The Future of Food Symposium 2021 – 8-9th September

The Future of Food Symposium: From Recovery to Resilience  

Hosted virtually by the Centre for Business in Society, Coventry University, UK  

8th and 9th of September 2021  

Register your place here 

Global food consumption production and consumption are unsustainable and require transformation. The Future of food symposium is an opportunity to better understanding the road to recovery towards a more sustainable food system.  

Join stakeholders across business and society to discuss, depict and devise what a resilient transition pathway looks like. 

What’s in it for me? 

– Hear from researchers around the world on the impact of COVID-19 on a range of food issues. 

– Listen to leading academics and industry experts reporting timely findings and resilience strategies. 

– Engage in debates on issues from the critical role of community organisations in feeding those in need, to the challenges of certifying food production, to the introduction of food waste reporting for businesses. 

Who should attend? 

– Practitioners working across the food sector from food production, manufacturing, retail and waste recovery. 

– Community and third sector organizations working to tackle food insecurity. 

 – Researchers and academics active in the social sciences. 

– Government representatives at all levels with an interest in sustainable food issues. 

The agenda includes: 

Symposium opening speech by Zarah Sultana, MP for Coventry South  

Key note speakers: 

– Professor Suzanne Higgs, University of Birmingham, UK  

– Jamie Crummie, Co-founder of Too Good To Go  

– Professor Moya Kneafsey, Coventry University, UK  

– Professor Anna Davies, Trinity College Dublin  

Timely panel debates and impact reporting events 

Mandatory Food Waste Reporting for Businesses panel: Opportunities, Challenges and Implications. Speakers: Carrie Bradsaw, University of Leeds, UK; Francesca Goodman-Smith, Fight Food Waste CRC, Australia; Martin Bowman-Senior Policy & Campaigns Manager at Feedback, UK.  

What enabled and constrained community food groups during the Pandemic? A panel debate to find learning points. Speakers: Louise Delmege, National Food Service, Bristol, UK; Hannah Gallimore, Central England Coop; Megan Blake, Sheffield University, UK; Helen Needham, Foleshill Community Centre, Coventry, UK.  

Logos and logistics: The challenges and opportunities of certifying food production to promote sustainable consumption. Speakers: Professor Alex Hughes, Department of Geography, University of Newcastle, UK; Richard Griffiths, Chief Executive of The British Poultry Council, UK; Professor Valerie Nelson, Natural Resources Institute at University of Greenwich; Kobus Piennar, Technical Manager for Food Security at Woolworths, South Africa.  

Fareshare Fighting Hunger and Tackling Food Waste in a Pandemic event. Speakers: Simone Connolly, Fareshare Midlands; Hannah Gallimore, Centre England Co-op; Marsha Smith, David Bek and Jordon Lazell, Centre for Business in Society, Coventry University. 

Research presentations from academics around the world covering: 

A- The evolving crisis of food waste from farm to fork  

B- The challenges and solutions to food insecurity and food poverty  

C- Digital platforms as sustainable food solutions  

D- Alternative experiences of producing, consuming and eating  

E- Sustainable sourcing and ethical food consumption  

F- Decision making in Food Supply Chains: Transitioning to a circular economy  

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