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Queen’s University of Belfast
Queen’s University of Belfast

Profile

Queen’s   University   Belfast   is   one   of   the   leading   universities in the UK and Ireland with a distinguished heritage  and  history.  Today,  Queen’s  is  ranked  in  the  top 173 universities in the world (QS World Rankings 2020), with the second highest ranking in Ireland. The Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) specialising in the  key  areas  of  the  integrity  of  global  food  supply,  farms of the future and nutritional challenges for the 21st Century.

Competences & Capabilities

IGFS   is   multi-disciplinary;   researchers   collaborate   across  schools  and  faculties  (Chemistry,  Pharmacy,  Geography,     Medicine,     Biological     Sciences)     and     specialisms      including      sustainability,      nutrition,      agriculture  &  food  safety.  They  study  soil,  crops,  water and marine life, animal feed and animal welfare to  promote  higher  standards.  They  trace  chemicals  (both  natural  and  man  made)  and  investigate  the  nutritional   value   of   foods   and   the   psychology   of   consumer choices.

Queen’s University of Belfast

Northern Ireland Technology Centre, Queen’s University of Belfast, Cloreen Park, Belfast BT9 5HN, United Kingdom

https://www.qub.ac.uk/igfs

Contact

Stephane Durand, Head of Innovation s.durand@qub.ac.uk
+44 7799 47 12 54

Partner in the following EIT Food projects

Queen’s University of Belfast
Education

Food System Master of Science Programme

Develop in-depth knowledge about food systems through studying consecutively at three distinct European academic institutions and use your knowledge to drive the future transformation of the food system.

Queen’s University of Belfast
Public Engagement

Citizen Science to build consumer trust in the food system

Increasing consumer trust in the food system inspiring citizens to become change agents as amateur scientists.

Queen’s University of Belfast
Education

Understanding Food Supply Chains in a Time of Crisis

Learn how agri-food supply chains deal with crises and get practical advice on how you can minimise disruption during COVID-19.

Queen’s University of Belfast
Education

WeValueFood 2020

WeValueFood (2-year project) has educated, engaged and advanced the young Europeans’ knowledge of and appreciation of food, thereby empowering the next generations to make the best choices about the food that they eat.

Queen’s University of Belfast
Education

Farm to Fork: Sustainable Food Production in a Changing Environment

Global food supply chains are increasingly encountering considerable problems impacting on safety and sustainability affecting the food industry and reducing consumer trust.

Queen’s University of Belfast
Innovation

REIMS-based analysis platform for improved traceability and consumer purchase intention of high-end food products

As a result of the globalization of the food supply chain, ensuring the safety, quality and integrity of the food we eat has become increasingly difficult.

Queen’s University of Belfast
Entrepreneurship

Seedbed Incubator

A 6-month programme that aims to transform innovative ideas and research breakthroughs into market-validated business propositions.

Queen’s University of Belfast
Education

Revolutionising the Food Chain with Technology

Discover how innovative technologies could revolutionise the food sector

Queen’s University of Belfast
Education

An Introduction to Food Science

Discover the fascinating world of food science and feel empowered to make safe, healthy, and sustainable food choices.

Queen’s University of Belfast
Public Engagement

How the corona crisis affects consumer behaviour and consumer demand for food products and services

The project will provide information on how the corona crisis will lead to changes in consumer behaviour.

Queen’s University of Belfast
Education

Animal Feed Production: Feed Quality & Safety

Explore animal feed manufacturing, and learn the best processes and systems for optimising animal feed quality and safety.

Queen’s University of Belfast
Education

Inspire

Inspire summer schools of EIT food will enable talented individuals to become European food leaders. Use your entrepreneurial spirit to solve the challenges of our food system.

Queen’s University of Belfast
Innovation

Optimising rice processing & cooking to remove arsenic & starch from its life-cycle

Rice is a primary carbohydrate staple but is high in carcinogen inorganic arsenic (Asi) & soluble starch

Queen’s University of Belfast
COVID-19

Safelivery

Safelivery will develop innovative food delivery services and protocols to reduce the risk of surface and packaging contamination of “Ready To Eat Foods” with the COVID-19 virus and other agents.

Queen’s University of Belfast
Education

Food tech transitions: reconnecting agrifood, technology, and society

The Food Tech Transition Summer School 2019 is the outcome of an academic partnership between Universität Hohenheim as main partner, and Queen's University Belfast and University of Cambridge, together with industrial partner Energy Pulse.

Queen’s University of Belfast
Education

CHAMPP: Contemporary challenges and issues of the poultry production sector

The aim of the SME workshops is to identify contemporary challenges and solutions in the poultry industry dedicated to feed manufacturers, advisors, farmers and employees in poultry factories, as well as managers responsible for the strategy and profitability of fodder and poultry production, all from RIS-eligible regions.

Queen’s University of Belfast
Innovation

Lab on a chip - Early-warning platform for food safety

Every year, over 23 million people in Europe fall ill from unsafe food, leading to 5,000 death cases.

Queen’s University of Belfast
Innovation

Separating MycOtoxin-contaminated Wheat grains using Precision Farming technologies

Mycotoxins can significantly reduce food quality, especially in wheat production.

Queen’s University of Belfast
Education

From Leaf to Root – Holistic Use of Vegetables

Many vegetables including sweet corn, artichokes, potato and cabbage (e.g. Brussels sprouts) are not holistically used in food production although they are safe to consume (without or with further processing). In some cases, more than 50% of the nutritional valuable material is left in the fields or not further valorized.

Queen’s University of Belfast
Education

From waste to worth: use of plant residues

Students can make use of scientific and educational toolbox to create solutions for the practice along the food chain and possibilities for sustainable waste management.

Queen’s University of Belfast
Innovation

Consumer and Manufacturing Driven Alternative Packaging Solutions from Agrifood Waste Streams

We aim to design innovation led packaging for red meat, fish & poultry made from material derived from agrifood waste. The issue of waste plastic in the food industry has led to strong consumer demand for producers & retailers to remove single use & reduce hard-to-dispose plastic.

Queen’s University of Belfast
Education

Focus on Farmers

Agricultural technologies and innovations offer significant opportunities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of farm businesses, through optimised yields, reduced environmental impact and increased profitability.

Queen’s University of Belfast
Public Engagement

The EIT Food School Network: Integrating solutions to improve eating habits and reduce food wastage 2020

The “EIT Food School Network” third year activities are focused on the organisation of four stakeholder workshops (school staff, key organisations involved in regulating schools, academics and policy makers). Due to the current circumstances, these may be virtual. The aim of these workshops is to communicate results of the past two years of research conducted as part of the EIT Food School Network project and involve stakeholders in co-creation of activities and ideas going forward.

Queen’s University of Belfast
Education

SME Workshop: Supporting SMEs for new business opportunities-2019

The main objectives of the SME workshops are an innovation process around “sustainable food production” to identify challenges and solutions in an accelerated innovation process building on the experiences of a previous project.

Queen’s University of Belfast
Innovation

Improving trust on fish chain: Rapid and portable monitoring tools for a better control of whitefish

Fish is a healthy nutritional food. The increasing global market demand coupled with fish-food scandals, has generated a high level of safety concerns around fish consumption.

Queen’s University of Belfast
Education

Curating citizen engagement: Food solutions for future generations

The Curating Citizen Engagement project will revolutionise our way of solving grand societal challenges by creating a platform for massive public involvement and knowledge generation, specifically targeting food-related issues.

Queen’s University of Belfast
Education

EIT Food Summer School 2018 on Digital Food Supply Chains

Are you ready to bring your ideas for a sustainable food supply chain to life? Following the success of last year’s Winter School, Queen’s University Belfast, Technical University of Munich and University of Cambridge will come together to host an EIT Food Entrepreneurship Summer School this September in Belfast.

Queen’s University of Belfast
Entrepreneurship

MAKEit

To create smarter and simpler food value chains across Europe we need to develop both infrastructure and capacity which stimulate and supports
innovation and entrepreneurship.

Queen’s University of Belfast
Innovation

The development of organic supply chains that drive fair, transparent and healthy options for the consumer

The organic food supply system in Europe must rank among one of the most important in terms of trust. Our citizens make purchasing choices around organic food based on a wide range of issues which include sustainability, ethics, food safety and nutrition.

Queen’s University of Belfast
Education

Global Food Venture Programme

EIT Food's flagship Global Food Venture programme is a dedicated offering to Doctoral Students across Europe working on food system challenges.

Queen’s University of Belfast
Public Engagement

Increasing consumer trust and support for the food supply chain and for food companies

This consumer-focused project will work with consumers, food companies and other stakeholders (industry bodies, non-governmental organisations, regulatory authorities and policy makers, media).

Queen’s University of Belfast
Innovation

MAKE-IT! An infrastructure to hack simpler and smarter food value chains 2020

Creating smarter and simpler food value chains across Europe requires an infrastructure and capacity to stimulate and support innovation and entrepreneurship.