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An online Policy Lates panel discussion exploring different landscapes associated with food, and the challenges and choices they present us with

This event will take place from 18:30 BST, finishing at 20:15.

Perhaps more than at any other time in our recent history, humans are aware that the negative impacts we have on the natural environment directly affect our health and wellbeing. Our food production and consumption is a major part of this picture. Climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic are putting huge pressure on global food supply chains, along with changing habits and demands from socially-distanced populations. In order to recover sustainably, and be prepared for what the future has in store, we need to explore ways to create a resilient food system by looking at what we produce, and how.

In this event, our panel of expert speakers will discuss the complex development of food policy nationally and internationally. We'll chart the balancing act this involves, bringing in needs for food security, reversing biodiversity loss and achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions targets.


  • Dr Simon Doherty FRSB FRCVS, senior lecturer, Queen's University Belfast - panel chair
  • Tamsin Cooper, director, National Food Strategy
  • Riaz Bhunnoo, director, Global Food Security programme
  • Professor Grant Stentiford, healthy seafood theme lead, Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas)
  • Jack Watts, agri-food policy delivery manager, National Farmers' Union

Policy Lates format

All are welcome to attend this online edition of our Policy Lates series, which provides an opportunity for relaxed discussion with an interested and informed audience. This online event will begin with an introduction from the chair, followed by short talks from our panellists, with time for audience questions and panel discussion.


This event is free to attend and open to all. Advance booking is essential through the link at the top of the page, and the meeting joining link will be circulated with registered attendees in advance.

Social media

If you would like to share your experience of this event on social media, feel free to tag us @RoyalSocBio on Twitter and Instagram, and use the hashtag #RSBPolicyLates


This online event will be recorded, and screenshots may be taken. If you have any queries about this, please contact us at ahead of the event. This event will be in a webinar format, and you will be unable to turn on your camera and microphone for the duration of the meeting. Audience questions will be through from the Zoom Q&A function.


For all enquiries, please contact Harriet McAra at or on 020 3925 3445.


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