The University of Reading is recognized as one of the top 200 Universities in the world, and is home to 19,000 students from over 150 countries. Founded in the 19th century as an extension College of the University of Oxford, Reading was the only university to be awarded a charter between the two world wars. The University celebrated the 90th anniversary of its Royal Charter in 2016. Over the decades its members have become innovators and pioneers, pushing academic boundaries and leading social change.
In 1972, Reading was the first British university to integrate an industrial Research and Development Group on its campus, and is now one of the foremost research-led universities in the UK. The University features more than 50 research centres, many of which are recognised as international centres of excellence in areas including agriculture, biological and physical sciences, European histories and cultures, and meteorology.
Reading offers a wide range of programmes from the pure and applied sciences to languages, humanities, social sciences, business and arts. New research and the latest thinking continually feed into its teaching, with its academic staff working at the forefront of their fields of expertise, and remains one of the most popular higher education choices in the UK.
Foodmaestro was founded with a mission to help consumers answer one simple question, 'Can I eat this?'. Its award winning platform combines label information with clinical health and wellness data to give it meaning that can be read and understood by all, quickly and easily by scanning a barcode or searching for products.
In partnership with the Kings College and Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Trust, it has delivered powerful mobile apps combined with clinically verified data that allows users to find products they can eat when living with allergies, intolerances and lifestyles.
Its enterprise platform also provides corporations including retailers, manufacturers and other app developers, access to data and services to integrate defining experiences for their end consumers into their digital channels.
The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF), a registered charity, delivers impartial, authoritative and evidence-based information on food and nutrition. Its core purpose is translating evidence-based nutrition science in engaging and actionable ways, working with an extensive network of contacts across academia, health care, education, communication and the food chain. In all aspects of its work, BNF aims to generate and communicate clear, accurate, accessible information on nutrition, diet and lifestyle, which is impartial and relevant to the needs of diverse audiences, in particular the general public, the media, government, schools, health professionals, and food and beverage companies.
BNF has robust procedures in place to sustain the quality and clarity of its outputs (click here for more details). BNF’s key publications are peer reviewed by technical committees and external experts drawn from the nutrition science, education and food chain communities. BNF’s website content is governed by the Information Standard and a web panel exists to help ensure relevance and clarity of the information.
BNF is part of a broad network and it attaches substantial value to the collaborations and partnerships that it has forged, both in the UK and also across Europe, that enable BNF to extend its influence without moving our focus from the things it does well.
The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of Europe’s top universities. It is committed to excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary education and the active promotion of promising young scientists. The university also forges strong links with companies and scientific institutions across the world. TUM was one of the first universities in Germany to be named a University of Excellence. Moreover, TUM regularly ranks among the best European universities in international rankings.
The Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS) is an Integrative Research Center at TUM. As one of the most prominent centres for Science and Technology Studies (STS) in Germany, it is dedicated to understanding and reflexively shaping the multiple interactions between science, technology and society. By addressing the pressing challenges of technoscientific developments, the MCTS engages in interdisciplinary research, teaching und dialogue. It does so by initiating conversations and collaborations between the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and engineering.
The Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences is a Leading National Research Centre that brings together interdisciplinary research to investigate the mechanisms of environmental impact on health and well-being of humans and animals. They are the Centre of Excellence in "Knowledge Transfer, Research and Education in FOOD & HEALTH for Central and Eastern Europe - CENEXFOOD", and have now launched off efforts to create Centre of Excellence in Nutirgenomics that will investigate the impact of nutrition on the genetic predisposition to diet-related diseases. IARFR PAS belongs to EIT Food Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC), Europe's leading food innovation initiative that delivers tools to researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs and students to develop world-class solutions and accelerate innovation around the entire food value chain. They undertake continued efforts to increase public engagement and upgrade consumers' awareness of the key benefits that innovations in food and health bring to everyday life. Spearheading a variety of Science2Society events such as science festivals, tailored workshops at schools, online educational campaigns and lab visits, IARFR PAS translates scientific knowledge to lay people and promotes dialogue to keep abreast of public concerns and maintain mutual trust.
Maspex is the largest private Polish company in the food industry and one of the largest in Central and Eastern Europe. It is a distinct leader on the market of juices, nectars and beverages in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and the leading manufacturer in Hungary, Bulgaria, Lithuania and Latvia. It is also a leading manufacturer of instant products in Central and Eastern Europe. Maspex is also a leader on the market of pasta, jams and sauces and a leading producer in the segment of ketchups, ready meals and vegetable preserves in Poland. The company is also a leading player on the Romanian water market. It produces annually: 1.8 billion litres of juices, nectars and beverages, 243,000 tonnes of pasta, cereal and instant products and 146,000 tonnes of jams and preserves.
Maspex is the organizer of 5 nationwide social programs aimed at children and youth, in which over 10 million participants took part. One of them is the tournament 'From the Courtyard to the Stadium: the Tymbark Cup', of which it has been the main sponsor since 2007. It is the largest football tournament for primary school children not only in Poland but also in Europe (the final matches take place at the PGE National Stadium in Warsaw, directly before the Polish Cup final). The company also conducts educational projects for children and youth about among others ecology, safety or shaping correct eating habits among young people.
Since 2003, the company Polski Lek S.A. belongs to the Maspex Group, specializing in providing innovative products for the most sensitive consumer groups, such as pregnant women, infants and children. The portfolio also includes a wide range of dietary supplements for adults. All Polski Lek products have been developed on the basis of scientific research, with the support of the knowledge and experience of experts.
The company meets the highest world standards in the field of production processes and quality management. They guarantee safety and enable the selection of the best raw materials. Taking care of every detail in the manufacturing process translates into consumer confidence. The quality of Polski Lek products is reflected in numerous awards granted to the company's brands.