The Agriculture and Food Section organised the following events at the 2017 British Science Festival:

Food security and sustainability in a changing world
Increasingly turbulent and unpredictable environmental conditions affect the ability for everyone to have healthy diets. Alan Dangour explored the future of food in a changing world and the likely impacts on health in high and low income countries.

Why do we like the foods we like?
The behaviour of eating is fundamental to health as it determines the amount of energy and types of nutrients that are brought into the body. In this session chaired by Martin Yeomans, Jeff Brunstrom and Lucy Chambers explored how our eating behaviours are learnt from life experiences that start as early as in the womb and continue throughout life.

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.