IFST Spring Conference 2017- Your future role in food: Embracing Advances in Technology

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Friday, 7 April, 2017 - 09:00 to 17:00
King’s College – The Strand, London, WC2R 2LS

Keeping up to date with advances in food science and technology is a key consideration for any technical role within the food production chain. 

But we are now seeing the influence of many other new technological developments from outside the world of food science and technology that are impacting or have the potential to positively impact on our roles – technologies which, over the next few years, are going to radically change and re-shape the way we develop and deliver safe and nutritious food to the consumer.

Explore with us how food production from farm to fork is changing through new science and technologies and, in turn, how we can expect roles in the sector to change. View speaker biographies and abstracts


Time Session
08.30 Registration opens, refreshments                                    
09:10 Conference opens: Welcome
David Gregory, IFST President

Welcome and opening remarks by Chair
Ian Noble, Senior R&D Director, Mondelez

09:30 Session 1: Sequencing the Food Supply Chain
David Crean, Vice President Corporate R&D, Mars Inc
10:10 Session 2: Technologies in agriculture and related primary processing
Dave Ross, Chief Executive, Agri-Epicentre
10:35 Session 3: The future shape of food processing
Matt Rayment, Group Business Development Manager, MTC
11:00 Tea/coffee - Exhibition 
11:25 Session 4: Consumer desires and shopper behaviours – the changing face of food retail 
Fraser McKevitt, Head of Retail and Consumer Insight, Kantar Worldpanel
11:50 Session 5: Shaping the future of the food industry through disruptive innovation 
Ian Campbell, Director of Health & Life Sciences, Innovate UK
12:20 Session 6: Panel Discussion 
Chair: Chris Wells, Managing Director, Leatherhead Food Research

Frazer McKevitt, Head of Retail and Consumer Insight, 
Kantar Worldpanel
Ian Campbell, Director of Health & Life Sciences, Innovate UK
Matt Rayment, Group Business Development Manager, MTC
Dave Ross, Chief Executive, Agri-Epicentre

13:00 Lunch – Exhibition 

STREAM A – Advances in manufacturing and control

14:00 Session 7a: The role of process, product and ingredient design in future food manufacturing
Dr Vincenzo di Bari, EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Food
14:25 Session 8a: The answer’s 42; now what is the question? Advances in analytical methods
Roy Betts, Head of Microbiology, Campden BRI 

STREAM B - Science, Technology and consumer behaviour

14:00 Session 7b: Information and power in the hands of consumers
Isabel Hoffman, CEO and founder, Tellspec
14:25 Session 8b:  Personalised nutrition: genes, technologies and health
Professor John Mathers, Newcastle University


14:50 Tea/coffee - Exhibition
15:15 Session 9:  STFC and the Food Network+
Geoff McBride, Futures Analyst and Horizon Scanning Leader, Science and Technology Facilities Council
15:40 Session 10:  Chair’s round-up and perspectives from the day
Ian Noble, Senior R&D Director, Mondelez
16:00 Conference close

Conference Member and concession   £ 95.00

Conference Standard (Non-member)   £ 155.00

Conference dinner - £50.00

Conference & Dinner, Member and concession   £ 145.00

Conference & Dinner, Standard (Non-member)   £ 205.00

Book your place today!

IFST Conference Dinner will take place on 6 April - the evening before the conference at The Vincent Rooms, Westminster Kingsway College, 76 Vincent Square, London SW1P 2PD.

Reception drinks from 18.30hrs followed by dinner from 19.00hrs.

One of the hidden secrets of central London, The Vincent Rooms restaurant offers an exclusive dining experience and the highest levels of service in the beautiful surroundings of Vincent Square in London’s SW1. Meet some of the country’s finest young chefs before they embark on their future careers in the Hospitality and Culinary Arts industry around the world.

For more information and/or if you need an invoice please contact Delia Mertoiu.

Nearest underground stations to King’s College: Temple - 2 min walk. Charing Cross, Embankment, Waterloo Stations - 15 min walk.

​Dress code: Lounge suit/business dress

​Parking: No public parking, but a pay and display parking system operates in near by streets including Surrey Street. 

The nearest car park is the  NCP in Covent Garden https://www.ncp.co.uk/find-a-car-park/car-parks/london-covent-garden/

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