As the IKnowFood 4-year research programme reaches its pinnacle, the aim of our conference is to share our findings with key stakeholders in the food system and to listen to their thoughts. There will be a range of people attending the event from researchers to consumers, farmers and business stakeholders. The aims of the conference are to;

  • Identify an agenda (key features, mechanisms etc.) for building a resilient UK Food System
  • Share the work of IKnowFood
  • Launch the IKnowFood Food System Resilience Network (FSRN)

During the conference we will be treated to several leading keynotes on the topic of what makes a resilient UK food system? These include:

  • Professor Olivier De Schutter, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, opening film on the ‘Challenges for the Global Food System‘.
  • Mike Barry, Ex-Director of Plan A and Sustainable Business at Marks and Spencer
  • Emma Lewell-Buck, MP for South Shields and sponsor of the Food Insecurity Bill
  • Ali Capper, NFU’s Horticulture and Potatoes Board Chair
  • Prof Tim Benton, Research Director of the Energy, Environment and Resources Department at the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House, UK, and Professor of Ecology at the University of Leeds
  • Prof Laurens Klerkx, Wageningen University
  • Prof Tom MacMillan, Elizabeth Creak Chair in Rural Policy and Strategy, Royal Agricultural University
  • Emma Keller, Agricultural Commodities Manager at WWF
  • Prof Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy, City University of London, Centre for Food Policy, joint author of the Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT–Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems
  • Anna Wißmann, Taste of Heimat
  • Carina Millstone, Executive Director of Feedback, founder of The Orchard Project

IKnowFood will also present its work on co-creating technologies with farmers, governance in value chains and approaches to influencing consumer food choice, and there will be a series of breakout sessions to discuss what characteristics and interventions are required for a resilient UK food system.

This collective intelligence event will be over two days, finishing by 3.30 pm on the 18th, the event is free to attend but is RSVP only, if you are interested in attending please email On the early evening of the 17th we will be launching our Food Resilience Network, which aims to bring together different parts of the food system in a series of workshops, exhibitions and presentations.

In a bid to support local enterprises and sustainable business, we are delighted to announce the catering throughout the conference will be provided by; the award winning The Clink social enterprise, whose aim is to reduce re-offending through the training and rehabilitation of prisoners in partnership with Centerpoint. Finally Toast Ale, brewed with fresh surplus bread will be among the refreshments served at the evening reception.

Through this interactive and participatory event, we aim to produce a document outlining policy recommendations for a more resilient UK food system. In order to maximise the knowledge and expertise gained from our attendees, we would therefore like to stress the importance of attending both days of the conference.

This event is very timely bearing in mind the increasing turbulence in the global food system and I hope you can join us.