International Trade Select Committee appoints N8 AgriFood Chair as new Parliamentary Academic Fellow

International Trade Select Committee appoints N8 AgriFood Chair as new Parliamentary Academic Fellow

The House of Commons International Trade Committee has appointed N8 AgriFood’s Chair at the University of York, Professor Tony Heron, as its new Parliamentary Academic Fellow.

For the next two years, Professor Heron will spend two days per week working in Parliament with the International Trade Select Committee, which is tasked by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for International Trade (DIT) and its associated public bodies.


N8 AgriFood launches Sustainable Food Communities Cluster

N8 AgriFood launches Sustainable Food Communities Cluster

Researchers and practitioners working to improve access to sustainable and nutritious food in communities across the North of England are being brought together to form a new knowledge-sharing hub as part of N8 AgriFood’s Sustainable Food Communities Cluster.

N8 AgriFood launched its Cluster initiative earlier this year in a bid to pull together expertise from across its eight member universities in specific areas of food to collectively form a platform with organisations (inc.


Urban Agriculture experts from across the North come together for N8 AgriFood’s first Cluster Innovation Visit

Urban Agriculture experts from across the North come together for N8 AgriFood's first Cluster Innovation Visit

N8 AgriFood’s Urban Agriculture Cluster hosted industry representatives and researchers from across the North of England for its first Innovation Visit.

The Cluster initiative was set up earlier this year to pull together expertise from across N8 AgriFood in specific areas to drive innovation and collaboration with industry.

The Urban Agriculture Cluster was the first to be launched, and this month it held its inaugural Innovation Visit to Stockbridge Technology Centre (STC).


N8 AgriFood Professor leads project helping Syrian refugees grow food in old mattresses

N8 AgriFood Professor leads project helping Syrian refugees grow food in old mattresses

Discarded mattresses that currently end up in landfill could instead be used to grow food for refugees in desert environments around the world, according to a team of scientists, jointly led by N8 AgriFood’s Professor Duncan Cameron.

The team of experts in hydroponics (growing plants without soil) and soil health, from the University of Sheffield, have collaborated with a group of Syrian refugees – many of whom are experienced farmers – to grow tomatoes,


Introducing N8 AgriFood’s Policy Fellow at POST

Introducing N8 AgriFood’s Policy Fellow at POST

Last year N8 AgriFood opened the doors to its first ever Policy Fellowship Scheme, through which one doctoral student was to be given the chance to be sent to Westminster to produce a briefing on Resilient Food System Supply Chains.

N8 AgriFood teamed up with the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), which runs a Policy Fellowship process, offering a three-month placement to doctoral students with the chance to gain valuable policy experience.


N8 AgriFood launches Rapid Evidence Synthesis Training programme

N8 AgriFood launches Rapid Evidence Synthesis Training programme

A FREE residential training programme aimed at helping early career researchers translate studies into policy guidance is being launched by N8 AgriFood.

The programme has teamed up with partners at the University of Leeds to host its inaugural Rapid Evidence Synthesis Training, which will see 30 students from across the N8 universities produce policy briefs covering a range of topics within food and agriculture.

The training is being led by world leading evidence synthesis expert Dr Gav Stewart,


Plant Health Studentship scheme supported by N8 AgriFood hailed a success following third year

Plant Health Studentship scheme supported by N8 AgriFood hailed a success following third year

A summer training scheme co-funded by N8 AgriFood supported nine studentships last year with £27,000 allocated to projects addressing the UK Government’s priorities in plant health.

N8 AgriFood was one of four organisations to fund placements in the 2019 Plant Health Undergraduate Studentship programme, run by the UK Plant Sciences Federation (UKPSF); a special advisory committee of the Royal Society of Biology (RSB).

In its second year supporting the programme,


N8 AgriFood signs up to the Business Revolution campaign as York Chair’s report launches the World Fair Trade Organisation led initiative

N8 AgriFood signs up to the Business Revolution campaign as York Chair's report launches the World Fair Trade Organisation led initiative

N8 AgriFood has pledged its support to the World Fair Trade Organisation’s #businessrevolution campaign after York Chair Bob Doherty co-authored a major report to launch the operation.

Professor Doherty, who is N8 AgriFood’s Chair at the University of York, along with the reports co-authors from the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO), Traidcraft Exchange, and Cambridge University, challenges leaders gathering at Davos this week to foster business models that put people and planet first.


BBC news programme features N8 AgriFood’s Christian Reynolds as “the man with the climate change calculator”

BBC news programme features N8 AgriFood's Christian Reynolds as "the man with the climate change calculator"

Regional BBC news station Look North shone the spotlight on the how food choices impact climate change, turning to N8 AgriFood Knowledge Exchange Fellow Dr Christian Reynolds for expert advice.

As part of a week of special edition features looking at how average households can reduce their impact on climate change, the Yorkshire-based news programme started the series with a focus on food on Monday evening.

Dubbing him “the man with the climate change calculator”,


Tributes paid to one of N8 AgriFood’s founding professors

Tributes paid to one of N8 AgriFood's founding professors

It is with great sadness that N8 AgriFood shares the news of the passing of Professor Martin Mortimer, who died aged 71 on December 22, following a short illness.

Professor Mortimer was one of the driving forces in putting together the N8 AgriFood project at the University of Liverpool, and played a major role in setting up the university’s Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Food Systems, engaging in food system science to improve health and the environment.