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The global demand for sustainable, net-zero emissions practices in the food industry is rapidly growing, driving innovation at an unprecedented pace.

Our panel of researchers, business professionals, and innovators in the field will discuss how sustainability and the pursuit of net-zero goals are transforming the way we produce, distribute, and consume food.

Join us for an inspiring and informative panel session as part of our Sustainability Network Speaker Series, where we explore the dynamic intersection of sustainability and net zero in the food sector and discover the innovations that will shape a more eco-conscious and delicious future. Stay for an evening of insightful conversations, networking opportunities, and actionable insights!

Event location: CMRI Gallery (B38), Cranfield University | or via Zoom

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RosinaRosina Borrelli

PhD Student: Systems Thinking for Sustainability

While finishing her PhD at Cranfield University, Rosina is also Joint Strategic Lead for Mapping Secondary School Food Education at The School of Artisan Food and Interdisciplinary Food Systems Teaching and Learning (IFSTAL): Workplace & Community Engagement Lead at the University of Oxford. Her career in food education and sustainability is rooted in her desire to see a systemic transformation of food as we know it.

PaulProfessor Paul Burgess

Professor of Sustainable Agriculture and Agroforestry

Paul is an expert in Agrifood Systems, Energy and the Environment, Natural Capital, Soil, and Sustainable Land Systems. He has undertaken research and consultancy globally, focusing on agroforestry, bio-economic models, and sustainable agriculture. Paul has led numerous projects, contributed to policy development, authored numerous papers and books. His current research focusses on focuses on the improvement of regenerative agricultural systems including agroforestry, tree crops, conservation tillage, and grassland management.

OliverOliver Rubinstein

Customer Success Manager, Trinity Agtech

Trinity Agtech’s software system allows farmers and land managers to accurately measure and manage their carbon footprint, biodiversity and nitrate leaching, then model future management scenarios. Oliver’s role involves working with some of the country’s most progressive food and farming businesses to help them reduce their environmental impact. Prior to this, he was the County Farming Adviser for the National Farmers Union in Bedfordshire as well as an agri-food sustainability consultant, researcher and several other roles within the food and farming sector. Oliver has a postgraduate degree in Sustainable Agriculture from Harper Adams and recently launched a sustainability focussed muesli brand, that allows consumers to directly support organic and regenerative producers.

Zbigniew (Zibi) LewickiZbigniew (Zibi) Lewicki

Sustainability, Innovation and Science Executive, shaping ‘corporate start-ups’ ex Unilever, Pepsi-Lipton and Bestfoods

His purpose is to grow a delicious world of well-being for people and the planet through Science and Nature. Driven sustainable growth of purposeful brands such as Lipton, Pukka, Knorr, Magnum, Hellman’s, Tazo and Pure Leaf across a global career of 26 years. Shaped impact strategies to unleash value from Sustainability. Experience in nurturing B-corp enterprises and crafting a culture which accelerates talent and business growth (the “winning blend”), including co-creation and carve-out of a ‘corporate start-up’. Married, with two daughters and a female dog Roxy. Vocational farmer, cook and impact mentor.

Who should attend?

This is an open event to Cranfield University staff and students and business and sustainability enthusiasts alike. Whether you're a professional in the food industry, a sustainability enthusiast, or simply curious about the changing landscape of our food systems, this event is not to be missed!

How to register

Register for an in-person ticket on Cranfield campus or an online space on Zoom (registration via Eventbrite).

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Sustainability Network Speaker Series

The Sustainability Network Speaker Series is the platform for our network of Cranfield students, faculty, staff, and alumni, our partners in industry and sustainability enthusiasts to hear from thought leaders across all sectors. The series is a chance to delve into a sustainability-related hot topic and explore the challenges and opportunities in embedding sustainability in various areas of industry. We typically host panels and lectures with a mix of thought leaders, sustainability and industry professionals, government, NGOs and academe to seed this discussion. Every session has an opportunity for you to ask questions and get involved in the discussion, as well as a chance to connect with other like-minded people.