Join us to hear from our panel of beer professionals to understand the future of the brewing industry and learn how we can Beer- better!

The Cranfield Sustainability group hosts a panel discussion to explore where the beer industry is in their race to net-zero. Joined by long-established brewing companies and small-batch craft breweries alike, we will explore the challenges and opportunities they face today and what steps they are taking to make significant and sustainable change.

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.


Fergus Fitzgerald

Fergus Fitzgerald

Head Brewer - Adnams Brewery, Southwold

Having studied Biotechnology in Ireland a lucky break in 1995 led to a temporary role in the laboratory at Fullers Brewery. The creativity and science at the heart of brewing has led to a 26 (and counting) year career in brewing. Fergus joined Adnams in 2004 as assistant brewer, becoming Head Brewer in 2008 and now is Director of Production and Product development where he helps develop Adnams range of beers, ciders spirits and wines. He has overseen the installation of a new brewhouse, distillery, tank farm, kegging lines and most recently a dealcoholiser to produce the award winning Ghost Ship 0.5%.

Miranda HudsonMiranda Hudson

Founder and Managing Director of Duration Beer, Norfolk

Founder and Managing Director of Duration Beer, Norfolk Miranda Hudson together with her partner Derek Bates set up Duration as a modern farmhouse brewery in West Norfolk making beers that belong in 2019. Bringing her marketing and fundraising skills to compliment cofounder Bates as Head Brewer. Former Londoner Miranda enjoys being the frontman travelling the country to rep the project, leaving all things brewing to Bates an epicureanfrom the Deep South in America, who prefers to be emerged in the ‘creative solitude’ of Norfolk’s agricultural landscape. Fresh beers and wild and blended farm-style ales with a sense of time and place to them. Their vision of building a sustainable destination farmhouse brewery has won them many accolades including Best New Brewery for 2021 and Best Conservation Project for the build at West Acre’s Priory Site - a schedule monument and grade II* listed building. Their project is educational, pioneering and brings jobs and skills to rural Norfolk. ‘Surrounded by the creative solitude of nature we make good beer, with good people, in a way that respects where we are.’

Ed Robinson

Ed Robinson

Communications Manager, Group Planet and Community Impact Lead - Wells & Co. Bedford

As Wells & Co.’s recently-appointed ‘sustainability guy’, Ed is focused on first creating and then delivering the Bedford family brewers’ ESG strategy to support the new Triple Bottom Line ethos of their business. Everything from waste management to supplier ethics to community support will come under the microscope; Ed’s role will help to shape the future outlook of the brewery and pub estate, ensuring that Wells & Co’s actions match their values when it comes to sustainability and social responsibility.

Alexandra Prebble

Alexandra Prebble

Co-Founder Endangered Brewing

Alex is a co-founder of Endangered Brewing along with Delphi Scheepers. With a passion for beer and beasts… or wildlife if you prefer… Endangered Brewing was born. Each Endangered Brewing beer can features vibrant artwork of a lesser known Endangered species with a portion of profits going to support conservation of these animals. Endangered Brewing provides a no-nonsense approach to craft beer with sustainability at their core.

Who is it for?

Students, researchers, academics and professionals with an interest in sustainable business.

Industry professionals and business owners in the beer industry, and related hospitality fields.


This is a hybrid event, due to current restrictions, in-person tickets are available to Cranfield staff and students only.

In-person tickets for Cranfield staff and students

There are limited tickets available for the event held in Mitchell Hall, complete with tasters from the breweries involved. Please register for a ticket using DATES.

Online tickets for external visitors

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