will attend the Poster Session and Drinks Reception and present a short 'viewpoint' about her
observations about food in/from the UK and elsewhere.
is the presenter of BBC Radio 4's
The Food Programme.
comes from Hoghton, Lancashire, the village where in 1603 a drunken James VI of Scotland, en route to take the throne of England, knighted the loin of beef he
was served in HoghtonTower's banqueting hall-hence Sirloin.
says the story may be apocryphal but it shows that good food has long been taken seriously in her
part of the country.
has had a varied career but it was in the US 20 years ago when she
understood what she
really wanted to do - cover the subject of food: the pleasures of eating it and the politics of producing it.
She became associate editor of Food Monitor magazine.
Moving back to London , she
heard Derek Cooper present the BBC's Food Programme, and knew that working there would be the perfect job.
She was hired as a reporter in 1987, and a year later became senior producer.
and Derek won awards for investigative reporting and features about BSE, the food system in Russia and Ukraine after the collapse of communism, the science of the new fats, the development of organic farming, bioengineered foods and supermarket power.
Last year Sheila
won the Glenfiddich Award for best broadcast for a programme on food & poverty, produced by Jessica Mitchell.
also created Veg Talk, BBC Radio 4's interactive grocery show.