Dragon Hall Debate: How should we eat?
Are we really what we eat? What can our relationship with food tell us about society? In this debate, writer and cook Rebecca May Johnson will explore the pleasures and creativity of food; Ailsa Welch, Professor of Nutritional Epidemiology at UEA, will discuss her research into how diet improves health during aging; and Tim O’Riordan, Emeritus Professor of Environmental Sciences at UEA, will look at how we can ensure a sustainable food future.
Doors open for all events at 6.30 for a 7pm start.
Suitable for ages 16+.
Dr Rebecca May Johnson is a writer, researcher, literary curator and cook. She has written for The Times Literary Supplement, The Telegraph, FT Weekend, and others. She is co-founder of sell-out literary food salon ‘Voice at the Table’, and curator of roving poetry night ‘Sitting Room’. She holds a PhD from UCL and researches poetry translation at Newcastle University. Twitter
Prof Ailsa Welch is a Professor of Nutritional Epidemiology based in the Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia. Ailsa’s research aims to understand the effects of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and diet quality (dietary patterns, fatty acids, protein and acid-base load) on musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health. Understanding how diet improves health during aging is important as the age profile of populations is increasing, with consequences for the burden on health and social care. Profile
Prof Tim O’Riordan is Emeritus Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia. He is European Advisor to the UK Sustainable Development Commission and a member of Sustainability East, the East of England Sustainable Development Round Table. His research deals with themes associated with better governance for sustainability. He is also active in the evolution of sustainability science partnerships. Profile
The free Dragon Hall Debates series, presented jointly by the University of East Anglia and the National Centre for Writing, tackles a range of topical scientific, cultural and political issues, drawing on the expertise of UEA academics as well as guest thinkers, writers and commentators. Come along and hear from the panel, then join the conversation and have your say. All are welcome.