| The Institute For Global Food Security
UK #1
for 'Agriculture, Forestry & Food' *Guardian UK Universities Guide 2022
UK #1
for both Food Science & Agriculture: Research Ranking *Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022
UK #1
for both Food Science & Agriculture *Complete University Guide 2022
Global Top 200

for Food Science

*Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2021
Global Top 200

for Agriculture

*QS World Rankings 2022
SDG Life Below Water: No 6 (out of 379 institutions)
SDG Life on Land: No 11 (out of 402 institutions)        *Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2021


Food and farming systems and land management are key to tackling the climate crisis. To mark Cop26, our researchers have taken to social media to talk about how their research can aid sustainability. Hear Dr Neil Reid (opp), a conservation biologist from IGFS and the School of Biological Sciences on the everyday things we can ALL do to effect change. Check out some of our other IGFS video content at the link below.

Welcome to the Institute For Global Food Security

The Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) is one of four interdisciplinary Global Research Institutes at Queen's University Belfast, established to address key, international challenges - in this case, the integrity of our food systems.

Food and drink have become a global industry with many positive aspects - access, affordability, variety. Yet that industry is also faced with a number of conundrums:

  1. Soon there may not be enough food to feed a growing population
  2. The integrity of increasingly complex food supply chains is often compromised
  3. Climate change throws up huge challenges for agriculture
  4. Deliberate food fraud is a growing crime

Our researchers address challenges  - environmental, food-safety, animal-health, nutritional - at each point of the foodchain, from farm to fork. The UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has designated IGFS an IAEA Collaborating Centre, recognising its global reach in food safety, authenticity and traceability. Our ASSET centre lab is listed as a Centre of Expertise by the Food Authenticity Network, a UK DEFRA initiative.

IGFS is anchored in the School of Biological Sciences but includes many researchers from other schools and faculties. 

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Institute for Global Food Security
Biological Sciences Building
19 Chlorine Gardens, Belfast

Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 6514

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