09.00 - 09.30


Tea coffee and pastries available.


ID: In order to register, you will need at least one form of ID (i.e. Driving licence) and your ticket or ticket purchase confirmation. Entry cannot be guaranteed without these.

Luggage: Bags that are backpack-size or larger may be subject to security searches upon entry. A cloakroom and lockers are available at the venue.

09.45 - 10.10


Tom Heap |

Rethink Host, Tom Heap, is rapidly becoming one of the go-to journalists on this subject. He will be interrogating our guest panellists to uncover the latest thinking and sort the fact from the fiction.

10.10 - 10.20

Opening address

VIP Guest - To be Announced

Our VIP guest has long been engaged with agriculture, farming and food production in the UK and has a deep understanding of the challenges being faced throughout the food supply chain.

10.25 - 10.45

The future of British farming

Minette Batters |

Minette will be updating delegates on the latest innovations from the British farmers who are close to making carbon neutral livestock farming a reality.

10.50 - 12.10

Panel discussion

Chaired by Tom Heap, scientists from both sides of the livestock vs climate change debate will discuss the cost as well as the contribution to the environment of the British ruminant livestock production system.

Frédéric Leroy |
Vrije Universiteit

After having studied Bio-engineering Sciences at Ghent University (Belgium), Frédéric Leroy obtained a PhD at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB; Belgium) in 2002.

Michelle Cain |
University of Oxford

Michelle’s core expertise is in greenhouse gases, air pollution and climate science. She has worked on the greenhouse gas methane and its sources, particularly in the UK and in the Arctic.

Sarah Bridle |
University of Manchester

A Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Manchester, Sarah has diversified from cosmology into agriculture and food research, motivated by the need to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.

Dr. Taro Takahashi |
Rothamsted Research

Dr. Takahashi is a research scientist at Rothamsted Research, the oldest agricultural research institute in the world.

Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D. |
UC, Davis

Frank is committed to making a difference for generations to come, and thus, is passionate about understanding and mitigating air emissions from livestock operations.

12.15 - 13.10


13.20 - 13.50

Propaganda, perceptions & the press – shaping the meat debate

Frédéric Leroy |
Vrije Universiteit

Frédéric will be getting under the surface of popular food fads and myths and uncovering the hidden economic and political motivations behind many of the current food trends.

13.55 - 14.25

Red meat as part of a sustainable system

Dr. Taro Takahashi |
Rothamsted Research

Dr Takahashi will explain the role of livestock in long-term soil health and agricultural productivity and how Rothamsted’s long running research program (since 1843) is providing solutions to agriculture’s sustainability challenges.

14.30 - 15.00

Rethinking how we measure carbon

Michelle Cain |
University of Oxford

Dr Cain will be talking about her ground-breaking work on the new GWP* metric for measuring the global warming impact of various human activities and how it is reshaping the way we calculate our environmental footprint.

15.05 - 15.35

Reducing beef’s carbon footprint by 15% in ten years

Jean Baptiste Dollé |
Institut de l’Elevage

Jean-Baptiste will talk about work happening in Europe to promote innovative livestock farming systems and associated practices to ensure the technical, economic, environmental and social sustainability of beef farms.

15.40 - 16.10

Opportunities for agriculture: The next decade

Prysor Williams |
Bangor University

Prysor will present results drawn from years of extensive study assessing the impact of livestock farming in Wales on climate change, bio-diversity and water quality.