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Dr Jag Srai appointed as new Co-Chair of Cambridge Global Food Security

Dr Jag Srai has been appointed as the new Co-Chair of the Cambridge Global Food Security Interdisciplinary Research Centre, replacing Professor Chris Gilligan.

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Meet Dr Payam Mehrshahi

The challenges involved in eating a nutritious diet vary across the world, but this researcher is working on an ingenious solution with global potential: microalgae. These tiny, single-celled species are unique in producing many compounds vital for a healthy diet. Payam Mehrshahi is trying to add to their repertoire. He’s transferring the ability to make specific vitamins from plants to algae, and in doing so he’s creating the potential to relieve pressure on agricultural land, while simultaneously generating a new source of nutrition.

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Cambridge Global Food Security to lead a new project funded by Isaac Newton Trust

Cambridge Global Food Security to lead a new project funded by Isaac Newton Trust

The interdisciplinary project, called Objects, is being led in collaboration with Dr Inanna Hamati-Ataya, Principal Investigator on the ERC-funded project ARTEFACT and Founding Director of the new Centre for Global Knowledge Studies (gloknos) at CRASSH.

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Meet Dr Lili Jia

Lili Jia wants to change people’s behaviour without them even realising. She knows that what we eat is influenced by a complex mix of factors, and that sometimes knowledge of what we should eat doesn’t translate to what we actually consume. She’s found a way to interact with big influencers through her role at Cambridge’s Centre for Industrial Sustainability. Her aim is to make the better choice – for health and for the environment - easier to make.

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Meet Dr Uta Paszkowski

This scientist loves to talk about communication and intimate physical relationships. But not in humans. She’s been obsessed by plants since a young age, and is now dedicated to understanding symbiosis - the mutually beneficial relationship between plants and fungi.

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Tackling food insecurity in Africa – UK-Africa Food Security Symposium

The symposium took place at the Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge on 11 September and brought together participants with diverse backgrounds, from plant biologists to social scientists.

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Meet Dr Foivos Anastasiadis

Coming from a country with an enviable food culture, Foivos Anastasiadis is intent on leading others towards a healthier and more sustainable diet.

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