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New biomarker that could save time, money and lives

New Technologies | 17 January, 2019

Researchers at IGFS have developed a highly innovative enzyme biomarker test that has the potential to indicate diseases and bacterial contamination.

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IGFS researcher among team awarded 6.1 million euros to address fertility issues

Health News | 15 January, 2019

IGFS has been awarded 6.1 million euros, in collaboration with 11 other global partner universities and institutions, to develop a test to identify harmful chemicals that affect female fertility.

Top names in UK agri-food get behind Institute of Global Food Security at Queen’s

Industry links | 4 December, 2018

Key figures from the UK agri-food industry have become official ‘Ambassadors’ for the Institute of Global Food Security (IGFS) at Queen’s University Belfast.

Queen's collaboration receives £5M to enable 100 doctoral students

Funding Announcement | 22 November, 2018

Queen's University Belfast and The University of Aberdeen are bringing together their environmental research and teaching centres of excellence to deliver a unique PhD opportunity for 100 students.

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Radical start-ups pitching to agri-food ‘giants’ in shared-innovation event

Industry Event | 15 November, 2018

Some of the most imaginative and radical food start-ups from all over the world have been selected to attend the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast on Wednesday 21 November.

IGFS partners with Royal Society of Biology and ITN to produce film for UK campaign

Media News | 30 October, 2018

IGFS recently teamed up with the Royal Society of Biology and ITN Productions to produce one of a series of news and current affairs-style programmes from around the UK, exploring the breadth and depth of biosciences.

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Basking sharks can jump as high and as fast as a great white shark

Natural World | 20 September, 2018

A team of scientists led by Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Roehampton have found basking sharks can jump as fast and as high out of the water as their cousin, the famously powerful and predatory great white shark.

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Queen's to host AIMday Big Data, AI and the One Health Agenda

Health News | 13 August, 2018

Queen’s University Belfast will hosting AIMday Big Data, AI and the One Health Agenda on Friday 19th October 2018 at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University Belfast.

Belfast Summit on Global Food Integrity

27 June, 2018

IGFS recently hosted the inaugural Belfast Summit on Global Food Integrity which attracted over 600 delegates from 47 countries to the Waterfront Hall over four days.

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New strategic alliance announced by Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute and Queen’s

Business | 18 May, 2018

AFBI and Queen’s University Belfast have announced a new strategic alliance to create a globally competitive research and education partnership, developing the next generation of leaders and experts in agri-food and bioscience.

World's First Blockchain Beer - Brewed in Northern Ireland

17 May, 2018

The world’s first ‘blockchain’ beer has been produced in Northern Ireland and will be launched at the Belfast Summit of Global Food Integrity later this month.

'Wonder technology' that could help fight AMR

1 May, 2018

IGFS is to establish a dedicated research facility to investigate a new and cutting-edge technology with huge and exciting potential to reduce harmful chemicals and antibiotics in the food chain.

Major award for IGFS academic

18 April, 2018

Professor Bob Elwood has won a major award for his pioneering research into the question of whether crustaceans can and do feel pain and the impact of that research.

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Optimistic note struck at IGFS Annual Lecture

28 March, 2018

The IGFS Annual Lecture at Riddel Hall on Tuesday 27 March 2018 was a great success, with a capacity audience made up of representatives from the Northern Ireland agri-food industry, the public sector and academia.

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EIT Food: Global Food Venture

29 March, 2018

EIT Food is excited to announce the opening of the Global Food Venture's (GFV) application phase!

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IGFS URGES EU TO DO MORE TO LOWER ARSENIC LEVELS IN INFANT FOOD

22 March, 2018

Researchers at the Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) have said that EU laws introduced in January 2016 regarding carcinogen inorganic arsenic should be revised to ensure a lowered concentration of arsenic in baby food.

Queen’s University Belfast report warns of cancer risk from chemicals used to cure processed meats

Health | 16 March, 2018

Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have found that nitrates used in the curing process for processed meats can produce chemicals that cause an increased risk of colorectal cancer.

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY RESEARCHERS EXPLORING SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION FOR AMMONIA EMISSIONS

8 February, 2018

Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have partnered with the local agri-food industry to develop a ‘green’ solution to the problem of agricultural ammonia emissions.

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Queen’s University Scientist Helps Uncover Secret of Mass Mortality Event in Remote Steppe Grassland

10 January, 2018

The sudden death of 200,000 critically endangered saiga antelopes was caused by unusual environmental conditions, it has emerged.

IGFS-industry partnerships secure major investment

14 December, 2017

Projects that bring together the Northern Ireland agri-food industry and scientists from IGFS have received a significant investment, it has been announced.

New Postgraduate Research Studentships 2018/19

12 December, 2017

Applications are now open for six new PhD programmes, funded by the Department for the Economy (DfE). The deadline is Friday 26 January 2018 and details of each of the six studentships can be found below.

MAJOR AWARD AND A UK FIRST FOR QUEEN'S SCIENTIST

13 December, 2017

An academic from the Institute for Global Food Security has won a major award – and made a little history – for his contributions to peer-reviewing.

IGFS honoured to host UK-China Regional Leaders Summit

4 December, 2017

‌Top ranking politicians, business figures and other, strategic decision makers from seven key regions across China visited Northern Ireland over the weekend for the UK-China Regional Leaders Summit.

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Queen’s Research Shows Illegal Levels of Arsenic Found in Baby Foods

4 May, 2017

Researchers from Queen’s University Belfast have found that almost half of baby rice food products contain illegal levels of inorganic arsenic despite new regulations set by the EU

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Queen’s University Belfast to Lead EU-China Collaboration to Tackle Food Fraud

14 June, 2017

The Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast will lead one of the world’s largest food safety projects across Europe and China.

Guilty or Not Guilty: The Fight against Food Fraud

1 February, 2017

Discover more about the launch of the Food Integrity, Fraud and Traceability Distance Learning module.

EXPERTS CALL FOR INCREASED ACTION ON PROTECTING THOSE WITH FOOD ALLERGIES

11 May, 2016

More action needs to be taken in order to better protect people with food allergies.

FOOD SAFETY EXPERT APPOINTED TO LEAD QUEEN’S INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY

5 May, 2016

A world-leading expert in animal agriculture and associated supply chains has been appointed Director of Queen’s Institute for Global Food Security. Professor Nigel Scollan will take up the post on 1 September 2016.

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