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: "How does the UK farmer deliver to the UK food culture(s) of 2030?" 

Professor Michael Winter OBE

Professor of Land Economy and Society at the Centre for Rural Policy Research in the Department of Politics at the University of Exeter. He is a board member of Natural England and Rothamsted Research and chairs the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere Partnership.

Michael has forty years’ experience of research and policy engagement. He works at the interface of social science, policy and land management.  He is currently co-directing Defra’s Sustainable Intensification Research Platform.

In his 2018 Nuffield lecture in July 2018 he will examine the changing world of food consumption – how cultures, beliefs and practices combine to alter patterns of consumption. 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.




10.00 for 10.30: Welcome, Reception and Coffee

10.30: Lecture

11.30: Open Forum chaired by ????

12.15 – 14.00: Finger 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





Please put the date in your diary and send a short email, without delay to the Nuffield Farming Office ( expressing an interest in attending. 

Please note that tickets will be limited and by invitation only.