The Art of Possible: The Future of Agriculture

Wednesday 5th June 2019, 3:00pm to 6:00pm

The Royal Society of Edinburgh, George Street, Edinburgh

Join Dr David Telford of the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) to explore tech-enabled innovations in agriculture.


Art of Possible flyer for agriculture future of event

Agriculture is an important industry in Scotland. Scotland's farmers, crofters and growers produce output worth around £2.9 billion a year, and are responsible for much of Scotland's £5 billion food and drinks exports. 

The industry faces challenges to improve productivity and sustainability and will require new technology solutions to drive the industry forward. This event will explore how emerging and enabling technologies can be applied to transform the future of agriculture.



Art of Possible is a series of inspirational events and workshops that bring together Scotland’s creatives, policy-makers and STEM professionals to consider civic uses for the regions’ world-leading emerging and enabling (E&E) technologies.

The event will feature a group of ground-breaking, inspirational innovators and knowledge experts in Scotland working creatively and collaboratively (across business, academia, and government) to drive the diffusion of disruptive technologies in the agriculture sector.

Confirmed Panellists:

Dave Ross, Chief Executive Officer, Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation Centre

The Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation Centre (Agri-EPI Centre) is one of four Agri-Tech centres established by the UK government. Agri-EPI Centre focuses on the delivery of research, development, demonstration and training on precision agriculture and engineering for the livestock, arable, horticulture and aquaculture sectors.

Dave provides leadership and strategic direction to the development of the Centre in its emerging role, both nationally and internationally. He is a trained engineer, with 26 years’ experience of agri-technology in both the cropping and livestock sectors, encompassing a broad range of technology areas. He has been involved in the R&D of a number of novel and patented developments across the agricultural production sectors. Some of these have been fully commercialised and he has assisted with spin-out and new company formations.

Thomas Farrugia, CEO and Founder of Beta Bugs

A tenant at, and hosted by Roslin Innovation Centre, Beta Bugs is an insect breeding company that creates high performance breeds for the rapidly-growing ‘insects-as-protein’ sector. The protein-dense insects are used in livestock and aquaculture feed, reducing the need for environmentally damaging soymeal and fishmeal. Thomas is the Founder and CEO of the company, and is also a Royal Society of Edinburgh Unlocking Ambition Enterprise Fellow.

Other panellists will be announced shortly.


The Art of Possible: The Future of Agriculture is being delivered by KTN, Glasgow City of Science & Innovation, Technology Scotland, Cultural Enterprise Office and Glasgow City Council, in partnership with VentureFest Scotland. Art of Possible is an official Feeder event of VentureFest, Scotland's annual festival of discovery and innovation.

Please note that places are limited. Please email Kyra Allen with any queries.