Time Event
08:30 Registration, breakfast and networking


Prof Nicola Holden, Professor in Food Safety, Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), UK


Soil microbiomes: promise and panacea

Dr Yvonne Pinto, Director of Bioeconomy Ag Bio, Eagle Genomics, UK


Resilience of soil & crop microbiome to short-term stressors

Prof Thomas Bell,  Professor of Microbial Ecology, Imperial College London & Director, Leverhulme Centre for the Holobiont, UK

10:30 Refreshments

Harnessing soil and plant microbiomes for plant health and food safety

Fiona Brennan, Research Officer, TEAGASC, Ireland


Human pathogens in plant production systems

Leo van Overbeek, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands

12:00 Lunch and networking

Introduction to afternoon hosts

Dr Frances Ryan, Researcher, The Centre for Supporting Evidence-Based Interventions in Livestock (SEBI Livestock), UK

Dr Ashish Malik, Principal Investigator and Lecturer in Biogeochemistry, University of Aberdeen, UK

Prof Christine Watson, Professor of Agricultural Systems, Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), UK


Breakout activity - addressing key challenges in achieving food security

  • Meeting the demands of a growing population - Dr Frances Ryan
  • Resilience to climate change's effect on production - Dr Ashish Malik
  • Soil health - Prof Christine Watson
15:00 Refreshments
15:15 Breakout session feedback and group discussion
16:00 Wrap-up and close