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IFNH will celebrate its first anniversary with a showcase event, ‘Translational Nutrition: From Research to Real Life’, which will take place at the University of Reading on Tuesday 30  October 2018.

The event, which will be attended by University of Reading colleagues and valued external partners and stakeholders, will showcase how innovative research is driving positive impacts on nutrition and health and stimulate our thoughts on our collective responses to emerging challenges in this area. It will also provide some ‘food for thought’ about the challenges the industry faces – and how we can best overcome them. A panel discussion will round off the day’s activities, where experts from across the field will consider some of the themes and topics raised across the day.

The event is free of charge but attendance is by invite only. Please contact for more information.

Call for proposals for activities to be executed in 2019

Colleagues from across the University contributed to the second stage submissions to EIT Food, for projects to be delivered in 2019. From 142 proposals in the pre-call, 20% more than last year, University of Reading is involved in 28 projects to progress to a full proposal9 of which we are leading (from the 12 pre-calls submitted) and 19 we are partnering on (from the 27 pre-calls submitted). All projects have received feedback in order to improve their projects before the final proposals are submitted on the 8th June at 11 pm.

Many thanks to all those for their hard work in getting proposals submitted, and fingers crossed for good news in July 2018!


The Centre for Dairy Research (CEDAR) named as LEAF Innovation Centre

The Centre for Dairy Research (CEDAR) named as LEAF Innovation Centre


The Centre for Dairy Research (CEDAR), University of Reading has been named an Innovation Centre by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), the leading organisation promoting more sustainable farming.

CEDAR joins a select group of nine other Innovation Centres made up of some of the country’s most prestigious education and research organisations, set up to support the research, evidence, development and promotion of LEAF’s Integrated Farm Management (IFM) to help deliver more sustainable food and farming.

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BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, ESRC – Priming Food Partnerships Event

BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, ESRC – Priming Food Partnerships Event


Professor Ian Givens has been invited to join the Priming Food Partnerships Event on the 15th March in Birmingham, having the opportunity to speak about the impacts of existing food, nutrition and health.

Addressing the serious public health and environmental consequences of modern diets on a global population will require changes to our food system. These changes must be both sustainable and health-promoting: a challenge that requires a deeper understanding of the complex relationships between food nutrition and health alongside recognition for sustainable use of raw materials and energy. Players from both large and small organisations within the food sector are invited to work together with academics to design collaborative, pre-competitive research projects. Research will underpin the ultimate aim of improving healthy nutrition for all. Read more


Innovation Marketplace & Inauguration of EIT FOOD

Innovation Marketplace & Inauguration of EIT FOOD

Across two days, an exceptional mix of innovation managers, top academia, business leaders, entrepreneurs, food scientists, technology experts and societal opinion makers met at Reading’s Madejski Stadium to discuss the development of new projects in the areas of education, innovation, business creation and consumer outreach, setting milestones together in order to prepare for the future of our European food sector.

The Innovation Marketplace was run by EIT Food, in collaboration with the University of Reading. Relive the event by watching the video compilation

The University of Reading hosted a third day of partner networking and discussions at our Whiteknights campus, offering tours of our research centres and facilities.

Professor Steve Mithen, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at the University of Reading, said:

“It is an honour to host Europe’s most distinguished food professionals at the University of Reading. Our food system is increasingly connected across borders and requires close collaboration between researchers and industry to solve problems linked to poor diet and health”.  Read more



Call for proposals for activities to be executed in 2019


EIT Food’s call for proposals has been released on the 7th February 2018. The call process will be executed in two phases, a pre-call and the final call for proposals.

  • The pre-call runs from February 19, 2018, to March 21, 2018.
  • The specific comments to your project will be provided by 20 April.
  • The final call will be opened on 23 April 2018.
  • Final submission date 6 June 2018.
  • Feedback on the results by 31 July 2018

We have 2 workshops (half-day sessions) planned to support colleagues develop project submissions on Tuesday 13th February at 10.00 – 12.00 and on Wednesday 14th February in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development. To discuss any ideas for the next call or any questions about EIT Food, please email Kate Green, KIC Partnerships Manager.





Margaret Bath new CEO of EIT Food

Margaret Bath is a top executive who will join EIT Food from The Kellogg Company where she spent the last 13 years of her professional career as Senior Vice President Corporate Research, Quality, Nutrition and Technology. She has over 30 years’ experience in leading positions in innovation and R&D in the food industry, working for Dreyer’s, Frito Lay and Kellogg’s. She received her degree in Experimental Foods from the University of Maryland, USA, and an Honorary Doctorate from the KU Leuven, Belgium. Read more