Achieving Sustainable Agricultural Systems (ASSIST)

Lead Research Organisation: NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
Department Name: Biodiversity (Wallingford)

Abstract

Feeding the rapidly growing global population in a sustainable way is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. Addressing this will require a flexible mix of strategies, including minimising wasteful losses of food, reducing the amount of animal products in diets, together with increasing the productivity and efficiency of the existing farmed area whilst maintaining natural capital on which it and other ecosystem services depend. The latter concept of 'sustainable intensification' (SI) of agriculture is considered central to ensuring food security and a healthy environment for future generations. However, how best to achieve this is the subject of vigorous debate. Testing fully the concept of SI will require world-leading research into agro-ecosystems, which integrates environmental, agricultural and social sciences, and is applied across a range of scales. To support the research community in achieving this goal we will build a long-term (10 year+) national capability between BBSRC and NERC institutes, Rothamsted Research (RRes), Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and British Geological Survey (BGS). This will require a critical and stable mass of expertise from a number of disciplines, together with capacity building by training and developing early career researchers. Only by bringing together expertise in management of natural resources (CEH, BGS) with that of crop production (RRes) will we be able to examine fully the impacts of intensification on the wider environment, and develop synergistic farming systems that contribute towards environmental sustainability.

The ASSIST programme - Achieving Sustainable Agricultural Systems - will develop innovative farming systems that maintain or increase productivity and resilience to future perturbations, while reducing the environmental and ecological footprint of agriculture. It will advance knowledge in five core areas: 1) identifying current and future biophysical limitations on crop productivity; 2) predicting the impacts of changes in agricultural management the wider environment, 3) understanding and enhancing the ecological processes underpinning food production; 4) developing innovative farming systems which minimise inputs while maximising yield, and build resilience to future environmental change; and 5) providing tools and data for planning future multi-functional land use that optimises benefits to food production whilst minimising trade-offs and conflicts with other ecosystem services.

SI is currently an area of considerable research investment. However, current initiatives are justifiably short-term and have a narrow focus on existing policies and practice (Defra), or on single components of the agro-ecosystem, such as soil processes (RCUK). While they form an invaluable starting point and provide detailed understanding of critical processes, we will complement and go beyond these initiatives through consideration of the longer-term (10 year+), large-scale effectiveness, impacts and robustness of novel mid- and far-horizon agricultural systems and technologies.

This national capability will provide the community with validated biophysical models and data at the field and national scale, a UK-wide research infrastructure using commercial farms, and tools to explore and synthesise the data generated. It will provide opportunities for new partnerships between the wider academic community and industry to address critical knowledge gaps, including the socio-economic barriers to uptake and implementation of these new farming systems, and the integration of advances in crop breeding. Together these activities will support the agricultural industry in assessing the potential to meet ambitious goals for environmental sustainability whilst remaining competitive in the global market.

Planned Impact

For the National Capability Long-Term Science Multiple Centre (LTS-Multiple) bids no Impact Summary is required.

Publications

10 25 50
 
Description Please see narrative impact
Exploitation Route Third year of new programme (second full year with all Institutes active on the grant)
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Creative Economy,Environment,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism

URL https://assist.ceh.ac.uk/content/latest-news
 
Description Publication of 31 peer-reviewed papers and three databases/models since start of the award (some with major impact through science and broader media). Publication of the LCM Plus: Crops Map (March 2016 to date: Interest from water, electricity andUniversity sectors) (WP1). LCM and Crops Map applied to design of the new Assist Scenario Exploration Tool (ASSET) released in February 2018: http://assist.ceh.ac.uk/content/asset-assist-scenario-exploration-tool and the ASSIST Minecraft™ tool with current and future farmed landscapes in virtual reality. More than 70 ASSIST-related stakeholder engagement activities, including external events, meetings with industry partners, online and printed articles and blogposts logged in the last reporting year, since 1st April 2018. The ASSIST website has been maintained and updated with Latest News items and a new website launched to support The Honey Monitoring Scheme www.honey-monitoring.ac.uk
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Environment
 
Description H2020-SFS-2016-2017: EcoStack
Amount € 1,047,880 (EUR)
Funding ID 773554 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 09/2018 
End 09/2023
 
Description National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) : Agricultural Hotspots of nitrous oxide in space and time
Amount £80,000 (GBP)
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2017 
End 12/2021
 
Description Rothamsted / University of Reading Alliance
Amount £75,000 (GBP)
Organisation Rothamsted Research 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 09/2019
 
Description Waitrose Agronomy Group BBSRC Collaborative Training Partnership
Amount £75,000 (GBP)
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 09/2021
 
Title ASSIST Scenario Exploration Tool (ASSET) 
Description An important part of ASSIST is making sure our research is relevant and giving people an opportunity to engage with the project to understand more about what we're doing. To help achieve this, we've developed a simple, web-based tool to allow people to explore broad-scale impacts of potential changes in the way we farm the British landscape and to find out more about the kind of data and models ASSIST is using and developing. The tool (called ASSET) can be found here: http://assist.ceh.ac.uk/content/asset-assist-scenario-exploration-tool The different scenarios allow users to see the impacts of change on configurations of the British landscape as well as on aspects of society and the environment. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact the ASSET tool was only released in February 2018 but initial feedback has been positive from within the wider project team. Future developments will work in consultation with Defra and other industry stakeholders. 
 
Title CEH Land Cover plus: Fertilisers 2010-2015 (England) 
Description Modelled average annual application rates of three different inorganic chemical fertilisers in England across a six-year period (2010-2015). These offer a unique dataset of application rates at a fine resolution and national scale. These data have been developed to aid CEH research into the environmental impacts of agriculture and to help develop sustainable farming solutions. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Potential Uses of the dataset include: Prediction of environmental impacts, such as modelling agrochemical runoff, eutrophication and soil health. Planning and environmental protection, such as catchment sensitive farming and estimates of gaseous emissions. Supporting the agricultural industry, providing data on patterns of crop inputs. 
URL https://www.ceh.ac.uk/services/ceh-land-cover-plus-products-fertilisers-pesticides
 
Title CEH Land Cover plus: Pesticides 2012-2016 (England and Wales) 
Description Modelled pesticide applications across England and Wales. It is produced at a 1km resolution with units of kg active ingredient applied per year. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Potential Uses Detecting the impact of pesticide use on wildlife population trends. Prediction of the environmental fate of active ingredients and exposure risk to key groups (e.g. pollinating insects). Modelling agrochemical runoff. Water quality management in support of the Water Framework Directive. Targeting management interventions such as pesticide stewardship. Wider monitoring of pesticide use across landscapes in support of improved regulation. 
URL https://www.ceh.ac.uk/services/ceh-land-cover-plus-products-fertilisers-pesticides
 
Description 2017 Cereals Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact ASSIST had a field plot and a marquee at the 2017 Cereals event in Lincolnshire (14th-15th June). The plot consisted of a strip of pollen and nectar wild flower mix next to a field beans and was used to illustrate the principles of ecological intensification, specifically, opportunities for enhanced pollination and pest control from field margins. The marquee had a display of wild flowers and bees along with specially designed ASSIST posters, postcards and publicity. Many good conversations were had with farmers, media and the general public throughout the two days and the profile of the project was raised along with a number of expressions of interest for further involvement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description AICC 2018 Conference Stand and Presentation talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An event for agronomists and industry partners. A lot of interest in ASSIST and possible links to farmers for WP1 and WP3.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ASSIST science and Minecraft brought to Cereals 2018: Sustainable farming and immersive land use scenarios on display 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact CEH blogpost on news pages
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ceh.ac.uk/news-and-media/blogs/ceh-bring-assist-science-and-minecraft-cereals-2018
 
Description ASSIST website http://www.assist.ceh.ac.uk 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact ASSIST programme website created to showcase the research programme, collaborators and partners, areas of research, expected outputs, latest news and opportunities for involvement from the wider farming and scientific/ policy community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Agritech East REAP conference 2018: The Future is Unwritten: Scenarios of Change in UK Farming Systems 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented ASSET Tool and CEH MineCraft game
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.agritech-east.co.uk/event/reap-conference-2018/
 
Description Agronomists conference hosted by Indigro 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Agronomists conference at which the ASSIST programme was presented, sharing opportunities for involvement through provision of yield data and/or sites for the experimental farm platform.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Articles in newspaper print following Science Media Centre Briefing event "Beyond neonics" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact ASSIST featured in the Guardian and The Times following SMC Briefing entitled "Beyond neonics". Articles focussed on experiments within ASSIST looking at whether flower strips planted not just in margins but in the midst of crops can reduce the need for pesticides by enhancing natural pest control throughout the field. See further details on the CEH Blog, and Twitter feed which sparked interest.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ceh.ac.uk/news-and-media/blogs/exploring-alternatives-farming-without-neonics
 
Description BBC Farming Today 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Earliest grain harvest for years, Aircraft thefts from rural airfields, Spanish farmers suffering with drought
Farming Today

Farmers are already filling their barns with grain in one of the earliest harvests for many years. Meanwhile Spain forecasts a fifty percent drop in yields because of drought.
Amateur pilots using small, rural and farm airfields around the country are being warned to be vigilant, following a spate of thefts of a particular type of aircraft engine.
What are the demands for 21st century agricultural research? Vernon Harwood has been finding out at Rothamsted Research Station.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08x4rlj?platform=hootsuite
 
Description BBC Radio 4 Farming Today interview with Anna Hill: Scenarios of Change in UK Farming Systems 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Presented ASSET Tool and CEH MineCraft game
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description BBC Radio 4 interview on 'Farming Today' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Recorded interview at Hillesden Farm, for BBC Radio 4 on 'Farming Today'. The topic was to discuss the problems on water logged soils on farming and what/why we are measuring in ASSIST at Hillesden Farm using new instrumentation to understand how crop yields can be improved.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09pjgrj
 
Description BBKA Spring Convention: Presenting poster on assist, NHMS, Asian Hornet, and NNIS 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact BBKA Spring Convention: Presenting poster on assist, National Honey Monitoring Scheme, Asian Hornet watch and Nnis to the beekeeping community
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Bee Craft magazine article: Neonics appear in honey after the ban 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Article describing the ASSIST PLOS paper output (B. A. Woodcock et al., Neonicotinoid residues in UK honey despite European Union moratorium. PLOS One 13, e0189681 (2018).) and giving wider details on the National Honey Monitoring Scheme and the ASSIST project in general.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Building confidence in Beneficials - Conservation BioControl in Oilseed rape 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation to Pest Management Expert Working Group Review; invited meeting to cross section of community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.bcpc.org/events/reviews-events/bcpc-pest-beneficials-reviews/3rd-bcpc-pests-beneficials-...
 
Description Cereals - demonstration of ASSIST, VR and ASSET tool @ CEREALS 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Cereals - demonstration of ASSIST, VR and ASSET tool @ CEREALS 2018, Duxford
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.cerealsevent.co.uk/
 
Description Countryfile Live 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact CEH Craft dedicated tent in the Wildlife Zone over 4 days
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description CropTech Show 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation of ASSIST work on a stand at the 2019 CropTech show
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Data Combine press release: WHAT MAKES THE BIGGEST IMPACT ON CROP PERFORMANCE? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Data Combine press release via ASSIST collaborator Agrimetrics: WHAT MAKES THE BIGGEST IMPACT ON CROP PERFORMANCE?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Defra-CEH Future land use scenarios meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Workshop to develop illustrative scenarios to model using CEH's existing tools, including the ASSET tool, and suggest how the tools could be developed further to help meet Defra's needs under the Defra-CEH Strategic Partnership Agreement
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://assist.ceh.ac.uk/content/asset-assist-scenario-exploration-tool
 
Description Defra/ONS Natural Capital Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation including ASSIST and the Land Cover Map plus crop products at Nobel House, Defra. Outreach to a significant number of policy areas/ agencies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Devon Grassland Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Visit of Devon Grassland Society to ASSIST grassland experiment
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Discussion with farmers and agronomists about the ASSIST WP3 Field experiment 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussion about results from the ASSIST WP3 experiment and wider implications for farming systems
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description EDINA GeoForum: Tall on CEH Land Cover Plus: Crops - production and use 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The EDINA GeoForum: Talk to data providers and academics on CEH Land Cover Plus: Crops - production and use
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Executive Director of Ecological Continuity TRust 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact Demonstration of ASSIST site and facilities to Executive Director of Ecological Continuity Truts
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description FWAG Herbal Leys event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussion of benefits of herbal leys with farmers and demonstration of ASSIST plots at North Wyke
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description LEAF Network Event Summer 18 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Talk on field visit about natural pest control and the ASSIST project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting and presentation at AHDB 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting and presentation of ASSIST to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, critical for input into the design of management approaches to be tested under the WP3 farm platform experiment and scoping of potential long-term yield datasets required under WP1.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Meeting and presentation at Agrii 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Meeting and presentation of ASSIST to Head of R&D and Stewardship at Agrii, critical for input into the design of management approaches to be tested under the WP3 farm platform experiment and scoping of potential long-term yield datasets required under WP1.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Meeting and presentation at Agrovista 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting and presentation of ASSIST to Agrovista, critical for input into the design of management approaches to be tested under the WP3 farm platform experiment and scoping of potential long-term yield datasets required under WP1.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meeting and presentation at Beeswax 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Field meeting and presentation of ASSIST to Beeswax, critical for input into the design of management approaches to be tested under the WP3 farm platform experiment and scoping of potential long-term yield datasets required under WP1.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meeting with Industry Partners to discuss seed mixes for ASSIST grassland experiment 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting with Industry Partners to discuss and co-design seed mixes for the ASSIST grassland experiment
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with Industry Partners to discuss seed mixes for grassland experiment 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussion of commercial seed mix to include in grassland experiments
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meeting with US Monsanto representitives 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussion of principles of ASSIST and ecological intensification with Agrochemical industry
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with Yield Enhancement Network (YEN) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Joint workshop to explore potential synergies between ASSIST and YEN
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Modelling the concentration of ammonia and exceedance of the critical level in the UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Tony Dore presenting on deposition modelling in Canada (publicity of CEH work: "Modelling the concentration of ammonia and exceedance of the critical level in the UK", 36th International Technical Meeting on Air Pollution Modelling and its Application: Ottawa, Canada
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Montplellier seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited seminar at SupAro, Montpellier, France
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description NFU Pollinator Evenet 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact As part of the National farmers Union (NFU) involvement with the Campaign for the Farmed Environment, a series of farmer days were organised around different themes. Jon Storkey and Richard Pywell were invited to speak at two of these events with a focus on habitat management on farms for pollinators. A talk was given based on the ASSIST project and then Jon and Richard helped lead farm walks that demonstrated alternative agri-environment options
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Open Farm Sunday 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact ASSIST stand at Open Farm Sunday Event at Tuesley Farm, Surrey including meeting with Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Oxford Real Farming Conference 2018 - speaker slot 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Farming event for researchers, public, NGOs and agronomists, Michael Gove also presented.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Panel for IPM at Oxford Real Farming Conrerence 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Panel for IPM at Oxford Real Farming Conrerence in Oxford.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Platform presentation at AAB Sustainable Intensification conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A paper was presented at the AAB Sustainable Intensification Conference at Rothamsted Research 28th-30th November 2017: Jon Storkey & Richard Pywell "The ASSIST project: Achieving Sustainable Agricultural Systems" Aspects of Applied Biology 136: 177-182
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Poster at AAB Sustainable Intensification conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Poster presented at AAB Sustainable Intensification Conference at Rothamsted Research 28th-30th November 2017: Martin Blackwell, Jon Storkey, Rachel Matthews, Adrian Collins (2017) A novel tool to assess ecosystem services delivered by grassland systems.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation of the LTLS N deposition modelling work in plenary at the International Nitrogen Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Ed Carnell presented the LTLS N deposition modelling work from Ed T's NERC project in plenary at the International Nitrogen Workshop in Rennes, France (June 2018) to 250 delegates.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation on conservation biocontrol in oilseed rape to agronomists 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation of principles of WP3 in ASSIST in context of pest control in Oilseed Rape to group of agronomists
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://aicc.org.uk/news/post.php?s=2019-01-25-aicc-conference-2019-ipm-session
 
Description Rothamsted Open Day: tree of trade offs 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact visions of future farming were presented in the form of images; key points and verbally. The public were encouraged to think about potential trade-offs that challenge sustainable ag systems and vote for what they wanted.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Rothamsted Open Innovation Forum - ASSIST stand 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact ASSIST programme stand linked with LCM+ Crops Map stand at the event attracted interest from a range of stakeholders (policy to industry and research focussed).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Rothamsted Science Strategy Launch 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact On 9th May 2017, Rothamsted Research announced it's new Science Strategy at an event attended by the national media, Rothamsted supporters and policy makers. Jon Storkey presented the ASSIST project and attended an additional event for further questions and interviews with the media following the formal launch.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description STFC Food network + Launch Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Launch Meeting offered opportunities for knowledge share from ASSIST to the STFC Physics and AgriFood communities.

The event was free to attend and consisted of a series of talks by expert speakers on topics spanning the STFC and Agri-Food sectors along with interactive sessions and networking opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.stfcfoodnetwork.org/launch-meeting.html
 
Description Speaking to sixth form at Watford Grammar School 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Jon Storkey was invited to speak to the sixth form at Watford Boys Grammar School on the topic of global food security and sustainable agriculture.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Steering group meeting for Rothamsted Soils to Nutrition programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Report on progress on ASSIST and exploration of links with related projects
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Sustainable Intensification Platform meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation and debate of ASSIST work and principles with sustainable intensification community
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk at SER 18: Restoring biodiversity and ecosystem services in intensive agricultural landscapes 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Talk about achieving sustainable agriculture and introduction to the ASSIST programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk at the ECCB conference: Ecological intensification: using wildlife-friendly farming to increases crop yield 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation on sustainable land management incorporating the ASSISt project, Javskyla, Finand.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk on ASSIST and the National Honey Monitoring Scheme to Essex Beekeepers 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Talk on ASSIST and the National Honey Monitoring Scheme to Essex Beekeepers, aiming to engage participants to submit samples to the scheme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk to Strutt and Parker agronomy group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact Presentation of ASSIST project to Strutt and Parker meeting for farmers and agronomists
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description The ASSIST Programme @ combined LEAF and AHDB Farmers day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Summary talk of the ASSIST program to encourage participation in new yield network and increase understanding of ASSIST experiments.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Tree of trade-offs: LEAF event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact visions of future farming were presented in the form of images; key points and verbally. The public were encouraged to think about potential trade-offs that challenge sustainable ag systems and vote for what they wanted.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit of LEAF 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussion of links with ASSIST and LEAF with Head of Integrated Farming
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit of Patrick Valanace 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Debate and presentation of ASSIST with Chief Scientific Advisor to the Government and colleagues from Defra
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit of senior National Trust staff to an ASSIST study farm 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Visit of senior National Trust staff to an ASSIST study farm
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Workshop to review questionnaire assessment of sustainable intensification and obstacles to uptake (co-hosted with RSPB) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A range of stakeholders were consulted to help produce a semi-quantitative assessment of the effectiveness, evidence base and feasibility of different agricultural management practices to identify the key farming solutions needed to achieve greater efficiency and sustainability.
Just over a hundred stakeholders comprising mostly farmers, agronomists, scientists and conservation practitioners were asked to complete a questionnaire and we received 38 full responses. Of these respondents, a selected, cross sectional group of 21 attended the follow-up workshop to review the findings of the questionnaire and identify key areas of consensus & conflict and potential areas for future development. The workshop was hosted jointly between the ASSIST team and RSPB.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017