AgriFoRwArdS Activities

Upcoming events/activities for the 2022/23 Academic Year

  • ​​​​​​​2022/23 Seminar Series (organised by the University of East Anglia) – monthly, commenced in October 2022
  • MSc Cohort 4 Tutorials – every other month
  • PhD catch ups – held twice a year at all three individual universities
  • ​​​​​​​Introduction to Agriculture: Opportunities and Challenges (Cohort 4) – 30th and 31st May 2023
  • AgriFoRwArdS Entrepreneurship Lecture Series – held at regular intervals across the academic year
  • The CDT Spring School 2023 – week commencing 27th February 2023
  • Visit to the National Centre for Food Manufacturing – 25th April 2023
  • The CDT Annual Conference 2023 – 13th to 15th September 2023
  • The Joint Robotics CDT Annual Conference 2023 – 13th to 15th September 2023
  • Quarterly Research Progress Meetings – every three months

Current students should go to the portal for more detailed information on events and activities.

Ways for Students to get involved

The Elanor Glanville Centre are currently developing an EDI training programme specifically for students. More details will follow as they become available.

There are also lots of other EDI related activities which students can become involved in, including seminars, lectures and workshops. To find out more, visit the Eleanor Glanville Centre's event calendar.

The University of Lincoln's Doctoral School is a hub for the postgraduate community at Lincoln. They support postgraduate researchers (PhD and Masters by Research) across the University of Lincoln, facilitating cross-university networks and opportunities to meet up and share experiences with peers throughout the wider research community.

There are various events held by the Doctoral School each year, which are available to all University of Lincoln PhD students. These include, development programme training sessions, postgraduate conferences, 3-minute thesis workshops, postgraduate research groups, writing retreats, and many more.

Although the Doctoral School activities are optional, we strongly recommend making the most of these fantastic resources.

For more information about the Doctoral School, and the events they facilitate, visit their website.

Upcoming events include;

The PEARL Team work to enhance the University of Lincoln's public engagement by supporting research students and academics. They deliver various research activities, support resources, recognition opportunity and strategies to enable this.

PEARL run a Public Engagement Training Programme each year, which consists of five workshops (Introduction to Public Engagement with Research, Audiences and Publics, Activity Planning, Digital Approaches to Engagement, and Evaluation). The aim of this programme is to develop your skills as a researcher, and so although we strongly recommend all Lincoln PhD students undertake the programme, we would specifically encourage participation by students following the academic career path.

In addition, PEARL arrange regular events, projects and initiatives, which you can find out more about on their website.

In Semester 1, MSc students will be invited to complete online training with the University of Cambridge.

These online resources are geared towards Research Skills and can be completed online in your own time.

Drink Outside the Box is a fortnightly casual social event for students, of AgriFoRwArdS and the wider robotics community at Lincoln to get together, find out about each other’s research in an informal setting, but most importantly connect socially.

These student led sessions involve a range of activities, and students can expect a mix of games and competitions, short informal presentations, discussions, chats, watch parties, and plenty of opportunities to contribute their own activities.

You can get involved by attending these sessions or joining the DotB Planning Team.

For more information email the team at

The AgriFoRwArdS CDT produce a quarterly online newsletter, which aims to bring together the CDT, and the wider agri-food robotics community. The newsletter, now distributed to over 300 people within the sector, is an opportunity for students to shout about their achievements, as well as let the community know about things that interest them.

Students will be asked to contribute to the newsletter, and we would expect students to make us aware of any achievements, publications, presentations, etc. so that these can be included.

You can view previous editions in our Newsletter Archive

The AgriFoRwArdS Student Blog is a student-led space, where you can speak about the things effecting you, and that interest you, as AgriFoRwArdS students.

We are looking for students to volunteer to run the blog, with support from the CDT Admin Team. Posts can be about anything related to you as a student, the AgriFoRwArdS CDT or the Agri-Food Robotics sector. This is a platform to share ideas, interesting reads, support fellow students, and promote activities. Plus, the running the blog looks great on a student's CV!

To be involved in the student-led blog, please email

In any publications, presentations etc. completed you should acknowledge ESPRC as the funder with the following statement.

“This work was supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council [EP/S023917/1]”

Students will also be allocated a UKRI Project Reference number, this should also be included in the above acknowledgement.

Doing the above ensures that contributions are recorded. For more information visit our Acknowledgement Guidance page.

The AgriFoRwArdS CDT Advisory Board is a great opportunity to get to know our industry partners, and gain experience in how meetings are run. There is the opportunity to give opinions from a student's perspective and understand the short/long term vision of robotics and agri-food from an industry perspective. The Advisory Board includes both industry and academic colleagues, as well as student representation, and it provides expert opinions and feedback to the Steering Board.

To get involved with the Advisory Board email

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Panel is an opportunity to contribute to the shaping of EDI processes. The panel supports the CDT’s diversity ambition to develop an inclusive research environment, by monitoring (amongst other things): membership of CDT Boards and Panels; the diversity of the student body; recruitment processes and marketing; EDI training and support available to students and staff.

To become involved with the EDI Panel, email

Elected from the student body, the Student Panel will provide the Steering Board with advice and guidance relating to all aspects of the student experience. This is an opportunity to bring any concerns, feedback and ideas from the whole cohort.

Students will receive details regarding the Student panel during tutorials, however, any questions should be directed to

Ways for Academics to get involved

We politely request that all members of the AgriFoRwArdS Supervisor Pool complete their institutional mandatory training:

Equality in the Workplace; Unconscious Bias; Active Bystander – Challenging Unacceptable Behaviour; Inclusive Modern Higher Education Practices; Safeguarding; Recruitment and Selection Workshop; Trans Awareness; Inclusive Research Environments.

Courses may vary by Institution.

The newsletter is published quarterly, in October, January, April and July.

You may be asked to contribute to the newsletter and/or website.

We would expect you to make us aware of any relevant agri-food robotics research so that it can be included.

In any publications, presentations etc. completed you should acknowledge ESPRC as the funder with the following statement.

“This work was supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council [EP/S023917/1]”

For more information visit our Acknowledgement Guidance page.