To make this event possible, we are getting the support of a diverse range of sponsors. We are very grateful for their generous contributions to EPSR 2019. Below you can find some more information about them. Please have a look at what their work is all about.


Azotic Technologies

Logo AzoticAzotic Technologies Ltd was established to develop and commercialise a natural nitrogen technology that provides a sustainable solution to fertiliser overuse.  It will also increase yields and enhance overall agronomic benefit.

Azotic Technologies has identified a new platform nitrogen technology; the Company will commercialise technologies based on this platform through appropriate partnerships in R&D and routes to market.

Azotic’s N-Fix® technology is based on a food grade bacteria Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus (Gd) which is derived from sugarcane.  N-Fix can be applied as an inoculant or as a seed dressing formulation. By inoculating plant seeds with this beneficial bacteria, it creates a symbiotic relationship for mutual benefit.

This nitrogen-fixing bacteria is a patented disruptive technology which will have a huge impact on agriculture.


British Society for Plant Pathology

bspplogo_w800_roundThe British Society for Plant Pathology (BSPP) was founded in 1981 for the study and advancement of plant pathology. The BSPP welcomes members from all over the world and from all branches of plant pathology. We support the professional interests of plant pathologists worldwide and provide information and communicate with our members via a newsletter, website and annual meeting. We organise regular scientific meetings, edit three international pathology journals and make funds available to members for both travel expenses and short term undergraduate and masters level studentships.


The Comany of Biologists

COBNewLogo300dpiThe Company of Biologists is a not-for-profit publishing organisation dedicated to supporting and inspiring the biological community.

We are run by distinguished practising scientists. We exist to profit science, not shareholders. We inspire new thinking and support the community of biologists.

The focus of our activities is:

  • publishing leading peer-reviewed journals
  • facilitating scientific meetings and communities
  • providing travel grants for young researchers
  • supporting and funding research societies


European Plant Phenotyping Network

EPPN logoThe EPPN2020 is a reseach infrastructure project funded by Horizon 2020 Programme of the EU that will provide European public and private scientific sectors with access to a wide range of state-of-the-art plant phenotyping facilities, techniques and methods, and help boost the exploitation of genetic and genomic resources available for crop improvement that represents a major scientific challenge for this coming decade. EPPN2020 specifically aims to facilitate the community progressing across the whole phenotyping pipeline, involving sensors and imaging techniques, data analysis in relation to environmental conditions, data organization and storage, data interpretation in a biological context and meta-analyses of experiments carried out on different organs at different scales of plant organization.


Future Food Beacon, University of Nottingham

FutureFoodLogoIn the face of climate change we must develop new, resilient crops. Yields must also increase to feed the additional two billion people expected by 2050. Better access to healthier, safer, more nutritious food is needed in all countries due the growing prevalence of pollutants, nutrient deficiencies and over-processed foods. Future Food addresses the challenge of feeding a growing population in a changing world.



garnet logo200GARNet are a BBSRC-funded community network that supports the research of discovery-led plant scientists in the UK and beyond. We curate information about a wide set of resources that are useful for ECRs and we also administer the ArabUK email list (https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/ARABUK) that provides information about job postings, conference opportunities and research updates. 


Gatsby Foundation  

gatsbyIn 1967 David Sainsbury set up the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and agreed its first grant – £50 to the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

David Sainsbury (now Lord Sainsbury of Turville) has since given Gatsby more than £1 billion to distribute to charitable causes.Gatsby works in areas that David Sainsbury and the Trustees are particularly passionate about and where they believe charitable funding can make a real difference.


kwsAs a key supplier of innovative new varieties to UK agriculture KWS UK, based at Thriplow, near Cambridge, provide a range of species to meet varied end-market requirements.

Here in the UK we breed winter and spring wheat and winter barley.  We are also responsible for selecting and developing oilseed rape, and trialling and developing  maize and sugar beet varieties in conjunction with the KWS group. We use a range of technologies to ensure improved consistency in crop performance to benefit all; merchant, farmer, processor and ultimately end-user customer.

Higher yields, superior disease and pest resistance, suitability for a wide range of end uses, and improved performance in adverse conditions are all key criteria we seek to establish in our product portfolio.


The Rank Prize Funds

LogoThe Rank Prize Funds is a charitable organisation which seeks to recognise excellence in specific fields of research and reward innovators for their dedication and outstanding contribution.

The Funds have as their objectives the advancement and promotion for the public benefit of knowledge, education and learning in all or any of the following sciences;

NUTRITION FUND (Human and Animal Nutrition and Crop Husbandry)   

  • Crop husbandry
  • Human nutrition
  • Animal nutrition (as distinct from animal husbandry)


Society of Experimental Biology

seb_cobrand_rgb_hor_circle_pinkWe encourage the cross-fertilisation of ideas and disciplines. We support new ideas, innovation and bold leaps in thinking. We ensure that experimentation is at the heart of biology.

We bring people together – sharing learning and experiences, building contacts and relationships, creating links between new and established scientists, supporting the next generation of biologists.

We foster experimentation amongst scientists – encouraging new methods and novel techniques