Food Systems

The Food Systems Group was formed at the 2008 AGM.


A message from the Group Convenor:

"Application of biology is integral to the processes and infrastructure involved in feeding our population. As several challenges impact of our food supply system, we have to ensure that it is secure and resilient. This requires a truly transdisciplinary approach across the sciences both on a national and global level. The biological sciences will play a major role, but this will require a strategic and collaborative approach and possibly new and as yet undiscovered ways of working.

Within the Food Systems Group, we hope to identify the role in which applied biology underpins our food system and also what can be contributed at an international level. We aim to work with stakeholders across the food supply chain involved in all aspects of food production and to provide a forum for debate and advancement of knowledge of this important scientific topic."



Christine Bosch


Christine is a Lecturer in the School of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Leeds.

Expert in diet and health; secondary plant metabolites; flavonoids; oxidative stress and inflammation; molecular nutrition; functional food; gene-nutrient interactions; trace element metabolism

Group Members


Julia Cooper

Julia is a lecturer in soil science at Newcastle University.


Susan Duthie

Susan is Associate Head of the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences at Robert Gordon University. Her research interests include mechanisms of action of dietary nutrients on human health, the impact of plant compounds on human health, cancer and vascular disease; and the impact of micronutrients on cancer


Bryan Hanley

Natural Product Chemist. Innovation specialist with public and private sector background. Board experience as Research Director. Technology expert in agri food and biotechnology.