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Joint Woven Network & Royal Entomological Society Conference: “Insects as Food and Feed: The Way Forward”

11 April 2016 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0

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Kindly sponsored by the Royal Entomological Society, “Insects as Food and Feed: The Way Forward” is a conference being held at the University of Nottingham on 11th April 2016, celebrating the official Woven Network launch. The event will consist of presentations from academia and industry on some of the key hurdles facing the industry, a poster session, an insect-based lunch, and plenty of opportunity for networking.

In the context of the Food Standards Agency’s recent call for information about insects for human consumption and the forthcoming ruling by the European Food Safety Authority on the legal position of insects in food and feed, efforts to develop knowledge on the feasibility of the consumption of insects in the UK are increasingly important.

The barriers to the use of insects as food and feed are now relatively well-documented. Such challenges include lack of a specific legal framework, the likelihood of consumer scepticism, and a lack of systematic safety evidence, in addition to questions about how insect production could be sufficiently scaled-up to meet widespread demand and ensure affordable prices for both consumers and retailers.

This conference presents contributions that positively approach the challenges faced thus far by asking participants to present ideas and data about the solutions or ways forward to current problems. Contributions are presented from those working across the diverse areas related to insects as food and feed: the social and natural sciences, commercial organisations, those in legal or policy-oriented roles, and other related fields. The conference aims to reflect the highly interdisciplinary nature of the area.

Tickets are now completely sold out, and we are unfortunately unable to make any exceptions. If you missed out this time, watch this space because we will publish the proceedings online in due course.

Final Programme:

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Have a Question?

The deadline for abstract submissions has now been reached, but if you have any questions related to the conference, you may use the form below.

Travel to the Conference

The conference is being held on the Sutton Bonnington Campus of the University of Nottingham. For those coming from further afield, making it to the conference by 9am will most likely mean you doing one of the following:

  1. Staying in Kegworth, the closest town to Sutton Bonington.
  2. Staying in Nottingham and taking a taxi from there.
  3. Staying  in Nottingham and taking the University Hopper bus which runs from the University Park Campus. The University Park campus can be easily accessed from the town centre via the 34 bus, and several other bus lines travel close to the edge of the campus allowing an easy walk in. The only catch is that April 11th is a term break so the 34 and Hopper bus will not be running as frequently. Schedule for the Hopper (901). The schedule for the 34 will only be available closer to the time.
  4. Arriving the day of the conference, with the closet rail stations being East Midlands Parkway, Long Eaton or Loughborough and a taxi from there.
  5. Arriving on the day by car. Parking is available and included as part of the event.


11 April 2016
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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University of Nottingham
Rooms B01/02, Gateway Building, Sutton Bonington Campus,
Sutton Bonington, Leicestershire, LE12 5RD United Kingdom
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