Conference to give designers food for thought

The world’s leading experts on food design will be coming to London this month for first ever academic conference on the subject.
Date: 01/06/2012

The world’s leading experts on food design will be coming to London this month for first ever academic conference on the subject.

The International Conference on Designing Food and Designing For Food will be held on 28-29 June at London Metropolitan University. 

Food design encompasses a wide range of vocations, from food scientists to creative designers, and the conference, organised by the International Food Design society, aims to bring these different disciplines together. 

PhD student Francesca Zampollo is one of the organisers of the event. She said: “This conference is the first of its kind and reflects the multidisciplinary nature of food design. We aim to bring the subject into the academic field and strengthen the links between industry and academia.

“What is particularly exciting is that we have people from 21 countries from across the world taking part, making it a truly international occasion. 

“The magic of this event, like all conferences, is that people get together to show what they are doing, receive feedback, discuss their ideas with others and maybe start new research or design collaborations. 

“This conference is where the future of Food Design begins.”   

Keynote speakers include the world’s only ‘Thrill Engineer' Brendan Walker, and 'food futurologist' Dr. Morgaine Gaye. Delegates will also be treated to a special 'lunch with a difference'.

A separate event, PechaKucha Food Design, will be running as part of the conference. Organised in collaboration with Architempo, this satellite event is free and open to the public. 

The conference will be held in the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design. For more information on events and how to register see the conference webpage. 

Staff and students at London Metropolitan University can attend for free but places are limited. To register please email Francesca at: f.zampollo@londonmet.ac.uk.