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How Best to Feed the World? A public discourse at Queen's

flagship events | 6 September, 2019

Internationally leading figures from the worlds of nutrition, health and agriculture will gather at Queen’s to discuss the opportunity to join up food, farming and diet to improve public-health outcomes for a growing population.

Should I stay or should I go? New light shed on migratory behaviour of brown trout

Research publications | 4 September, 2019

A review paper recently published in the leading peer-reviewed Journal of Fish Biology has unearthed new evidence on how genes and the environment determine the movements of brown trout.

Tracking the genes of brown-trout populations

Research publications | 4 September, 2019

A paper just published in the leading peer-reviewed Journal of Fish Biology looks at the current numbers and genetic diversity of brown trout populations in Southwest Scotland.

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Marine researchers discover first ever species endangered from deep sea mining

Marine Life | 22 July, 2019

Scientists from Queen's Marine Lab have discovered that the scaly-foot snail or as it’s otherwise known, the sea pangolin, is the first species at risk of extinction due to potential deep sea mining by humans.

Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow starts at IGFS

27 June, 2019

A big welcome to Dr Simon Cameron, who has been awarded a prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowship – one of only nine awarded across the University in the latest round.

New evidence shows noise pollution is hampering birds communicating with each other

Research publications | 20 June, 2019

Noise pollution is making it difficult for birds to communicate with each other and it could lead to a severe decline in numbers, new research from IGFS has found.

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‘Wonder technology’ to transform farming, food production and mitigate AMR pioneered by IGFS

Cutting-edge Science | 14 June, 2019

A cutting-edge laboratory investigating a new technology and its ability to reduce harmful chemicals and antibiotics in the food chain – and lessen the threat of anti-microbial resistance (AMR) – has been launched.

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New research to tackle plastics, one of humankind’s 'greatest threats to existence'

Funding news | 13 June, 2019

IGFS researchers are investigating the damage that nano plastics and microplastics can have on the human body.

New Director of Interdisciplinary Research appointed

Staff appointments | 12 June, 2019

Queen's University Belfast is delighted to welcome Professor Aedin Cassidy as Director of Interdisciplinary Research at IGFS. She will take up the role on 1 September 2019.

New board comprising world-leading scientific expertise

Governance news | 12 June, 2019

IGFS is delighted to announced its new International Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB) ahead of the group’s inaugural visit to Queen’s University this week.

Major funding award for school-food project won by Queen’s

research funding | 21 May, 2019

A leading academic from IGFS has been selected for one of only eight new major UK funding awards, and the only one in Northern Ireland.

North West Eden spinoff could be "ready within two years," IGFS Annual Lecture told

Annual Lecture | 10 May, 2019

The regeneration of Derry/Londonderry’s riverside area into a scientific research, agricultural, entertainment and tourism facility, along the lines of the Eden Project in Cornwall, would cost around £65million.

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Surprising discoveries about the life of pigs

Animal behaviour | 16 April, 2019

Intriguing – and unpredicted – gender differences in the social-play behaviour of young pigs, with links to aggression later in life, have been uncovered by new research from IGFS.

Marks & Spencer announce placement programme for Queen’s students

Industry partnerships | 2 April, 2019

The M&S CEO, Steve Rowe, has delivered the annual KPMG Lecture at Queen's Management School where he announced a new student placement programme.

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Sir Tim Smit confirmed for IGFS talk

Annual Lecture | 1 April, 2019

One of the most high-profile figures from the worlds of environmentalism, tourism and public engagement has been confirmed to deliver the 2019 IGFS Annual Lecture

Matt Hancock MP Visit

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care visits Queen's University

Policy engagement | 22 March, 2019

Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock MP, has held discussions with IGFS academics and representatives from the NI food industry during a visit to Queen's.

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IGFS Professor appointed to new plasma centre

Staff news | 21 March, 2019

Professor Brendan Gilmore has been announced as the Director of the Centre for Plasma in Agri-Food (AgriPlas), which has been established within the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s - watch our video to find out more about the centre.

IGFS researcher uncovers link between heart-healthy diets and brain function in middle age

Nutrition & health | 7 March, 2019

Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, moderate in nuts, fish and alcohol and low in meat and full-fat dairy is associated with better cognitive performance in middle age, according to a new study led by an IGFS researcher.

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Devenish Doctoral Training Programme

Industry links | 7 March, 2019

IGFS is to host a doctoral training programme in partnership with Belfast-based international agri-tech company Devenish, offering two PhD studentships in research areas at the cutting edge of agri-food innovation.

IGFS researcher lands top award

Staff recognition | 5 March, 2019

An IGFS researcher who investigates the link between nutrition and cancer has received a prestigious award from a leading cancer charity.

Royal Society of Biology seal of approval

Academic affairs | 3 March, 2019

A number of degree courses at the School of Biological Sciences and IGFS have been granted the prestigious status of being formally accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.

Queen’s researchers using non-edible food waste to make reduced-plastic packaging

Circular economy | 28 February, 2019

A ground-breaking project at Queen’s to turn non-edible food waste into new forms of packaging – in a bid to reduce plastic – has attracted substantial investment via IGFS in a highly competitive European funding competition.

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.

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

Reproductive health | 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

Education advances | 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.

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.


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

One health | 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

Flagship event | 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.


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

Forging partnerships | 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

Industry links | 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

New technologies | 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

Staff recognition | 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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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.


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.


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.


11 May, 2016

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


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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