Joining forces to promote agriculture
A team of Syngenta STEM ambassadors showcased agricultural technologies, innovations and careers at New Scientist Live. Syngenta joined a range of top agricultural organisations, including Harper Adams University, John Deere and Rothamsted Research Centre, at the Farmers Weekly Future of Farming Zone. With more than 40,000 visitors over 4 days, the event was a great opportunity to engage with visitors of all ages and show how STEM is at the heart of agriculture.
“There’s no other career that involves such varied disciplines as biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, environmental science and data science. Put them all together and you have a really exciting job and one that results in a product that you feel really proud about delivering – food.” Jim Morton, external relations and partnerships manager
Our main attraction was the very popular Lettuce Hero game. Based on real precision agriculture technology, the aim of the game is to protect a farmer’s field of lettuces by targeting weeds, troublesome insects and damaging fungal diseases while looking out for the friendly ladybirds and bees.
“It’s a bit of fun, but opened a conversation about everything from seed breeding, chemical technologies and precision agriculture to healthy food, soils and biodiversity.” Jim Morton, Syngenta’s external relations and partnerships manager
Mariangel, one of our Environmental Experts, inspired the next generation through her ‘Your Future In STEM’ talk where she explained her exciting journey from Chemical Engineering to Environmental Safety and also reminded the audience that not all scientists wear lab coats!
Check out the Farmers Weekly article to find out more