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Food chain resilience in a changing world: 2018 conference programme

We still have some room at the Conference. Professor John Loughhead, CSA, BEIS, will be the keynote speaker. Come and meet Dr Julian Braybrook, our new Government Chemist

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The conference will cover topics related to safeguarding the resilience of the food chain

The conference will be opened by Professor John Loughhead, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and will focus on the challenges presented to the resilience of the food chain, in terms of food safety, security, authenticity and sustainability, especially as trading conditions and regulations evolve.

Conference programme – Day 1

  • Welcome and introduction – Government Chemist

  • Keynote speech: Achieving a resilient food and drink sector for the UK in uncertain times - Professor John Loughhead

  • Referee cases outcomes – Michael Walker, LGC

  • Application of whole genome sequencing for public health interventions around foodborne pathogens – Kathie Grant, PHE England

  • Resilience through food forensics - essential post EU exit – Jon Griffin, Association of Public Analysts

  • Regulating our future - modernising food regulation in the UK – Catriona Stewart, FSA

  • The European Commission Knowledge Centre for Food Fraud and Quality – Franz Ultberth, JRC

  • The Scottish Food Crime Unit: how FSS is using science to verify the authenticity of the food chain in Scotland – Lynsey Scullion and Duncan Smith, Food Standards Scotland

  • Road map for the harmonisation of DNA testing for meat speciation – Tim Wilkes, LGC

  • Novel methods to establish the origin of food - James Donarski, FERA

Conference programme - Day 2

  • Are your genes to blame when your jeans don’t fit? – Giles Yeo, Cambridge University

  • How the food industry is preparing for EU exit – Helen Munday, Food and Drink Federation

  • Food Safety Challenge - Hong Kong Perspective – Tom NG, Hong Kong Government Chemist Laboratory

  • Can blockchain provide the answer? Data management to optimise and enhance productivity, safety, quality and legality in the agrifood and food and drink processing sectors – David May, University of Lincoln

  • How can measurement science assist in improving the molecular detection and management of antimicrobial resistance? – Jim Huggett, LGC

  • The Hand That Feeds: A musical about food crime – Kate Cooper, Birmingham Food Council

  • Early warning systems to detect, predict and assess food fraud – Yamine Bouzembrak, RIKILT

  • How far have we come since horse-gate; global tools available to fight food fraud – Selvarani Elahi, LGC

  • Accelerating rice improvement in South Asia – Katherine Steele, Bangor University

Download the conference programme and booking form

Government Chemist Conference 2018 programme and booking form

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Published 23 April 2018
Last updated 6 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. Programme updated with title talks
  2. Professor John Loughhead, BEIS Chief Scientific Adviser will be the keynote speaker.
  3. Lord Henley will be giving a keynote speech and we have an updated programme for the conference. Please register for your place now.
  4. First published.