We are a major food and nutrition research university, with the connections, impact and facilities to improve the world’s food system.

The University’s Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health (IFNH) coordinates our interaction with EIT Food, a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) that seeks to transform the way in which we produce, distribute and consume food throughout Europe to improve consumer confidence and health.

Reading academics are currently collaborating with industry and research partners and other universities across the EU on a number of new research, communication and education projects.

These projects draw on the University’s expertise in agriculture, environment, food, psychology, nutrition and health and involve a diverse range of disciplines from Schools across the University. Project highlights include:

  • A technological tool to support livestock farmers’ decision-making, helping them to work towards meeting Europe’s target of reaching net zero carbon by 2050.
  • Investigating seaweed as a dietary supplement for cattle to reduce their methane emissions
  • Designing and developing foods for people with cancer whose sense of smell and taste is altered because of chemotherapy, promoting their pleasure of eating and preventing malnutrition
  • Cook Clever – a gamified solution to educate and motivate consumers to change their food waste habits at home.

See the full list of EIT Food-funded projects at the University of Reading on the IFNH website.