Meeting challenges in the food manufacturing sector with physics

Posted on: 30/11/2017

The first annual meeting of the Physics in Food Manufacturing Group is taking place on 10-11 January in Edinburgh.

Physics is critically important to supporting the Food Manufacturing Sector in addressing the challenges it faces which include health and nutrition concerns, minimising waste and environmental impact, improving food security, responding to population growth and globalisation and improving productivity and developing and manufacturing successful products. A multidisciplinary approach is vital to solving these problems and physics has a crucial role to play.

Last year KTN partnered with the Institute of Physics to hold a Physics in Food Manufacturing Summit with the aim of unlocking advantaged competitiveness across the food manufacturing sector. Other partners at this high level event included PepsiCo, Sheffield Hallam University, Food and Drink Federation, Unilever, Innovate UK, the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Jacobs Douwe Egberts.

The Physics in Food Manufacturing Group is now organising their first annual meeting, which will take place on 10-11 January 2018 at the University of Edinburgh. This meeting will address themes in which physics and academia–industry collaborations are likely to make the greatest impact on challenges currently facing food manufacturing. The meeting will bring together physicists from industry and academia to share progress and discuss challenges in the UK’s largest manufacturing sector, in which Physics plays an important role.

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The programme will include sessions on:

  • Sensing, Imaging and Monitoring
  • Facilities and Manufacturing
  • Ingredients and Processing
  • Structure and Function
  • Theory and Simulation

Invited speakers include Mr Tim Kelf (Bulher Group), Dr Becky Smith (Mondelez), Dr Tim Foster (University of Nottingham), Dr Bill Frith (Unilever R&D), and Professor Mike Cates (University of Cambridge).

The early registration deadline is 19 December 2017 and the registration deadline is 4 January 2018.

You can find out more and register here.

If you have an innovative agri-food idea that you would like to take forward please feel free to contact a member of the KTN Agri-Food Team.


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