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Early-Career Innovators’ Forum (ECIF)

For new starters in agriculture: explore the world of agriculture and agri-tech, enhance your knowledge and skills, and build your first agri network.

About ECIF
ECIF Programme
Activities & Events
About ECIF

About ECIF


The Early-Career Innovators’ Forum (ECIF) is a platform that unites early career individuals interested in agricultural innovation through a diverse programme of free activities.

Being part of the ECIF Programme will allow you to:

  • Explore innovation across various areas of agriculture
  • Develop your professional network by connecting you with other early career individuals
  • Acquire valuable tools and resources to help you thrive professionally in the agricultural industry

Whether you’ve recently graduated or are at the beginning of your professional career, we recognise that this is a crucial time to step out of your comfort zone and broaden your horizon.

However, taking those first steps can seem daunting and knowing where to start can be a challenge. ECIF provides a welcoming, friendly and informal environment where you will meet other graduates and professionals from a variety of backgrounds including research, agronomy, engineering, consultancy, farming and tech development.

Join the ECIF Programme to build your professional network and be part of a dynamic community of early career individuals united by their passion for agriculture and agri-tech!

ECIF Programme

ECIF Programme

The ECIF Programme delivers a diverse range of free activities to enhance your knowledge, facilitate information-sharing, and expand your professional network in agriculture.

Early-career individuals can participate in the ECIF Programme at one of three progressive levels to achieve a Bronze, Silver or Gold certificate, over a period of up to four years.

Your award will serve as a valuable testament to the skills, knowledge, and industry insights you’ve gained through these experiences. Showcase it in future job applications or on your LinkedIn profile to stand out!


Activities include:

  • Research, farm and industry visits to enhance your knowledge of the industry from lab to field.
  • An annual ECIF conference to explore and discuss topical themes to help you navigate the agricultural sector.
  • Professional skills webinars to help with your career development.
  • Content creation such as blog-writing or filming short videos to improve communication and information-sharing skills.
  • Make friends and forge professional connections in and beyond your community.

Head over to our events page to see what’s on in 2024.


For further details on activities, how you can accrue your points, and how to sign up, download the ECIF Programme Guide.

The ECIF Programme is non-accredited, offering a distinctive and flexible learning experience. Our solid reputation within the agri-tech ecosystem is built on a foundation of excellence. Past participants have excelled in the ECIF environment, appreciating the freedom to explore their passions and pathways while cultivating a valuable network.

We provide high-quality educational events and mentorship, connecting participants with practitioners, projects, and organisations. Our track record of success, including employment opportunities, further education, and entrepreneurial ventures, underscores the value of ECIF for those pursuing careers in the agriculture and agri-tech industries.

Activities & Events

Activities & Events

Data evening with Yagro – Save The Date!

12 September, 17:30-20:00, Cambridge

Discover the world of agricultural data and how Yagro are leading the way in agricultural data management for farmers.

Ag101: an introduction to the industry

17 September, 10:00-16:00, Cambridge

Are you new to agriculture? Come and learn about the structure and dynamics of the sector, hear from farmers and their support network about the business of farming, explore the commercialisation pipeline of innovative solutions and network with other newcomers to the industry.

Book your place.

REAP Conference

6 November, 09:30-17:30, Newmarket

Discover game-changing technologies, meet industry-leading farmers, and be inspired by world-class research! Are you in full-time education in agriculture or agriculture-related disciplines? We have bursaries available to attend, which reduces the ticket to £65 (excl. VAT) per delegate.

Find out more about REAP.

Apply here (closing date 18th October).

Agri-Tech Week

4 – 8 November, online and nationwide

Our annual partnership initiative to showcase excellence in agri-tech in the UK, with a wide range of events and topics being covered, from workshops to demonstrations and webinars. The perfect opportunity to learn about agri-tech and network with experts.

Find out more.





Complete the form below to join the ECIF Programme, be part of a vibrant community and start earning points today!

ECIF events are suitable for those who have spent less than 5 years in agriculture.

We send out an ECIF newsletter approximately four times a year. It includes upcoming events and external opportunities.


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ECIF is kindly sponsored by The Morley Agricultural Foundation (TMAF), a charity that hosts and facilitates agricultural research and education.