Tight on time? Attend Oxford for Friday only


Time in the New Year is precious, so in response to calls from people requesting day tickets, we are selling Friday-only packages for those tight on time. 

For £100 + VAT you can spend Friday 5 January in Oxford, including attending a morning of lectures in the iconic Sheldonian Theatre, ending with a British Street Food Networking Lunch.

    The Sheldonian is an exquisite Grade I listed building situated in Oxford’s city centre, is the official ceremonial hall of the University of Oxford

    The speakers are:

    James Wong a Kew-trained botanist, science writer and broadcaster. His work for the BBC includes the award-winning 'Grow Your Own Drugs' and the 'The Secrets of Your Food', as well as Radio 4's 'Gardeners' Question Time'. He is passionate about communicating plant science to new audiences and in 2015, The Sunday Times listed him as one of the Top 20 most influential people in horticulture.

    Eve Turow Paul will be talking about changing food values and how farmers and supply chains can adapt to embrace the trends of the millennial generation. Mrs Paul has recently published a book, A Taste of Generation Yum, on how the millennial generation’s attitude will make or break the future of food. The demands of this generation will require both farmers and supply chains to adapt. This is the Frank Parkinson Lecture.

    Steve Murrells will be speaking about his role as CEO of the Co-op Group. As a senior executive at the Co-op Steve has been a key part of the team which has rebuilt the Co-op, relaunched its membership proposition and returned its iconic blue clover-leaf logo to the high street. As CEO of Co-op Food, Steve was responsible for the Co-op’s £7bn-turnover food retail arm with its 2,800 strong network of stores and logistics operations which span the whole of the UK. He introduced the Co-op’s new retail strategy which focuses on convenience and turned around the business to grow its market share.

    Mark Lynas, who first spoke at the OFC in 2013 and has been the most viewed speaker ever in the conference’s online video archive. Mark is the author of three major popular science environmental books: High Tide (2004), Six Degrees (2008) and The God Species (2011), as well as the Kindle Single ebook Nuclear 2.0 (2012). Mark was climate change advisor to the President of the Maldives, he has contributed extensively to global media, writing for the Guardian, New York Times, Washington Post and numerous others. He is a visiting fellow at the Alliance for Science, Cornell University, which is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Watch Mark's presentation in 2013. 

    Plus we have a four-speaker panel for 'The Birds & The Bees' debate, covering policy and what the practicalities of greening and biodiversity might be over the coming years. The panel will be:

    • Tony Juniper CBE, a writer, campaigner and environmentalist;
    • Mike Green, Environmental Stewardship Manager at BASF
    • Julia Aglionby, Executive Director of the Foundation for Common Land and Chair of the Upland Alliance
    • Paul Temple, farmer and Chairman of the AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds committee. 

    Book here