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Biting back: Transforming food experiences for Scotland's children


20/03/2019 09:15


Queen Margaret University, Musselburgh




About this event

Building on our successful conference in June 2017, this upcoming event, run in partnership with Queen Margaret University, will focus on the latest research, creative approaches and current projects aimed at improving food experiences, and the health and wellbeing of children and their families.

From workforce to wellbeing: you'll hear from practitioners and policy-makers in health, education and community planning as well as from well-known food experts — including The Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith, multi-award winning chef Gary Maclean, and Joe FitzPatrick MSP, Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing.

You'll also hear from:

Other organisations involved: Care Inspectorate, Business in the Community Scotland, University of Stirling, Scottish Government, and Cyrenians.

Who is this conference aimed at?

Come along if you work in early, primary, secondary and higher education:
Find out about the link between food, learning and family engagement and how you can take the next step in participation and food education. Gain the confidence in building relationships with your local communities and find practical advice on how to develop children's basic cooking, budgeting and nutritional skills.

Come along if you work in foster or residential care, in social work or psychology:
Learn how food can offer the means to communicate, manage relationships, maintain control, express or repress emotion and shape a sense of belonging and identity.

Come along if you work in the public sector, whether as policy-makers, community workers, nutritionists or suppliers: 
Find out what's required to tackle food poverty, food insecurity and exclusion, and how we can work together to improve the health and wellbeing for Scotland's children. Understand the impact of marketing and social media on children's food choices and what role you can play in changing public policies.


Book a place through the links below or contact the Learning & Events team via: or by calling 0131 313 8828. Group discounts and student bursary rates are available on request. 

Read more about our award-winning Food, Families, Futures project here.

The event is sponsored by Queen Margaret University, Quality Meat Scotland and Soil Association Scotland. 

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