Tours of Riseholme Campus

The Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology (LIAT) aims to support and enhance productivity, efficiency and sustainability in food and farming through research, education and technology. A specialist research institute of the University of Lincoln, our multi-disciplinary team brings together sector-leading expertise in a diverse range of subjects. Its headquarters are at the University’s 200-hectare Riseholme Campus just north of Lincoln, where researchers enjoy access to a working farm, woodlands, grasslands and watercourses. Home to Lincoln Agri-Robotics and an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Centre for Doctoral Training in Agri-Food Robotics: AgriFoRwArdS, our agri-tech community is at the cutting edge of technological advancements in agriculture.

Strawberry Research and Trial Site

Collaborative research projects between the University of Lincoln, SAGA Robotics and Berry Gardens Ltd, supported by UK Research and Innovation focuses on increasing productivity, food safety, and reducing the environmental impact in soft fruit production. Visitors will be able to learn more about the following areas:

  • Robotic harvesting process
  • Phenotyping Robotics—gathering data on plant traits, pests and disease using multi-scale approaches with novel and traditional sensor devices
  • Application of treatments for plant health
  • Use of a ‘Precision Irrigation Package’

Agri-Robotics Demonstration Area (Plowright House)

  • A demonstration of robots exploring navigation, planning and image processing systems in a simulated environment.
  • Discover how these small devices will operate ‘in the field’ and the potential benefits of using this type of technology

Barclays Eagle Lab Farm, Lincoln

An Agritech business innovation hub supporting the future of farming.

  • Meet Eagle Lab members and learn about the benefits of working in an agri-tech community at Riseholme
  • Find out more about the opportunities at the Barclays Eagle Lab Farm at Riseholme and the support they can offer your business

Walled Garden

The walled garden contains numerous trial plots with a variety of crops to support learning and research across our taught programmes (BASIS/FACTS/MSc Agri-Food) as well as providing a real life environment to test robotic systems.

  • · Explore latest innovation in weeding technology and understand the different platforms available which support research and prototype developments

Research Refrigeration Centre


The Refrigeration Research Centre (RRC) is the first facility of its kind in the world. Harnessing cutting edge technology, it precisely models the essential dynamics of a typical supermarket and is the location for pioneering research being carried out in collaboration with global retailer Tesco and specialist Internet of Things company IMS Evolve.

Funded by UK Research and Innovation as part of a Knowledge Transfer Network - by the University of Lincoln, IMS Evolve, Tesco Stores Ltd and The Grimsby Institute, explores how to modify refrigeration control in proportion to the available energy on the National Grid while also optimising food temperature control. Scientists and engineers are there to develop and test innovative refrigeration systems that could significantly reduce the environmental impact of the food and drink retail industry and support our strained National Grid.