25 April 2022 - 25 April 2022

25 April 2022, 12:00 - 15:00


£ IFST Spring Lecture & Lun

IFST member - £45

Non-IFST member - £65.00

Join IFST on 25 April in Birmingham for an in-person ‘Lunch and Lecture’. This is an opportunity to meet members in person at a social and educational event.


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12.00pm:  Registration and Refreshments

12.15 - 1.00pm: IFST Spring Lecture: Transparency and Risk Communication in a Global Food System to be given by Professor Robin May, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Food Standards Agency (FSA)

1.00 - 2.30pm: Three-course lunch, wine, tea and coffee

3.00pm:  Closing


Lecture topic: Trust lies at the heart of the food system: consumers rightly expect to be able to trust that the food they buy is safe and what it says it is. That trust is earned through transparency, whether in the form of allergy labelling, welfare assurance schemes or country of origin declarations. But communicating information about food, particularly when it comes to food risks, can be tricky. In this talk, I will discuss what behavioural studies tell us about risk communication and how we might be able to harness that information for the public good. I will also highlight some of the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead of us as the world wrestles with the challenge of providing a growing population with healthy, high-quality food in a sustainable way.


Speaker: Professor Robin May, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Professor of Infectious Disease at the University of Birmingham

Professor Robin May, took up his role as the Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) for the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in July 2020. As the FSA’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor May provides expert scientific advice to the UK government and plays a critical role in helping to understand how scientific developments will shape the work of the FSA, as well as the strategic implications of any possible changes. He is responsible for the integrity of the science and evidence that underpins FSA activities, as well as for communicating the FSA’s evidence-based approach to other government departments, external stakeholders and consumers.

Professor May’s early training was in Plant Sciences at the University of Oxford, followed by a PhD on mammalian cell biology at University College London and the University of Birmingham. After postdoctoral research on gene silencing at the Hubrecht Laboratory, The Netherlands, he returned to the UK in 2005 to establish a research program on human infectious diseases. He was Director of the Institute of Microbiology and Infection at the University of Birmingham from 2017-2020.

Professor May continues his work on Infectious Disease at the University of Birmingham. A Wolfson Royal Society Research Merit Fellow and Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, Professor May specialises in research into human infectious diseases, with a particular focus on how pathogens survive and replicate within host organisms.


Please note: Vegetarian and other dietary requirements can be catered for. Full details are in the booking form.