Agri-Tech in China Newton Network

Established in response to challenges facing the agri-tech and agri-food sector in China and the UK

The Agri-Tech in China: Newton Network (ATCNN) was established to develop and support new UK-China partnerships to address the challenges facing modern agriculture.

The Network translates UK excellence in satellite imaging, remote sensing, smart sensors, robotics and data-intensive science into new space-enabled solutions for enhanced productivity and sustainability in rural China. The Network consists of a growing portfolio of projects and activities, that bring together business with academia and end-users across the UK and China through joint development of innovative products, processes and services to ehance self-sustainability.

The Network is a part of the UK's Science and Technolgy Facilities Council portfolio of innovation programmes, coordinated by staff at STFCs Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, UK. The Network currently comprises five large UK-China projects and 40 smaller projects, working to innovate new technologies for better agriculture in the UK and China. 


ATCNN Management Board


Prof. John Crawford, Rothamsted Research 
Head of ATCNN
Dr Ian Davidson
Programme Manager
Prof. Alistair Stott, Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)
Prof. John Grace, University of Edinburgh
Dr Yuelai Lu, University of East Anglia and Head of
the Secretariat of UK-China Sustainable Agriculture
Innovation Network (SAIN)
Prof. Richard Tiffin, University of Reading 
 Prof. Fusuo Zhang, China Agricultural University