UWE + Chinese partners hold workshop on innovative technologies for the food industry

Issue date: 28 June 2011


Food quality and safety is the global issue that will be addressed at a free two day workshop hosted by the University of the West of England (UWE) on 21-22 July 2011, bringing together academics and business leaders from the UK and China to discuss innovative technologies for the food industry.

There are many food quality and safety challenges in the industry: concern regarding food contamination with environmental pollutants (pesticides, heavy metals and other); concern regarding nutritional quality of food (ie the amount and type of fat, vitamins, mineral) and also that current evaluation technologies are time-consuming, expensive, require specific expertise and are commonly performed in specialised laboratories.

Jointly organised by UWE's Centre for Research in Biosciences, the Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the China Agricultural University, the workshop forms part of a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) China Partnering Award to UWE. The main aim of this workshop is to establish a sustainable network and long-term collaboration between the UK and China in order to develop and take to the market new, rapid and cost-effective technologies for the evaluation of food quality and safety. It is anticipated that these technologies will form a platform for wider applications (ie to biomedical and healthcare areas).

Professor Olena Doran, Leader of the BBSRC China Partnering Award and Centre for Research in Biosciences Director, says, “We look forward to working with our new Chinese partners. This workshop is part of our larger aim to establish a long-term partnership with China. This partnership will include not only the development of joint research projects but also the establishment of long-term programmes for students and staff exchange and access to partners' facilities.

“China has a large food market, extensive expertise in food quality, food safety, access to a wide range of unique animal breeds and plants used for food production and rapidly developing technology. The BBSRC award and this workshop are part of our strategy to internationalise our research, to enhance links between academia and industry and to translate our research into practical application.”

The workshop will include presentations, poster sessions, industry exhibition and group discussions. There will be an opportunity for networking, developing project ideas, exploring funding opportunities and discussing long-term collaboration between UK and Chinese academia and industry.

Invited speakers include:

  • Dr Gang Chen - Institute of Quality Standards and Testing Technology for Agro-Products (IQSTAP), Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS)
  • Professor Shuming Yang, Institute of Quality Standards and Testing Technology for Agro-Products (IQSTAP), Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS)
  • Kim Matthews, EBLEX, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board
  • Dr David Telford, Knowledge Transfer Manager, Biosciences Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)

Professor Steve West, UWE Vice-Chancellor, says, “We are delighted to be involved with this new international partnership with our Chinese collaborators. UWE has an established reputation for its excellent innovative research in bio-sensing technology, combined with the expertise of our new partners, I'm sure this collaboration will be successful in developing solutions to some of the challenges in this crucial global industry. ”

To book a place at the workshop you can register on-line at: http://www.biosensingtech.co.uk/Events/index.html

For further information, please contact Olena.Doran@uwe.ac.uk or Denise.Hope@uwe.ac.uk

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