I’m currently one month in to a three-month full time contract as a temporary Knowledge Transfer (KT) Manager at the Horticultural Development Company (HDC), while a colleague is on a secondment to DEfRA.
HDC is a division of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), a non-departmental governnment body that collects levies from farmers and growers in the UK in order to fund research into the industry. My role as KT Manager is to translate the research produced from the field veg projects that HDC funds into meaningful outputs that provide value for money for levy payers. In plain English, this means that I help turn science into practice – something that is of course right up my street!
Things I have been working on include:
- Editing and proofreading field vegetables research projects
- Producing posters (like these ones on post harvest disorders of peas and beans; see below)
- Producing factsheets to help growers make positive changes in growing practices, based on HDC-funded research – currently working on a factsheet on carrot storage, and another on farmland birds
- Writing press releases on newsworthy research and development
- Writing articles for the next issue of Field Vegetables Review (to be published September 2013)
- Publicising events and field veg news in the HDC Weekly Email and on the HDC website
- Liaising with the University of Warwick and Syngenta to promote the HDC Pest Bulletin and Pest Blog
- Publishing the monthly Brassica Research News newsletter
- Writing HDC Research Update articles for the British Onions Producers Associations (see below), and the Brassica Growers Associations
- Workig with Crop Protection experts to publicise the SCEPTRE project
- [more to be added!]
When my contract at HDC is finished, I’m really looking forward to getting involved in more knowledge transfer projects, so please contact me for a discussion on how we can help each other.