The GCRI Trust is running a new £2000 first-prize desk study competition that can help take the protected cropping industry forward with the global ambition of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Three runner-up prizes of £1000 are also on offer.
This year’s theme is entitled ‘Towards Net Zero Emissions in Protected Horticulture’, and well-written submissions are invited that explore current and future technologies, methodologies and blue skies thinking that can help inform growers, advisors or scientists in their future horticultural business or research considerations and decisions.
“The UK protected crops sector is at a pivotal point: huge opportunities exist in a post-Brexit trading environment, but those opportunities must be brought about whilst also aiming for zero emissions,” commented GCRI Trust Chairman Colin Frampton. He continued, “It is imperative that the industry is aware of and analyses new technologies, new science or novel practices – this desk-top study is aimed at bringing notification of these advances to growers.”
The GCRI Trust traditionally provides early career scientists and technical specialists with travel grants – helping the international exchange of novel ideas and technologies. With the Covid-19 pandemic, the Trust are wanting to continue reaching out globally, but without the travel!
The GCRI Trust also recognises that desk studies (literature reviews) are an invaluable first step to future science, technology and innovation projects and aid growers considering future business investments.
The closing date for the competition is 30 April 2021. Further guidelines and competition details can be obtained via: www.gcritrust.org/competition/