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UOL Lincoln Institute for Agri Food Technology (LIAT)

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The Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology (LIAT) based at the University of Lincoln’s Riseholme Campus, is home to a working farm with specialist research facilities. LIAT’s team bring together sector-leading expertise in a diverse range of areas such as; artificial intelligence, robotics, engineering, crop science, environmental sustainability, food manufacturing, product development and supply chains with goals of supporting and enhancing the future of food and agriculture productivity, efficiency, and sustainability through research, education, and technology.

LIAT work with a range of industry partners by providing specialist research and consultancy services across the whole agriculture and horticulture sector. The 200 hectare Riseholme Campus offers a wealth of facilities from crop trials and research areas to a refrigeration research centre and demonstration packhouse facility.

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The Universities of Lincoln and Cambridge have been awarded a £4.9 million grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to help fund their drive to make the Lincolnshire and north Cambridgeshire (LINCAM) region a global innovation centre for agricultural technology (agri-tech). The aim is for the LINCAM region to become an agri-tech gateway for the world – enabling the development of technologies at industrial scale and providing export opportunities for agri-tech companies and inward investment opportunities within both the agri-tech and primary production sectors. Further information can be found here.

Lincoln Agri-Robotics (LAR)

Lincoln Agri-Robotics (LAR) is the world’s first global centre of excellence in agricultural robotics, funded by UKRI’s Research England as part of their Expanding Excellence in England (E3) fund. This exciting centre bridges and expands the strong collaborations that exist between two leading research groups at the University of Lincoln: the Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology (LIAT) and the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems (L-CAS).

Our role is to drive support robotic innovation and technical advancement in agriculture, drawing on our network of academic excellence, industry partnerships, and funding organisations. Our areas of research are detailed within our research pages, but below outlines our key challenges that we are working on right now.

Further information can be found here.

Barclays Eagle Labs Farm

The site is also home to the Barclays Eagle Labs Farm.