Tour 2: Advanced Food Safety and Quality

Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s is in the top 1% of universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018). Built in 1845, it is steeped in history but looks to the future with an ambitious capital-investment programme and numerous links with local business. It has generated £130 million from spinouts and is No 1 in the UK for KTPs, generating over 10,000 jobs and contributing £1 billion to the local economy. It has an excellent academic reputation also, being a member of the Russell Group, the UK’s most research-intensive universities, which also includes Oxford and Cambridge. The most recent REF exercise, an independent assessment of research intensity in higher education across the UK, placed Queen’s in the Top 20. In the same assessment, in the area of Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science, Queen’s was ranked No 1 for Research Intensity.

Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS)

In fact, Queen’s is at the forefront of addressing one of our biggest global challenges – ensuring the safety of our food.

Around 65 academics and a further 100 post-doctoral researchers at the multi-disciplinary IGFS probe food security across a number of areas including environmental sustainability, agriculture, health and economics under three, key pillars:

  1. Farms of the Future

Globally, farming practices are unsustainable, failing to support a decent standard of living for farmers and not providing enough food to meet population growth.

IGFS asks: How can we enhance agricultural outputs without compromising ecological stability?

  1. Global Food Integrity

Global food-supply chains have dramatically changed the way food is produced, distributed and sold. They have brought many positives, but also increased the risk of disease and fraud.

IGFS provides research to help governments and industry address these concerns.

  1. Nutrition in the 21st Century

Research in IGFS is pushing the boundaries of what we know about the effect of diet on health, including micronutrients positive effects, but also low-level toxins in food and antimicrobial resistance.


Tour 2: Advanced Food Safety and Quality
Institute for Global Food Security, Queen’s University

(Please note, not all speakers have confirmed availability so details of speakers/topics may change):

10:00 – 10:15  All meet at Queen’s University campus. Venue TBC : Professor Nigel Scollan will welcome guests and give a short introductory presentation on Queen’s and the Institute for Global Food Security.

10:15 – 10:25  Short Presentation by Professor John McGrath/Dr Panagiotis Manesiotis

10:25 – 10:35  Presentation by Professor Moira Dean on public nutrition and the psychology behind consumer choices

10:35 – 10:45  Short presentation by Dr Gareth Arnott on animal welfare

10:45 – 10:55  Professor Jose Bengoecha will speak on anti-microbial resistance

10:55 – 11:15  Professor Chris Elliott gives an explainer on the Food Fortress programme

11:15 – 11:30  Comfort break

11:30 – 12:30pm  Group splits into two for separate tours of ASSET (Centre for Assured, Safe and Traceable Food) and the Polymer Packaging Research Centre.

12:30  Groups converge at original venue where lunch will be served.


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