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Who Says Our Food is Safe?

Monday 29 April, 6.30pm
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

Professor Roy Anderson will be speaking on Who Says Our Food is Safe?, focusing on food safety with relation to BSE, at the second Imperial College/LSE joint Science and Society lecture series at LSE on Monday 29 April.

Roy Anderson FRS of the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, in the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College, is also a member of the UK government's Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee.

During the 2001 foot and mouth epidemic, Professor Anderson and his colleagues employed mathematical and statistical techniques to track the epidemic as it unfolded and evaluated options for control of the disease. His lecture will use the example of BSE to show the interface between scientific research and the development of policy in protecting public health in the area of food safety.

A panel of three experts will follow Professor Anderson's presentation to discuss the implications for society from three different perspectives:

  • George Gaskell, Professor of Social Psychology, LSE
  • Shereen El Feki, medical correspondent of The Economist
  • Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy, Thames Valley University

The lecture is the second in a four-part series exploring science and society issues and which demonstrates the complementarity of both universities' research agendas. The lecture series is one of a number of initiatives resulting from the agreement last summer between Imperial College and LSE to collaborate in various academic and administrative areas.

The lecture is free and open to all but a ticket is required.


To reserve a press ticket, contact Jessica Winterstein on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk|

Who Says Our Food is Safe? starts at 6.30pm on Monday 29 April in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton St, London WC2A.


The first Science and Society lecture, Risk and Society - Is Science Dangerous?, attracted over 300 people. Lewis Wolpert, Professor of Biology as Applied to Medicine at University College, London and a columnist for The Independent, gave the keynote lecture, followed by a panel discussion with: Dr David Jefferys, Medical Devices Agency; Professor Rod Smith, Imperial College; and Professor John Adams, University College London. For more details, click here|.

The final two lectures in the Science and Society series will be held at the Imperial College Great Hall:

  • New Genetics in Society, Thursday 2 October
  • Science in the Media, Thursday 28 November

Tickets for these events are not yet available and will be out nearer the time. Updates on all LSE events can be found at www.lse.ac.uk/events|

24 April 2002