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Food innovation & consumer science

Track chairs: Professor Heather Hartwell and Dr Sean Beer, Bournemouth University

Culinary tradition and skill have for centuries been regarded as an art; however, more recently, science and technology have played an increasingly important role. For some academics, pushing at the forefront of knowledge, the sphere has been widened even further and health is also now considered in terms of the broader hospitality (foodservice) sector as well as within the tourism paradigm where wellbeing is increasingly prominent.

Food 2030 paves the way for innovation and looks to future-proof the foodservice sector to be sustainable, resilient, competitive, diverse, responsible and performant in its provision of accessible, healthy and sustainable meals out of home. As a result, there are substantial opportunities for inter-professional collaboration where learners learn with, from, and about each other in order to work together better.

This theme includes the following topics:

  • Foodservice (catering and hospitality)

Topics are likely to include: menus, menu planning, food variety and choice, portion size, food provenance, foodservice in society, the role of media in food and drink, education, foodservice and catering systems, foodservice work and culture.

  • Food and cultural tourism

Topics are likely to include: acculturation, heritage foods, wine and beer tourism, catering and the tourist, and the various interactions between food, drink, culture and identity.

  • Food and the environment

Topics are likely to include: short chain supply chains, food miles, and slow food

  • Nutrition, food science and technology

Topics are likely to include: nutrition, wellbeing, food fortification, food science, food safety, food technology and biotechnology.

  • Food marketing, food habits and consumer behaviour

Topics are likely to include: the marketing of food and foodservice, eating and drinking habits, sensory evaluation and analysis, and the interactions between food, drink and hospitality.

Call for papers

  • Deadline for abstract submission: 30 June 2017
  • Confirmation of acceptance: 30 June 2017
  • Last date for early bird registration: 14 July 2017
  • Deadline for registration: 18 Aug 2017

Please submit email abstracts to: