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Cambridge Global Food Security

A Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge

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PhD Opportunities in Global Food Security:

Agriculture and Food Security is a strategic priority of BBSRC, and PhD opportunities within the theme of Agriculture and Food Security exist at Cambridge as part of the BBRSC Doctoral Training Partnerships Programme

There are many fundamental research projects, for example understanding the molecular basis of plant epigenetics and its influence on characters of hybrids, studies of the molecular basis of the immune response in animals, or evolution of pathogen genomes.

These are complemented by more applied research into animal disease, welfare and productivity, strategies to deal with spread of crop pathogens, and breeding of new plant varieties, as well as how to balance agricultural production with conservation of natural habitats, and the role of nutrition in developmental programming and life-long maintenance of health.   

For more information contact the Programme Administrator:

Living Laboratory for Sustainability

The ‘Living Lab’ provides opportunities for Cambridge students to carry out research and projects across the University to improve its sustainability. Energy, waste, food, and behaviour change are just some of the themes you could focus on.

Paid internships are offered to Cambridge students and graduates every year, and an award is offered to challenge students to develop solutions to issues relating to the University's estate. The internships provide the opportunity to gain experience working with professionals in the field of sustainability and make contributions to improving the University’s environmental sustainability.

Sustainable Food Intern

This project will contribute to the University’s efforts on sustainable food. It will involve further developing the University Catering Service’s (UCS) work around promoting sustainable food options across its cafes and outlets. The internship will involve helping with the merchandising of the UCS’s new sustainable food options through the development of a shared marketing plan which focuses specifically on the issue of sustainability.The position is:

  • for an undergraduate student, either current or recently graduated (within the last year).
  • 8 weeks long, to be undertaken between June and September.
  • based in Cambridge.

See further details and the person specification here (on Careers Service webpage - registration may be required).

The successful applicant must be available to start the internship between mid-June and early August.

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

Cambridge Global Food Security is a Strategic Research Initiative of 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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Upcoming events

GM Food: What's the Problem?

Oct 17, 2017

Department of Plant Sciences, Downing Site, Cambridge

Before the Flood, with expert Q&A

Oct 20, 2017

Seminar Room 1, David Attenborough Building, Cambridge

What's stopping your diet being more sustainable?

Oct 24, 2017

Department of Plant Sciences, Downing Site, Cambridge

Total Food 2017

Oct 31, 2017

Institute of Food Research, Norwich, NR4 7UA

REAP Conference 2017

Nov 07, 2017

Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Hinxton

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