East of England Science and Innovation Audit - Agritech

A consortium of universities, local enterprise partnerships and businesses in the East of England is in the process of completing a Science and Innovation Audit (SIA) on behalf of the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The region – which includes Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Hertfordshire, Essex, Southend, Thurrock, Rutland and two Lincolnshire Districts (South Kesteven and South Holland) – is one of eight that have been invited by Government to prepare a “second wave” SIA.

The SIA will identify the region’s science and innovation strengths and potentials in relation to four key Themes: life sciences; agritech; advanced engineering and materials, and high value manufacturing; and ICT.

The Agritech Theme

Agriculture is recognised as an important part of the economy of the Eastern Region both in terms of primary production, and supporting businesses. The region also has strengths in agricultural science and innovation through its universities and colleges, research institutes and through the many private businesses that underpin the sector. In the SIA we aim to demonstrate our strengths and look for ways we can collaborate and commercialise more effectively. We’re also looking for gaps which, if filled, would enhance our strengths, and at how the four SIA themes interlink and can support the strengths of each other.

This questionnaire relates to the Agritech Theme. You may also be approached by other Themes.

The Audit will draw on a wide range of data and intelligence. Much of the data will be sourced from publically available sources. In this questionnaire we are seeking input from you regarding the East of England’s particular strengths, assets and potentials in agritech-related science and innovation, and the actions that might be needed to commercialise these opportunities fully.

How we will use the evidence

Evidence provided through this interview will be used to inform the Science and Innovation Audit. Information provided may be published or disclosed in accordance with access to information regimes (primarily the Freedom of Information Act 2000). Under the Freedom of Information Act, there is a statutory Code of Practice with which public authorities must comply and we cannot give an assurance of confidentiality.
More information

More information about Science and Innovation Audits (including previously published Audit reports) is available at
For more information about the Agritech Theme of the East of England Science and Innovation Audit, please contact the Theme leader Dr Andrew Spencer andrew.spencer@rothamsted.ac.uk

We would be grateful for responses by Friday 21st April 2017.