AgriFoRwArdS Student Activities

This page details activities and events which AgriFoRwArdS CDT Students may be expected to engage in throughout the 2021/22 academic year. Click on the activity to find out more.

Ongoing Activities

Some activities require engagement throughout the academic year, or are not specifically required in a certain month.

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 theAgriforwardsBox@lincoln.ac.uk.

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 agriforwards.cdt@lincoln.ac.uk.

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 agriforwards.cdt@lincoln.ac.uk.

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 agriforwards.cdt@lincoln.ac.uk.

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 agriforwards.cdt@lincoln.ac.uk.

Monthly Activities

These activities are scheduled to take place at specific times during the academic year

October

Occurs on the 3rd Friday of the month.

Students are invited to Chair these sessions, please do get in touch if you are interested in doing this (agriforwards.cdt@lincoln.ac.uk).

Student attendance is requested, and you are urged to attend these sessions where possible.

All PhD Students present their research progress.

All students are expected to attend these meetings (including MSc students).

University of Lincoln students will update as part of the L-CAS Away Day on the 8th October 2021. University of Cambridge students will update at the CDT Introduction event at Cambridge on the 15th October 2021.

All PhD Students at the University of Lincoln are expected to complete the Doctoral School Induction.

This session will provide students with information about conducting research at Lincoln, as well as about resources and support available.

Dates for these sessions are to be confirmed.

All three Universities hold welcome weeks for their new students, which provide students with an opportunity to settle in to the institution and their study.

MSc Students at the University of Lincoln are invited to attend various events and sessions as part of the postgraduate welcome week (which runs from 4th to 8th October), a full list of activities can be found on the MSc RAS Welcome Week Timetable. University of Lincoln PhD Students are also welcome to attend these sessions.

PhD students at the University of Cambridge are invited to take part in the postgraduate welcome event, which takes place between 4th and 10th October), more information can be found on the Postgraduate Freshers page.

University of East Anglia students are welcome to take part in the university's welcome week, which is from the 20th to the 24th September, but there are also specific events planned for postgraduate students. Students will receive more information on these events directly from the Team at UEA.

November

Occurs on the 3rd Friday of the month.

Students are invited to Chair these sessions, please do get in touch if you are interested in doing this (agriforwards.cdt@lincoln.ac.uk).

Student attendance is requested, and you are urged to attend these sessions where possible.

Date TBC

ORBIT will be delivering their Foundation Workshop on Responsible Research and Innovation.

This training is mandatory for all MSc students, and Lincoln PhD students will be invited to attend.

These twice yearly get togethers are held at all three universities to give PhD students an opportunity to meet with senior members of the AgriFoRwArdS CDT Team.

For the University of Lincoln PhD students it will be a chance to meet with CDT Deputy Academic Lead, Grzegorz Cielniak, to discuss any queries or concerns. It will also be an opportunity for us to disseminate important information to all students.

The meeting is due to take place on Thursday 25th November 2021.

Please do note, these meetings are mandatory. If you are unable to attend a session please do inform us as soon as possible by emailing agriforwards.cdt@lincoln.ac.uk.

The 4th meeting of the AgriFoRwArdS Advisory Board will be taking place online on Friday 26th November 2021.

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 agriforwards.cdt@lincoln.ac.uk.

The 2nd meeting of the AgriFoRwArdS EDI Panel will be taking place online on Wednesday 3rd November 2021.

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 agriforwards.cdt@lincoln.ac.uk.

The CDT is working with video production company Electric Egg to produce an AgriFoRwArdS video. We will be including interviews with the students in Cohort 1, as well as with CDT Director Marc Hanheide.

We will also be inviting all our students to be included in the filming, and hope to get some great shots of the full group together. Students will be contacted about this shortly.

The filming will take place on the 15th November.

Following the filming with Electric Egg on the 15th November, the Drink Outside the Box team are pleased to announce they will be holding a CDT focused in-person event.

More details to follow.

December

Currently proposed for December 2021 (date TBC).

Students will receive training on 'Implementing Robotics into Your Business – improving competitiveness' as well as a tour of the facilities.

This is an optional activity, but is recommended particularly for those taking the entrepreneurship career path.

These twice yearly get togethers are held at all three universities to give PhD students an opportunity to meet with senior members of the AgriFoRwArdS CDT Team.

For the University of East Anglia PhD students it will be a chance to meet with CDT Academic Lead, Richard Harvey, to discuss any queries or concerns. It will also be an opportunity for us to disseminate important information to all students.

The meeting is due to take place on Wednesday 8th December 2021.

Please do note, these meetings are mandatory. If you are unable to attend a session please do inform us as soon as possible by emailing agriforwards.cdt@uea.ac.uk.

January

Occurs on the 3rd Friday of the month.

Students are invited to Chair these sessions, please do get in touch if you are interested in doing this (agriforwards.cdt@lincoln.ac.uk).

Student attendance is requested, and you are urged to attend these sessions where possible.

January's meeting will be held at the University of Cambridge.

All PhD Students present their research progress.

All students are expected to attend these meetings (including MSc students).

February

Occurs on the 3rd Friday of the month.

Students are invited to Chair these sessions, please do get in touch if you are interested in doing this (agriforwards.cdt@lincoln.ac.uk).

Student attendance is requested, and you are urged to attend these sessions where possible.

Proposed for February/March 2022

This course will help you develop into effective and confident leaders; to secure better relationships; improve communication within teams and provide you with the tools to develop your own skills and abilities.

This is an optional activity, however, we would particularly recommend this course for students on the executive career path.

March

Occurs on the 3rd Friday of the month.

Students are invited to Chair these sessions, please do get in touch if you are interested in doing this (agriforwards.cdt@lincoln.ac.uk).

Student attendance is requested, and you are urged to attend these sessions where possible.

Proposed for Feb/Mar 2022

This course will help you develop into effective and confident leaders; to secure better relationships; improve communication within teams and provide you with the tools to develop your own skills and abilities.

This is an optional activity, however, we would particularly recommend this course for students on the executive career path.

April

Occurs on the 3rd Friday of the month.

Students are invited to Chair these sessions, please do get in touch if you are interested in doing this (agriforwards.cdt@lincoln.ac.uk).

Student attendance is requested, and you are urged to attend these sessions where possible.

These twice yearly get togethers are held at all three universities to give PhD students an opportunity to meet with senior members of the AgriFoRwArdS CDT Team.

For the University of Lincoln PhD students it will be a chance to meet with CDT Deputy Academic Lead, Grzegorz Cielniak, to discuss any queries or concerns. It will also be an opportunity for us to disseminate important information to all students.

The meeting is due to take place on Thursday 22nd April 2022.

Please do note, these meetings are mandatory. If you are unable to attend a session please do inform us as soon as possible by emailing agriforwards.cdt@lincoln.ac.uk.

These twice yearly get togethers are held at all three universities to give PhD students an opportunity to meet with senior members of the AgriFoRwArdS CDT Team.

For the University of East Anglia PhD students it will be a chance to meet with CDT Academic Lead, Richard Harvey, to discuss any queries or concerns. It will also be an opportunity for us to disseminate important information to all students.

The meeting is due to take place on Wednesday 6th April 2022.

Please do note, these meetings are mandatory. If you are unable to attend a session please do inform us as soon as possible by emailing agriforwards.cdt@uea.ac.uk.

May

Occurs on the 3rd Friday of the month.

Students are invited to Chair these sessions, please do get in touch if you are interested in doing this (agriforwards.cdt@lincoln.ac.uk).

Student attendance is requested, and you are urged to attend these sessions where possible.

June

Occurs on the 3rd Friday of the month.

Students are invited to Chair these sessions, please do get in touch if you are interested in doing this (agriforwards.cdt@lincoln.ac.uk).

Student attendance is requested, and you are urged to attend these sessions where possible.

22nd and 23rd June 2021.

This is a mandatory event for all students.

Students may be contacted about speaking at the conference, or asked to be involved in other conference activities, such as the registration desk.

Proposed for June 2022 (dates TBC)

This is a 2 day workshop for MSc students, which will take place at the University of Lincoln Riseholme Campus.

The training gives an overview of various aspects of agriculture and the opportunities and challenges within the sector. It will also provide an overview of current research ongoing in the sector, and specifically at the University of Lincoln.

July

Occurs on the 3rd Friday of the month.

Students are invited to Chair these sessions, please do get in touch if you are interested in doing this (agriforwards.cdt@lincoln.ac.uk).

Student attendance is requested, and you are urged to attend these sessions where possible.

Dates TBC

The Summer School is a week-long residential workshop for all students and will take place at University of East Anglia.

This is a mandatory activity.

Dates TBC

A visit to the National Centre for Manufacturing, in Holbeach.

You will receive an overview of the food manufacturing industry, its sectors and its food quality / safety challenges and the related digitalisation links to inspection, human error, hygienic design etc. Productivity, efficiency, OEE, factory and process design and the sector advancement opportunities for robotics and wider digitalisation.

August

This event is still to be confirmed, but is likely to take place in August 2022.

Students will be invited to submit a paper to the conference and if successful, will present this to students and academics from the AgriFoRwArdS CDT as well as the three other Robotics CDTs in the UK.

All students will be invited to attend.

September