The Agriculture and Food Section organised the following events at the 2018 British Science Festival:

From lab to farmyard: genome editing our livestock

Genome editing is famous for its potential to treat human disease, but lesser known is its potential to increase global food security. UK scientists are leaders in the field of genome edited farm animals. Christine Tait-Burkard examined its potential to improve farm animal health and welfare, while Vesco Paskalev raised some uncomfortable questions about ethics, politics and power. 


Biofortification- breeding crops to improve their nutritional value- has been hailed as the answer to alleviating nutritional deficiencies affecting over two billion people worldwide. Martin Broadley discussed the impacts of this on developing countries and how an integrated approach, including improved soil management, may help to alleviate this nutritional cost.

President 2018: Professor Martin Broadley, University of Nottingham
President 2017: Professor Alan Dangour, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
President 2016Judy Buttriss, Director General of the British Nutrition Foundation
President 2015: Professor Jules Pretty OBE, University of Essex
President 2014: Professor Tim Benton, University of Leeds

Recorder: Dr. Nicola Stock, University of Edinburgh  
I have been Recorder for the Agriculture and Food section since 2013, with the 2014 British Science Festival in Birmingham being my first in the role. I combine this with a full-time job as Public Engagement Officer at The Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh, where I develop and co-ordinate the Institute’s programme of public engagement with research, working with partners in both the university and cultural sectors and beyond.

With a background in bioscience research and experience in the science centre sector, I’m keen to explore new ways of engaging the public with current scientific research, particularly in the areas of dialogue and citizen science.