20 May 2021

Developing Careers in the Agri-Food Supply Chain

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SCI's Agri-Food Career Committee

Online Webinar: 15:00-16:00 BST

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In this changing world the agri-food supply chain, from farm to table, is more important than ever.

The agri-food supply chain is at the centre of the UK and brings food from UK farmers to UK residents every single day. However, the sector faces challenges in adapting to the modern world; from lowering the carbon footprint of our food, adapting to a growing population with a changing diet and navigating uncertain political and economic times, including the pandemic and Brexit.

This session will briefly explore the agri-food supply chain, covering topics from farming initiatives to sustainable packaging. It will also focus on the unique and exciting careers of those at the forefront of this sector.


This event will be of interest to people looking to hear more about the agri-food sector and potential career paths. The committee aims to support people at all stages of their career - whether these are individuals looking for their first role or experienced professionals looking to transition into the agri-food sector.


Aude Vuilliomenet

Vertical Future Ltd

Aude is an IoT engineer, urban analyst and food scientist. Having graduated from ETH Zurich and The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL, her passion is for the natural world, human health, cities science, and electronics engineering. She aims to address environmental challenges through automated food production in urban areas working in the vertical farming industry. Aude is also behind the research project Gardens of Things, which looks at the integration of IoT devices into urban green spaces to encourage the interaction of citizens with their natural surroundings through digital platforms.

Prof Fiona Smith

Global Food and Environment Institute/ University of Leeds

Fiona Smith joined the School of Law at University of Leeds in 2017, her research focuses on international trade law in the World Trade Organization (WTO), and she has a specialist interest in international agricultural trade. In 2017, she was appointed Specialist Advisor to the House of Lords for its Report on ‘BREXIT and Agriculture’ and has given expert evidence to several House of Commons select committees on agrifood trade regulation and the impact of Covid-19 on agrifood supply chains; she also gave evidence on the legality of labelling foods to indicate food production standards (i.e. animal welfare) to the UK Trade and Agriculture Commission. She has worked with many non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and most recently worked with the ‘Trade Unwrapped’ coalition of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to publicise the importance of trade post-Brexit. In April this year, Fiona was appointed Special Adviser to the House of Commons International Trade Committee to support the Committee’s scrutiny of the UK’s post-Brexit trade agreements.

Fouzia Aboulfath

Yara International

Fouzia is a business professional working in AgFood international companies for the last 15 years. After a Master of science degree in Engineering form the University of Toronto, and some research projects in Canada, she joined a consulting company (KPMG), where she first worked in the Food and Consumer Good sector. She joined this industry, as IT Director and Strategic Project Lead at Campbellsoup, and then pursued her career in the upstream part of the Value chain within the Agrochemical Industry; first at Syngenta and now at Yara International. After directing operational departments, she then lead business development focusing on new technologies & innovation, shaping and framing new types of offering to create business value in adherence to the mission and know-how of this Industry.


20 May 2021

Introduction from the Agri-Food Career Committee
Dr Reuben Margerison, University of Manchester
An Introduction to the Agri-Food Supply Chain
Sophie Read, School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading and NIAB EMR
A journey through Food, Cities and Engineering!
Aude Vuilliomenet, Vertical Future Ltd
From Plant-to Fork, the stakes of traceability and sustainability promise all along the value chain
Fouzia Aboulfath, Yara International
What’s law got to do with it? Food, trade and agrifood supply chains
Prof Fiona Smith, Global Food and Environment Institute/ University of Leeds
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Organising Committee
  • Alastair Gibbons, SCI / BBSRC
  • Cassie Sims, SCI / Lund University/ Max-Planck nGICE Centre
  • Luca Steel, SCI / Rothamsted Research Institute
  • Reuben Margerison, SCI / University of Manchester
  • Joe Oddy, SCI / Rothamsted Research Institute
  • Paul Rous, SCI / Rothamsted Research Institute/ Shake Climate Change, Cranfield University, Yara International
  • Juniper Kiss, SCI / University of Southampton

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