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Cambridge Global Food Security

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

Welcome to the Food for Thought - Coffee Break Talks. We introduced this series of webinars in June 2020 as a relaxed online learning and discussion platform for our food security community. Talks take place every Friday at 2.30 pm, GMT.  

If you would like to present your work at this forum, please contact our Programme Manager Francesca Re Manning. 

The next meeting is on 22 January at 2.30pm, GMT. Dr Payam Mehrshahi will discuss how our improved understanding of algae is helping develop new sustainable and nutritious ingredients for future kitchens and animal feed.

Please join our Zoom meeting at:

Meeting ID: 834 4992 6450
Passcode: 671189


Guidelines for our presenters:

The format: 45-minute session; 20 minutes presentation followed by an interactive discussion/question time.

The audience profile: mainly interdisciplinary students and academics interested in global food security.    

Please ensure that any audio-visual content, such as videos or podcasts, are working as intended before the session.

Photographs and videos: please caption as necessary, and use visuals that are specific to your work, as opposed to generalised content. Whenever possible, please identify and/or explain the context. This is particularly useful if people, especially minor children or vulnerable persons, are shown. 

Previous talks:

4 December 2020: PhD student Harriet Barlett and Dr Amy Munro-Faure: How farming can be more sustainable and make our Christmas greener.  

27 November 2020: PhD student Rhiannon Wood: Superbugs in food: should we be worried?  

20 November 2020: Dr Nazia Mintz-Habib: Food Security in a warming world.

13 November 2020: Dr Federica Sulas: Farming & feeding the Ethiopian highlands: practicing food security through time.

 November 2020. Professor Michel Ghanem: Neglected no more: why some crops are orphans - and what can be done for food security.

23 October 2020. Professor Martin Jones: FAO's "Globally Important Agriculture Heritage Systems" (GIAHS).

16 October 2020. Dr Paolo Bombelli: How plants and solar-panels can co-exist to produce green energy and better crops.

9 October 2020. Dr Harriet Hunt: Food security and the archeology of minor crops.

2 October 2020. Dr Lili Jia: How can we incentivise the architecture of a sustainable food system?

25 September 2020. PhD student Charlotte Milbank: Wild Foods, Hunger and Nutrition - harnessing knowledge for sustainable food security.

18 September 2020. Dr Matt Davey: Climate Change is turning Antarctic coast green.

31 July 2020. PhD student Chioma Achi: Salmonella as a threat to food security. 

24 July 2020. Dr Milorad Radakovic: Safe food or food as perceived as safe.

17 July 2020. PhD student Bright Jaato: Solar energy technology for water purification in Africa.

10 July 2020. Professor Cristiane Derani: Sustainable Food Systems in the EU.

3 July 2020. Dr Helen Curry: History of Seed Banks and the Future of Food. 

26 June 2020. MPhil student Daniella Salazar-Herrera: How can small folder farmers help fight poverty and hunger?

19 June 2020. PhD student David Willer: Aquaculture and sustainability.

12 June 2020. Dr Jean Adams: Food Insecurity in the UK.

5 June 2020. PhD student Dorien Braam: Infectious Disease in misplaced populations.

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These talks are part of EIT Food's #AnnualFoodAgenda project.  




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Global food security is a major research priority for UK and international science.

Cambridge Global Food Security is a virtual centre at the University of Cambridge. We promote an interdisciplinary approach to addressing the challenge of ensuring all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and preferences for an active and healthy life. 

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