The Knowledge Exchange (KE) Team for the Plant Production and Protection (P3) Centre at the University of Sheffield was last night named as one of the two runners-up to the ‘KE Team of the Year’ at the Praxis Unico Impact Awards.
Being named as a finalist reflected how the team was recognised as having “excelled in delivering value, building relationships and/or [overcoming] challenges.”
Dr Megan Lewis, who leads KE activities for the P3 Centre, said of making it to the final, “I am really thrilled that the P3 KE Team has been recognised for its work at the University of Sheffield.
“P3 is an interdisciplinary centre of excellence for translational plant science facilitating collaboration with the agri-tech industry and a wide range of commercial partners. It is a relatively young centre, having only been set up in 2013, but the commitment and drive of its academics along with the superb support we receive from across the University in establishing and managing external partnerships, means that I and other members of the KE Team have been able to identify and achieve some very ambitious goals.”
Professor Duncan Cameron, Co-Director of the P3 Centre, explained why he thought being a finalist for this award was so important, “Megan and the small KE team have been the critical link that has engaged me and my scientific colleagues in productive relationships with key members of the agritech industry. Very quickly she has created a powerful network with stakeholders and policy makers that will enable us to find solutions to the issues of global food security.”
In response to the urgent need to find new and innovative ways to feed the expanding global population P3 is pioneering a translational agri-tech approach that builds on internationally recognised research to address agricultural challenges identified by producers, land carers, and industry.
To achieve these goals, the P3 KE Team has formed collaborations in the UK and overseas with many partners from small local businesses, such as the Our Cow Molly dairy farm, to large international organisations such as RAGT Seeds.
The Praxis Unico Impact Awards were presented at a gala dinner held at Cutlers’ Hall, Sheffield on 15th June 2017. The awards celebrate “the achievements of KEC professionals and [the] volunteer community in delivering and developing best practice across the sector”. More information about the awards is available at impactawards.org.uk/the-awards.
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