Three prestigious female speakers have been announced for the Commonwealth Agriculture Conference, being held from July 5-9, 2020, in Norwich, UK.

From agricultural sustainability to enterprise, the Commonwealth Agriculture Conference will be highlighting the work of women in a range of fields.

Championing the themes for International Women’s Day 2020, which took place on March 8, the progressive programme will be helping to forge a gender-equal world, raising awareness and celebrating achievements of women in the Commonwealth as experts in their fields.

3 speakers

Marla Calico, president and chief executive of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE), will be joining the CEO conference as a speaker.

When Marla joined the IAFE’s professional staff in 2006 her primary project was to launch the IAFE’s Institute of Fair Management, a training program which provides an introduction to the core areas of fair management to fair staff, board members and volunteers.

Marla is a frequent speaker at major agricultural shows and industry gatherings, presenting motivational keynote addresses, as well as seminars on a wide range of topics of key importance to affairs today.

She will be speaking to CEO conference delegates about the challenges of leadership in the future.

Emily Norton, 2019 Nuffield Scholar, will be chairing one of the main conference sessions, looking at the factors that will have an impact on the circular economy -such as the environment, politics and economics.

Norton is head of research for the rural, energy and projects division at property agency Savills, where she provides policy insight, consultancy services and a wide range of indices on rural land use and occupation in her professional role.

She is also a partner in a mixed dairy and arable farm in Norfolk, UK and will be a director of the Oxford Farming Conference from 2021-2023.

Dr. Belinda Clarke, director at Agri-Tech East, will be chairing an Agri-Tech session as part of the main conference.

“As the concept of ‘circular economy’ becomes more embedded across the agri-food value chain, we’ll be hosting a series of lightning presentations from businesses and organisations showcasing their expertise and activities in this area,” said Dr. Clarke.

Back-to-back, high-energy, rapid-fire talks designed to interest and inspire will be followed by the opportunity to delve into the details in the networking session with the presenters.

Key dates

The conference will be held at the University of East Anglia, Norfolk, UK; with the main conference running from July 7-9.

Sessions for chief executives of agricultural organisations and for members of the next generation (Under 40s) will also run concurrently from July 5-6.

A pre-conference tour will run from Tuesday, June 30, until Friday, July 3, with delegates visiting the Royal Norfolk Show, the largest two-day county show in the UK, Sterling Suffolk Tomatoes, G’s Fresh, as well as a trip to Sandringham Estate.

An opening reception will be held at Norwich Cathedral during the evening of Monday, July 6.

A gala dinner will be held at St. Andrew’s Hall in Norwich on Thursday, July 9.

A post-conference tour will take place on Friday and Saturday, July 10 and 11, with delegates visiting the Wissington sugar beet factory and the English Whisky Company.

Tickets and more information can be found at online.