7th October 2023

Great Malvern, UK

12th Edition



Morning Symposium

 Friday 9th October 2020 (morning)

 Virtual event 

We can innovate all we like, but if we don't care for the environment and make our solutions sustainable, we may not have a planet to live on.

We had until very recently intended to stage this event with a limited audience in one of our local theatres, but the latest COVID-19 restrictions have meant that we have had to err on the side of caution. We thank the Coach House Theatre for all their help and advice, and we're disappointed we can't go ahead in their auditorium as planned.

We broadcasted this live on Zoom and Facebook.





@festivalofinnov #InnovateMalvern #environment #sustainability #GreenEnergy #Agritech

Dr Adrian Burden, Festival Founder & Managing Director of Innovate Malvern CIC  [Watch]




Energy Efficiency: Measuring Away The Performance Gap 

How can industry reform monitoring, metrics and certification to reflect real-world energy performance over modelled data: Research in the UK suggests that actual carbon emissions from new homes can be 2.5 times the design estimates, on average. For non-domestic buildings, the gap is even higher - actual carbon emissions as much as 3.8 times the design estimates! Do energy assessments need to evolve to match changing demands? This talk will explore how the Performance Gap could undermine the UK’s net-zero ambition. [Watch]

Tom Fenton, Co-founder & CEO Veritherm

Tom has been directly involved with building performance his entire career and has skills in thermal modelling, surveying & testing. He has a strong focus on sensing, real-time data collection and in-situ performance measurement. Since 2015, he has investigated and invested in providing a solution to the Performance Gap, co-founding Malvern-based Veritherm to bring the solution to market.




Smart food systems: challenges and benefits for greater transparency in the food supply chain

Smart food systems: what are they and what are the advantages and disadvantages of making our food systems smart? As we consider many of the challenges of providing the right amount of food of the right nutritional quality and at an affordable price, consistently for everyone in our global society and with the lowest ecological and environmental foodprint: what is the role of digital systems? As we expect more transparency and sharing of data what are the benefits and the problems that could arise as we create greater insight into how are food is produced? [Watch]

Professor Louise Manning, Director of Knowledge Exchange, Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester

Louise has worked for over 35 years in the agri-food supply chain in a range of roles. Her expertise is in the area of food security and food integrity including food safety, food quality, food crime, policy and governance, social and corporate responsibility, resilience, risk assessment and mitigation strategies. Louise has carried out projects for government bodies and companies throughout Europe and Africa. This work includes strategic risk analysis and mitigation for both corporate organisations and public bodies. She has been published in peer-reviewed journals, authored book chapters and written and edited books in the subject area, including 'Food and Drink - Good Manufacturing Practice: A Guide to its Responsible Management'. Louise's research work also involves undertaking desktop reviews; qualitative and quantitative fieldwork including focus groups, workshops and in-depth interviews, questionnaire design and analysis, strategic framework, communication systems and model design and developing tools to drive risk communication and engagement of stakeholders at all levels of the supply chain.

@foodsafetyljm, @RoyalAgUni



Circular Economies and Sustainable Systems: An inside look at the latest biorefining and waste valorisation collaborative research at AberInnovation

The transformation of waste materials into valuable chemicals and energy (i.e. valorization) is emerging as a strong trend. At the newly opened Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus (AberInnovation) we have integrated a Future Food Centre with a  Biorefining Centre and an Advanced Analysis Centre to create a food grade, valorisation pilot scale environment under one roof. Companies can collaborate with Aberystwyth University to leap ahead to maximise on their products and work in more sustainable ways and take forward proof of concept starting from a variety of waste streams. AberInnovation provides a facility enabling companies to innovate in a low risk, development environment with cutting edge academic experts to advise and support. Rebecca will discuss the latest areas of research and exciting new developments and their advances towards supporting a circular and more sustainable economy. [Watch]

Dr Rebecca Charnock, Industrial Research Development Manager at AberInnovation, Aberystwyth University

Rebecca joined AberInnovation this year as the Industrial Research Development Manager and manages a network of stakeholders in industry, facilitating their access to facilities, expertise and funding to support companies to deliver innovative products and services in feed, food and fuel.

Rebecca has worked in Aberystwyth University for over 10 years project managing and facilitating collaborations between industry and academia. She has also worked there as a Knowledge Exchange Fellow supported by the Satellite Applications Catapult and UK Space Agency and more recently her role has involved the development of the National Spectrum Centre co-located with AberInnovation. In addition to extensive business development experience she has over 20 years of experience in research working in a number of areas including environmental monitoring, remote sensing, GIS, and plant breeding.

@KangaBecks, @AberInnovation



Every breath you take: a user's guide to the atmosphere

Air pollution affects us all. Air quality specialist and full-time breather Dr Mark Broomfield brings his book 'Every Breath You Take: A User's Guide to the Atmosphere' to life with an interactive presentation about the air that we all have to breathe, whether we like it or not.

Mark explains how air pollution affects us all, and demonstrates how we measure, analyse and predict air pollution levels. He’ll talk about why air pollution is such big news right now, and how Covid-19 is affected by air pollution – and vice versa! He explains the steps that we can all take to improve air quality, and to keep air pollution on the front pages. [Watch]

Dr Mark Broomfield, Author and Air Quality Specialist Consultant at Ricardo-AEA

Mark has specialised in air pollution for almost 30 years, after falling in love with the atmosphere while still a student. Most of the time, he’s an environmental consultant, dealing with air pollution problems across the UK and in some of the most polluted parts of the world. He’s the author of popular science book 'Every Breath You Take: A User's Guide to the Atmosphere'; published in July 2019. He is married with three sons, and lives in Shrewsbury. In his spare time, he runs a kids’ club at a local church, sings in a choir, and never forgets to breathe in and out every few seconds.




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