Futures For Food Virtual Symposium

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A unique group of researchers take an in depth look at food in this virtual symposium. Join us to help shape a brighter future for food.

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(This event will take place online. More details of how to join this virtual event will be sent to you by email after you have registered.)


Join the UK’s most unique food research team to explore, debate and answer some of the biggest questions facing society’s use of food. Delivered live and online this symposium will unite industry, campaigners, government and international academics on a quest to develop a sustainable future for our food system.

The event will dissect the “every day” subject of food that impacts every aspect of private and professional lives including producing, processing, packaging, transporting, marketing, consumption, cooking, disposal of food and consumer trends and behaviour.

The big questions we will be exploring

Explore the biggest questions on the planet facing food production and debate the future of food systems, nutrition, psychology, distribution, packaging, contract and retail.


Session 1: Will effective transition to a new food culture save the world?

Session 2: BREAKOUTS.

A. BEHAVIOR - Dining In – Is this the new normal?

B. SUSTAINABILITY - Waste in food systems, and how to avoid it

C. TECHNOLOGY- Food fraud, AI and food technology

Session 3: Shaping sustainable food systems. People, Food, Systems and Sustainability

What are your food questions?

Please pre-submit a question or idea to the event during registration.

What is behind Futures For Food Live and why the UoP has formed this unique research team?

Every aspect of human life is affected by the ways in which people produce, distribute and consume food and drink. The cultures we have created around food need to be healthy and fair, and environmentally sustainable. We look to learn from past and present food cultures to help design new futures for food that will sustain people and the planet.

A research team with a unique strength that comes from its diversity

We explore food and drink from every angle and our researchers come from all areas of the University – science, social science, the humanities, business and law, technology and the creative industries.

We are concerned with changes that affect individual food choices, local provision of food and global food systems. We have links with the food and drink industry, policy makers, local government, and campaigners across the world, particularly in less developed countries. The work of the group aligns with nearly all of the UN Sustainability Goals.

Why UoP is the perfect place to start your food research mission

Portsmouth itself is a city of contradictions in food. It is one of the most densely populated cities in Europe yet it lies between the sea and fertile crop growing areas. The risk of flooding due to climate change exists but so does a high demand for local and sustainable food. The city has one of highest levels in the UK of food poverty, but also local urban greening initiatives, a large number of allotments and fishing. The Port is the fourth largest in the UK for the import of non-EU fruit and vegetables but the city has many diet-related health issues. Although our work takes us across the UK and across the globe, we are very much part of the University of Portsmouth’s strategy to be a civic university, helping to transform Portsmouth to meet the future.

Engage with our team today

We undertake research and innovation programmes on behalf of industry and government customers. Our team develops bespoke approaches to develop insight, understanding and innovation that can be applied by our customers for their benefit as well as to the benefit of society.

If you are interested in learning more about the food and drink research and innovation programme, set up a call with Sandra Johnson ( or Lisa Jack (

Please observe the following etiquette during the online event:

  • Join the event in a quiet space wherever possible - this will help reduce background noise.
  • Make sure you’re on time. You might not disrupt the presentation by logging in late, but you could miss important information.
  • Turn off your webcam and mute your microphone during the presentation, unless you’re speaking. You may appear on other people’s screens without you realising. If you do not wish to appear on other people's screens during the event, please keep your webcam/video turned off at all times.
  • Wait your turn to ask questions - please post your questions in Q&A.
  • Ask questions concisely to save time, and only post comments if you think they’ll be helpful to others.
  • Don't use the chat room for socialising. This can be very distracting to others.
  • Please note that the event will be video recorded. If you do not wish to appear on other people's screens during the event, please keep your webcam/video turned off at all times.

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