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CPNB 2020: The Dundee Conference
Environmental Management & Crop Production 25 - 26 February 2020


Chair, Professor Fiona Burnett, cuts the cake
to celebrate 40 years of the ACPNB at the 2018 Conference

Front row: Gary Stoddart, Fiona Burnett,
Brian Williamson, Sheena Lamond, Tim Heilbronn

Following the very successful CPNB 2018, we are pleased to announce the dates for CPNB 2020, which will be held on 25th and 26th February 2020.

To maximise Networking Opportunities, the Conference will again be held at the Apex City Quay Hotel, where there is ample accommodation for all residential delegates.

We are pleased to announce the Programme

On-line Booking is now open!

Or download and return a Booking Form (Word file) by post. Please note this file has "Macros" which you can safely Enable for completion of the form.

To download a copy of the Proceedings of recent previous conferences, please see the links at the bottom of this page.

CPNB 2020 ("The Dundee Conference") will be the foremost Conference concerning environmental management and crop production and associated topics in northern environments. Whilst the long-established Association for Crop Protection in Northern Britain is not changing its name, the change in the title of this year's Conference to Crop PRODUCTION, reflects the wider remit of recent conferences.

The Dundee Conference covers Agri-environmental and Economic Aspects, Combinable Crops, and Potatoes.

There is a specially discounted rate for Students.

Association for Crop Protection in Northern Britain

CPNB 2020 is organised by The Association for Crop Protection in Northern Britain, a non-profit making Registered Charity which brings together The James Hutton Institute, Scotland's Rural College, Scottish Agricultural Science Agency, SNH and the agricultural trade in Scotland.

There are five sessions of invited papers and research reports with ample time for discussion. There are also two poster sessions. The Conference has been allocated a total of 12 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points (6 points for each day attended) towards the BASIS Professional Register.

Aims of the Conference

The aim of the Conference is to bring together farmers, agricultural and horticultural advisers, the technical staff of the agricultural chemical trade and all those concerned with recent advances in crop production methods and in chemical and non-chemical crop protection, including advisory, research and government organisations, to discuss crop production and protection problems prevalent in northern environments. In addition to those from Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland, the Conference will be of relevance to many others in Northern Europe.

It is the Association's policy to grant a concessionary rate to students. Individual students can attend at a concessionary rate of £60 per day (£70 after 1st Feb 2020), including lunch.


CPNB 2020 has a wide-ranging Programme, including platform and poster sessions on the following areas:

  • Cropping systems and environmental interactions
  • Soils and Water Protection
  • Soils Health
  • Composts and digestates
  • Impact of Rural Development and other Programmes
  • Impact of EU legislation
  • All aspects of crop protection and crop production in cereals, potatoes, and other combinable crops
  • Application of new technology, integrated crop and pest management, and sustainability
  • New products
  • Crops for renewable energy
  • Precision Farming
  • Pollinators
  • Crop nutrition
  • Breeding and genetics

Invited review papers from eminent scientists and practitioners are included in the Programme.

Offers of Posters

Offers of Posters are invited. To submit an offer, please email the following details to Tim Heilbronn -

  • Name:
  • Organisation:
  • E-mail:
  • Telephone number:
  • Presentation Option: Poster
  • Session: Ag-Environment / Combinable Crops / Potatoes (delete as appropriate)
  • Title:
  • Authors:
  • Brief Outline: [max 200 words]
Please note that the closing date for Offers of Platform Presentations was 30th April 2019 and that Call is now closed.

Venue and Costs

Crop Production in Northern Britain 2020 is being held at The Apex City Quay Hotel and Conference Centre, Dundee, on 25 - 26 February 2020. The first day begins with Agri-environmental and Economic Aspects, followed by Combinable Crops. Combinable Crops continues on the second day, which is dedicated primarily to Potatoes. Delegates will be welcome to attend the Conference on either one or both days, at a cost of £105.00 per day (£115 after 1st Feb 2020), including lunch, venue, and registration charges. There are special concession rates for Students (£60 / £70 after 1st Feb 2020).

On-line Booking is now open!


Rooms will be available at:

Apex City Quay Hotel [CONFERENCE VENUE] at a cost of £95/105 Single/Double occupancy B+B (To book rooms, phone the Central Reservation Office on 0800 049 8000 and quote Group Code "ASS2402_002". Please note that these rooms must be booked by 23rd December 2019, after which rooms at this discounted rate will be subject to availability.)

Premier Travel Inns (Centre, 5 min walk; or West c.15 min drive), at a cost of c. £70 to £80 per room

Holiday Inn Express, Dundee at a cost of c. £87 per room including breakfast.

For details of other Guest House Accommodation, please contact the Dundee Tourist Information Office (Telephone 01382 527527), or (Room Booking Service: 0845 2255121).

           Bayer CropScience


The Proceedings of CPNB 2020 have been generously sponsored by Bayer CropScience, and will be published in time for the meeting at a cost of £30 for those attending the conference, with the opportunity for all speakers to publish a 6-page paper (8-page for Invited Speakers). Those presenting Posters are also invited to publish a paper in the Proceedings.

Bound copies of the published Proceedings are available from Tim Heilbronn at a cost of £40 including postage & packing for non-attenders.

A pdf of the 2020 Proceedings (7.25 Mb), sponsored by Bayer CropScience, can be downloaded here

A pdf of the 2018 Proceedings (6.02 Mb), sponsored by Bayer CropScience, can be downloaded here

A pdf of the 2016 Proceedings (5.21 Mb), sponsored by Bayer CropScience, can be downloaded here

A pdf of the 2014 Proceedings (4.24 Mb), sponsored by Bayer CropScience, can be downloaded here

A pdf of the 2012 Proceedings (3.21 Mb), sponsored by Bayer CropScience, can be downloaded here

A pdf of the 2010 Proceedings (3.40 Mb), sponsored by Bayer CropScience, can be downloaded here

The Dundee Conference is the only forum targeted specifically at these issues in northern climates. Attendance is worth 12 BASIS points (6 per day).


Attendance is important for advisers, technical staff of the agricultural chemical trade, and researchers in both the public and private sectors of crop protection. Students with specific interest in crop protection are encouraged to attend.





(A non-profit making, Registered Charity: SCO 1488)

Standing Committee
F. Burnett (Chairman), SRUC Edinburgh
T. Davey (Secretary)
A. Newton (Treasurer), James Hutton Institute
T.D. Heilbronn (Administrator)

N. Havis, SRUC Edinburgh
A. Lees, James Hutton Institute
H. Coutts, AICC Representative
K. Davie, SASA


Tim Heilbronn
CPNB Administrator
74a Errol Road
Dundee DD2 5AF
Tel: 07754 271562