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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 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

The programme is based on a combination of essential entrepreneurial skills, which will help you to become an effective innovator, and key technical skills that are tailored to your career ambition in the sector

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
Public Engagement

Citizen Science to build consumer trust in the food system

Food safety is one of several equally important factors for Europeans when buying food, and citizens have a high level of awareness of food safety topics

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
Innovation

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

In the last decades, a number of food crises, have threatened consumer confidence in the food industry, driving food business operators to go beyond mandatory traceability requirements and develop systems which integrate information at all stages of the supply chain

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
Education

Understanding Food Supply Chains in a Time of Crisis

On this free online course, you’ll learn how the pandemic is challenging food supply chains and explore the steps taken by the industry to ensure food security and integrity

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
Education

Farm to Fork: Sustainable Food Production in a Changing Environment

This online course focuses on threats to global food security & consider key challenges which need to be overcome in order to maintain healthy & sustainable food supplies for consumer wellbeing in both the developing and developed world

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
Entrepreneurship

Seedbed Incubator

SEEDBED APPLICATIONS OPEN FROM MONDAY 13TH JANUARY - SUNDAY 22ND MARCH This multi-location Launch programme trains and supports teams over a six-month period to help them better understand the needs of their customers and validate their business ideas

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
Education

Revolutionising the Food Chain with Technology

Explore how technology and digitalisation can change how the food system operates, reducing waste and environmental pressures

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
Education

An Introduction to Food Science

Food and health information is often oversimplified by the media, and recommendations can be inaccurately reported and contradictory to current recommendations

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
COVID-19

ImmunoBoost

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown the world that microbial infections can have devastating effects

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
Innovation

Building a business model to enhance consumer trust and influence decision making using a sustainability transparency labelling system

The proposal is centred on an EIT-Food Communications platform on sustainability and transparency, a communication system co-created with  consumers with a central focus on increasing consumer trust in the food chain that helps consumers make better food choices that are  sustainable and at the same time demonstrating industry’s commitment for better transparent communication

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
Education

Animal Feed Production: Feed Quality & Safety

These 2 online courses will provide you with in-depth information on both Animal Feed Safety and Animal Feed Quality

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 by the COVID-19 virus and other agents

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
Education

Food tech transitions: reconnecting agrifood, technology, and society

Funded in collaboration with EIT Food, the Summer School is the outcome of the partnership between both academic and industrial partners: Universität Hohenheim, Queens' University Belfast and Cambridge University, together with Energy Pulse Systems and Puratos

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
Innovation

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

Food contaminations are mostly monitored in plants using time consuming methods with analysis time of up to a week

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
Education

CHAMPP: Contemporary challenges and issues of the poultry production sector

There is a need to highlight at the national and international level current challenges in this sector by providing support to SMEs through knowledge transfer in e

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
Education

From Leaf to Root – Holistic Use of Vegetables

This is due to several reasons including harvesting procedures having been designed for conventional products, consumer unawareness, and a lack of holistic product concepts

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
Education

From waste to worth: use of plant residues

Programme description The students teams built up an extendible prototype of a database including (1) occurrence of plant waste material (e

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
Innovation

Consumer and Manufacturing Driven Alternative Packaging Solutions from Agrifood Waste Streams

Suitable materials for meat, fish & poultry have constraints such as the need for an oxygen barrier & stability at higher temperatures, so wide-scale use of alternatives has so far been low

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
Education

Focus on Farmers

However, farmer adoption of these technologies is often limited and therefore the benefits are not realised

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 is a collaboration working towards improving dietary choices and reducing food wastage in preschool, primary school and secondary school pupils by bringing together industry, academia and key stakeholders in school food

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
Innovation

Food Fortress for raw materials and ingredients in Europe – Gaining Consumer trust through transparency

This project aims at gaining consumer trust through improving the transparency of the supply chain using rapid-reactive and proactive risk management using a combination of technologies such as predictive analytics and multi-analytical tests

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
Education

SME Workshop: Supporting SMEs for new business opportunities-2019

The first step is a creative problem-solving process to identify the challenges and needs of SMEs related to sustainable food production in Europe

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
Innovation

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

This project provides three rapid, hand-held tools for enhancing the trust in fish products

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
Education

Curating citizen engagement: Food solutions for future generations

Through a university course developed by partners representing different aspects of the food ecosystem (from sensory perception to nutrition to food policy), we will educate the next generation of students to be able to engage and involve the public in tackling food-related societal challenges

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
Innovation

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

On a global basis the amount of fraud occurring in the organic supply system is growing rapidly and issues are appearing on a weekly basis

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
Entrepreneurship

MAKEit

We will achieve this by:  Convening a network of ‘maker spaces’, providing collaborative spaces to make, learn, explore and share, for MAKEathons and further prototyping resources; Designing and delivering a series of MAKEathons across Europe where different stakeholders come together to find solutions to identified industry challenges in specific value chains; Training professionals to be able to develop entrepreneurial capabilities across the food value chain in Europe

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
Education

Global Food Venture Programme 2020

We´re excited to announce that the Global Food Venture Programme of  EIT Food will support once again highly-qualified PhD students from across Europe to transform their research into viable business in the Food & AgTech space

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) across 6 countries in Europe and Israel to co-create and implement selected measures undertaken by food companies, food industry and others to engender both greater consumer trust in food and greater support for food companies and other food chain actors

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
Innovation

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

This project aims to develop these through: Using existing information and industrial challenges to inform the hackathons around specific food industry chains