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Cambridge Global Food Security

A Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge

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Symposium 2017

Cambridge Global Food Security Initiative Symposium 2017

 Wednesday 6th September, 2017, 8:45am – 6:00pm

Buckingham House Conference Centre

Murray Edwards College, Cambridge


Members of the Initiative and other interested Cambridge researchers are invited to attend a day of multi-disciplinary talks and interactive sessions.

  • Hear about Cambridge’s strengths across the food system
  • Gain new perspectives and ideas to advance your research
  • Engage with our major interdisciplinary themes and discuss project ideas
  • Network with colleagues and find new collaborators





Keynote Address

Professor Tim Benton, former UK Champion for Global Food Security, Dean of Strategic Research Initiatives, University of Leeds and Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Chatham House


Confirmed Speakers Include:

Dr Tina Barsby, Chief Executive, National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB)Dr Andrew Grant, Senior Lecturer in Bacterial Pathogenesis, Department of Veterinary Medicine, Cambridge

Dr Dan Tucker, Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Public Health, Department of Veterinary Medicine

Dr Jean Adams, Senior University Lecturer in Dietary Public Health Research, CEDAR, Cambridge

Dr Jag Srai, Head of Centre of International Manufacturing, Cambridge

Professor Andrew Balmford, Professor of Conservation Science, Department of Zoology, Cambridge

Dr Pauline Essah, Programme Manager, Cambridge-Africa Programme


Interactive afternoon sessions will provide the opportunity to learn more about our key interdisciplinary research programmes and associated funding opportunities, discuss project ideas and make new connections. To include:


  • European Food System Challenges: EIT Food


Led by Dr Shima Barakat, Head of Entrepreneurial Learning Programmes & Engagement, Cambridge Judge Business School


  • Developing Country Food Security Challenges: GCRF and the Global Challenges Forum


Led by Dr Lara Allen, Director of the Centre for Global Equality, and

Professor Howard Griffiths, Co-Chair of the Global Food Security Initiative 


  • Addressing Food Security Challenges through the Cambridge Centre for Crop Science


Led by Professor Sir David Baulcombe, Head of the Department of Plant Sciences and Regius Professor of Botany, Cambridge, and

Dr Tina Barsby, CEO of the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB)