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Our Speakers

4-7 October 2021

Floris Martens

Highlights of Bejo's Carrot Breeding Program

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.
Rosemary Collier

Decision support tools for crop protection – current options and future prospects for growers of carrot and other apiaceous crops

Tom Beach

Robots for Vegetables

Robots for Vegetables

Jo Townshend

Seed Journey - the challenges of seed production, now and the future

Dr Phoebe Sutton

Vertical Farming and What It Means for Apiaceous Crops

Mr. Santosh Hadagali

Assessment of genetic diversity and population structure of carrot accessions with DcSto Intron Length Polymorphism markers

After Dinner Speakers

Gala Dinner After Dinner Speaker

Aaron Calvert., Gala Dinner entertainer and after dinner speaker: Hypnotist and Illusionist,

Having previously trained as a doctor, Aaron swapped the stethoscope for stage and now draws from his experience in medicine, behavioural psychology and hypnosis to coach delegates on the power of the mind, use of suggestion in sales, mindfulness techniques and the business of body language to make the best impression. His talk delivers practical advice, through live demonstrations which can be applied to your business to help it grow and expand by improving your interaction with clients.

Aaron Calvert qualified from the University of Nottingham in 2015 (BMBS BMeSci) where he studied Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychiatry and Clinical Hypnotherapy. He has used his education, combined with his medical experience, to produce a unique hypnotherapy technique that fuses traditional hypnosis methods with more modern clinical approaches.

Aaron specialises in performance-driven talks to inspire, entertain, and teach his audience, and to help improve interactions with clients. He explores how your body language can affect sale numbers, how you can use hypnotic tools in sales and how you can improve your overall mental wellbeing using hypnosis.
From Samsung to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, New Jersey State Police, the BBC and Channel 4, Aaron’s unique and mesmerising style has made him one of the most popular performers in the corporate market.

Merchant Adventurers Hall After Dinner Speaker

Dan Parker, Veg Power

Dan Parker has worked in marketing and advertising for 25 years. As Chief Executive and Executive Creative Director of marketing innovation agency Sponge, he pioneered online, mobile and location marketing for the world's largest food, restaurant, grocery, media, and technology brands.
Since 2015 he has consulted on the role of advertising in public health and childhood obesity for UNICEF, EU, OECD, Jamie Oliver, Cancer Research UK and the Department of Health & Social Care.
In 2018 he partnered with The Food Foundation, Baroness Boycott, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Sir John Hegarty to launch Veg Power. Veg Power is a not-for-profit organisation which inspires kids to eat more vegetables best known for the multi-award winning Eat Them to Defeat Them campaign. Now it is fifth year the campaign reaches into the homes of 46 million people and the primary schools of 1,000,000 pupils with 59% of parents and kids saying they ate more vegetables as a result. The campaign has so far increased vegetables sales by 1.4 billion children’s portions. Veg Power also supports parents to improve their children’s diet through their Simply Veg channels and encourages people to buy seasonal British vegetables to reduce their carbon footprint, support British farming and enjoy tastier and more nutritious vegetables.

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