Programme Day 1

18 September 2024

09:10
Ministerial Welcome

Richard Lochhead, Minister for Small Business, Innovation, Tourism and Trade

09:20
Keynote Address: Challenges Faced and Opportunties

Dennis Overton, Chair of West Highland based natural capital business – Ardtornish

09:45
Response to the Keynote

Sheila Voas, Chief Veterinary Officer of Scotland

10:30
Networking & Exhibition – refreshments available
11:00
Plenary Session
11:45
Tech Showcase with Industry and Academia

Thomas Farrugia, Beta Bugs; Carol-Ann Duthie, SRUC; Christos Tachtatzis, Strathclyde EEE

12:45
Lunch, Networking and Exhibition
13:45
Afternoon opening remarks
13:45
Pitching Session: Showcase of start ups/ SMEs to illustrate state of the art technologies.

Agrisound, Mi:RNA, Dyneval, Agrecalc, Betabugs, Wellfish, Tayfusion, Sharp Genomic Analysis

14:30
Investors Panel: Trends in Investments

Chaired by Chris Danks. Panel members; Paul Atkinson – Par Equity, Nicola McMillan – Scottish Enterprise – HGSP, Alex Lusty – Equity Gap

15:00
Networking & Exhibition – Refreshments Available
15:30
International Focus: Overview of developments in LATAM, Africa, Asia, Nordics and Australia

Federico Perez Wodtke, LATAM

16:15
Challenges of adoption: Transferring knowledge from region to region
17:00
Spotlight on Regulation

Julie Fitzpatrick, CSA for Scottish Government

17:10
Panel Discussion: Skills gap - including challenges on adoption

Mary Thomson (SRUC) and afternoon session speakers

17:40
Closing Remarks
19:30
Gala Dinner: Drinks served from 19:30 with dinner to follow at 20:00
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