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The Great Hall, Queen's University Belfast

Join us on 20 September in Queen’s University Belfast for the first of the Global Challenges Debates Series and hear from world leading experts to discuss one of the greatest challenges of our time. 

Professor Chris Elliott‌ 


 Michelle Grant


Doors open at 4.30pm. Seats will be issued on a first come, first served basis (no registration required).
The debate will run from 5pm – 6.30pm. All guests are invited to join the speakers for refreshments in the Canada Room
and Council Chamber following the debate.

Following the speakers presentations, a debate will be chaired by Professor Nigel Scollan,
Director of the Institute for Global Food Security, Queen’s University Belfast.

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Professor Chris Elliott

Professor Chris Elliott

Chris is currently Professor of Food Safety and founder of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast. He serves as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the university and is responsible for the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences. He has published more 300 peer review articles, many of them relating to the detection and control of agriculture, food and environmental related contaminants. His main research interests are in the development of innovative techniques to provide early warning of toxin threats across complex food supply systems. MORE >

Protecting the integrity of the food supply chain from fraud is also a key research topic and Chris led the independent review of Britain’s food system following the 2013 horsemeat scandal. Over the years Chris has developed a high level network of collaborators across Europe, the United States and Asia. He co-ordinates and participates in multiple European framework research projects.

Michelle Grant

Michelle Grant

Michelle Grant is the Executive Director of the World Food System Center at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), a leading research university based in Zurich, Switzerland. Established in 2012, the World Food System Center supports research, education and outreach that works across disciplines, sectors and scales to tackle complex food system issues. The Center brings together 40 research groups and awards over 2 million CHF annually in competitive research funding. MORE >

Michelle completed her studies in Environmental Engineering at the University of Queensland in Australia and further post graduate studies in Management, Technology and Economics at the ETH Zurich. She has previously worked as an Engineer in Australia, Norway and Costa Rica and as the lead Project Manager at the former ETHsustainability.

In this role she was responsible for the education, research and outreach programs of the Center in the framework of the Alliance for Global Sustainability, a unique university partnership between MIT, the University of Tokyo, Chalmers University and the ETH Zurich. During this time she established graduate level training programs and taught modules on food security and the global food system.

More recently she ran her own consultancy business in Australia, working with government, academic and social enterprise clients in the fields of food systems and sustainability. Aside from her current role at the World Food System Center, Michelle is a member of the Swiss National Committee of the FAO, which advises the Swiss Government on issues of international relevance regarding food systems and food security.