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In this evening lecture, Professor Peter Lillford CBE of the University of York will discuss issues influencing 'food security', with special reference to the technologies necessary to ameliorate potential food crises.

He will discuss the issues around a sustainable food supply: alternatives to the current food systems are not wholly compatible with our existing supply chains, and it seems likely that new market forces and manufacturing systems will be as important as our primary agricultural supply. These factors will determine the world we live in, the type of food we eat, and who produces it. This talk will build upon a recent comprehensive review published by the Royal Society, and a technological survey presented by the Institute of Chemical Engineering and the Royal Society of Chemistry.


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17.15 - 17.30 - arrival and registration
17.30 - 18.15 - Professor Lillford's lecture
18.15 onwards - Q&A session
Followed by drinks and nibbles

About Professor Peter Lillford

Professor Lillford trained as a physical chemist and a biochemist, and worked for Unilever as a research scientist from 1971-2001 – ending his career as Chief Scientist for Foods. From 1993 until 1997 he was Chairman of the Food & Drink Panel of the Office of Science and Technology's Technology Foresight Programme, allowing him to practise scenario planning for the 'food chain'. After retiring as Chief Scientist, he accepted a Visiting Chair in the Public Understanding of Science at the University of York. Since then he has encouraged institutions, businesses and individuals to prepare for a new future where continuous change is to be expected, and will be competitive.

This event is part of the SDRN lecture series. For more information about SDRN, visit the SDRN website.