Monthly Archives: May 2016

Contemporary Food Issues Symposium Provisional Programme Now Available

On the 16th of June 2016 BSUFN will host our annual symposium. The theme for this year is Contemporary Food Issues. Sessions during the day will reflect the prevelence and diversity of food issues in contemporary society, from the local scale in Brighton & Hove to international and global scales.

The provisional programme for the symposium is now available. An outline of the sessions for the day is below and a full programme with presentation abstracts is available for download by following this link: BSUFN Symposium 2016 Provisional Programme

Further details about the symposium are available on the event webpage.

Time Session Room
9:00-9:20 Registration, tea/coffee and Posters E512
9:20-9:30 Welcome E513
9:30-10:15 Keynote Speech – Dr Tom Wakeford – Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University E513
“You just don’t get it, do you?” Building a food movement that takes social justice seriously.

Chair: Ruth Segal

10:15-11:15 Brighton & Hove Communities – Room E513

Chair: Bella Wheeler

Jenny Hacker  
Serena Verdenicci  
11:15-11:40 Tea/coffee break and Posters E512
11:40-13:10 Global Commodification and Responses – Room E513

Chair: Prof Michael Lipton

Consumers, Identity and Culture – Room E512

Chair: Abigail Wincott

Tom Lines Beth Kamunge  
Sara Brouwer Gilly Smith  
Jennifer Spicer Jonas House  
13:10-14:10 Lunch and Posters E512
14:10-14:55 Alternative Models of Sustainable Food Systems

Chair: Rachael Taylor

Three models of sustainable food systems will be ‘pitched’ as alternative to mainstream food and agriculture systems. This will be followed by an open discussion.

Contributions from:

Slow Food Sussex – Michael Little

Permaculture People – Phil Moore and Lauren Simpson

Food Sovereignty Sussex – Jocelyn Jones

14:55-15:55 Food Safety, Quality and Novelty – Room E513

Chair: Carol Williams

Professor Erik Millstone  
Naomi Hossain  
15:55-16:20 Tea/coffee break and Posters E512
16:20-17:20 Processed Food and its Discontents – Room E513

Chair: To be confirmed

Graham Sharp and Judith Watson
Peter Senker
17:20-17:30 Sum up and Close E513

The symposium is free to attend. You can register to attend Contemporary Food Issues symposium by completing the registration form on Eventbrite. Spaces are filling up quickly so if you want to attend the symposium we encourage you to register your place now to avoid disappointment.

We’re looking forward to the event and we hope you’ll join us.

*Please note, if you register to attend the symposium and you have any dietary requirements, you must e-mail your dietary requirements to the symposium organisers at no later than the 9th of June 2016. After this date we cannot guarantee to be able to cater for any specific dietary needs, although vegetarian and vegan diets will be catered for.*


Future of Food: Burgers… or bugs?

To celebrate the joint 50th Anniversary of SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit), University of Sussex, and the Institute for Development Studies (IDS), a public event on the future of food was held on the 18th of May 2016 as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival.

The event included talks from BSUFN members Professor Erik Millstone (SPRU) and Dominic Glover (IDS), as well as Vera Zakharov (Brighton and Hove Food Partnership) and Dan Stott (Bug Boys). Edible insect canapes were also available for taste-testing.

A summary of the event is available on the SPRU website and a full audio recording of the discussion is available below.