The UK PPP regulation landscape post Brexit
Janet Williams (Head of Regulatory Science – UK & IE, Bayer CropScience)
Assessing how future environmental land management schemes could support IPM uptake
Dr Chris Hartfield (Senior Regulatory Affairs Adviser, NFU)
Afternoon break: exhibition & networking 14.50 – 15.20
15.20 – 15.50 Fresh start for UK biopesticides regulation
Dr Roma Gwynn (Director, Rationale)
An industry view of IPM and the role of PPPs
Alan du Rieu (Head North Europe / Country Head UK, Nufarm)
15.50 – 16.20 Current issues in regulation for bio-stimulants
Alejandra Querol (Regulatory Manager, UPL)
Farming without insecticides: can it be done?
Dr Samantha Cook (Senior Research Scientist, Rothamsted)
16.20- 16.40 Q&A session
16.40 Close of day 1
16.40 – 18.15 Drinks reception and PhD student poster presentations
Guest speaker Patrick Stephenson (Independent Agronomist) will talk on ‘Pesticides – a view from the field’
DAY 2 – WEDNESDAY 3 NOVEMBER 2021
09.00 – 09.15 Welcome
Julian Westaway (General Manager, BCPC)
Managing UK farmland to meet societal expectations
09.15 – 09.30 Chair: Dr Chris Hartfield (Senior Regulatory Affairs Adviser, NFU)
09.30 – 10.00 Future land use to address multiple environmental and social demands
Dr Adrian Williams (Reader in Environmental Systems, Cranfield University)
10.00 – 10.30 UK farming transition to Agroecology: implications for land use
Liz Bowles (Associate Director Farming and Land Use, Soil Association)
10.30 – 11.00 Delivering “multifunctional agriculture”: win-wins and trade-offs
Stuart Knight (Deputy Director NIAB Cambridge and Director of NIAB Agronomy, NIAB)
Morning break: exhibition & networking 11.00 – 11.30
11.30 – 12.00 Achieving net carbon zero in farming in the UK: can it be done?
James Copeland (Senior Environment & Land Use Adviser, NFU)
The future role of robotics in crop protection
12.00 – 12.30 Agricultural robots: opportunities and challenges in automating crop care
Prof. Marc Hanheide (Professor of Intelligent Robotics and Interactive Systems, University of Lincoln)
12.30- 12.50 Q&A session
Lunch 12.50 – 13.45
HSE Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD)
13.45 – 14.15 Operating a GB pesticides regime
Dr Christine Snaith (Head of the CRD Pesticides Delivery Team, HSE CRD)
14.15 – 15.15 CRD workshop: incorporating new technologies in regulatory risk assessment and product labels
Grant Stark (Evidence, Committees and New Technologies Policy Lead, HSE CRD)
15.15 – 15.30 Afternoon break
15.30 – 16.00 CRD workshop continued: incorporating new technologies in regulatory risk assessment and product labels
Grant Stark (Evidence, Committees and New Technologies Policy Lead, HSE CRD)
16.00 – 16.10 Close of Congress
Julian Westaway (General Manager, BCPC)

Programme subject to change

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MONDAY 1 NOVEMBER – 15.00 – 17.00
Ad hoc discussion group meetings – hosted by TSG Consulting
Four small round-table open discussions for people with a specialist interest in human health, ecotox, fate and plant protection products. Places are limited and by invitation only.