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Insects as Food and Feed (IAFF) Conference 2023
27 April @ 09:00 – 16:30
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Insects as Food and Feed Conference 2023
Commercialisation and future opportunities
Listen to informative talks around the subject of insect protein, the benefits, ethics and issues surrounding the rearing of insects, their uses in pathology, industry, agriculture & farming, cattle feed and protein for human and non-human animal consumption.
On: Thursday 27 April, 09:00-16:30
At: M Shed, Princes Wharf, Bristol
Registration is now closed
RES Members can attend at significantly reduced rates to attend IAFF23, paying only 17% of the full Early Bird in-person ticket price.
If you would like to join the RES or need to renew your membership,
do so today and don’t miss out!
Want to share your research with a poster at the IAFF Conference 2023?
Poster abstract submission deadline has been extended to 10 April
Click here to fill in our poster abstract submission form
Note: Abstracts will not be considered if you have not registered.
Please do not bring posters to the conference unless you have been approved in advance by RES event organisers.
We are delighted to announce you will hear from industry experts including the FSA (Food Standards Agency), IPIFF, Entocycle and FERA
The event will also take place via Zoom live if you wish to attend online
Steven Barbosa, Sr. EU Public Affairs Manager, The International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed (IPIFF)
Talk: IPIFF: Policy & Regulatory developments towards an EU growing and promising market for insect-based food and feed
Paul Tossell, Head of Novel Foods and Radiological Policy Team, Food Standards Agency (FSA)
Talk – Insects as novel foods and feed requirements
Paul has been Head of what was at the time the Radiological, GM, Novel Foods and Feed Additives Branch, since January 2019. He has overseen policy development on CBD and novel alternative protein compliance with novel food regulations, including the move towards compliance of edible insects.
Paul has been with the FSA since its formation in 2000, having previously worked for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF). Other previous roles have been leading on food defence and hypersensitivity.
Maureen Wakefield, Senior Applied Entomologist at Fera Science Limited
Maureen is a research entomologist, with over 33 years’ experience, whose current research interests focus around integrated pest management of agriculturally important invertebrate pests and invasive species and the potential use of insects as a novel source of protein for animal feed and other high value materials .
Maureen has spent her career on research to improve understanding of insect behaviour and chemical ecology, in particular with regard to detection and monitoring and the development of novel control methods, including the use of biological control agents such as parasitoids, predators and entomopathogenic fungi. More recently her research has focussed research on insects as a novel source of protein for animal feed and for other high value materials with an emphasis on insect rearing methodologies and nutrition. This has included involvement in the EU FP7 project PROteINSECT. Maureen is an experienced project manager who has led commercial, government and European Commission funded projects. Maureen is an editor of Journal of Stored Product Research, a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and a Royal Society Biology Senior Plant Health Professional.
Chris Lyons, Innovation Lead, Innovate UK
Talk: How BBSRC and Innovate UK support collaborative research, knowledge exchange and innovation (Joint with Esther Harper)
Chris Lyons is Agricultural Lead at Innovate UK. With a background in innovation, funding and grass roots agriculture. Chris currently works with a diverse range of innovative businesses with funded projects across the various agricultural subsectors, with an increasing focus on alternative proteins.
Esther Harper, Senior Portfolio Manager (Farmed Animals), Business Interaction Unit, BBSRC
Esther develops and manages collaborative R&D and knowledge exchange funding opportunities within BBSRC’s farmed animals portfolio, which covers the breadth of livestock agriculture, aquaculture, and insect farming. She connects academia and businesses to co-create and deliver on-farm solutions and translational research impacts. She is interested in learning more about the key challenges and opportunities across the insect farming supply chain, with a particular focus on insect proteins for livestock and companion animal feeds. Her pets enjoy hunting and eating flies.
Nathalie Berezina, CTO at FlyFeed, PhD
Talk – Insect industry: towards globalisation and maturity, case study – industrial production in Vietnam
Nathalie received MSc in Chemical Engineering at “Grande Ecole” of Mulhouse (ENSCMu) and has a doctorate in Chemistry, from the University of Marseille, France. She was a Board Member & Vice President of the French Chemical Society 2015-2021 and a guest lecturer at ENSCMu, ESTA and AgroParisTech.
In 2005 Nathalie joined Natiss – Materia Nova, R&D Centre in Belgium, as a senior scientist to work on the microbiological synthesis of polyesters with 33 times productivity improvement.
In 2014 Nathalie joined Ynsect, an insect biotechnology company, as a CSO & IP, and contributed to company’s growth from 110 M€ to 0,5 B€ valuation.
In 2020 Nathalie founded Norbite, the company transforming plastic waste into sustainable goods by means of an insect-based biorefinery.
Nathalie holds 20 patents, authored more than 30 papers & book chapters, and is a regular speaker and invited lecturer at international conferences.
Eva Pasquier, researcher at RISE PFI
Talk – Valorization of chitin from the insect industry into nanofibers and films for packaging applications
Our study has shown that chitin nanofibers extracted from fly larvae (Hermetia Illucens) have similar properties than chitin nanofibers from shrimp in terms of film forming capacity and mechanical properties. Valorization of mealworm farming residues composed of mealworm exuviae, and residual feed have also shown promising results. The potential applications of chitin fibers from insects will be discussed with a particular focus on food packaging.
Eva is a researcher at RISE PFI where she works with the valorization of biobased polymers, like cellulose, lignin and chitin. She received her PhD in materials science from Grenoble Alpes University in 2022.
She has worked on the preparation and characterization of biobased nanoparticles for over 5 years, studying their interactions and the process of combining them into films.
Alexandra (Aly) Haskell, Business Development Associate at Entocycle
Alexandra (Aly) Haskell is a Business Development Associate at Entocycle. As a trained entomologist with more than three years of research and field experience, Aly has a breadth of experience in her industry. Most notably, she worked with the United States Department of Agriculture to manage the Mediterranean fruit fly crisis, as well as the United States Army on several medical entomological projects.
Aly holds a Bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has also pursued a Masters of Science in Entomology specializing in Diptera interactions from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Aly is passionate about sustainable living with a mission to promote the use of insect farming.
Insects as Food and Feed Conference 2023 – Programme
Commercialisation and future opportunities
|0845-0930||Registration opens, teas & coffee|
|0930- 0945||Welcome and Introduction from Peter Smithers (Royal Entomological Society) – Commercialisation and future opportunities|
|0945- 1015||IPIFF – Steven Barbosa: Policy & Regulatory developments towards an EU growing and promising market for insect-based food and feed|
|1015- 1045||FSA – Paul Tossell: Insects as novel foods and feed requirements|
|1045-1115||FERA – Maureen Wakefield: Insect bioconversion – the role of research to address challenges and opportunities|
|1115-1125||Bryony Williams: Insect Doctors: Educating the next generation of insect pathologists to address problems related to infectious diseases in insect mass rearing.|
|1145-1205||BBSRC – Esther Harper & Innovate UK – Chris Lyons: How BBSRC and Innovate UK support collaborative research, knowledge exchange and innovation|
|1205- 1245||Panel discussion- Chaired by Rachel O’Connor (Michelmores)|
|1245-1300||Rolling mic introductions, led by Peter Smithers (RES) / Rachel O’Connor (Michelmores)|
|1300-1400||Lunch, posters and exhibitors|
|1400-1430||Entocycle – Alexandra (Aly) Haskell: Insect Feed Ingredients for: Pet, Poultry and Aquaculture in the UK and Wider World|
|1430-1445||Michelmores – David Thompson: Intellectual Property|
|1445-1515||Online talk: FlyFeed – Nathalie Berezina: Insect industry: towards globalisation and maturity, case study – industrial production in Vietnam|
|1515-1545||Online talk: RISE PFI – Eva Pasquier: Valorization of chitin from the insect industry into nanofibers and films for packaging applications|
|1545-1630||Panel Discussion – Chaired by Mark Ramsden (ADAS)|
|1630||Close and Wrap Up – Peter Smithers (RES)|
Details for poster presenters
Note: If you presenting a poster at the conference, the poster board dimensions are
2m x 1m (h x w) which will fit a portrait A0 or A1 poster.
Please send the .pdf of the whole poster to firstname.lastname@example.org. by Friday 14 April
Please note if you are selected, you will be required to print and bring your own poster.
Please note: Submitting your abstracts does not automatically provide a presentation space and you will be contacted by the organisers to confirm a date/time slot if your abstract is chosen.
All presenters are required to register. These expenses cannot be reclaimed by the RES.
Planning your trip to Bristol – travel help
Planning your journey to Bristol
Bristol is one of the most easily accessible cities in the UK, with excellent road, rail, bus and coach and air links. If you are travelling to Bristol from outside of the UK, please check the latest travel advice for travel from overseas.
Bristol Temple Meads railway station is the largest rail hub in the west of England, with direct services available from London, Scotland, Wales, Manchester and Birmingham. Travel to and from London Paddington and to destinations across the South of England, South West and South Wales with Great Western Railway (GWR). You can plan your journey, check timetables, book tickets and find out more at GWR.com
Bristol Parkway is located to the north of the city. Services run from Birmingham, Cardiff, Gloucester and London.
Discounts on train travel – don’t miss out!
GWR offer up to 80% discounts for delegates travelling to conferences.
Once you have registered, check GWR’s conference discount on train tickets.
Please be sure to note any small print on your booking.
– up to 80% saving based on an Anytime Return from London Paddington to Cardiff Central
– conference fares are only available to delegates. You will be asked to produce a confirmation by the train manager
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Bristol is ideally situated for road access from London as well as from the north and east of England, it being situated at the intersection of the M4 and M5 motorways. Find out more about Park and Ride and parking in Bristol here.
Travelling to and from Bristol Airport by bus or coach is easy and convenient. Whether it’s into the city or out into the South West and Wales, there are plenty of good value and direct services available. Find out more about the services available here. This includes the A1 Bristol Flyer to and from Bristol City Centre and the A3 Weston Flyer to and from Weston-super-Mare.
To find out more about travel from Bristol Airport head to the Bristol Airport website or the Bristol Airport Guide website. Find out more about flying in to Bristol here
Getting to M Shed – location maps below and further information available on the M Shed website here
Accommodation Near Bristol Temple Meads Train Station
If you are travelling to Bristol by train and looking to stay in a hotel close to Bristol Temple Meads, below are a few hotel options to help you.
Double Tree Hilton Mecure Bristol Holland Hotel Hilton Garden Inn, Bristol City Centre
Further information on accommodation go to the ‘Visit Bristol’ site
In 2022, the annual Insects as Food and feed conference was held at the Natural History Museum, London, UK. The keynote speaker was Arnold van Huis, Emeritus professor, Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen, The Netherlands, talking about “Edible insects: progress and prospects”.
Note – We do not provide recordings of events or presentations as standard, unless otherwise stated.
This is to encourage in-person participation and foster the social and networking environment of like-minded researchers and enthusiasts.
The Royal Entomological Society organises insect science conferences and events around the UK and the world for people at all stages of career and interest.