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Cambridge Global Food Security

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

Our report on the Symposium, with links to speakers' slides and summaries of their talks can be found here.





Opening Address

Professor Tim Benton (Chatham House, University of Leeds) 


THEME 1: Sustainable Food Production in a Changing Climate   

Chair: Professor Howard Griffiths, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge 


Old genes for future crops

Dr Sigrid Heuer, NIAB Cambridge


Algae as a sustainable source of food and feed

Professor Alison Smith, Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge


Can we switch from chemical to biological nitrogen fixation for sustainable food security?

Dr Min-Yao Jhu, Crop Science Centre, University of Cambridge


Post-agrarian pathways in the Antropocene: Anticipating new structures of global inequality

Dr Inanna Hamati-Ataya, Gloknos, University of Cambridge  



Three-minute flash presentations by Early Career Researchers:

João P. R. Joaquim, Department of History of Science & Philosophy, Agricultural Virology in Mid-Twentieth-Century Britain: the search for virus-free potato stock

Yuru Huang, MRC Epidemiology Unit, Menu healthiness, socioeconomic patterns, and our out-of-home food choices



Coffee and Networking



Three-minute flash presentations by Early Career Researchers:

Iris Berger, Department of Zoology, Effectiveness of different agricultural strategies and conservation interventions in limiting food production-driven biodiversity loss in India

Broderick House, Department of Zoology, Urban bivalves: exploring new seafood aquaculture opportunities for food security

Benny Qihao Shen, Department of Archaeology, Rethinking the archaeology of apiculture through indigenous east African beekeeping


THEME 2: Resilient Food Supply Distribution

Chair: Peter Ninnes, Independent Consultant


Regulating the global economy through trade agreements

Professor Lorand Bartels, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge


Emerging livestock systems: animal, human and socioeconomic risks of pig production in Myanmar

Professor Dan Tucker, Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge


Sustainable production through farmer producer organisations and digital platforms

Dr Jagjit Singh Srai, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge


Transparency and sustainability in global commodity supply chains

Professor Rachael Garrett, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge



Three-minute flash presentations by Early Career Researchers:

Valentine Reiss-Woolever, Department of Zoology, The social factors that influence oil palm smallholders and their ecological effects.

Megan Walker, Department of Zoology, The Role of Fish and Seafood in the First 1000 years of Human Life.



Lunch and posters


THEME 3: Fair and Healthy Consumption

Chair: Professor Sir Brian Heap, Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge


Generating novel solutions to improve urban food systems for human and planetary health

Professor Martin White, MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge


How forgotten beans can help fight malnutrition

Dr Nadia Radzman, Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge


Fish and seafood innovation

Dr David Willer, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge


A gut feeling: pulses for health (and the planet)

Professor Paul Dupree, Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge



Three-minute flash presentations by Early Career Researchers:

Matthew Keeble, MRC Epidemiology Unit, Understanding access to food through online food delivery service platforms

Jessa Garibay-Yayen, Department of Zoology, Sustainable Seafood for Health and the Planet  



Future opportunities for research in Food Security - General Discussion 


Closing Remarks

Professor Howard Griffiths, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge




Guided visits to the University of Cambridge Botanic Gardens:

The Herbarium with Curator Dr Lauren Gardiner


The Botanic Gardens Plant Collection with Curator Dr Samuel Brockington


Drinks reception

Thursday, 6 July, 2023 - 08:30 to 19:00
Event location: 
Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge, 47 Bateman Street, Cambridge CB2 1LR