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Food Futures Part 1

Effective Communication: Selling your skills and experience
When May 16, 2018
from 08:45 AM to 01:30 PM
Where Robinson College, Cambridge
Contact Name
Contact Phone 01223 333925
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Interested in food?

Are you an early career researcher at the University of Cambridge?

Could your research be relevant to the food sector?


Come to our free training workshop 


Effective Communication: Selling Your Skills and Experience


8:45     Registration

9:00     Welcome: Professor Howard Griffiths (Co-Chair, Cambridge Global Food Security IRC) 

9:15     Introduction to the series of Food Future events 

9:30     Food industry trends and challenges: Imran Afzal, Senior R&D Manager, External Innovation, PepsiCo

10:00   Intellectual Property: What to be aware of when talking about your research: Amanda Wooding, Cambridge Enterprise

10:30   Presenting your research effectively: Lucinda Spokes, Public Engagement & Festival Manager, University of Cambridge; and Sarah Cruise, Eloquential.

11:00    Coffee break

11:30    Workshop: Practise your Communication Skills: led by Lucinda Spokes and Sarah Cruise

12:45    Lunch and Networking

13:30    END


This is Part I of TWO events for Cambridge early career researchers.

In Food Futures Part II (on 7 June, 2018) participants will have the opportunity to pitch their research, network with industry contacts, and hear about funding they can apply for to carry out internships or collaborative research with industry.

We hope that those attending Part I will also be interested in attending Part II.



Imran Afzal is a Senior R&D Manager at Pepsico in the External Innovation Team, based at Beaumont Park, Leicester. He leads Pepsico's engagement with EIT Food, and supported the EIT Food Winter School in conjunction with University of Cambridge last year. Imran's background is food science; he previously held roles in R&D with food companies and retailers. Pepsico’s strategy is called Performance with Purpose covering Product, Planet and People.

Sarah Cruise has been coaching communication skills since 2003, running her own company Eloquential since 2006. Sarah has worked with a number of well-known companies and organisations including ARM, Royal Aeronautical Society, Savills and Zeiss amongst others. In 2006 Sarah founded the Rising Stars public engagement training programme for the University of Cambridge which she continues to run every year.

Dr Lucinda Spokes spent over a decade as a research scientist at the University of East Anglia prior to moving into public engagement. Through her role as Public Engagement and Festival Manager (Sciences) at the University of Cambridge, she coordinates Cambridge Science Festival and provides training and advice on how to develop effective public engagement with research activities for research staff and students.



This event is free to attend because of generous funding we've received from the Isaac Newton Trust and the BBSRC.

If you register but can no longer attend you must give us at least 3 days' prior notice, so your place can be offered to someone else. If you fail to do this you will be charged a fee of £50.