The 2009 BCPC Congress


The key international event for all those at the forefront of crop production

General Information

Dates: 9-11 November 2009

Exhibition Opening Times:  
Monday 9th November 2009 09.00 - 20.00
Tuesday 10th November 2009 09.00 - 18.00
Wednesday 11th November 2009 09.00 - 14.00
Conference start and end times:  
Monday 9th November 2009 10.00 - 17.00
Tuesday 10th November 2009 09.00 - 15.30
Wednesday 11th November 2009 09.00 - 12.30


BCPC Congress & Exhibition 09

The British Crop Production Council (BCPC) is delighted to announce that the BCPC Congress - the main event in the crop production calendar - will be returning to Glasgow this November. Registrations are growing daily and we expect this to be the biggest BCPC Congress yet!

The two-and-a half day conference programme features over 70 speakers including industry experts such as:

  • Mike Wade, Executive Director, California Farmwater Coalition
  • Dominic Dyer, Chief Executive, Crop Protection Association, UK
  • Michael Fluh, Unit Head, Chemicals, Contaminants, Pesticides, DG SANCO
  • Andy Turner, Water Resources Policy Manager, Environment Agency
  • Dave French, Head Product Registration EAME CP, Syngenta Crop Protection AG
  • Daren Coppock, Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Wheat Growers, USA
  • Ronan Uhel, Head of Programme, Natural Systems & Vulnerability, European Environment Agency
  • Friedhelm Schmider, Director General, ECPA - the European Crop Protection Association 
  • Paul Leonard, Communications & Government Relations, Crop Protection, BASF SE

Other organisations speaking include representatives from:

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Scottish Crop Research Institute, Rothamsted Research, Dow AgroSciences, University of Sussex, Aberystwyth University, The Food and Environment Research Agency, University of the West of England, Michigan State University, University of Aarhus (Denmark), HGCA, Central China Normal University, National Farmers' Union (UK), Association of Independent Crop Consultants (AICC), East China University of Science and Technology, the Amenity Forum, New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (Australia), Health & Safety Executive (UK)... and many more!

Over 45 companies have confirmed their participation as exhibitors or sponsors. The latest companies to sign up - as exhibitors, sponsors or hospitality suite hosts - include:

  • Agraquest (USA)
  • Hikal (India)
  • Sinochem (China)
  • GSP Crop Science (India)
  • Dmrkynetec (UK)
  • Lier Chemicals (China)
  • Rbiopharm Rhone (UK)
  • Battelle (Switzerland)
  • Omex (UK).



This year's Congress features a two and a half day conference programme full of strategic and scientific content. Extensive research has been undertaken in which we have asked you what content you want to see at the event, what topics you want to hear about, and who you want to see on the speaker platform. Combining this with the expertise of our advisory panel, we have developed a comprehensive agenda, which will provide you with strategic crop production industry overviews as well as the latest scientific advances.

Agricultural science & technology provide the only solution for long term food supply sustainability

"Over the next few decades the global food supply will come under significant pressure," warns Dominic Dyer, Chief Executive of the Crop Protection Association who will be leading the panel debate on the first morning of this year's Congress "Now, more than ever, we need to change our attitudes to new agricultural biotechnology and crop protection tools in order to tackle the issues of long-term food sustainability. We hope this panel debate will stimulate some exciting discussions and will be of interest to delegates from around the globe"

Confirmed conference speakers include:

  • Paul Leonard, Communications & Government Relations, Crop Protection, BASF SE
  • Michael Fluh, Unit Head, Chemicals, Contaminants, Pesticides, DG SANCO
  • Tom Hind, Head of Economics & International Affairs, National Farmers' Union
  • Dave French, Head Product Registration EAME CP, Syngenta Crop Protection AG
  • Hugh Raven, Director, Soil Association Scotland, and Member for Scotland, Sustainable Development Commission, and Managing Director, Ardtornish Estate Company
  • Dr Mark Morrison, Chief Executive, Nanotechnology Institute
  • Friedhelm Schmider, Director General, ECPA - the European Crop Protection Association
  • Dr David Aston, Chair BBKA Technical Committee, British Beekeepers' Association
  • Dr Peter TN Spencer-Phillips, Head of Department Applied Sciences, University of the West of England



The BCPC Congress and Exhibition is the largest and most comprehensive crop production and protection event in Europe.  It attracts technical and research delegates along with commercial and technical managers who will come to do business, entertain clients and keep in touch with industry developments.

 The event is aimed at helping professionals from the sector meet future challenges and commercial networking opportunities, attracting industry leaders from all over the world.  The exhibition is the ideal launch platform for new products, offering exhibitors the opportunity to unveil their latest innovations to this unique gathering of experts in the field.

During the BCPC exhibition, exhibitors will negotiate an estimated £5m of high margin sales.  The international gathering allows exhibitors to reach a large proportion of the marketplace and conduct business face to face with key decision makers, avoiding the time and costs of travelling to customers, who are spread across the world.

The Exhibition, and associated hospitality facilities, provide a concentrated trading platform with unparalleled opportunities to:

  • Promote and increase sales leads and orders for new or existing products and services
  • Access key buyers, make new business contacts and strengthen existing customer relationships
  • Keep up to date with information in the crop protection and production marketplace
  • Show your competitors that you are serious about your business

All refreshment breaks for conference delegates will take place in the exhibition area and we expect over 2000 key decision makers from the industry to visit the exhibition.

The exhibition will include the full range of service and product suppliers to the worldwide crop production, including:

  • contract research manufacture and formulation
  • agrochemical active ingredients
  • adjuvants and finished products
  • bio-pesticides and bio-stimulants
  • plant nutrients
  • sprayers and application equipment
  • product packaging
  • publications
  • information services/systems

Conference Programme

This year's Congress features two and a half days of strategic and scientific content. Extensive research has been undertaken in which we have asked you what content you want to see at the event, what topics you want to hear about, and who you want to see on the speaker platform. Combining this with the expertise of our advisory panel, we have developed a comprehensive agenda, which will provide you with strategic crop production industry overviews as well as the latest scientific advances.

Here are just a few of the many topics which will be addressed:

  • Examining the outcomes of EU regulatory reforms
  • Overcoming economic uncertainty in agriculture
  • Presenting the latest new products and compounds
  • Exploring the use of nanotechnology in agriculture
  • Application and formulation technologies: an update
  • Registration and regulatory challenges and changes
  • Research promotion, development, commercialization and funding
  • Understanding the impact of climate change on crop protection

Due to feedback from previous conferences, in addition to traditional products/services/techniques, this year's experts include some higher level technology solutions. For example, a detailed discussion of internet tools, including specifics for businesses with web assets on how to maintain customer support via common help desk solutions like Zendesk. Ed Milner will present his observations and reviews of suppliers providing support for Zendesk as part of an improving customer relations programme aimed at all web businesses. Several other help desk approaches will also be discussed with demonstrations and in depth analysis of pros and cons for each system.

About Us

The British Crop Production Council promotes the use of good science and technology in the understanding and application of effective and sustainable crop production. BCPC is a Registered Charity and a Company limited by Guarantee.

Its key objectives are to:

  • Identify developing issues in the science and practice of crop protection and production, and provide informed, independent analysis and views on these to opinion formers, government and the public;
  • Publish definitive information for growers, advisors and other stakeholders in the food, fuel and fibre production chain, in the form of reference works, manuals and handbooks;
  • Organise and co-host conferences and symposia to provide platforms for the reporting and debate of scientific relevant results and opinion;
  • Contribute to the future of UK (bio) science by providing publications for schools which stimulate interest and learning.

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