How to register & book rooms

REGISTRATION
To register for the ECPA2017 conference please click on the ‘Register for this event’ button on the ECPA2017 website opening screen.  If you have not pre-registered then you will need to create an account. If you are not ready to book and pay (for example just to submit a poster abstract then email info@ecpa17.com and we will give you a code that stops the process before payments, but allows you to create a profile and submit a poster).

Download a simple read me first’ guide to the registration process.  Terms and Conditions

ACCOMMODATION – three options

  • Edinburgh First

Conference Accommodation is available on the Pollock Halls site, and we would recommend that delegates stay there as it is conveniently located within a couple of minutes walk from the conference venue. The Conference has reserved a number of 3 star en-suite rooms (including breakfast) which are available to delegates on a first-come-first-served basis. To reserve one of these rooms, please book on-line at http://www.book.accom.ed.ac.uk/. When prompted, insert the Promo Code: ECPA17.The room rate is £88.00 per night (single occupancy), including breakfast.  

Other accommodation options are also available at Pollock Halls, including budget bed & breakfast, and 3* Metro Hotel, with prices starting at £48.00 per night. To view prices and check availability, follow the above link, but do not enter the Promo Code. This accommodation is also available on a first-come-first-served basis.

  • Convention Edinburgh 

Convention Edinburgh has negotiated rates for the 11th European Conference on Precision Agriculture, 16-20 July 2017 and is pleased to offer a free online accommodation booking service to delegates attending the Congress. To view and book the various accommodation options please click on the link below.  https://cabs.conventionedinburgh.com/ei/cm.esp?id=150610&pageid=_4TZ0UZWYD .Please note all these hotels and appartments are some distance away from the Conference venue, but are chosen to be near the city centre. Credit card details are required to make a booking and confirmation shall be sent to your e-mail address. Payment should be made directly with the accommodation provider at the time of your stay.

  • Book your own accommodation via other websites etc.
     

ACCOMPANYING PERSONS PROGRAMME
The delegate can book social events/Thursday tour for accompanying persons via the registration process, however the day programme specifically for accompanying persons must be bookedthrough our Destination Management Partners, In2Scotland. Please go to In2Scotland programme booking to find more details on the programme and make a secure booking. There is a ‘contact us’ page within that separate website. Through this, In2Scotland will also be delighted to help with any individually tailored help for pre- or post- conference tours and advice to make your  trip to Scotland.

Registration and Events Prices (to 1st June)

Event/Item

Price (£)

What this includes

Registration for full ECPA Conference, ISPA* members – early bird fee till 1st June

390

All conference sessions, including to Satellite, and all digital proceedings. Membership of ISPA, covering the period of the conference will be checked.

Registration in full for non-ISPA members – early bird

490

As above, but for those not members of ISPA. You can join (see lower down) and then pay the members rate

Student – early

250

As above for bona fide undergraduate and postgraduate students -

Satellite Grassland and Grazing sessions -Tuesday lunch and Wednesday

200

Access all areas during the period of the Satellite conference – will NOT have access to the digital proceedings of ECPA – digital papers for satellite

Satellite Grassland and Grazing sessions

100

As above for bona fide students

Printed copy of ECPA proceedings

40

This will be bound printed set of proceedings of full oral papers – Precision Agriculture ’17 – digital version available to all full delegates too.

Membership of ISPA for 2 years

90

Pay this here and then register under the ISPA members rate – We will forward details to ISPA for your membership

Sunday night buffet – Salisbury Arms

12

Meet and greet session at the pub across the road from main conference and accommodation venue. Registration, help, food and a drink from bar all included. Extra people booked under a separate button

Monday evening reception - National Museum of Scotland

free

A welcome reception with canapes and drinks and access to some of museum. Please book to help us get, and pay for, the right amount of catering

Tuesday – Conference Dinner at the Assembly Rooms

75

A four course dinner, with pre-dinner reception, 4 courses and drinks

Thursday – Technical Tour

55

Buses to technical tour venue, lunch included, then a visit to Glamis Castle and barbecue

Thursday – Technical Tour – accompanying persons

25

Accompanying persons book and pay for ‘day’ through their programme, but re-join main party for Glamis and barbecue and return together to Edinburgh

All registration fees will rise after 1st June

   

* International Society for Precision Agriculture

 

ECPA 2017 – The 11th European Conference on Precision Agriculture

16th to 20th July 2017, Edinburgh

It is 20 years since the first ECPA conference and the UK organisers are pleased to welcome the return of the conference to the UK and to Edinburgh. The conference will continue with a successful format of previous conferences building in strong industry sessions and participation. The theme of ‘Innovating through Research’ will enable all involved in Precision Agriculture to participate. Oral and poster presentations will be welcomed from authors on any precision agriculture topic though particularly welcome in the list of topics shown in the Programme section. All prospective authors and presenters should view the ‘Key Dates’ section to ensure they can meet the deadlines.

Registration is for ECPA 2017 is not yet open, but anyone can record their interest and receive regular updates by pre-registering. To do so, simply click the “Pre-register” button above (in the “Registration” section) and create an account on our events platform. Creating an account only takes a couple of minutes and is especially quick if you sign-up using your Linked In account. If you have any queries, please email: info@ecpa2017.com for programme and scientific enquiries and admin@ecpa2017.com for registration, payment and similar queries.
 

  

Edinburgh - host city for ECPA 2017

Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city with unique history and architecture. It’s a major UK centre of agricultural and land-based research where there are leading centres for precision agriculture and sensor-based technology with strong industry links.

On ECPA’s 20th anniversary, Edinburgh will host the first return to the UK since the first Conference and provides a new and exciting venue for ECPA. In addition to a strong academic programme, the conference will feature strong links to industry with practical input through commercial participants and the UK’s new Centres of Excellence in Innovation. Edinburgh is a great city for a visit and the Social and Accompanying Persons Programmes will enable delegates to get a real taste of what Edinburgh can offer – some great city centre venues, some great food and drink experiences, vibrant culture and a wealth of history.
 

 

The Venue for ECPA 2017

The conference will be based at the University of Edinburgh’s John McIntyre Conference Centre, within the Pollock Halls Centre. Delegates are encouraged to take up one of the comfortable en-suite rooms reserved for ECPA at Pollock Halls, where the self-contained John McIntyre Conference Centre will be a couple of minutes walk away. The venue provides high quality breakfast (included in accommodation packages) and lunches (included in the conference registration packages). Alternative accommodation, both for budget and those requiring 5 star accommodation (4 star accommodation is also available on-site) can use the ConventionEdinburgh service.

Social and Accompanying Persons Programmes

Edinburgh is a fantastic city for shopping, site seeing and night-life. Scotland’s food and drink is internationally renowned and the programmes will feature great opportunities. Delegates will need to register for different elements of the programme.

Key Dates

  • Please note that submission of main oral papers to the main ECPA programme is now closed. Accepted papers are now going through editorial process.
  • Poster abstracts for ECPA remains open and must be received by Monday 1st May 2017 to be accepted. We have already received many poster abstracts through the ECPA Pre-registration and Profile route.
  • The Precision Management of Grassland and Grazing Livestock (see Grassland and Grazing off the main menu) has a programme running from Tuesday lunchtime and all day Wednesday. It has a different route to submission and publication of summary papers. This remains open to 1st April 2017 for both oral and poster papers.
  • Registrations for both the main ECPA conference and Grassland and Grazing satellite will open shortly through a combined registration route.
  • Please email info@ecpa2017.com if you have queries about submission routes and deadlines.

        In summary

  •  ECPA oral papers – closed
  •  ECPA posters open, submit through pre-registration route, adding abstract there
  •  Grassland and Grazing – submission for oral papers and abstracts welcomed until 1st April– pre-register and  register for ECPA, but submit summary papers through gateway/link on the Grassland and Grazing pages
  • Do not submit an abstract for Grazing and Grassland satellite through the ECPA registration process

 

 


Provisional Programme

Grassland and Grazing

Precision Management of Grassland & Grazing Livestock

A Satellite meeting of the European Conference on Precision Agriculture (ECPA 2017)

Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th July 2017; John McIntyre Conference Centre, Pollock Halls, Edinburgh

Invited speakers and opportunity to offer papers in the following areas:

  • Pasture and soil monitoring technologies
  • Smart nutrient management for grasslands
  • Monitoring systems for grazing livestock
  • Management of grazing animals

There will also be space for companies working in this area to showcase their technology.

Offered papers (1-page) will be published in an online journal. The deadline for submissions is 1st April 2017.

However, please note that the link for submission of 1-page summaries for the Satellite meeting is different from the ECPA Proceedings.

Delegates for ECPA2017 (core programme, Monday to Wednesday inclusive) and this Grassland and Grazing programme (Tuesday lunchtime till Wednesday inclusive)  will have ‘access all areas’ to both conference programmes and exhibit areas for their respective periods of registration. The aim is to provide cross fertilisation, networking and communication opportunities for those working in precision land management.

Satellite Programme flyer

Guidance notes on 1 page summary

Download summary template

Link to Grasslands and Grazing Livestock abstract submission site [note this is not the same process as for the main ECPA Proceedings, details of which are found on this ECPA website under Abstracts and Papers]

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract/Papers

 

FULL ORAL/PAPERS FOR INCLUSION IN MAIN ECPA PROCEEDINGS – submission closed/only accepted papers are now going through editorial process.To date we recieved over 300 abstracts and 141 accepted papers have now been recieved from authors and are with our publishers.

ABSTRACTS FOR POSTERS FOR ECPA
We are pleased to confirm that submission of abstracts remains open through the conference website. You need to ‘Register' on the opening page. If you are not ready to book and pay, please email info@ecpa2017.com to get a code first that allows you to create a profile through the registration process but stop before payment. Once you are ready to complete registration and booking then we can release you to the next stage. The deadline for poster summaries is 1st May 2017. (note we have considered changing this deadline, but we will remain at 1st May) . Note format will be A0 Portrait for posters themselves. The boards are 1200m high by 900m wide, designed for A0 print dimensions ( 
1189 x 841mm).

PLEASE NOTE: ABSTRACTS FOR FULL PAPERS WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED. ONLY ABSTRACTS FOR POSTERS WILL BE CONSIDERED.

SUBMISSION OF ORAL OR POSTERS SUMMARIES FOR THE ‘Grassland and Grazing Satellite’ meeting – instructions on dedicated pages of our website. Deadline is 1st April.

To submit a poster abstract for ECPA, please pre-register (or login, if you have already pre-registered). Please then go to ‘Profile’ and complete/submit your abstract. The easiest way to complete the webform is to ‘cut and paste’  from MS Word or equivalent once you are happy with your abstract wording and checked your word /character count.

Title Box: Enter your title

Subtitle Box: Enter authors and addresses as follows - Author (1) [Smith, John or Smith J.A.] , Author (2) etc.; (1) Address, (2) Address, etc.;(email address of submitting author). Please use a single paragraph.

For example: Smith, J.A.(1), Smith, A.J.(1) and Smith B. (2); (1) National Centre for Acoustic Sensing, University of West Auckland, Durham, UK, (2) University of Halifax, …....; (johnsmith@uwestauck.ac.uk).   If all authors are from a single address then omit the numerics.

Text Box: Enter your abstract – one paragraph only , the word limit is c.300 words or more precisely 2500 characters for this section (authors/addresses/title are not part of word limit). Complete this section by adding [POSTER] for your preferred presentation mode to make it clear that you are offering a poster. Note that special characters (superscript/subscript etc.) may not be reproduced exactly. This should not be critical for abstract reviews. Where scientific symbols are used, please use the english term in full if it is a problem to understanding.

File: Please do not use this at this stage. 

To ‘Allocate’ the  abstract to ECPA2017 hover over ‘ECPA2017 Allocate’ bar at the bottom of the abstract box and click just once. It should change colour. Then click ‘Save’ and it should revert to the opening of your profile. The abstract should be visible  if you scroll  down through your Profile.

Unless your abstract is allocated and saved with buttons at the bottom of the page it will not be linked to the ECPA conference. Be careful with this stage as some browsers and screen sizes, e.g. laptops may not make the bottom of the page visible – scroll down. 

You can add further  abstracts  for consideration, using the same process outlined above. 

You may only submit an poster abstract via the ECPA2017 website after pre-registering and you will receive a confirmation of abstract submission.  Any problems please email info@ecpa2017.com

 

 

 

Exhibitors and Sponsors

ECPA2017 aims to provide good opportunities for academics, industry and practitioners to network and build relationships. Exhibitors with live demonstrations in particular will be most welcome and the main exhibition spaces will be at the centre of the ECPA2017 conference setting. The ‘Big day out’ on Thursday 20th July will provide a further opportunity for interactions between delegates from academia, sponsors and exhibitors. Further opportunities will be made available at ECPA2017’s main social events.

Exhibition and Sponsorship brochure link here

Some headlines

  • Conference organisers foresee high numbers of delegates from a very ‘busy' conference. Abstract submissions exceeded over 300 at the main oral presentation deadline on early November. Poster submissions are already high and deadlines for posters are planned for May 2017, so expectations are for large numbers.
  • Pre-registrations already sit at over 450 in January.
  • Those likely to attend are from all over the world with high numbers from south America, Asia, especially China, North America. The main precision agriculture research centres in Europe are well-represented.
  • Options for sponsors and exhibitors include;
    • exhibition space in the ‘Meeting Place' at the centre of the conference venue which will also serve as a main coffee/tea refreshment area, with this available 'on tap' outside main conference breaks
    • Options to have poseur tables at the Monday evening Opening Reception and Tuesday evening pre-dinner reception
    • Inclusion of slide-show/video for screens in ‘dead-time' between main sessions on all conference screens and on conference app.
    • Presentation time at the ‘Big Day Out’ on the Field trip plus standard exhibitor space for networking during breaks and lunchtime
    • Logo and links on printed and digital media

Contact our Exhibitor/sponsorship team on sponsorship@ecpa2017.com

The organising committee would like to thank all our sponsors and exhibitors for supporting the ECPA.

To date...

Our Sponsors:

Platinum Group: Agri-Epi Centre . Agrimetrics Ltd . Department for International Trade

Gold: SoilEssentials Ltd

Silver: SOYL

Dinner: Greentronics Ltd

Bronze: AgriSat

Exhibitors (in addition to Sponsors): AgriSat . Next Instruments . CENSIS . Satellite Applications Catapult . Force-A

 


Social Programme

  • Sunday 16th July: afternoon conference registration at Pollock Halls, together with room key collection for those residing at Pollock Halls
  • Sunday 16th July: late afternoon/evening (5pm to 9pm): an informal early evening ‘meet and greet’, registration, and Help Desk. A buffet meal, with one inclusive drink from the bar, will be provided at the Salisbury Arms, immediately next to the Pollock Halls/Conference Centre site.
  • Monday 17th July: Early evening reception in Edinburgh (6-7 pm) followed by free evening
  • Tuesday 18th July: Conference Dinner featuring the best of Scottish food and drink at Edinburgh’s famous Assembly Rooms
  • Wednesday 19th July: Free evening
  • Thursday 20th July: study field visit to James Hutton Institute, Dundee, return late evening.

 

 

 

 

 

Study Field Trip

The Study trip on Thursday 20th July will be in conjunction with the James Hutton Institute (JHI) and its core site near Dundee. Buses will depart from Conference Centre/Pollock Halls to take delegates to field demonstration site at JHI. The accompanying persons bus will be a tour based around a trip St Andrew’s for the day. A visit, with entertainment and food, is planned at Glamis Castle on the return. Accompanying persons will join again at Glamis. More details to follow.

Accompanying Person Programme

In2Scotland are an Edinburgh based Destination Management Company who love showcasing the best of Scotland to international visitors and have been appointed by ECPA2017 to manage the Accompanying Persons' Programme. In2Scotland have designed bespoke tours for you to enjoy during your visit. The booking process (and much more information) can be found through the link here. There dedicated ECPA webpages provide more information on the tours but also a ‘contact us’ page that will enable In2Scotland help you with any broader questions abotu your stay in Scotland and be able to book pre- and post- conference tours, accomadation.

Book here

For all delegates:

Making the most of your visit to Scotland: If you would like to take a tour of Scotland pre or post conference please contact In2Scotland who can assist with hotel bookings, car hire, scheduled tours and more.

During the conference itself In2Scotland can also help with any dinner bookings, some of Edinburgh’s famous ghost tours to get off your free evening’s in Edinburgh to a great start.

Accompanying Person Programme – Choose from the following:

Day One: Royal Edinburgh

Date: 17th July

Time: 09:30 – 16:45

Highlights: Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile, Old Town
Take a walking tour with your qualified tour guide through the historic Old Town of Edinburgh starting in Holyrood Park and making your way to the foot of the Royal Mile and working your way from the Palace to the Castle. Along the way discover the history, the character, the architecture and the beauty of some of the buildings and streets of the Old Town’s Royal Mile area. You will discover why Edinburgh had some of the world’s first sky scrapers, the difference between the closes and wynds (the narrow streets that run off both sides of the Royal Mile and to stop at significant places on route such as the Heart of Midlothian, St Giles Cathedral and the old Scottish Parliament. After a break for lunch regroup to explore Edinburgh Castle with your guide and then enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

 

Day Two – Choice 1: Panoramic City Tour with a visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia & Botanic Gardens

Date:  Tuesday 18th July

Time: 09:30 – 16:30

Highlights include: Old Town, New Town, The Royal Yacht Britannia, Royal Botanic Gardens

Accompanied by one of our local expert tour guides the group will embark on a panoramic tour of the city of Edinburgh. Take a closer look at sights in the Old Town and the New Town discovering which areas make up the UNESCO World Heritage Site while admiring the Old Town sights including Edinburgh Castle and The Palace of Holyroodhouse plus the New Town with its magnificent Georgian architecture. Photo opportunities include: Arthur’s Seat, Calton Hill, the Grassmarket, the New Town, the Old Royal High School and the Royal Mile. After the panoramic tour you will have the opportunity to visit the Royal Yacht Britannia, free time for lunch and shopping and a the day will conclude with a visit to the botanic gardens.

 

Day Two – Choice 2: Rosslyn Chapel and Glenkinchie Distillery

Date: Tuesday 18th July

Time: 10:00 – 15:00

Highlights include: Rosslyn Chapel, Glenkinchie Distillery, beautiful countryside

Tour Rosslyn Chapel and discover the history of this beautiful chapel, the intricacies of the carvings displaying true master craftsmanship and discussing the links between Rosslyn Chapel and the worldwide bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code.   After visiting Rosslyn Chapel you can enjoy lunch in a nearby local restaurant before visiting Glenkinchie Distillery. You will be met by your distillery guide and led through the production area of the distillery learning how to make our water of life. To finish the tour you will be welcomed into the bar for a dram of Glenkinchie 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky and a couple more malts from throughout Scotland.

Day Three: Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond

Date: Wednesday 19th July

Time: 09:15 – 18:00

Highlights include: Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

You will start by boarding the coach with your tour guide and you will travel for approximately 1 hour before reaching Stirling Castle. Here, you will have the opportunity to explore the family home of Mary Queen of Scots and discover the secrets of Stirling Castle. Stirling Castle is a favourite for many visitors of castles in Scotland and one of the main reasons is that it feels like both a fortress and a home. It was the childhood home of Mary Queen of Scots and you can only imagine when you stand within the castle what a place it would be for a child to grow up. After visiting Stirling Castle you will stop for a delicious lunch in a local restaurant before traveling to the banks of Loch Lomond. Lunch will include 3 courses and a drink. At Loch Lomond the group will have the opportunity to take a cruise on the loch and admire the beautiful scenery with views to Ben Lomond. There is commentary on the boat to highlight the key places of interest while you cruise on the loch.

Day Four: The Bridges, Fife and St Andrew’s then join Conference Delegates at Glamis Castle

Date: Thursday 20th July

Time: 09:15 – 20:00

The group will be welcomed by their tour guide onto the coach and will travel for about half an hour to South Queensferry for a photo stop of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Forth Bridge plus the Forth Road Bridge and new Forth Crossing. We will stop for approximately 30 minutes to ensure everyone can get a photo opportunity.

From here, the group will travel to St Andrews and here the group will have the opportunity to take a short walking tour of some of the key highlights in the tour including the famous beach, some of the university buildings and the iconic Old Course 18th hole.

After the tour we recommend giving people free time to shop and take lunch and explore at leisure.

From St Andrews the drive to Glamis Castle will take around 1 hour.

At Glamis, the group will re-join the conference delegates from their field tour for a VIP visit to this famous castle, followed by a barbecue meal with the best of Scottish food. Return to Edinburgh.

 

Tour Timetable, Choices and Prices

Tour name

Date

 

Time

 

Price

Minimum number of participants

Royal Edinburgh

 

17th July

09:30 – 16:45

£30 per person

20

Panoramic City Tour with a visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia & Botanic Gardens

18th July

09:30 – 16:30

£44 per person

30

Rosslyn Chapel and Glenkinchie Distillery

 

18th July

 

10:00 – 15:00

£49 per person

30

Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond

 

19th July

 

09:15 – 18:00

£75 per person

30

Three Bridges, Fife and St Andrew’s then join delegates at Glamis Castle

20th July

09:15 – 20:00

£35 per person

30

 

 

 

About Edinburgh

Scotland’s capital has an award-winning reputation as one of the most attractive destinations in the world. The historic Old and New Towns are designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site (1995) covering over 1.76 square miles with over 75% of all the buildings are listed – the highest concentration of listed buildings anywhere in the UK. Edinburgh city is home to a population of nearly 500,000 and a major tourism centre. It welcomes over 4M visitors annually. Edinburgh has more Michelin star restaurants than any other city outside London. Google Town Awards recently recognised Edinburgh as the second most tech-savvy town in the UK. Edinburgh has 112 parks in the city, as well as more trees per head of population than any other city in the UK.

Some other quick facts:

  • The city has the lowest level of air pollution of the ten largest UK cities over the last two years (DEFRA).
  • More than 70km of traffic-free cycle paths criss-cross the city.
  • Rainfall in Edinburgh is well below the Scottish average and less annually than in Rome, Frankfurt and New York.
  • Edinburgh’s residents are the happiest of the largest 10 cities in the UK and 97% are satisfied with Edinburgh as a place to live.
  • Edinburgh Airport is Scotland's busiest airport with more than 40 airlines serving 120 worldwide destinations in 33 countries and four continents
  • Scotland’s capital city is uniquely inspirational. Not only for its fabled loveliness, but also for its associations – past and present – with innovation, creativity, discovery and progress.
  • It was here chloroform was first used as an anaesthetic and penicillin was discovered. Dolly the sheep was cloned at the University’s Roslin Institute. The first ‘bionic’ hand – a powered prosthetic with articulating fingers – was developed by a spin-out company from the city’s Princess Margaret Rose Hospital.

Still leading the way

The Edinburgh Science Triangle is a collaboration of universities, research institutes, science parks and local authorities within 30 minutes of each other and close to thecity centre. Home to more than 3,000 researchers and 100 market-leading companies, it incorporates the £600m Edinburgh BioQuarter and the £42m Informatics Forum at the University of Edinburgh. It also houses the £60m Roslin Institute, shared with SRUC, and the new Vet School at Easter Bush. It’s a major part of Scotland’s science and technology

And a few awards

  • Edinburgh University was ranked 17th in the world.
  • Edinburgh has come first in the Telegraph's 'Britain's Best Ten Cities' Awards.
  • Edinburgh Airport was named 'Airport of the Year' for the second consecutive year (Scottish Transport Awards 2014) 'UK's safest destination'.
  • Voted the ‘Best Place to Live in the UK’

When a walk round the city takes you from the medieval to the modern day, Edinburgh doesn’t seem to need additional attractions. Nevertheless, it has plenty. Here are just a few:

Food and drink

With more restaurants per head of population than any other UK city, and more Michelin-starred restaurants than any UK city outside London, Edinburgh knows how to whet the visitor’s appetite.

Out and about

There’s no better way to learn about Edinburgh’s ancient past than one of the walking tours that operate year-round.

Must-sees

Edinburgh Castle is visible from almost every main street in the city centre. Explore it at any time. Scotland’s Parliament building, at the bottom of the Royal Mile, is open to visitors all year round, except when Parliament is in recess.Royal Mile: going from Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament at the bottom end to Edinburgh Castle at the top the Royal mile has historic building, shops, pubs, and restaurants all the way along. Along its spine are dozens of interesting alleyways and steps National Museum of Scotland is between the University and Royal Mile and was the most visited UK attraction outside London. Dolly the Sheep is preserved here! The central area of Edinburgh, the New Town, is often considered to be a masterpiece of city planning and, together with Old Town, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Its most famous street is Princes Street, facing Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street Gardens. The Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh are situated about one mile east of the city centre and have historic buildings, great landscapes and views and are home to important plant collections and to cutting edge research in plant science.

Find out more at: www.thisisedinburgh.com

 

Venue & Accommodation

Pollock Halls Campus

Pollock Halls is just south of the city centre, close to the Scottish Parliament, and within walking distance of the famous Royal Mile. Set in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat at Holyrood Park it is conveniently located for all public transport links.

It also has the benefit of on-site complimentary car parking. 15 min walk from the Royal Mile, 5 min taxi from Waverley Station and on-site taxi rank makes this the perfect location for combined conference facilities and accommodation.










John McIntyre Conference Centre (JMCC)

A purpose built and newly-refurbished conference centre lies within the Pollock Halls Campus site. It is within a few metres of all on-site accommodation options.

Chancellor’s Court and John Burnett House

Together offer over 600 3* campus en-suite bedrooms (twin/double/single). Many of these have stunning views of Arthur’s Seat. All bedrooms have a television, telephone, tea/coffee making facilities, linen and toiletries. Reservations of these have been made for ECPA2017.

There are a further 1000 single standard bedrooms and 300 single en-suite rooms of a 2* standard.

Salisbury Green Hotel (within Pollock Halls Campus)

This is a beautifully restored 3* 18th-century mansion house hotel set in beautifully landscaped grounds. The modern interior has been carefully designed to reflect the atmosphere and the history of the building and its architecture; all 36 en-suite bedrooms exude richness and quality. The bedrooms offer a range of facilities including free internet access, tea & coffee making facilities and room service. Available all year round, the hotel offers 4* standard bedrooms.

Informal Dining

For informal dining, the conference centre restaurant opens up as a buffet. This buffet includes three courses with hot and cold options soups, salads, a variety of mains, desserts and cheeses with unlimited soft beverages.

Accommodation Bookings

These are not yet open. Once conference registration opens, delegates will recieve a booking code allowing them to make priority on-line bookings for the Pollock Halls rooms reserved for ECPA2017. Alternative accommodation at a wide range of Edinburgh hotels will also be available through a priority system. This will include budget accommodation.

Conference Technology

The main conference proceedings will be provided as a standard version in digital format. A printed book will be an additional cost. An App will make the conference programme and details and available to all via smartphone or equivalent and will enable networking amongst conference delegates live during the meeting. One room has been designated as ‘noisy room’ where delegates can watch and listen to relayed presentations form plenary sessions and one of the parrallel sessions when the meeting is running parrallel. In this ‘noisy room’ delegates can happily work on their laptops and other digital media without far of disturbing other delegates.

 

 

Travel Grants

Travel Scholarships for Early Career and PhD Chinese nationals attending the ECPA 2017

                                                  ***Breaking News***

The organisers for ECPA 2017 are pleased to announce the opening of a competitive process for up to 5 travel scholarships to allow young Chinese scientists to attend the 11th European Conference on Precision Agriculture in Edinburgh, UK, July 16-20, 2017. The travel scholarships are kindly sponsored by the Sciences and Technology Facilities Council and the British Government’s UK-China Agri-Tech Program, which is part of the UK’s Newton Fund.

For more details go to this link

Please note, that official logos and links will be added to documents shortly, but to provide earliest opportunity for applications we are publicising this now.

 

Agriculture in Scotland

Results from the Annual Agricultural Census indicate an agricultural workforce in Scotland of 68,000, almost three per cent of the total Scottish workforce compared to England’s 1.3 per cent. Scotland has a higher proportion of large holdings (60 per cent of holdings are over five hectares) than EU15 (47 per cent) and EU27 (31 per cent) countries, with a significantly larger average holding size for these.

Rough grazing dominates land usage, with grass and then barley the major crops. Eighty-five per cent of land is Less Favoured Area. In terms of total agricultural output values, the UK as a whole has a fairly even split between crops and finished livestock – in contrast, in EU27 countries crop output is worth more than double the output value of finished livestock. Within the UK, there is a particularly high reliance on livestock and livestock products in Northern Ireland (milk 33 per cent, cattle 23 per cent, poultry 13 per cent) and Wales (milk 33 per cent, cattle 28 per cent, sheep 18 per cent).While a large proportion of Scottish output also comes from livestock (cattle 24 per cent, milk 13 per cent, sheep six per cent), Scotland also has significant cereal (14 percent), horticulture (eight per cent) and potato (nine per cent) sectors.

Scotland has a long tradition in innovation, education and development in agriculture. It also has world class food and drink deriving from these products with Scotch Whisky and Scotch Beef worldwide renowned. Scottish agriculture had gross outputs worth £3.13 billion in 2013, with the food and drink sector worth £4.7 billion in 2013, with beverages, principally whisky the largest individual product.

  

There is a wide range of suitability of land used for agriculture in the UK. While Scotland contains around one third of UK agricultural land area, it has over half of the UK’s “less favoured” land. In fact 85 per cent of Scotland’s land is designated “less favoured”, compared to 81 percent in Wales, 70 per cent in Northern Ireland only 15 per cent in England.

Arable Sector

The arable sector focusses on the eastern fringe, where specialist arable units produce barley (much heading for malting to produce whisky and beer), oil seed rape and important potato production. Soft fruit and vegetables are grown on the most easterly land . As land quality declines, arable production becomes part of production of system which features grass and livestock production.

Dairy

The dairy industry has been contracting in recent years, and in 2013 there was a further decrease in the number of holdings in Scotland with dairy cows, down six per cent from 2,033 in 2012 to 1,903 in 2013. The average number of dairy cows per holding has risen, from 82 to 87; the total number of dairy cows has gone down from 167,000 to 166,000.

Beef

The total number of beef cows decreased very slightly in 2013, from 462,000 in 2012 to 447,000 in 2013. There was a decrease in the number of holdings with beef cows, from 9,660 to 9,483 (2%); the average number of beef cows per holding fell by 1%, from 48 to 47. There was a 13% drop in output in 2013.

Sheep

The sheep sector continues to experience reductions, but saw a less than 1% decrease in the number of breeding ewes between 2012 and 2013, and an equivalent increase in the number of holdings with breeding ewes. Total sheep output numbers (i.e. sheep available for production) increased.

Food and Drink Manufacturing Sector

In terms of international exports, food & beverage manufacturing was Scotland’s largest exporting industry by value (£4.7 billion, making up 30 per cent of total international exports), with beverages accounting for 85 per cent of this total. The export value of food & beverages has shown steady growth in recent years, from £3.3 billion in 2008 to £4.7 billion in 2012, a rise of 41%. Scottish Annual Business Statistics show turnover of £9.8 billion for food & beverage manufacturing in 2011.

 

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Rail

Edinburgh station is linked to all the UK’s major cities and airports. A high?speed link to London takes just over four hours. The Eurostar service connects to Paris in around eight hours. There are trains to major cities across the UK, as well as to Scotland’s favourite tourist destinations. More information from www.nationalrailenquiries.co.uk.

Road

Edinburgh is easily access by a network of motorways and trunk roads, chiefly the M74, A1 and A68 from the south and the M8 from the west. The M9 and M90 head north. Edinburgh’s bus station on St Andrews Square connects to all the major cities in Britain. More information on bus services from www.nationalexpress.com

Air

Edinburgh airport is served by more than 40 airlines, travelling to around 130 worldwide destinations. Only 12km from the city centre, it is just a short journey from the city centre. More information from www.edinburghairport.com.

To and from the airport

With tram links and a dedicated 24 hour bus service plus the option of taxis and car hire, Edinburgh airport is well served by excellent links directly to the city centre.

Walking in Edinburgh

The main accommodation base at Edinburgh University Pollock Halls is approximately 30 minutes walk from the city centre (Waverley Station), and is just 300 metres to the gates of Holyrood Park. This public area contains the volcanic plugs of Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags with miles of walking and running areas.

Travel within Edinburgh

Transport for Edinburgh ( transportforedinburgh.com ) provides integrated transport across Edinburgh, with trams from the Airport and into the city centre and bus services around the city. There are very frequent bus journeys between the conference venues and Edinburgh city centre. A day ticket currently costs just £4.00 for unlimited daytime travel. Smartphone apps provide route maps, real-time timetabling and routing (download from transportforedinburgh.com ).

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FURTHER PROGRAMME INFORMATION

SUNDAY EVENING 16th July  - Welcome and registration
The Salisbury Arms in Edinburgh is a beautifully restored local pub and restaurant serving up fresh, seasonal food alongside carefully chosen wines and cask ales in cosy, stylish surroundings.Enjoy a buffet meal (19:00-21:30 hours). Bar open until 23:00 hours. Please book for this event if you require a buffet meal.

MONDAY EVENING 17th July – Reception
Opening Reception at National Museum of Scotland  – All welcome for an early evening reception – arrival 18:00-18:.30, with drinks and canapés. Please book for this event.

TUESDAY  EVENING 18th  July – Conference Dinner
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THURSDAY  20th July – Technical Tour
The field trip will be based around the James Hutton Institute’s research base at Dundee. The day will start at 08:30 with both main delegates and accompanying persons taking buses from Pollock Halls and meeting up at Glamis Castle for a BBQ late in the afternoon. Accompanying person’s tour will head to St Andrews and Glamis Castle, main delegates will continue north to Dundee. More details on website.  Buses returning to Edinburgh, Pollock Halls mid evening.  Delegates and accompanying persons have to book for this event.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
 

REGISTRATION      
A confirmation receipt will be issued to all delegates. 

START AND FINISH TIME OF THE CONFERENCE 
Please see conference programme on website for details.

CONFERENCE FEE
All authors must register by end of February. Failure to register by this date may result in the paper being withdrawn from the programme and not being published in the proceedings. The Registration for the discounted (early bird) rate must be received before 1 June. Registration for ECPA entitles delegates to attend all of the EPCA scientific sessions and the Satellite Precision Management of Grassland and Grazing Livestock. 

CANCELLATION   
30 days prior to the conference: 75% refund. Within 30 days of the conference: No refund

The organisers of ECPA2017 will not be held responsible if for any reason outside of their control the conference is unable to commence or curtailed early.  Please contact admin@ecpa2017.com or call +44 (0)131 650 8784.

LOSS OR DAMAGE  
ECPA2017 will not be held responsible for any loss or damage of personal items of the delegates, accompanying persons, or exhibitors during the conference.

CAR PARKING 
FREE limited car parking is available for delegates at Pollock Halls. 

WIFI ACCESS   
FREE Wifi access available in all areas of the McIntyre Centre, Pollock Halls. A password will be issued to delegates.

SUBSCRIPTION 
Non members of ISPA can join to take advantage of the discounted conference fee.

ORGANISER DETAILS
ECPA2017, PO Box 3, Penicuik, Midlothian, EH26 0RZ, UK
Tel:  + 44 (0)131  650 8784        Fax:   + 44 (0) 131 650 8821     Email: bsas@bsas.org.uk     Web: http://www.bsas.org.uk   
BSAS VAT No 268 6594 03       BSAS Charity No  SC004845


FURTHER PROGRAMME INFORMATION

SUNDAY EVENING 16th July  - Welcome and registration
The Salisbury Arms in Edinburgh is a beautifully restored local pub and restaurant serving up fresh, seasonal food alongside carefully chosen wines and cask ales in cosy, stylish surroundings.Enjoy a buffet meal (19:00-21:30 hours). Bar open until 23:00 hours. Please book for this event if you require a buffet meal.

MONDAY EVENING 17th July – Reception
Opening Reception at National Museum of Scotland  – All welcome for an early evening reception – arrival 18:00-18:.30, with drinks and canapés. Please book for this event.

TUESDAY  EVENING 18th  July – Conference Dinner
The Conference dinner will take place at Edinburgh’s famous Assembly Rooms, close to the City Centre. Drinks reception 18:45, with dinner commencing at 19.30 hours. Please book for this event.

THURSDAY  20th July – Technical Tour
The field trip will be based around the James Hutton Institute’s research base at Dundee. The day will start at 08:30 with both main delegates and accompanying persons taking buses from Pollock Halls and meeting up at Glamis Castle for a BBQ late in the afternoon. Accompanying person’s tour will head to St Andrews and Glamis Castle, main delegates will continue north to Dundee. More details on website.  Buses returning to Edinburgh, Pollock Halls mid evening.  Delegates and accompanying persons have to book for this event.