Educational resources

The IFR has, working with a number of partners, produced a number of educational resources that explore issues around the food we eat and how it affects our health.

The Big Bang Fair What's in Our Food

The following materials were produced by IFR for The Big Bang Fair 2015, held at the NEC.

Mean Microbes Mean Microbes

What are microbes, what are mean microbes and are all microbes mean?

Find out in this resource pack particularly suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2 which includes 2 games and a supplementary handout which can be used alone or in combination with Microbe Top Trumps available free from www.chillededucation.org making the activities accessible to Key Stages 3 & 4.

Know your Fats

Nicole Ward IFR worked with a second year Science Communication student, Nicole Ward, to develop an interactive workshop for use in schools, science fairs and public events.

Preliminary evaluation indicated a high level of confusion among students and the wider public about the information available about fats in general and were even more confused about saturated and unsaturated fats.

The workshop consists of several components which can be used in full or in part depending on time available. A basic introduction to the topic is followed by a higher/lower game based on %RDA of well-known foods containing saturated or unsaturated fats. Data cards with photographic depictions of foods and their fat contents are supplied. There is a PowerPoint presentation on fats, which could be a stand-alone talk, and a snakes and ladders game with a set of question cards. Fact fat cards and posters are also available which summarise the activity.

 

We gratefully acknowledge the support of Change for Life www.nhs.uk/change4 life

The Incredibly Journey

The Big Bang Fair, held in March 2014 at the NEC in Birmingham, saw thousands of schoolchildren, families and community groups interested in the incredible journey that food takes through the digestive system, courtesy of the Institute of Food Research. Included on our stand, amongst other activities, were worksheets focusing on the human digestive system.

Here we have provided you with the downloadable files of these worksheets for students. All worksheets are primarily aimed at 7 – 19 year olds and would be suitable for Key Stages 2 and 3 in particular. Feel free to download and print off the worksheets to provide science and biology students with some engaging activities that require little supervision.

  • Human digestive system crossword


    Use the clues provided to complete the crossword with words associated with the human digestive system.
  • Missing words


    Fill in the gaps in the text with the words provided to complete the text about the digestive system.
  • Word search


    Find the words associated with the digestive system in the word search.
  • Diagram


    Label the diagram of the human digestive system using the words underneath the diagram.

Taste and Flavour

The IFR has developed a number of activities around the science of taste and flavour, which makes an ideal activity to engage young people. The information and activities developed by the IFR will introduce participants to the science of the sensation of taste.  The activities can be carried out in classrooms, at science fairs or other engagement activities. The topics cover food chemistry, the nervous system, genetics and a range of other areas of science and technology.

Below are two documents to help Teachers and Researchers to deliver these activities:

Careers

If you are interested in pursuing a career in science, the following links contain a number of resources and sources of further help.

 

Useful links

Organisations

This section has been sub-divided for ease of navigation. The title encompasses Science Organisations, Policy,Consumer and Industry.

Science organisations

This category has been subdivided for ease of navigation. The title includes the sub-categories Agriculture, Food Safety, Medicine and Nutrition.

Alimentary Pharmabiotic (APC)

British Nutrition Foundation

  • www.nutrition.org.uk

    A registered charity that promotes the wellbeing of society through the impartial interpretation and effective dissemination of scientifically based knowledge and advice on the relationship between diet, physical activity and health.

British Science Association

Biosciences Federation

  • www.bsf.ac.uk

    A single authority representing the UK’s biological expertise, providing independent opinion to inform public policy and promoting the biosciences. Its strategy includes biology-based research and in school and university teaching.

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

  • www.bbsrc.ac.uk

    One Research Council that works as part of the Research Councils UK (RCUK). Funded from the Government's Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) for academic research and training in the non-clinical life sciences

Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

  • www.defra.gov.uk

    Defra is a Government Department in the UK. Defra helps people to adapt to changes, deals with environmental risks and takes the opportunity we have to secure a sustainable society and a healthy environment

Food Standards Agency (FSA)

  • www.food.gov.uk

    An independent Government Department set up by an Act of Parliament in 2000 to protect the public's health and consumer interests in relation to food.

Institute of Biology

  • www.iob.org

    The IOB promotes the biological sciences, fosters public understanding, enhances the status of the biology profession and represents members and professionals to the government, and other bodies, in the UK and abroad.

Institute of Chemical Engineers

  • www.icheme.org

    International professional membership charity for people who have an interest in and relevant experience in chemical engineering.

Institute of Food Science and Technology

  • www.ifst.org

    IFST is the only professional qualifying body in the UK concerned with all aspects of food science and technology. It aims to improve public knowledge and further the education of food scientists and technologists.

Institute of Physics

  • www.iop.org

    A scientific charity increasing the practice, understanding and application of physics. It has a membership of over 36,000 and is a leading communicator of physics-related science to all audiences.

Medical Research Council (MRC)

  • www.mrc.ac.uk

    One Research Council that works as part of the Research Councils UK (RCUK). Its aims are to encourage and support research to improve human health, produce skilled researchers, improve the quality of life and economic competitiveness in the UK and increase dialogue with the public about medical research.

Royal Society

  • www.royalsociety.org

    The independent scientific academy of the UK and Commonwealth dedicated to promoting excellence in science.

Royal Society of Chemistry

  • www.rsc.org

    The largest organisation in Europe for advancing the chemical sciences. Activities span education and training, conferences and science policy, and the promotion of the chemical sciences.

Society for General Microbiology

  • www.sgm.ac.uk

    For the promotion of microbiology and an active campaign to raise the profile of microbiology to the public, the media, government and scientific policy makers.

Society of Chemical Industry

  • beta.soci.org

    The Society offers a chance to share information between sectors as diverse as food and agriculture, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, environmental science and safety.

Sense About Science

  • www.senseaboutscience.org.uk

    An independent charitable trust responding to the misrepresentation of science and scientific evidence on issues that matter to society. They work with scientists and civic groups to promote evidence and scientific reasoning in public discussion.

Policy

In this section you will find organisations and groups responsible for assisty or creating policy in different sectors in the UK.

 

All-party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Food for Development

  • www.agricultureandfoodfordevelopment.org

    The APPG seeks to bring together Parliamentarians concerned with both the technical, and social science, of Agriculture. They seek to use cross-party membership to improve support from the British Government for Farmers and stakeholders in Developing Countries.

All-party Parliamentary Group on Science and Technology in Agriculture

  • www.appg-agscience.org.uk

    Aims to promote debate among UK politicians and other stakeholders, to understand the role of science and technology in 21st century agriculture and to identify any policy, knowledge-based or regulatory barriers to its adoption.

All-party Parliamentary Group on Cancer

Associate Parliamentary Food and Health Forum

  • www.fhf.org.uk

    An all-party independent forum for the exchange of views and information on food policy in the UK Parliament.

Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

  • www.defra.gov.uk

    Defra is a Government Department in the UK. Defra helps people to adapt to changes, deals with environmental risks and takes the opportunity we have to secure a sustainable society and a healthy environment

Department of Health

  • www.dh.gov.uk

    The Department of Health is committed to improving the quality and convenience of care provided by the NHS and social services. Its work includes setting national standards, shaping the direction of health and social care services and promoting healthier living.

Department for Business Innovation and Skills

  • www.bis.gov.uk

    The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is making a difference by supporting sustained growth and higher skills across the economy. BIS: working together for growth

Environment Agency

Food Standards agency

  • www.food.gov.uk

    An independent Government department set up by an Act of Parliament in 2000 to protect the public's health and consumer interests in relation to food.

Food Standards Agency; Public Attitudes

House of Lords Science and Technology Committee

Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

  • www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_offices/post.cfm

    POST is the UK Parliament's in-house source of independent, balanced and accessible analysis of public policy issues related to science and technology. Its aim is to inform parliamentary debate.

Parliament – Science & Technology Committee

Parliament - Sub-committee D (environment and agriculture)

The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee

  • www.vmine.net/scienceinparliament

    It primarily focuses on scientific and technological issues, providing a long-term liaison between Parliamentarians and scientific bodies, science-based industry and the academic world.

Consumer

In this section you will find information based around or aimed at the consumer on various topics from maintaining a healthy lifestyle to dietry preferences.

Be Treatwise

  • www.betreatwise.org.uk

    An industry funded consumer education initiative designed to show the role that treats, such as chocolate and sweets, can play in a healthy balanced diet and active lifestyle.

Consumerfocus.org.uk

  • www.consumerfocus.org.uk

    The new statutory organisation campaigning for a fair deal for consumers in England, Wales, Scotland, and, for postal services, Northern Ireland.

Eat Well, Be Well

  • www.eatwell.gov.uk

    A branch of the Food Standards Agency created to encourage and motivate everyone to eat well to supplement a healthier lifestyle.

Food; a Fact of Life

  • www.foodafactoflife.org.uk

    This website, provided by the British nutrition Foundation, provides a progressive approach to teaching about healthy eating, cooking, food and farming from 3-16 years of age.

Food Commission

  • www.foodmagazine.org.uk

    Published by The Food Commission it is an ideal resource for people and organisations that care about food quality and good nutrition for all.

Foodfitness

  • www.foodfitness.org.uk

    A healthy lifestyle initiative, provided by the Food and Drink Federations, promoting healthy eating combined with increased moderate physical activity. Aimed at younger and older audiences.

Food Intolerance Information

  • www.food.gov.uk/safereating/allergyintol

    Part of the FSA, this section gives information on the Food Standards Agency's work on food allergy and intolerance, including research, labelling, advice to caterers and guidance notes.

Food in Schools

Food Standards Agency

  • www.food.gov.uk

    The Food Standards Agency is an independent Government department set up by an Act of Parliament in 2000 to protect the public's health and consumer interests in relation to food.

Food Standards Agency; Public Attitudes

Food Vision

  • www.foodvision.gov.uk

    Food Vision started in 2000 as a project to promote local initiatives that increase access to safe, sustainable and nutritious food and so improve community health and wellbeing

International Food Information Council (IFIC)

  • www.ific.org

    Website to communicate science-based information on food safety and nutrition to health and nutrition professionals, educators, journalists, government officials and others providing information to consumers.

Muslim Health Network

  • www.muslimhealthnetwork.org

    An initiative undertaken to promote, preserve , protect, organise and advance health education and health issues affecting the UK’s 1.6 million Muslim community.

Salt Website

  • www.salt.gov.uk

    This site has been created by the Food Standards Agency to support its salt campaign. The aim of the campaign is to reduce the amount of salt eaten by people in the UK.

Sense About Science

  • www.senseaboutscience.org.uk

    An independent charitable trust. Responds to the misrepresentation of science and scientific evidence on issues that matter to society. Works with scientists and civic groups to promote evidence and scientific reasoning in public discussion.

Sustain

  • www.sustainweb.org

    Sustain advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, promote equity and enrich society and culture.

The Caroline Walker Trust

  • www.cwt.org.uk

    The work of the CWT is particularly targeted towards vulnerable groups and people who need special help. It produces nutritional and practical guidelines for both young and old.

The Norfolk Exchange

  • www.norfolk-exchange.org.uk

    A group committed to creating stronger links to Norfolk schools and businesses. Including the Food and Farming Challenge.

Vegetarian Society

  • www.vegsoc.org

    The oldest vegetarian organisation in the world. It is an educational charity promoting understanding and respect for vegetarian lifestyles.

Industry

In this section you will find websites aimed at or based around industry and trading. Topics range from the current state of markets to The National Farmers Union for advice.

Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) (Succeeds the Meat and Livestock Commission)

  • www.ahdb.org.uk

    A Non Departmental Public Body established under the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board Order 2008. A statutory levy-funded organisation that serves the sectors of meat and livestock in England; commercial horticulture, milk and potatoes in Great Britain; cereals and oilseeds in the UK.

British Retail Consortium

  • www.brc.org.uk

    The lead trade association representing the whole range of retailers, from the large multiples and department stores through to independents, selling a wide selection of products through centre of town, out of town, rural and virtual stores.

Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association (CCFRA)

  • www.campden.co.uk

    Campden BRI undertakes research and development for many of the industries associated with agriculture, food and drink manufacture, distribution, retailing and food service; those industries which make up the food chain.

Food and Drink Federation

  • www.fdf.org.uk

    The voice of the UK food and drink industry, the largest manufacturing sector in the country.

Food Sector. com

  • www.foodsector.com

    For information and interaction about the Food Supply Chain in the UK. The online community of the food industry.

Institute of Grocer Distribution

  • www.igd.com

    IGD is concerned with the development of the food and grocery industry. IGD is involved with leading research and qualifications in the food and grocery industry.

International Agriculture and Technical Centre

  • www.theiatc.org

    The IATC helps businesses identify opportunities and enter overseas markets and also with international governments, scientific and research institutes and commercial organisations identifies links and facilitates introductions and meetings.

Improve Ltd

  • www.improveltd.co.uk

    Improve is the Sector Skills Council for the Food and Drink Manufacturing Industry in the UK.

Leatherhead Food International

  • www.leatherheadfood.com

    A resource for market intelligence, food research and analysis, food legislation, business and technical information and training.

National Farmers Union

  • www.nfuonline.com

    NFU represents the farmers and growers of England and Wales. Its central objective is to promote successful and socially responsible agriculture and horticulture, while ensuring the long term viability of rural communities

Science

This category has been subdivided for ease of navigation. The title includes the sub-categories Agriculture,Food Safety, Medicine and Nutrition.

Agriculture

In this section you will find websites involved in agriculture; from management to information to parliamentary legislation.

AgriFood Charities Partnership

  • www.afcp.co.uk

    AFCP assists charities that support the agrifood industry.

All-party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Food for Development

  • www.agricultureandfoodfordevelopment.org

    The APPG seeks to bring together Parliamentarians concerned with both the technical, and social science, of Agriculture. They seek to use cross-party membership to improve support from the British Government for Farmers and other stakeholders in Developing Countries

All-party Parliamentary Group on Science and Technology in Agriculture

  • www.appg-agscience.org.uk

    Aims to promote debate among UK politicians and other stakeholders, to understand the role of science and technology in 21st century agriculture and to identify any policy, knowledge-based or regulatory barriers to its adoption.

Council for Biotechnology Information

  • www.whybiotech.com

    Communicates science-based information about the benefits and safety of agricultural biotechnology and its contributions to sustainable development. Its members are the leading agricultural biotechnology companies.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRA)

International Agriculture & Technical Centre

  • www.theiatc.org

    The IATC helps businesses identify opportunities and enter overseas markets and also with international governments, scientific and research institutes and commercial organisations identifies links and facilitates introductions and meetings.

Institute for Animal Health (IAH)

  • www.iah.bbsrc.ac.uk

    A world-leading centre of excellence for research into infectious diseases of farm animals, sponsored by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Intute

  • www.intute.ac.uk

    A free online service providing access to the very best web resources for education and research. All material is evaluated and selected by a network of subject specialists.

John Innes Centre

  • www.jic.ac.uk

    A government funded independent, international centre of plant science and microbiology. It is sponsored by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

National Farmers Union

  • www.nfuonline.com

    The NFU represents the farmers and growers of England and Wales. Its central objective is to promote successful and socially responsible agriculture and horticulture, while ensuring the long term viability of rural communities.

National institute for Agricultural Research

  • www.international.inra.fr

    The INRA carries out mission-oriented research for better food and nutrition, preservation of the environment and competitive, sustainable agricultural practices.

Parliament - Sub-committee D (environment and agriculture)

Rothamsted Research

  • www.rothamsted.ac.uk

    A centre of international multidisciplinary sciences, primarily of relevance to: crops and products from crops; crop and soil management practices; and the diverse interactions that occur between crops, other organisms and the physical environment.

Scottish Crop Research Institute

  • www.scri.ac.uk

    The bridge between rural production and urban wellbeing. We have an unrivalled track record of delivering innovative knowledge, products and services that enrich the Scottish and UK economies.

Science and Development Network

  • www.scidev.net/en

    A not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing reliable and authoritative information about science and technology for the developing world.

Soil Association

  • www.soilassociation.org

    The UK's leading campaigning and certification organisation for organic food and farming.

Sustain

  • www.sustainweb.org

    Sustainadvocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, promote equity and enrich society and culture.

Food safety

In this section you will find websites concerning aspects of food safety; from chemical composition of food to regulations concerning the handling of different foodstuffs.

Acrylamide Infonet

  • www.acrylamide-food.org

    This network functions as a global resource and inventory of ongoing research on acrylamide in food. It includes formal research, surveillance/monitoring and industry investigations, etc.

Central Science Laboratory

  • www.csl.gov.uk

    A public sector science organisation providing research and information services to governments and industry around the world, focusing on protecting environmental quality, developing sustainable land uses and safeguarding food chain safety. CSL is an Executive Agency of Defra and works closely with Defra's other science agencies CEFAS and VLA

E. coli and salad vegetables

European Food Safety Authority

Food Safety and Inspection Service (from USDA)

  • www.fsis.usda.gov

    The public health agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture responsible for ensuring that the nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome, and correctly labelled and packaged.

Food Standards Agency

  • www.food.gov.uk

    An independent Government department set up by an Act of Parliament in 2000 to protect the public's health and consumer interests in relation to food.

Institute for Animal Health (IAH)

  • www.iah.bbsrc.ac.uk

    A world-leading centre of excellence for research into infectious diseases of farm animals. IAH is an institute of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Soil Association

  • www.soilassociation.org

    The UK's leading campaigning and certification organisation for organic food and farming.

Safer Food, Better Business

Salt Website

  • www.salt.gov.uk

    This site has been created by the Food Standards Agency to support its salt campaign. The aim of the campaign is to reduce the amount of salt eaten by people in the UK.

The Bad Bug Book

  • www.foodsafety.gov/~mow/intro.html

    This handbook provides basic facts regarding food borne pathogenic microorganisms and natural toxins. It brings together in one place information from the Food & Drug Administration, the Centres for Disease Control & Prevention, the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service, and the National Institutes of Health.

Towards Harmonisation Regarding Monitoring the Hazards in the Food Supply Chain (MONIQA)

  • www.moniqa.org

    Funded by the European Union, MoniQA brings together organisations that are working to help food manufacturers, retail outlets and regulatory bodies to cope with the globalised food economy.

Medicine

In this section you will find websites relating to medicine such as NHS organisations, cancer groups and information on illnesses contracted from food.

ABPI Resources for Schools (association of the British Pharmaceutical industry)

  • www.abpischools.org.uk

    The trade association for more than 75 companies in the UK producing prescription medicines. Its member companies research, develop, manufacture and supply more than 80% of the medicines prescribed through the NHS.

All -party Parliamentary Group on Cancer

Department of Health

  • www.dh.gov.uk/en

    The DH is committed to improving the quality and convenience of care provided by the NHS and social services. Its work includes setting national standards, shaping the direction of health and social care services and promoting healthier living.

Food Intolerance Information from FSA

  • www.food.gov.uk/safereating/allergyintol

    This section of the FSA website gives information on the Food Standards Agency's work on food allergy and intolerance, including research, labelling, advice to caterers and guidance notes

Health Protection Agency

  • www.hpa.org.uk

    The Health Protection Agency is an independent UK organisation that was set up by the government to protect the public from threats to their health, from infectious diseases and environmental hazards. It provides advice and information to the general public, to health professionals such as doctors and nurses, and to national and local government.

Kelloggs Health Zone

  • www.kelloggs.co.uk/healthzone

    The Kellogg’s website dedicated to providing relevant and useful nutritional information to healthcare professionals.

Medical Research Council

  • www.mrc.ac.uk

    One Research Council that works as part of the Research Councils UK (RCUK). Its aims are to encourage and support research to improve human health, produce skilled researchers, improve the quality of life and economic competitiveness in the UK and increase dialogue with the public about medical research.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre

National Electronic Library for Health

  • www.library.nhs.uk

    A modern, integrated, hybrid service that aims to be 'the best, most trusted health related knowledge service in the world'. It comprises NHS funded services across the country and, a digital hub, plus commissioned information services and products.

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS trust

  • www.nnuh.nhs.uk

    Aims to provide the best possible acute hospital care for a tertiary catchment area of up to 822,500 people.

The Bad Bug Book

  • www.foodsafety.gov/~mow/intro.html

    This handbook provides basic facts regarding food borne pathogenic microorganisms and natural toxins. It brings together in one place information from the Food & Drug Administration, the Centres for Disease Control & Prevention, the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service, and the National Institutes of Health.

The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences

  • www.bases.org.uk

    The professional body for sport and exercise sciences in the UK. Sport and Exercise Science is the application of scientific principles to the promotion, maintenance and enhancement of sport and exercise related behaviours.

Nutrition

In this section you will find websites on nutrition and nutritional information; from research to educating young people about the importance of certain foodstuffs in the diet.

British Nutrition Foundation

  • www.nutrition.org.uk

    A registered charity promoting the wellbeing of society through the impartial interpretation and effective dissemination of scientifically based knowledge and advice on the relationship between diet, physical activity and health.

British Meat Nutrition Education Service

  • www.meatandeducation.com

    Based on identifying and answering educational need, the programme supports both the practical needs of teachers and the development of valuable life skills in students.

Human Nutrition Research (HNR)

  • www.mrc-hnr.cam.ac.uk

    Aims to develop the evidence underpinning public health nutrition strategies. It provides a national centre of excellence for the measurement and interpretation of biochemical, functional and dietary indicators of nutritional status and health.

Kelloggs Health Zone

  • www.kelloggs.co.uk/healthzone

    The Kellogg’s website dedicated to providing relevant and useful nutritional information to healthcare professionals.

National Institute for Agricultural Research

  • www.international.inra.fr

    The INRA carries out mission-oriented research for better food and nutrition, preservation of the environment and competitive, sustainable agricultural practices.

Nestle

  • www.nestle.com

    The world's foremost Nutrition, Health and Wellness company; committed to increasing the nutritional value of food products while improving the taste.

     

Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods Institute (INAF)

The European Nutrigenomics Organisation (NuGO)

  • www.nugo.org/everyone

    A Network of Excellence in the EU Sixth Framework Programme for Research and Technology. Funded for six years, the primary aim of NuGO is integration, making European nutrigenomics research easier.

The Caroline Walker Trust

  • www.cwt.org.uk

    The work of the CWT is particularly targeted towards vulnerable groups and people who need special help. It produces nutritional and practical guidelines for both young and old.

Purdue University's Pizza Explorer

  • www.65.79.226.35/pizza/

    Teaches interested students the basics of food science and food chemistry utilizing pizza and its eight common ingredients as a model to teach various aspects of science.

Salt Website

  • www.salt.gov.uk

    This site has been created by the Food Standards Agency to support its salt campaign. The aim of the campaign is to reduce the amount of salt eaten by people in the UK.

University of Aberdeen

University of Leeds

  • www.food.leeds.ac.uk

    The School of Food Science and Nutrition has always been a leader in the teaching of food science. It has built up a reputation over more than forty years as one of the world's leading institutions at which to study this subject.

University of Nottingham

University of Reading

  • http://www.reading.ac.uk/foodbiosciences/

    The Department leads the Food Chain and Health theme, which was instigated in 2005. A number of areas have further specific relevance for researchers in the Department such as ‘diet, genes and health’.

Vegetarian Society

  • www.vegsoc.org

    The oldest vegetarian organisation in the world, it is an educational charity promoting understanding and respect for vegetarian lifestyles.

Education / Scientific Communication

This category contains website resources for schools, universities, teachers, parents and resources for the interested inquirer.

ABPI Resources for Schools

  • www.abpischools.org.uk

    The trade association for more than 75 companies in the UK producing prescription medicines. Its member companies research, develop, manufacture and supply more than 80% of the medicines prescribed through the NHS.

Biochem4schools

  • www.biochem4schools.org

    An 'umbrella site' containing links to other resources that fall within the field of biochemistry. Developed by The Biochemical Society, to "promote the science of biochemistry" to the general public, and has been designed to assist teachers and students.

Biology for All

  • www.biology4all.com

    A website aimed at teachers, students and undergraduates as a resource for biology, from information on biology jobs to pictures about biology.

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

  • www.bbsrc.ac.uk

    One Research Council that works as part of the Research Councils UK (RCUK). Funded from the Government's Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) for academic research and training in the non-clinical life sciences

British Library Learning Food Stories

  • www.bl.uk/learning/histcitizen/foodstories

    The Food Stories interactive, designed primarily for KS3 and KS4 citizenship and geography students, traces the amazing changes that have taken place in the UK's food culture over the last century.

British Meat Nutrition Education Service

  • www.meatandeducation.com

    Approach is based on identifying and answering educational need. The programme supports both the practical needs of teachers and the development of valuable life skills in students.

British Nutrition Foundation

  • www.nutrition.org.uk

    A registered charity, It promotes the wellbeing of society through the impartial interpretation and effective dissemination of scientifically based knowledge and advice on the relationship between diet, physical activity and health

British Standards Institute

  • www.bsi-global.com

    A leading global independent business services organization. The Group now operates globally through its three divisions: BSI British Standards, BSI Management Systems and BSI Product Services.

Department for Innovation Universities and Skills

  • www.dius.gov.uk

    They support the Government's agenda in many areas; from climate change to national security. And we support a better Government by building skills for those working in Government, and supporting use of science and research policy making.

Easton College

  • www.easton-college.ac.uk

    The main focus of the College is on vocational courses, with qualifications such as First, National and Higher National Diplomas making up the majority of full-time provision. Subjects include Agricultural management.

Encyclopedia of Life Sciences

  • www.els.net

    The Encyclopedia of Life Sciences is a unique resource for students, instructors, and researchers in the life sciences.

Exploratorium

  • www.exploratorium.edu

    One of the first science museums to build a site on the World Wide Web. The site now contains over 18 thousand Web pages exploring hundreds of different topics in science.

Food; a Fact of Life

  • www.foodafactoflife.org.uk

    This website, provided by the British nutrition Foundation, provides a progressive approach to teaching about healthy eating, cooking, food and farming from 3-16 years of age.

Foodfitness

  • www.foodfitness.org.uk

    A healthy lifestyle initiative, provided by the Food and Drink Federations, promoting healthy eating combined with increased moderate physical activity. Aimed at younger and older audiences.

Food in Schools

Food Safety and Inspection Service (from USDA)

  • www.fsis.usda.gov

    The public health agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture responsible for ensuring that the nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome, and correctly labelled and packaged.

Food Vision

  • www.foodvision.gov.uk

    Food Vision started in 2000 as a project to promote local initiatives that increase access to safe, sustainable and nutritious food and so improve community health and wellbeing

Food Standards Agency; Public Attitudes

Genial Genomics Glossary

  • www.genomicseducation.ca

    Providing reliable resources on genomics for individuals, as well as classroom-ready activities for high school teachers and students.

Institute of Physics

  • www.iop.org

    A scientific charity devoted to increasing the practice, understanding and application of physics. It is a leading communicator of physics-related science to all audiences.

Intute

  • www.intute.ac.uk

    Intute is a free online service providing access to the very best web resources for education and research. All material is evaluated and selected by a network of subject specialists.

Improve Ltd

  • www.improveltd.co.uk

    Improve is the Sector Skills Council for the Food and Drink Manufacturing Industry in the UK.

Microbe Magic

An interactive website for primary school children covering topics such as microbes, inside the gut, healthy living and exploring the human body.

Minichefs

  • www.eu.mini-chefs.eu

    Invites you on a culinary voyage; visit Europe via colourful recipes and to learn about all the pleasures of healthy food and cooking from Europe’s top chefs.

Mushroom Bureau

Planet Science

  • www.planet-science.com/home.html

    This site is owned and run by NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) and aims to stimulate interest in science and investigation, for use by teachers, parents and under 11s.

Practical Biology

  • www.practicalbiology.org

    This website provides all teachers of biology with a wide range of experiments to illustrate concepts as starting-points for investigations and activities. It also enables the sharing of skills and experience of making experiments work in the classroom.

Purdue University's Pizza Explorer

  • 65.79.226.35/pizza/

    Teaches interested students the basics of food science and food chemistry utilizing pizza and its eight common ingredients as a model to teach various aspects of science.

RCUK

  • www.rcuk.ac.uk/ResearchCareers/percase/Pages/home.aspx 
    RCUK has research career case studies, designed to inspire the next generation to think about pursuing a career in research. Each case study tells their own personal story of how they got involved in research, what it takes to be a researcher, and their rewarding experiences from their chosen career paths. The case studies are aimed at young people and highlight the opportunities research skills can give, not only in academia but also in the wider world of business, industry and commerce. New case studies will continue to be added to the site regularly.

Schoolzone

  • www.schoolzone.co.uk

    This is a website for teachers. The Schoolzone webguide contains 50,000 web-based entries. They contain a star rating to show educational usefulness and a UK flag to highlight those of UK origin or particular relevance to the UK curriculum.

Science Enhancement Program (SEP)

  • www.sep.org.uk

    SEP was set up in 1998, by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, to develop innovative, low cost resources to enhance secondary science education, and provide support for science teachers at all stages of their career.

Science in School

  • www.scienceinschool.org

    Aims to promote inspiring science teaching by encouraging communication between teachers, scientists, and everyone else involved in European science education.

Science Learning Centres

  • www.sciencelearningcentres.org.uk

    A national network for professional development in science teaching. The Centres support teachers by learning more about contemporary scientific ideas and in experimenting with effective teaching approaches.

Science Outreach on Norfolk – SOIN

  • www.jiscmail.ac.uk

    Linking academic outreach practitioners in Norfolk, SOIN will maximise collaboration and ensure effective use of resources, click on mailing lists and type into the search box ‘SOIN’.

Science: So What? – So Everything

  • sciencesowhat.direct.gov.uk

    Look again at science: what is it doing for us already? How is it going to drive us to a better future? Why not take a look around, and see how science is touching you. Also resources on careers in science and government scientific websites.

Sense About Science

  • www.senseaboutscience.org.uk

    An independent charitable trust. Responds to the misrepresentation of science and scientific evidence on issues that matter to society. Works with scientists and civic groups to promote evidence and scientific reasoning in public discussion.

Society for General Microbiology

  • SGM has recently produced some new educational videos which are currently on their YouTube channel. The first of two videos aimed at primary students (and their teachers) that focus on yeast as a micro-organism. The first one features students baking bread. The second (coming soon!) shows students carrying out our 'yeast balloons' experiment. http://youtu.be/gYXjURcBk98 They also have adownloadable comic telling the history of yeast that accompanies these videos and includes a recipe for making bread. A pdf of the yeast balloon experiment will also soon be available.

The Bad Bug Book

  • www.foodsafety.gov/~mow/intro.html

    This handbook provides basic facts regarding food borne pathogenic microorganisms and natural toxins. It brings together in one place information from the Food & Drug Administration, the Centres for Disease Control & Prevention, the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service, and the National Institutes of Health.

The Norfolk Exchange

  • www.norfolk-exchange.org.uk

    The Exchange is committed to creating stronger links to Norfolk schools and businesses. Including the Food and Farming Challenge.

University of Aberdeen

University of Birmingham

  • www.bham.ac.uk

    For over a hundred years, learning and research at the University has played a major part in the success of the city, the region and the world - and has contributed to the advancement of knowledge and its application.

University of Leeds

  • www.leeds.ac.uk

    Leeds has an international reputation for its teaching and research. They have over 30,000 students taking some 700 undergraduate and 474 postgraduate degree programmes, including a wide range of joint honours degrees

University of Liverpool

  • www.liv.ac.uk

    As well as having a major programme of investment in research, the University of Liverpool has a unique combination of research expertise in Medical, Veterinary, Bio Science, and Tropical Medicine.

University of Nottingham

University of Reading

  • www.reading.ac.uk

    The University of Reading is highly regarded, nationally and internationally, for the quality of its research and is committed to enhancing its position as a leading research University

UEA (University of East Anglia)

  • www.uea.ac.uk

    A long standing tradition for interdisciplinary research, an enthusiastic atmosphere and a willingness to explore new ideas make UEA a special place to conduct research.

Vegetarian Society

  • www.vegsoc.org

    The oldest vegetarian organisation in the world. It is an educational charity promoting understanding and respect for vegetarian lifestyles.

www.Academicinfo.net

  • www.academicinfo.net

    With designs to guide aspiring students on the advantages and avenues to researching and searching for educational information.

General Information / Diectories

In this section you will find a selection of websites used for general information and reference; from finding conference time and dates to finding out dietary requirements.

All Conferences. Net

  • www.all-conferences.net

    Is a directory focusing on conferences, conventions, trade shows, exhibits, workshops, events and business meetings.

All-part Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Food for Development

  • www.agricultureandfoodfordevelopment.org

    The APPG seeks to bring together Parliamentarians concerned with both the technical, and social science, of Agriculture. They seek to use their cross-party membership to improve support from the British Government for Farmers and other stakeholders.

Associate Parliamentary Food and Health Forum

  • www.fhf.org.uk

    An all-party independent forum for the exchange of views and information on food policy in the UK Parliament

Biosciences Federation

  • www.bsf.ac.uk

    A single authority representing the UK’s biological expertise, providing independent opinion to inform public policy and promoting the biosciences. It is working to influence policy and strategy in biology-based research and in school and university teaching.

Biosociety

  • www.ec.europa.eu/research/biosociety/index_en.htm

    The life sciences and biotechnology in Europe aim to serve the interests of European society, to enhance citizens’ quality of life, and to boost the competitiveness of industry through the construction of a dynamic knowledge-based bio-economy.

Council for Biotechnology Information

  • www.whybiotech.com

    Aims to communicate science-based information about the benefits and safety of agricultural biotechnology and its contributions to sustainable development.

Food and Health Network

  • www.foodandhealthnetwork.com

    Bridging the gap between IFR research and its application within the food and related industries. It is a forum for knowledge transfer and collaboration.

Food Standards Agency

  • www.food.gov.uk

    An independent Government department set up by an Act of Parliament in 2000 to protect the public's health and consumer interests in relation to food.

Food Standards Agency; Public Attitudes

GOST- Guide to the Organisation of UK Science, Engineering and Technology

  • www.britishcouncil.org/science-gost.htm

    Understanding the role of science, engineering and technology in helping to extend our understanding of the world and develop imaginative solutions to shared problems.

Norwich Food Web

  • www.norwichfoodweb.org.uk/wp

    Provides information about food and health, accessible to voluntary groups, healthcare professionals, the media and the general public and raises awareness about issues including obesity, type II diabetes, and nutrition and mental health.

Parent Centre

  • www.parentscentre.gov.uk

    An official Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) website for parents and carers. Aiming to act as a reference book about the education system and a provider of information about the issues relevant to parents and children.

Science and Development Network

  • www.scidev.net

    A not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing reliable and authoritative information about science and technology for the developing world.

Sense About Science

  • www.senseaboutscience.org.uk

    An independent charitable trust. Responds to the misrepresentation of science and scientific evidence on issues that matter to society. Works with scientists and civic groups to promote evidence and scientific reasoning in public discussion.

Society of Chemical Industry

  • beta.soci.org

    An international forum where science meets business on independent, impartial ground. The Society offers a chance to share information between sectors as diverse as food and agriculture, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, environmental science and safety.

The Norfolk Exchange

  • www.norfolk-exchange.org.uk

    The Exchange is committed to creating stronger links to Norfolk schools and businesses. Including the Food and Farming Challenge.

The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee

  • www.vmine.net/scienceinparliament

    Primary focusing on scientific and technological issues, providing a long-term liaison between Parliamentarians and scientific bodies, science-based industry and the academic world.

UK Resource Centre of Women in SET

  • www.ukrc4setwomen.org

    The UKRC provides a central point of information and advice for industry, academia, professional institutes, education and research councils and for women entering, returning and progressing in SET careers.

WAIE (WhatAmIEating.com)

A free on-line multi-language dictionary of food and food-related terms. It currently contains ~65,000 entries in ~300 languages and is continually expanding. The entries have been carefully researched and verified. www. Academicinfo. Net

Academicinfo.net

  • www.academicinfo.net

    With designs to guide aspiring students on the advantages and avenues to researching and searching for educational information.

Community Based / Regional to the IFR

This section contains websites of organisations regional to the IFR area of Norfolk and Norwich.

Easton College

  • www.easton-college.ac.uk

    The main focus of the College is on vocational courses, with qualifications such as First, National and Higher National Diplomas making up the majority of full-time provision. Subjects include Agricultural management.

EEDA (East of England Development Agency)

  • www.eeda.org.uk

    The driving force behind sustainable economic growth and regeneration in the East of England.

ERBI (Eastern Region Biotech Initiative)

  • www.erbi.co.uk

    ERBI's objective is to facilitate and accelerate the growth of biotech in the East of England.

Greater Norwich Development Partnership

  • www.gndp.org.uk

    The body through which Broadland District Council, Norwich City Council, South Norfolk Council, Norfolk County Council, and the Broads Authority are working together to manage delivery on the Government's housing and job growth targets.

Norfolk County Council

  • www.norfolk.gov.uk

    The website of the Norfolk County Council and the services they offer.

Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital

  • www.nnuh.nhs.uk

    Aims to provide the best possible acute hospital care for a tertiary catchment area of up to 822,500 people.

Norfolk Network

  • www.norfolknetwork.com

    Aims to help unlock the potential of people and organisations, develop and promote inspiration and aspiration in business, and raise the levels of entrepreneurship and innovation throughout the county.

Norwich City Council

  • www.norwich.gov.uk

    The webpage of the Norwich City Council offering information in and beyond the city of Norwich.

Norwich Food Web

  • www.norwichfoodweb.org.uk/wp

    Provides information about food and health, accessible to voluntary groups, healthcare professionals, the media and the general public and to raises awareness about issues including obesity, type II diabetes, and nutrition and mental health.

UEA

  • www.uea.ac.uk

    A long standing tradition for interdisciplinary research, an enthusiastic atmosphere and a willingness to explore new ideas make UEA a special place to conduct research.

Projects and Food Research

This section contains information about organisations and institutes that are carrying out projects and food research; from universities to food chain supply and maintenance.

Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC)

Bio-profit

  • www.ueb.cas.cz/COST926

    The project has a primary objective of ensuring maximum benefit is gained in Europe from the application of new technologies in cellular and molecular biology in the study of bioactive components in fruits and vegetables in relation to disease prevention.

Biosociety

  • www.ec.europa.eu/research/biosociety/index_en.htm

    The life sciences and biotechnology in Europe aim to enhance citizens’ quality of life, and to boost the competitiveness of industry through the construction of a dynamic knowledge-based bio-economy.

Biotechnology and Biological Research Council

  • www.bbsrc.ac.uk

    One Research Council that works as part of the Research Councils UK (RCUK). Funded from the Government's Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) for academic research and training in the non-clinical life sciences

Campden & Chorleywood BRI

  • www.campden.co.uk

    Campden BRI is a collaborative partner that specialises in providing scientific and technical services to the food and drinks supply chain.

Central Science Laboratory

  • www.csl.gov.uk

    A public sector science organisation providing research and information services to governments and industry around the world, focusing on protecting environmental quality, developing sustainable land uses and safeguarding food chain safety.

GLOFAL – Global View of Food Allergy

  • www.glofal.org

    The present proposal aims to bring together a group of European experts in the area of food allergy who will train a number of medical personnel and scientists from African and Asian centres by organising workshops and laboratory based courses.

Institute of Sciences of Food Production (ISPA)

  • www.item.ba.cnr.it/ISPA.htm

    ISPA activities aim for the preservation and improvement of food quality and food safety in agreement with the framework of national and European policy.

John Innes Centre

  • www.jic.ac.uk

    A government funded independent, international centre of plant science and microbiology. It is sponsored by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Leatherhead Food International

  • www.leatherheadfood.com

    A resource for market intelligence, food research and analysis, food legislation, business and technical information and training.

National Institute for Agricultural Research

  • www.international.inra.fr

    INRA carries out mission-oriented research for better food and nutrition, preservation of the environment and competitive, sustainable agricultural practices.

Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods Institute (INAF)

REPRO- Reduce Disposal of Co-product Wastes

  • www.repro-food.net

    Addresses advanced methods to enable total transformation of food-processing-derived plant-based organic waste co-products into high and medium added value food, feed and pharmaceutical products such as biopolymers, phytochemicals, nutrients and micronutrients.

Scottish Crop Research institute

  • www.scri.ac.uk

    Bridging the gap between rural production and urban wellbeing. They have a track record of delivering innovative knowledge, products and services that enrich the Scottish and UK economies.

The European Nutrigenomics Organisation (NuGO)

  • www.nugo.org/everyone

    NuGO is a Network of Excellence in the EU Sixth Framework Programme for Research and Technology. Funded for six years, the primary aim of NuGO is integration, making European nutrigenomics research easier.

Towards Harmonisation Regarding Monitoring the Hazards of Food Supply Chain (MONIQA)

  • www.moniqa.org

    Funded by the European Union, MoniQA brings together organisations that are working to help food manufacturers, retail outlets and regulatory bodies to cope with the globalised food economy.

University College of Cork

University of Leeds

  • www.food.leeds.ac.uk/research.php

    In the RAE (Research Assessment Exercise) 2008 no other School of Food Science was ranked higher than Leeds in the UK. The School maintains a strong research culture based on the application of fundamental scientific principles to addressing issues of food quality of ongoing concern to consumers, government and industry.

University of Nottingham

VTT (Biotechnology)

Wageningen university research centre for agrotechnology and food sciences

  • www.wur.nl/UK/ http://www.afsg.wur.nl/UK/

    Agrotechnology & Food Sciences Group (AFSG) is part of Wageningen UR (WUR) and develops knowledge and transfers knowledge in the field of sustainable applications for safe food and non-food products.

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