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IoFT launch

Launch: EPSRC-funded Internet of Food Things Network Plus

Date: 21st September 2018

Location: The IET's Global Engineering Hub, Savoy Place, London

Register: visit registration site

Please put this date in your diary if you are interested in any aspects of the digitalisation of the food manufacturing and supply chain to deliver innovation, resilience, security and safety.

IoFT academic leadership team will present the interdisciplinary reach of the Network

Industrial and other partners will present the broader industrial reach of the Network

Programme: 11:00 - 15:30 (for the main talks and discussions)

The full programme will include:

  • Introduction to the EPSRC-funded Internet of Food Things Network Plus: Professor Simon Pearson, University of Lincoln, Network Lead for the IoFT Network Plus
  • Keynote talks from sector experts from industry, government and academia
  • Panel discussions on key issues with Q&A
  • Release of new funding opportunities from across the sector including from the Network itself. These will include: pilot projects, white papers and other related initiatives
  • Innovation case studies from industry and the research community will be presented
  • Networking opportunities throughout the day

Tea, coffee and pastries will be available on arrival from 10:30, a light buffet lunch will be served and refreshments will be available at the end of the day (15:30). All of which should contribute to a productive networking environment amongst attendees.

Tickets: free (places limited to 120)

Attendance is free of charge but by ticket. If you would like to attend please get in touch with the Network via the following email address and we will get back to you to confirm your place and supply a ticket. Early booking recommended!

 Who should attend?

  • Academics interested in food manufacturing, security and supply chain innovation
  • Food manufacturers, processors, and related organisations
  • Technologists with innovative solutions for the sector (SMEs and larger organisations)
  • Trade organisations, Regulators and policy makers

About the IoFT Network

The Internet of Food Things (IoFT) Network Plus brings together data and computer scientists, chemists, and economists to investigate how artificial intelligence, data analytics and emerging technologies can enhance the digitalisation of the UK food supply chain.

IoFT will examine the application of the IoT in connected homes of the future – for example smart refrigerators which trigger a grocery order when food items run low, or cooking devices which could help us live healthier lives.

It will also examine the traceability of food, and how machine learning and artificial intelligence could be utilised to extract value from the vast amounts of data available across the whole food supply chain, improving efficiency and reducing food waste.


The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) has been selected as the venue for our launch to celebrate the UK's heritage of creative innovation in the field of engineering and technology and the close relationship with this and the manufacturing sector of which food is the largest component. The IET sits in a commanding location on the North bank of the Thames and is therefore easily accessible from many directions.

IET library
IET Maxwell Library


2 Savoy Place, London, WC2R 0BL

IET Savoy Place - for further details

The EPSRC and the Digital Economy

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has been supporting the Digital Economy theme for a number of years. Currently DE is currently funding four Network Plus grants. NetworkPlus awards aim to bring together new research communities and identify, prioritise and develop future research challenges in the digital economy research area. They undertake a number of different activities in order to do this, including secondments, workshops and pilot projects. This event is an opportunity to promote this activity to a wider audience and raise awareness of the funding and knowledge-sharing activities that are being delivered.

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