Upcoming events

Future Food Beacon June 2022 Briefing 

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The Future Food Beacon bi-annual briefing provides an opportunity for researchers to present updates on their work, and allows the wider community to become familiar with Future Food research. The briefing is open to anyone. Feel free to share with colleagues and students. David E Salt, Future Food Beacon Director, will be hosting his last briefing and will give a concluding talk on the last day. Please join us on the below links and feel free to share with others. 

Date: Mon 13th June 2022, Tue 14th June 2022  

Time: 10:00 - 13:00 BST  

LinkMS Team(13th June)MS Team (14th June) 


Past events

Future Food seminar series

5 April 2022 - 'Genomics of rice ecology' - Rafal Gutaker, RBG Kew 

28 September 2021 - 'Roles and perception mechanisms of signaling peptides during plant immunity (and beyond)' - Cyril Zipfel - Professor and Chair of Molecular and Cellular Plant Physiology, Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology, Zürich-Basel Plant Science Center, University of Zürich

21 April 2021 - ‘The history of science and the future of food: two lessons from the conservation of crop diversity’ - Helen Anne Curry, Senior Lecturer in the history of science and technology at the University of Cambridge

25 February 2021 – ‘Ancient DNA from lake sediments’ - Katharina Dulias, Postdoctoral researcher at the University of York

2 February 2021 – ‘The genetics of cocoa’ - Pathmanathan Umaharan, Professor of Genetics at the University of the West Indies, Director of the Cocoa Research Centre, Trinidad and Honorary Professor of the Future Food Beacon 

16 December 2020 – ‘The ups and downs of root-shoot communication in planta’ – Ian Dodd, Professor at Lancaster University

30 November 2020 – ‘Vascular transcription factors guide plant epidermal responses to limiting phosphate conditions’ – Bert de Reybel, VIB Group leader and Associate Professor at Ghent University

24 November 2020 – ‘Consumer appetite for alternative proteins’, Chris Bryant, PhD from the University of Bath

4 November 2020 – ‘The last step is the hardest: lignin and suberin formation in the cell wall’ – Niko Geldner, Professor at the University of Lausanne

14 July 2020 – ‘Mining algae for human health: bioactive compounds produced by Euglena’ – Ellis O’Neal, Nottingham Research Fellow

26 May 2020 – ‘Food, Cultural Inheritance and Belonging’ - Richard Vytniorgu, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham


Food Tales public lecture series

26 February 2020 – ‘Doing things differently: can a small bakery contribute to big changes in our food system?’ Kimberley Bell, Small Food Bakery, Nottingham

23 October 2019 – ‘What is wrong with our food system?’ - Professor Graziano da Silva, outgoing Director-General of FAO and Special Ambassador to the Global Panel on Nutrition. You can read the press release trailing this high-profile event before watching the video of the talk

 15 October 2019 – ‘How can we better navigate the complexity and misinformation around food?’ The Angry Chef, Anthony Warner. Press release here


Innovation Challenge

14 August 2018 – Pitch event

26 April 2018 - Launch event




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