Mission & Vision
The Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health (IFNH) brings together the University of Reading’s world-leading expertise in food, nutrition, agriculture, health and the environment to understand how improvements in food production, processing and nutrition can help deliver better diets and health. Our focus is to support effective multi-disciplinary collaborations, both among researchers and academics across the full breadth of the University, as well as with external organisations who share our strategic ambitions to explore, innovate and educate in the overlapping areas of food, nutrition and health.
Critically the Institute’s role is to generate significant added value by supporting and facilitating opportunities for the identification, development and exploitation of multi-disciplinary opportunities, maximising and synergising the strengths that exist in different areas of the University.
IFNH is also the focal point for the University’s engagement in EIT Food . EIT Food is a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) supported by the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT). EIT Food seeks to transform the way in which we produce, distribute and consume food throughout Europe to improve consumer confidence and health. It is a unique partnership of over 50 leading companies, universities, and scientific partners covering the entire food value chain.
Expertise at the University of Reading
The multi-disciplinary expertise at the University of Reading encompasses the whole food value chain – from crop and animal research, the environment and food systems, the manufacture of functional ingredients, to addressing the societal challenges of biodiversity, climate change, ageing, obesity and cardiometabolic diseases.
Our world class research and expertise in resilience and sustainable and healthy food chains enables us to work with our collaborators to address challenges of business innovation and operational delivery – integrated with our impressive state-of-the-art facilities and technical services.
Those facilities and technical services include:
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