The Food, Health, Choice and Change Conference

Date: June 6 & 7, 2012

Venue: Western Gateway Building, University College Cork

Hosted by safefood , HRB Centre for Health & Diet and Research and the Department for Agriculture.

The conference will explore the influences and effects of food-related behaviours on our health and discuss approaches to support positive behavioural change.

The event will mark the launch of safefood’s Consumer Focused Review on Food behaviour.

Guest speakers include

  • Jeff French, Chief Executive from Strategic Social Marketing
  • Martin Caraher, Professor of Food and Health Policy, City University London 
  • Steen Stender, Consultant Physician, Gentofte University Hospital.

Jeff French is a recognised global leader in the theory and application of behaviour change and social marketing. Martin Caraher has worked extensively in area of food and health promotion in both England and the Republic of Ireland and will be providing his invaluable experiences of informing government policy. Steen Stender has a wealth of experience at informing policy and was instrumental in successfully lobbying for a ban on trans fats in Denmark, which became the first country in the world to ban foods with more than 2% trans fat content.

They will be joined by researchers from the island of Ireland including:

Dr Mary McCarthy, University College Cork, Professor Fionnuala McAuliffe, University College Dublin and Dr Barbara Stewart-Knox, University of Ulster, who will present their latest findings in the area of food, health and well-being. safefood will also launch new consumer research providing additional insights into food behaviour.

Who should attend?

This conference will be of interest to researchers, public health professionals, academics, government agencies, representatives from the food industry, communications professionals and members of the media.

This is a social media-friendly event, therefore we would invite you to post comments and questions live during the event through Twitter. To join in, visit, set up a Twitter account and follow the conference at #foodhcc.

Drinks reception and conference dinner on the 6th June 2012 in Aula Maxima situated in the Quad starting at 7.30pm. For those wishing to attend we would request €15.00/£12.50 donation towards the overall costs.

We would appreciate if you would circulate this note to colleagues. If you need any further information regarding this free event, please contact Andrew Castles or Julie Carroll at safefood at


Day one schedule – 6 June, 2012

Day one schedule

Day two schedule - 7 June, 2012

Day two schedule







University College Cork’s Western Gateway building on the Western Road is situated 2.5km from Cork City Centre.

Western Gateway Building, UCC