Nuffield Farming Lecture 2018


The 2018 Nuffield Farming Lecture will be held on Wednesday 4th July 2018 in the Telford Theatre, 'One Great George Street', Westminster, London and titles: "Changing Food Cultures: challenges and opportunities for UK Agriculture"  




Professor Michael Winter OBE



Michael is currently Professor of Land Economy & Society at the Centre for Rural Policy Research at the University of Exeter. He has forty years’ experience of research and policy engagement. He works at the interface of social science, policy and land management and co-directed Defra’s Sustainable Intensification Research Platform, which concluded its work earlier this year. He is therefore at the centre of research into how agriculture in England and Wales should adapt to changing requirements and demands. He is a board member of Natural England and of Rothamsted Research and a member of Defra’s Working Group reviewing the Bovine TB Strategy.


In his 2018 Nuffield lecture Michael will examine the changing world of food consumption and diet -  how cultures and practices combine to alter patterns of consumption. He will pay particular attention to how health concerns are likely to impact on future demand for food. He will consider what all this will mean to UK farmers in the future and whether the industry is well placed to respond to the opportunities and challenges of changing food cultures.


After the Lecture there will be an Open Forum chaired by Professor Sir Charles Godfray CBE FRS. Sir Charles is a population biologist with broad interests in the environmental sciences and has published in fundamental and applied areas of ecology, evolution and epidemiology. He is interested in how the global food system will need to change and adapt to the challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. In February this year, he took up the post of Director of the Oxford Martin School.

He chaired the Lead Expert Group of the UK Government’s Foresight Project on the Future of Food and Farming and is a member of the Strategy Advisory Board of the UK Global Food Security Programme and the Steering Group of the UK Government Green Food Project. Sir Charles is currently chairing a review of the government's 25- year bovine TB strategy. He is also a member of the writing team for the UN’s Committee on World Food Security, and High Level Panel of Experts report on Climate Change and Food Security.  


We are sure you will agree the Lecture is very relevant and covers an important subject. We would love to welcome you as our guest but regret that as a charity we need to make a small charge of £25.00 for administration and hospitality.

Please note that the number of seats is strictly limited and will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Please email the Nuffield Farming Office ( to book your ticket. Final details and ticketing information will be forwarded shortly before the Lecture.



10:30 - 11:00      Welcome, Reception and Coffee

11:00                    Lecture given by Professor Michael Winter OBE

12:00                   Open forum chaired by Professor Sir Charles Godfray CBE FRS

12:45 - 14:00      Networking buffet lunch





One Great George Street - Telford Theatre

The Telford Theatre, on the first floor of this Westminster venue, is a fabulous purpose-built conference and lecture space with fixed racked seating able to accommodate up to 240 people. At the front is an ornate stage of dark wood panels which also surround the room. The stage has a speaker’s lectern to one side and a top table for up to seven people. The lectern and top table each have in-built monitors and microphones.

There is a domed roof containing glass believed to have been salvaged from the Institution’s former building (pre-1900). This dome, as well as being a striking feature, also creates a feeling of space and light in the room. The cornices are embellished with carved plaster where the names of many eminent Engineers are featured.

The lecture theatre is named after Thomas Telford who many consider to be the father of engineering and was the Institution of Civil Engineer’s first president. His notable works include the design of the Ellesmere Canal, the Menai Suspension Bridge and St Katherine’s Dock.

Originally built to house the Institution’s annual meetings and conferences however it has been used for external events since the mid 1980’s. More recent guest speakers have included Jamie Oliver, Heston Blumenthal, and Boris Johnson.



The Telford Theatre