Pioneer Presents: Planetary Health – Sustainable Food Systems of the Future

  • 09:30, 1 May 24 - 16:00, 1 May 24
  • The Wilton Centre, Redcar
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Join us for this exciting Pioneer Presents event to hear from experts about their work in developing and deploying sustainable food systems.

To take a bite out of inequality, health crises, climate change, and ecological destruction, we need sustainable food systems. Given the global population increase, humans have never produced or consumed as much food as we currently do. But how our modern food systems operate is killing us and our planet. We must rapidly create more sustainable food systems, from seed to spoon.

  • 09:30 Coffee and Registration
  • 10:00 Welcome and introduction to Pioneer Group and an overview of Planetary Health – Miranda Knaggs, Pioneer Group
  • 10:15 Sustainable Agricultural Systems for the Future – Professor Colin Osborne, University of Sheffield
  • 10:45 Role of public funding supporting Agrifood innovation – Chris Danks, Agrifood Innovation Lead, Innovate UK
Session One: Sustainable novel and alternative sources for nutritious desirable food
  • 11:05 Enabling Scale-Up of Novel Food Production Systems – Jude Huggan, CPI
  • 11:25 Sustainable protein ingredients for feed and food – Geoff Bryant, Calysta
  • 11:45 Accelerating the cultivated meat industry by creating low-cost, food safe ingredients and bioprocessing tools for the sector – Ivan Wall, Quest Meat
  • 12:05 Engineering Microbial Foods – Rodrigo Ledesma-Amaro, Reader in Synthetic Biology, Imperial College London (via video)
  • 12:25 Power of microbes in food and feed – Edward Green, CEO, NCIMB
  • 12:45 Insects as a source of alternative protein
  • 13:05 Lunch and Networking
Session Two: Reducing the climate impact of food production
  • 13:45 Food cannot cost the Earth: reducing the impact of feeding the planet – Dr Deborah Rathbone, Bioscience Innovation Team Leader, Biorenewables Development Centre
  • 14:05 Global nitrogen fertilizer supply chain-Emissions impact and mitigation – Dr Yunhu Gao, University of Cambridge
  • 14:25 Biodegradable plastics for sustainable agriculture – Tony Heslop, BASF
  • 14:45 A sustainable drop-in alternative to plastic – 2M and Xampla
  • 15:05 A circular approach towards seaweed biomaterials: exploring packaging application and by-product valorisation as food additive – Mattia Parati, PhD student University of Wolverhampton and Chief Scientific Officer at FlexSea Ltd
  • 15:25 Coffee and Networking
  • 16:00 Close