The Inaugural Lecture of Professor Stephen R. Euston,
Institute of Mechanical, Process & Energy Engineering, Heriot-Watt University
How do we reduce our reliance on animal protein?
Towards sustainability of protein for the food industry.
One of the major challenges faced by society is how to ensure that the global population has access to sufficient quantities of nutritional and safe food. The consumption of animal protein is increasing rapidly due to increasing human population and relative wealth in some parts of the world.
This is problematic for two reasons. Increasing animal production will contribute to increased greenhouse gases, and animals are inefficient producers of protein. In addition, the emergence of bird flu, BSE and other animal-borne disease, and the use of antibiotics in animal herds has contributed to negative perception of animal foods among consumers. So why do we not just feed plant protein to humans?
Find out in Professor Euston’s Inaugural Lecture when he will outline how a food scientist can contribute to the efforts to make the protein supply chain more sustainable, through various approaches that allow us to either reduce or replace animal proteins with functional and novel plant proteins.
Refreshments 4.30pm – 5.00pm
Lecture 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Followed by a drinks reception
Advance booking is required, please register for a free ticket.
The Inaugural Lecture Series celebrates Heriot-Watt’s world-class research talent and is an opportunity for newly appointed Professors to share their knowledge with a wider community.