This year’s BCPC Congress is to be opened by Defra minister of state George Eustice MP. Mr Eustice will give the opening address outlining the latest thinking on how a post-Brexit UK agriculture will operate outside the Common Agricultural Policy, and whether a more science-based policy and less constrained regulation will help drive UK food exports into global markets.

The event takes place from October 31st to November 1st in Brighton. Other speakers at the Congress include Dr Jon Knight of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), who will look at opportunities for radical alternatives to current crop protection practices; Professor Lin Field of Rothamsted Research and Peter Campbell of Syngenta, who are to address the background and next steps to help resolve the continuing hot topic of neonicotinoid pesticide restrictions; and Professor Steve Bradbury, who will draw upon his experience in the US to consider how a system involving public participation and transparency, alongside rigorous analyses of risks and benefits, can lead to good regulatory decisions acceptable to a range of stakeholders.

There will also be a half-day Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD) workshop where delegates can engage with the UK HSE’s CRD to comment on the direction of policy and regulation.

A full agenda and registration details for the BCPC Congress 2017 are available via: www.bcpccongress.org