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5-9 October 2020
Warwick's UK Vegetable Genebank celebrates 40th anniversary

The UK Vegetable Genebank was opened on 8th October 1980. Forty years on, a programme of events took place between 5th-9th October, as an online celebration of the genebank, its collections and how their seed has been used in plant breeding and research. View the resources from the event


International Year of Plant Health 2020

A series of articles were posted on the Crop Centre website during 2020 to highlight our work that relates to plant health.

70 years of research on vegetables and other crops celebratory event at the Wellesbourne Campus
Families and Food in Hard Times: FARM Network event - Food GRP Event

In the years following the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent so-called austerity measures, household food insecurity has risen in Europe. This is different in each country. Families and Food in Hard Times (2014-2019) examined the extent and experience of food poverty in the UK, Portugal and Norway.

Dr Rebecca O'Connell discussed with attendees the findings of the study Families and Food in Hard Times. Dr O'Connell was the study's principal investigator from 2014-2019.

Celebration event

A celebratory event to mark the 25th anniversary of a hugely successful partnership between academia and industry, and a discovery which changed modern farming practices worldwide. Read our article.

Conference: Plant variety protection debates: Connecting law, science and social science

The World Trade Organisation’s obligation for all members to protect plant varieties as set out in Article 27.3b of the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights raises debates about appropriate systems of protection. To unpack these debates, this multidisciplinary conference explored the process and importance of plant breeding, definition of plant varieties, conditions for protecting new plant varieties, as well as existing systems of protection. The conference also addressed the future of intellectual property rights for plant varieties considering global discussions on agroecology, climate change, food security and food sovereignty. The objectives of the conference were:

  • To provide a platform for law, science and social science researchers to exchange knowledge about plant variety protection
  • To bring together key organisations and stakeholders involved in plant variety protection to discuss recent developments
  • To contribute to discussions on the pending review of the plant variety protection provision in the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (Art. 27.3b)

The conference was organised by Dr Titilayo Adebola from the Law Department.

Food GRP Showcase Event

An event to provide information on Warwick's engagement with ‘food’ through research and teaching, and ‘pump-priming’ funding and other opportunities available to engage with the Food GRP. The event closed with an exploratory performance-conversation with women in UK agriculture entitled 'Who's driving the tractor?' performed by the Theatre and Performance Studies department.

Celebration of Fascination of Plants Day

The School of Life Sciences at the Wellesbourne Campus on May 18th, 6-8pm, hosted an evening of talks and demonstrations to showcase several fascinating aspects of their research on plants - focusing on food production and protecting the natural environment.

Challenges to sustainable production of fruits and vegetables

Professor Rosemary Collier gave this presentation at the 18th World Congress of Food Science and Technology, Dublin

CFP: Critical Foodscapes: What does the future hold for urban gardening? - Food GRP Event

A one-day conference held at the University of Warwick, part-funded by the Warwick’s IAS and Food GRP. The conference was put together by Dr Chris Maughan (IAS Early Career Fellow) with the intention of bringing a ‘critical studies’ approach to the emerging research area of urban community food growing; that is to put critical but constructive pressure on some of the assumptions which underlie current theory and practice of urban gardening.

22/05/16 - 11/06/16
The PerFarmance Project - Food GRP Event

The project was sponsored by the Food GRP. The project was a research-based performance residency. Using performance and farming, the project produced an exchange between artists and farmers and other engaged in the growing of food.

During the three week exchange, Melissa Aldape, Juan Aldape and Chris Bell researched food production in the West Midlands. They conducted interviews, experiential learning and visiting local sites of food production from large scale farms to community gardens and other forms of 'grow-your-own'.

Kenilworth Show

Staff and students from the School of Life Sciences, including Warwick Crop Centre, manned an interactive display at the Kenilworth show. They demonstrated how the biological diversity of soil can be seen - looking at soil from the bucket to the microscope.

Workshop on food and nutritional security at the European Parliament

Brian Thomas and Rosemary Collier attended this workshop as members of the European Plant Science Organisation. The purpose of the meeting was to help engage policy makers from the European Parliament, representatives from the European Commission and the Member States in a discussion of the potential contributions from plant science, breeding and farming towards food security and nutrition. This was to highlight the advances and opportunities associated with the field. It was attended by a range of stakeholders, including public researchers, breeding industry representatives, farmers, policy makers and journalists.

Delivering dietary diversity using natural variation in crops

Seminar session at Food Matters Live, London ExCel

Sandpit to identify technologies which have potential application in agriculture in the developing world

The aim of a sandpit held on the Wellesbourne Campus was to identify technologies which have potential application in agriculture in the developing world, and particularly for East Africa, within the DfID-funded SEED programme. The sandpit was organised jointly by the University of Warwick Global Priority on Food and H2O Venture Partners.

22/04/15 - 26/16/15
Food GRP workshop programme

In the spirit of furthering our interdisciplinary cooperation, a multidisciplinary Food GRP Workshop programme was organised, in which each week there was a discussion around a presentation on current research with contributions from a range of departments.

Food GRP events in Brussels

As part of an exciting programme of research-led events in 2015 for the University of Warwick's 50th anniversary celebrations, the Food GRP held events in Brussels, focusing on bee health and the sustainable use of pesticides.

Jam Grove, Centre of Lifelong Learning

The Vice-Chancellor planted the first tree in a new ‘Jam Grove’ outside the Centre for Lifelong Learning at Westwood. The idea came from within Warwick, after a range of workshops, events and consultations identified a strong desire among our community to make our campus more inviting, engaging, sustainable and productive. From this, the idea of a series of garden projects has developed starting with an accessible garden of fruit trees and berries. The garden will have seating and be accessible to all. The area can be used for informal and formal meetings and teaching as well as being a place to relax, to help out with maintaining the space and, in the years to come, to help yourselves to fruit.

Warwick Crop Centre Open Afternoon

Innovation - better ways of growing crops' was the theme for the Warwick Crop Centre Open Afternoon held on Thursday 25th September. The afternoon was hosted to showcase how research undertaken by Warwick Crop Centre and its collaborators can help growers and farmers to produce high-quality crops with reduced environmental impact. It was also as a celebration of 10 years since joining the University of Warwick. Changes over these last 10 yrs have meant responding to new funding models which has had the benefit that we now work much more closely with industry.

23/05/14 - 25/05/14
The Institute of Impossibility by Coventry Mysteries Festival
Future foodscapes: Grow Warwick - Food GRP Event

This was an interdisciplinary collaboration connected to the Food Global Research Priority, using the arts to imagine what ‘growing local’ might mean in in the West Midlands in central England. It proposed imaginative ways to increase public knowledge about how our food is produced and to encourage changes in attitudes and behaviour around issues of food. Using the University of Warwick as a possible model of a community where people live and work, a series of performance installations created by Warwick students and staff, artists, and community volunteers asking questions about and suggesting innovative propositions for local food production and consumption in the West Midlands.

Warwick Crop Centre Open Afternoon

'Vegetable Growing in a Changing World' was the theme for the Warwick Crop Centre Open Afternoon, held on Wednesday 18th September.

'Food acquisition and consumption practices among small-holder farmers in South Africa' - Food GRP Event

Speaker: Dr Elizabeth Hull