03 March 2020

Meet our OH20: Aquaculture Expo keynote speakers

Meet our OH20: Aquaculture Expo keynote speakers

The OH20: Aquaculture Expo is the UK’s first expo in which aquaculture will be discussed in the context of the One Health concept.

The expo will showcase sustainable commercial UK aquaculture businesses. Those attending include buyers, investors, government support agencies and universities. The event is designed to encourage businesses and investors to capitalise on Dorset’s position as a great place to run and grow an aquaculture business while addressing One Health problems such as food supply and environmental protection.

The event, which is being fully-funded and hosted by Dorset LEP, takes place on Wednesday 4 March at Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester.

The keynote speakers are Professor Grant Stentiford, Cefas and SAF Centre and Dr Elizabeth Warham, DIT. The full programme for the day can be found here. More information about the One Health concept is available here; info on Dorset's inward investment opportunities in aquaculture, agri-tech, food & drink, can be found here

Professor Grant Stentiford is the Animal and Human Health Theme lead at Cefas. He is co-Director of the Sustainable Aquaculture Futures Centre at the University of Exeter, UK. He was Director of the European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) on behalf of the European Commission between 2008 and 2018, prior to EU exit vote. He has a BSc in Life Sciences from the University of Nottingham, UK (1993-1997) and a PhD in invertebrate pathology from the University of Glasgow (1997-2000). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Pathology in 2014 and a fellow of the Linnean Society in 2016. His work focuses on aquatic animal health particularly the classification of novel and emerging pathogens in aquatic animals. He has wide experience in the diagnosis of disease in experimental, farmed and wild aquatic animals and has a wide collaborative network within the UK, Europe and around the world. He has published over 140 scientific papers, and is currently Associate Editor in Chief for the Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. He was the Society of Invertebrate Pathology Founders Lecturer in 2015 and has been invited to talk on aquatic animal health across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, the Americas and Australia. He is an advocate of One Health thinking, applied to design of sustainable food systems. Based in Weymouth but living in Dorchester.

Dr Elizabeth Warham FRSB leads the Department for International Trade Agri-Tech team promoting investment and trade of innovative agricultural businesses, products and services to improve agriculture through the cutting edge of innovation. Help is provided to institutions, large businesses and SMEs to entice foreign investment and encourage sales of UK products abroad. Previously, in the Government Office for Science, she supported the Government Chief Scientific Adviser as head of the food, water and environmental issues team; and led the GO-Science Review of how the Department of Health manages and uses science to inform policy development. In the Department of Trade and Industry Technology Programme she was responsible for programme delivery and as energy and environment research manager worked closely with technological sectors and their user industries. For the UK Department for International Development she managed research programmes developing appropriate technologies for different agricultural production systems in low- and middle-income countries (Africa, Asia, Latin America and Caribbean). At the International Centre for Wheat and Maize Improvement in Mexico, she contributed to the maize breeding, wheat pathology and seed health programmes.

We look forward to seeing you at Kingston Maurward College tomorrow for 'Registration & Networking Breakfast' at 8:30am.

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