19 January 2021
Intercropping for sustainability

Two-day Conference with AAB, DIVERSify and ReMIX at Reading University

6 September 2021
Organic World Congress 2021

New date! Postponed from September 2020



3 July 2020
Environmental Land Management: consultation reopens

Interactive online seminars throughout July

29 June 2020
Benefits and challenges of herbal or diverse leys

Opportunities for farmer involvement



29 April 2020
Tim Bennett is the new Chair of ORC

Former NFU president takes on chairmanship of Organic Research Centre

Ms. Katie Bliss

Job title

Knowledge Exchange Officer

Contact details

Email prefix: katie.b (add suffix @organicresearchcentre.com)
Phone: +44 (0)1488 646252 - extn. 6252
Mobile: +44 (0)7398 970206
Postal address: Trent Lodge,Stroud Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 6JN

Academic qualifications

  • MSc Agroecology, Wageningen University /NMBU Norway, 2016
  • BA Geography, Environment and Development Studies, University of Sussex, 2005

Main roles and responsibilities

  • Facilitating knowledge exchange and access to practical information resources in relation to sustainable agriculture and organic arable production.
  • Leading development of Agricology – the information hub for farmers (organic and conventional) and related professions interested in working towards more sustainable practices in agriculture.
  • Supporting a network of organic farmer innovation groups across Europe as part of OK-Net Arable, a Horizon2020 thematic network.

Research interests

  • Participatory research, knowledge exchange and farmer led innovation
  • Agrobiodiversity
  • Polycultures, intercropping and agroforestry
  • Low input cropping systems and integrated farming
  • Alternative cereal crops
  • Soil biology
  • integrated Pest Management
  • External activities

    Co-manager of family farm in East Anglia. Working towards a more agroecological approach in collaboration with neighbouring farmers to diversify the rotation, including livestock and grass leys.

    Selected publications

    Karley A, Banfield-Zadin J, Bickler C, Bliss K, Brooker R, Iannetta P, Midmer A, Mitchell C, Newton A, Pakeman R, Pearce B, Tippin L, George D (2019) Knowledge Exchange in ‘Plant Team’ Cropping with On-Farm Participatory Research. In First European Conference on Crop Diversification. September 18-21, 2019 Budapest. Book of abstracts. 56-57.

    Bliss K, Bickler C, Villa A, Tippin L, Vieweger A, Meldrum J, Padel S, Pearce B, Lea M (2019) Getting out of the commodity trap: Enabling diversity through alternative food networks. In First European Conference on Crop Diversification. September 18-21, 2019 Budapest. Book of abstracts. 310-311.

    Bliss, Katie; Padel, Susanne; Cullen, Beth; Ducottet, Charline; Mullender, Samantha; Rasmussen, Ilse A. and Moeskops, Bram (2018) Exchanging knowledge to improve organic arable farming: An evaluation of knowledge exchange tools with farmer groups across Europe. Organic Agriculture, online, X.