POSTPONED: Insects as food and feed - Royal Entomological Society 2 day conference

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The number of UK producers and users of insect-based products both as animal feed and as a novel protein source in human diets is rapidly increasing. This conference spanning over 2 days will draw together the multidisciplinary aspects of this emerging industry. The first day will look at the role of insects as food and the second will look at insects as animal feed.

In response to COVID-19, this event has now been postponed until further notice. 


Tuesday, April 21  to Wednesday, April 22 2020
Flett Lecture theatre, Natural History Museum, London SW7 5BD

POSTPONED: Insects as food and feed  - Royal Entomological Society 2 day conference

Event date: 21/04/2020 - 22/04/2020 Export event

Day 1: Insects as Food - Chaired by Peter Smithers, RES

09.00 -10.00 - Reception open. Tea and coffee available.

10.00 - Welcome from the RES and NHM

10.20 - Introduction to the conference from the chair.

10.30 - Securing the Food of the Future - Plenary talk by Sir Ian Boyd  ex chief Science advisor to DEFRA 

11.00 - “You’ll never get kids to it that”: introducing edible insects into Welsh School canteens. - Dr. Verity Jones, University of the West of England

11.30 - Farming Insects for food, a global perspective - Adam Banks & Nick Rousseau, Woven network

12.00 - The Palm Weevil Project - Tilly Collins, Imperial College

12.30 - Rolling introductions

12.45 - Lunch

14.00 - Bugfarm Foods, the story so far - Sarah Beynon

14.30 - Panel discussion.

16.00 - Close

The conference dinner has not yet been confirmed as it requires a minimum of 50 people.

It will be held at the Rembrandt Hotel and the cost will be £50.00 for a 3-course meal and wine.  If you would like to attend please indicate so on the registration form and we will keep you updated.

Day 2: Insects as Feed - Chaired by Mark Ramsden RES & ADAS

09.00 - Reception open. Tea and coffee are available.

10.00 - Welcome and introduction to the day.

10.15 - The post-Brexit legislative landscape - Rachel O Connor, Michelmores.

10.45 - Farming insects as part of a sustainable food and farming future in the UK - Vicky Hird & Tilly Jarvis.

11.10 - Nutritious Mealworms produced using circular economy principles - Olivia Champion: Entec Nutrition.

11.30 - Insect Doctors: Educating the next generation of insect pathologists to tackle infectious diseases in insect mass rearing - Helen Hesketh, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

11.50  - Black soldier fly larvae in British livestock farming: options, opportunities and outlook - Miha Pipan, Entomics.

12.10 - Rolling Introductions.

12.30 - Lunch.

13.30 - Innovation TBC.

14.00 - UK Industry showcase in partnership with FERA’s Task & Finish Group on Insect Bioconversion, an open panel discussion - Chaired by Andrew Swift

            Short Introductions from the panel which will include: FERA, Agriprotien, Entomics, Entocycle, plus others still to be confirmed. Followed by a panel discussion with the audience

16.00 - Close

No accommodation has been arranged but there are many hotels and Airbnbs available close by. The Scout Association ( which is next door to the museum) also has rooms available at £110.00 /night.

How to register for this event

To register for this event, please see the Royal Entomology Society website

Price is £30.00 per day for RES Members/Fellows or £40.00 for non-members. Price per day including tea/coffee on arrival and a buffet lunch.

More information

Contact Mark Ramsden at if you would like more information about this event.

In response to COVID-19, this event has now been postponed until further notice. 

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