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Food and the Planet: The 2nd Annual Symposium of the UCL Food, Metabolism and Society Research Domain

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Wednesday March 21, 2018
Symposium: 08:45am - 17:30pm
Reception: 17:30am - 19:00pm 
Talks: Kennedy Lecture Theatre, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, 30 Guilford St, London WC1N 1EH
Registration / Hospitality: Winter Garden

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Description

The UCL Food, Metabolism and Society Research Domain promotes interdisciplinary approaches addressing the biology and genetics of metabolism, metabolic disease, and the economics and history of global nutrition; and aims to further communication between academics, policy-makers, the food industry, and the public. Its 2018 international symposium, Food and the Planet explores multi-disciplinary solutions to the challenges of food security and sustainability, and the growing global burden of metabolic disease. 

Under symposium themes of Sustainability and Environment; Food Science; Metabolic Disease; The Microbiome and Health; and Metabolism and Deep Time, its speakers will consider key current challenges, including: how science and society can combat the epidemic of metabolic disease and foodborne illness, and counter antimicrobial resistance; how global food systems can move rapidly towards sustainability; and whether science can create food sources that are not land-hungry, water-thirsty, and pollution-heavy.

*SYMPOSIUM PROGRAMME* (pdf)

*SYMPOSIUM SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES* (pdf)

*SYMPOSIUM SPEAKER ABSTRACTS* (pdf)

Programme

08:30 Registration / Coffee

09:00 WELCOME & SYMPOSIUM OBJECTIVES
Prof Frances Brodsky, Chair of the UCL Food, Metabolism and Society Research Domain and Director, UCL Division of Biosciences

SESSION 1 - SUSTAINABILITY & THE ENVIRONMENT

KEYNOTE
Sir Tim Smit, Eden Project - The vacuum that nature abhors

Dr Riaz Bhunoo, Global Food Security Programme - Business unusual - a food systems approach for health, sustainability and resilience

Dr Carole Dalin, UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources - Measuring the Environmental Sustainability of Global Food Production and Trade

Dr Marco Springmann, Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food - Planetary boundaries of the food system: analysing the option space

Chair: Dr Richard Pearson, UCL Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research

Coffee break

10:55 SESSION 2 - FOOD SCIENCE

Prof Kent Kirschenbaum, NYU - Plant-Based "Meat": Innovating a Bloody Good Burger

Dr Yemisi Latunde-Dada, King's College London - The role of meat in iron nutrition and metabolism: can it be replaced by edible insects?

Prof Dorian Fuller, UCL - The archaeology of cooking traditions: Asia vs the West

Chair: Prof Barry Smith, Centre for the Study of the Senses

Lunch break

13:15 SESSION 3 - METABOLIC DISEASE AND THE MICROBIOME I

Prof Jennie Brand-Miller, University of Sydney - Which diet for the healthiest planet?

Prof Kelle Moley, Washington University - The obesity epidemic: could it be an oocyte issue?

Prof Megan Vaughan, UCL Institute of Advanced Studies - Routes to metabolic disease: insights from older people in Malawi

Dr Matteo Fumagalli, Imperial College London - Species adaptation to extreme diets

Chair: Prof Nishi Chaturvedi, UCL MRC Unit of Lifelong Health & Ageing

Coffee break

15:00 SESSION 4 - METABOLIC DISEASE AND THE MICROBIOME II

KEYNOTE
Prof Ian Charles, Quadram Institute - Exploring the microbiome at the Quadram Institute

Dr Andrew Smith, UCL - The human oral microbiome

Dr Claire Steves, King's College London - The human microbiome and conditions of ageing: Insights from TwinsUK

Dr Nick Lesica, UCL - A neuroscientist’s view of obesity 

Prof Mike Murphy, University of Cambridge - Mitochondrial redox metabolism in health & disease

Chair: Dr Celia Caulcott, UCL Innovation & Enterprise 

17:00 SESSION 5 - METABOLISM & DEEP TIME

KEYNOTE Prof Nick Lane, UCL - The Flux Capacitor: Mitochondria, metabolism and disease

Chair: Prof Mark Thomas, UCL

17:30 Wine reception 

For more details regarding the 2018 Food, Metabolism and Society Symposium please contact Dr Aarathi Prasad (a.prasad@ucl.ac.uk). 

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Previous Symposium (2017)