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Online workshop: Data, science and policy for a healthy food system

Date: Monday 1st November (online event)

The Quadram Institute and the Internet of Food Things Network Plus invite you to attend a strategic workshop addressing the interplay of data-driven science and innovation in the food system, food safety and food-related health.

In other words, how can the kinds of interdisciplinary activities that the Internet of Food Things Network (IoFT) and the Quadram Institute do be applied to UKRI research topics in order to address government food strategy goals as well as broader sustainability goals.

This event should help set the scene and establish the kind of strategic thinking needed.

The aim of the event is to:

  • Establish a better understanding of government policy and wider societal needs for the food/health system,
  • Initiate more collaborative thinking across disciplines and between institutions to prepare approaches to addressing these opportunities,
  • Share this thinking with representatives from various policy and regulatory bodies: Defra, FSA, UKRI, OAI, Innovate UK etc


  • 9:15 start
    • Welcome & facilitator: Prof Gerard Parr (UEA):
    • Introductions
  • 9:30 Keynote one: Prof Guy Poppy (Director Transforming food systems for UK human health and environmental health) (15 mins)
  • 9:45 Keynote two: Julie Pierce (Director of Openness, Data and Digital, FSA) (15 mins)
  • 10:00 - 10-minute break
  • 10:10 Breakout 1 discussions – (30 mins)
    • what do we all think are priority challenges?
  • 10:40 - coffee break for 15 mins
  • 11:10 - keynote three: Maria Traka (Deputy Head of Food Databanks National Capability (FDNC), Quadram Institute) (15 mins)
  • 11:25 Breakout 2 discussion – (30 mins)
    • what do we think are the priority actions (policy, research, innovation)
  • 11:55 - Groups report back
    • Plenary discussion
  • 12:25 Agree priorities and next actions
    • Summing up and thanks
  • 12:45 End

The register for this free event please contact: Jill Duarte ( at the University of Lincoln