Past Events

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 14:00

Aulo Gelli (IFPRI), Noora-Lisa Aberman (IFPRI), Jason Donovan (ICRAF), Amy Margolies (JHU), Marco Santacroce (IFPRI)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 12:30 to 13:30
Sabine Gabrysch,  Institute of Public Health, University of Heidelberg
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 12:30 to 13:30

R V Bhavani, Programme Manager, LANSA

M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai

Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 09:45 to 18:00

Session One: Production
Chair: Alex Arnall, University of Reading

Production around the globe is changing (and needs to change) as it strives to meet demands for greater outputs using fewer resources, whilst additionally being healthier, causing less ecological damage, and managing diseases. In this session our panellists discuss what this might look like, how technology is being adapted for local, global, small and large scale systems, and what the low- and high-tech innovations are being employed and developed within plant and animal production.

This session includes presentations from:
The role of technology in fruit and vegetable production - Dr Rosemary Collier, Director, University of Warwick Crop Centre
Technology and innovation in European Organic Livestock Systems: Experience from the SOLID project and TP organics - Dr Susanne Padel, Senior Programme Manager, The Organic Research Centre
Technological developments in poultry production - Ian Lowery, Partner Veterinarian, Crowshall Veterinary Services LLP
Final speaker TBC

Session Two: Processing and Distribution
Chair: Barbara Haesler, Royal Veterinary College

One of the greatest challenges in the food sector is preserving, processing, transporting and delivering food efficiently, effectively and safely for the consumer, as well as meeting the consumers' demands for food preferences. Our panelists will describe some of the ways this is being addressed within their fields. There will also be reflection on the extent to which technologies are needed, the difficulties they face, and the opportunities they present within this area.
This session includes presentations from:
Quality management in fresh produce supply chains - Dr Carol Wagstaff, Associate Professor and Director of Food ATP, University of Reading
Designing food’s structure for functionality - Prof. Tim Foster, Professor in Food Structure, Head of Food Sciences, University of Nottingham
Title tbc - Julie Brown, Director, Growing Communities
Final speaker TBC

Session Three: Consumption and Waste
Chair: Corinna Hawkes, City, University of London
Some of the major challenges facing the UK food system relate to consumption and waste. We have a growing and costly obesity crisis, a burgeoning food bank network and we throw away 15 million tonnes of food every year. Join us for this session in which expert panelists will discuss how technological developments have both contributed to and addressed these problems and how new technologies could help to solve them.
This session will include presentations from:
A decentralised approach to circular organic resource management - - Rokiah Yaman, Director, Community By Design
Title tbc - Ben Cullen, Community Marketing, Olio
Title tbc - Alan Hayes, IDG
Title tbc – Jane Dixon, City, University of London

Session Four: Panel Debate: Is Technology the Answer?
Prof. Erik Millstone, STEPS Centre
Dr Ricarda Steinbrecher, Econexus
Harley Stoddart, AHDB
Final panellist TBC

Exhibition (in the Lightwell)

Throughout the day you can get a closer look at some of the new and exciting technologies being developed within the IFSTAL network and further afield. From low-tech to high-tech we’ll be exhibiting gadgets and innovations developed to address some of the challenges facing global food systems. Whether it’s a new app to promote healthier eating or an eco-friendly solution to clean waste water, come and try for yourself the technologies that could be transforming food systems in the future.
If you would like to demonstrate a technology you work with/on in this area, please get in touch with Rebecca Wells,

Monday, January 23, 2017 - 17:30 to 18:30


  • Chair’s Introduction (Alan Dangour, LSHTM)
  • Future Earth Health Knowledge Action Network (Andy Haines, LSHTM)
  • Sustainable and Health Diets in India (Edward Joy, LSHTM)
  • Wildlife Trade for Food (William Karesh, EcoHealth Alliance)
  • The Impacts of Pollinator, Wildlife and Fishery Decline on Human Nutrition (Christopher Golden, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)
  • Future Diets – a framework for linking sustainable food systems (Pauline Scheelbeek, LSTHM)
  • Q&A