Future FoodWasteNet Events

Valorising unavoidable waste from convenience foods and ready meal manufacture, National Space Centre, Leicester, 27 June 2018

According to WRAP figures, on average, waste costs UK food and drink manufacturers £950 per tonne, equating to 4-5% of company turnover. This free-of-charge event will focus on opportunities to valorise unavoidable food waste from the convenience and ready-meal manufacturing sector. Speakers will give an overview of the challenges faced by manufacturers and the available resources to explore valorisation options. In addition, we will present case studies of successful collaborative projects between university researchers and companies that were funded by the FoodWasteNet Proof of Concept funding scheme.

The programme will include a tour of Bradgate Bakery with insights from the host. There will also be an opportunity for delegates to make short presentations outlining challenges or solutions in valorising waste from this sector of the food industry.

Bookings have now closed for this event. View full programme the event booking page.

Beyond the lab: Developing your Industrial Biotechnology Career, University of York, 18-19 July 2018

FoodWasteNet is funding 10 places at this event for PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and early career industry researchers who are members of our network. You might not be thinking about a career in Industrial Biotechnology at the moment but skills you develop at this event will be applicable in a range of industrial sectors.

Join speakers from industry, funding bodies and other like-minded early career scientists to explore a range of careers options outside of the university laboratory. Develop the professional skills you'll need to develop a career in industry.  

During the two days you will:

  • Find out about current job & career opportunities in industry
  • Reflect on your career to date and identify skill gaps
  • Learn about communicating science and creating Impact
  • Get tips on how to write funding applications and business cases
  • Find out about the latest science and training opportunities available to you
  • Industrial Speakers and Panel members will include speakers from Innovate & KTN
  • Meet with non-lab practitioners for 1-2-1 session to discuss your future plans
  • Network with your fellow delegates and speakers at the conference dinner
  • Overnight accommodation is also included

Draft programme is available. TWO places remain on this workshop. To request a funded place at this event, please download and complete a booking form and return to Jane Westwell (foodwastenet@reading.ac.uk) by 09.00 20 June 2018.


Introduction to life cycle assessment (LCA) methods, University of Reading, 24-25 July 2018

This course is now fully booked. If you wish to join the waiting list, please contact foodwastenet@reading.ac.uk.

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a rapidly evolving tool used to determine impacts of products or systems over a range of environmental and resource issues. Applying this method of assessment is complex and difficult and translating the theory into a credible, transparent and applicable practice can be very challenging.

During the course you'll develop a solid understanding of the process, data requirements and how to make use of the results. You'll then get the chance to apply this knowledge to real-life case studies. The course will cover:

  • introduction to LCA methods
  • life cycle inventory data
  • allocation methods
  • impact assessment methods
  • result interpretation
  • practical issues with LCA and how to overcome them

Entry requirements

You'll need to be familiar with Excel spreadsheets and bring your own laptop to be able to complete the Excel-based exercises.

Other information

The course will include refreshments, meals and overnight accommodation on 24 July if needed. Due to a cancellation, one place remains on this course, please contact Jane Westwell (foodwastenet@reading.ac.uk) if you would like to register.

This course has been developed by UCL in collaboration with Ellen MacArthur Foundation's education team.

Process Design Tools: SuperPro Designer, 13-14 September 2018, University of Reading

SuperPro Designer facilitates modeling, evaluation and optimization of integrated processes in a wide range of industries. The combination of manufacturing and environmental operation models in the same package enables the user to concurrently design and evaluate manufacturing and end-of-pipe treatment processes and practice waste minimization via pollution prevention as well as pollution control.

This 2-day training will offer hands-on experience with tailored food waste case studies for delegates to experience. This course will be delivered by Alex Koulouris.

Booking for this course is closed. Places on this course will be confirmed by 18 June 2018.