A symposium hosted by Coventry University

September 2021

We invite stakeholders across business and society to present, discuss and collaborate in moving forward the sustainable food agenda. Paper presentations and panel discussions will be given by leading thinkers within academia, industry, the charitable sector and grassroots movements to prompt valuable discussion. The symposium will be a hybrid event. We invite presenters and participants to join virtually with the view that parts of the symposium to be held in person subject the government restrictions and University event policy. More information will be given in June 2021.

We welcome submission of abstracts (1 page) from a variety of disciplinary and organisational backgrounds.  6 tracks of topics areas are proposed and detailed below. We are also open to submissions outside these areas.

Tracks A to E of suggested topic areas (further explained in the links below)

A- The evolving crisis of food waste from farm to fork

B- The challenges and solutions to food insecurity and food poverty

C- The increasing presence of digital platforms as sustainable food solutions

D- Reconfiguring community food activities and alternative experiences of producing, consuming and eating

E- Sustainable sourcing and ethical food consumption

F- Applications of circular economy principles to food supply chains

Submission process and deadline:

The deadline for abstract submissions (1 page only) is the 1st of June 2021.

Please submit to futurefoodsymposium@gmail.com . We aim to inform participants by the 10th of June. Successful applicants will be invited to give a 15 minute presentation with time for questions.

A schedule for the event will be provided before the end of June.

Symposium format

The Future of Food Symposium 2021 will be delivered as a hybrid event. First and foremost presenters and attendees will be encouraged to join virtually. Will we review the possibility of holding aspects of the event in person subject the government restrictions and University event guidance. If parts of the event are held in person presenters and attendees will be under no pressure to attend in-person.

The symposium is organised by staff and PhD students at Coventry University from the Centre for Business in Society, Centre for Agro-ecology, Water and Resilience, as well as staff at Nottingham Business School. More information about their research can be found below:

Centre for Business in Society, Sustainable Production and Consumption Research Cluster – https://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/areas-of-research/business-in-society/

Centre for Agro-ecology, Water and Resilience – https://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/areas-of-research/agroecology-water-resilience/

University of Nottingham Business School – https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/business/