IFST Spring Conference 2017 - 'Your Future Role in Food: Embracing Advances in Technology'

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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.

IFST’s 2017 Spring Conference will bring together leading experts and thought leaders to explore the latest science and technology solutions and how these can change the way we produce, process, transport and consume our food and drink.


Time Sessions

Registration opens, refreshments                                                  


Conference opens: Welcome - David Gregory, IFST President

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


Session 1: Keynote speaker – TBC


Session 2: Technologies in agriculture and related primary processing

Dave Ross, Chief Executive, Agri-Epicentre


Session 3: The future shape of food processing

Matt Rayment, Group Business Development Manager, MTC


Tea/coffee - Exhibition 


Session 4: Consumer desires and shopper behaviours – the changing face of food retail - Fraser McKevitt, Head of Retail and Consumer Insight, Kantar Worldpanel


Session 5: Shaping the future of the food industry through disruptive innovation - Ian Campbell, Director of Health & Life Sciences, Innovate UK


Session 6: Panel Discussion 

Chair: Chris Wells, Managing Director, Leatherhead Food Research

Panellists: 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, Dave Ross, Chief Executive, Agri-Epicentre

 13:00  Lunch - Exhibition 

Session 7: The role of process, product and ingredient design in future food manufacturing - Professor Tim Foster, EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Food


Session 8: Personalised nutrition: genes, technologies and health - Professor John Mathers, Newcastle University


Session 9: The answer’s 42; now what is the question? Advances in analytical methods - Roy Betts, Head of Microbiology, Campden BRI 


Tea/coffee - Exhibition


Session 10: Information and power in the hands of consumers- speaker (TBC) 

 16:00 Session 11: Chair’s round-up and perspectives from the day- Ian Noble, Senior R&D Director, Mondelez

Conference close

Nearest underground stations: 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.

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


April 7th, 2017 8:30 AM through  5:30 PM
King’s College
The Strand
London, WC2R 2LS
United Kingdom
Phone: 0207 603 6316
Event Fee(s)
Event Fee(s)
Conference Member and concession £ 95.00
Conference Standard (Non-member) £ 155.00
Conference Dinner £ 50.00
Conference and Dinner (Member and Concession) £ 145.00
Conference and Dinner (Standard) £ 205.00