nabim Research and Development Seminar 2019

Thursday 21 November 2019 | 9.30am to 4.30pm

21 Arlington Street, London, SW1A 1RN

Get up to speed with the latest developments in food safety, wheat quality, gene editing, nutrition and health.

The nabim annual R&D seminar is free to attend and brings together industry experts to share knowledge on current research and legislative developments. 


Reasons to attend

  • help support your efforts to increase productivity, efficiency and profitability 
  • understand the impact of impending legislation on your business and day to day work 
  • gain the opportunity to ask questions to policy makers 
  • network with colleagues, customers and suppliers 


Who should attend?

It will be a valuable day for people working in the sector who want to know more about the grain chain, with particular relevance for: 

  • technical sales people
  • policy officers
  • technical managers
  • laboratory workers
  • correspondence course students
  • even some of your clients 


Speakers and topics    

Steve Barker, Siemens plc 
Energy efficiency in the food sector

Steve is a Chartered Engineer, Certified Energy Manager, Certified Measurement & Verification Professional and approved lead assessor for ESOS and has been involved in energy efficiency and sustainability for 30 years.
Steve is also active in various forums in Westminster and was a steering committee member of the ‘Lord Teverson’ enquiry into private sector energy management. Steve has published numerous articles and papers on energy management.

Susannah Bolton, AHDB
Predicting and managing disease, a new approach to data

Susannah Bolton is Knowledge Exchange (KE) Director for the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), coordinating KE activities across crop and livestock sectors to ensure optimum uptake of technical innovation and business improvement on farm.

She was responsible for international projects, KE and public engagement at Rothamsted Research between 1993 and 2009. She joined AHDB as Head of Research for HGCA in 2009 and was responsible for the delivery of a number of key projects including the Recommended Lists of Cereals and Oilseeds and took on her current cross-sector role in 2016.

Jeremy Durrant, EW Davies Farms
Precision farming and growing wheat - driving productivity and reducing inputs

After growing up on the family farm in North Dorset, I went on to study at agricultural college and then work on farms in the UK and Australia.

I moved to my current role as Farm Manager at EW Davies Farms in 2009, during which time I have expanded the business to three times the area; adopted  precision farming techniques to make the operation more efficient and deal with the increasing challenges that face arable farmers. I also reintroduced livestock onto the farm for the first time in 60 years in the way of a flock of sheep and pig finishing business. Outside work I enjoy spending time with my wife Maria and two young daughters Annabelle and Matilda.

Professor Nigel Halford, Rothamsted Research
Genome editing (CRISPR) for reduced acrylamide-forming potential in wheat

Nigel is the author of more than 130 scientific papers, and has written and edited books on: genetically modified crops and bioenergy. His research concerns the genetics of metabolic regulation in crop plants; how plant metabolism is affected by environmental stress and crop management; and how it can be manipulated to improve crop yield, quality, and food safety. Strategic application of this work includes reducing the potential for acrylamide formation in wheat.

Nathan Morris, NIAB
Nitrogen and sulphur fertiliser applications on milling wheat and the effects on grain protein and baking quality

Nathan's PhD in Plant Sciences at the University of Reading looked at establishing arable crops in UK cereal stubbles using strip tillage. Nathan is a Farming Systems and Soils Specialist at NIAB TAG and is involved in their knowledge exchange and farmer training activities. His particular interests and expertise include farming systems and impacts on soil structure and fertility whilst maintaining crop productivity. Nathan is a member of the British Soil Science Society and International Fertiliser Society and is a FACTS trained advisor.

Professor Peter Shewry, Rothamsted Research
Improving milling and baking quality of wheat – understanding the effects of nitrogen and annual variation in water absorption

Peter is interested in improving grain quality for processing and health, based on understanding the mechanisms that determine grain structure, composition and properties. His current interests focus on improving the content and composition of dietary fibre in wheat grain and reducing the nitrogen requirement for producing wheat for breadmaking. Peter’s key research interests focus on grain quality, proteins, dietary fibre, phytochemicals and diet and health. His expertise is in the fields of biochemistry, genetics and plant biotechnology.

Sara Stanner, British Nutrition Foundation
Diet and the effect on gut microbiota

Sara is Science Director at the BNF, where her main role is to ensure the accuracy and quality of the scientific output of the science team. She is one of the editors of Nutrition Bulletin and has been involved in editing several of the BNF’s recent Task Force reports.


Anne Vissers, Campden BRI
Sprouting soft wheat and the impact on cakes

Anne works as Senior Bakery Scientist within the Baking & Cereal Processing Department at Campden BRI and joined the organisation in November 2017.       

Prior to joining Campden BRI, she studied for a MSc in Food Process Engineering at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. In 2017 she obtained a PhD in Food Chemistry from the same university.

Longer terms research projects include ingredient functionality in various bakery products and ingredient processing.

This event is free for nabim members and friends of nabim. If you would like to attend, please contact Alex Costigliola who can help with registration.