Join us at Food Matters Live 2020

Join thousands of professionals from across the food, drink, nutrition and health sectors at the UK’s only cross-sector event dedicated to food, health and nutrition.

  • The Health Sciences Academy's own Chief Science Educator and doctoral researcher, Alex Ruani will be chairing three events covering topics like Immunity and the changes that COVID-19 has made to nutrition science.
  • Learn from experts in the food, health and nutrition fields as they tackle the latest scientific updates.
  • Participate virtually!

Insights theatre: nutrition and health science

COVID-19 has radically changed the future of specialised nutrition
Tuesday 13th October, 9:00 – 9:30
The presentation will be covering the global impact of COVID-19 on specialised nutrition launches, the four pillars of change for specialised nutrition and the opportunities for brands in the post-COVID-19 world.
Chair: Alex Ruani, UCL Doctoral Researcher and Chief Science Educator, The Health Sciences Academy
Optimising nutrition to boosting immune health
Tuesday 13th October, 13:30 – 15:00
Awareness continues to accelerate understand of the links between good nutrition and its impact on immune health, heightened in 2020 by the global COVID-19 pandemic. How is understanding of this complex issue advancing and how is industry responding to consumer demand?
Chair: Alex Ruani, UCL Doctoral Researcher and Chief Science Educator, The Health Sciences Academy
Game-changing ingredients to enhance immune health
Tuesday 13th October, 15:30 – 17:00
As demand for evidence-based immune health products and supplements rises, so do opportunities for manufacturers and brands to bring new and improved solutions to market. This session explores some of the latest insights into innovative natural and functional ingredients and how they can strengthen immune health.
Chair: Alex Ruani, UCL Doctoral Researcher and Chief Science Educator, The Health Sciences Academy

Seminar Chair:

Alejandra "Alex" Ruani

Research Director, Seminar Chair
  • Co founded The Health Sciences Academy to train and create new standard
  • Authored 50+ science books and reports
  • Led the curriculum design and content for 15+ accredited certifications
  • Directed the production of 60+ Continuous Education Modules
  • Published 1000's of commentaries clarifying the latest science news
  • Runs research studies with 100,000's of data points jointly with UCL/THSA
  • Over 600 exhibitors ranging from multinational companies to new and enterprising organisations – each showcasing the latest developments in 'better for you' food and drink innovation.
  • 6 themed visitor attractions, bringing to life learning from the conference and seminars through a series of installations and live interactive demonstrations, tastings and talks located within the exhibition floor.
  • 80 leading figures across government, industry, science and health who will join 17 thought-provoking debates that will address political, social, and economic issues surrounding food, health and nutrition
  • Over 80 seminar sessions structured around 8 individual themes provide practical advice delivered by 300 seminar speakers from across the food, health, and nutrition sectors
  • Special events present visitors and exhibitors with unique networking and business opportunities
  • Thousands of visitors from a range of professions and disciplines, including food science and manufacturing, R&D, food marketing and brand management, retailing, nutrition, and public health
Venue Information
ExCeL London Royal Victoria Dock 1 Western Gateway London E16 1XL United Kingdom
Opening Times:
  • Tue 22 Nov: 10.00 - 17.00
  • Wed 23 Nov: 10.00 - 17.00
  • Thu 24 Nov: 10.00 - 16.00


With two dedicated Docklands Light Railway (DLR) stations, easy access to the London Underground (Jubilee line), parking for 3,700 cars and London City Airport on its doorstep, getting to ExCeL London couldn’t be easier. For more information on planning your journey visit the official ExCeL Travel Planner.
ExCeL London is well connected with the rail network and is reached easily by train, tube and DLR. Click here to plan your journey by train, tube and DLR.  For Food Matters Live, please alight at Custom House station. ExCeL London is located in Zone 3. London Underground tickets are valid on the DLR.
ExCeL London is easily accessible by car with easy access from the M25, M11, A406 and A13. To plan your journey, please visit ExCeL London’s postcode is E16 1XL.  If you are using Sat-Nav, please use the postcode E16 1DR. There is onsite parking for 3,700 cars including over 2,000 spaces located directly beneath the venue and 158 disabled parking spaces. For detailed information on parking facilities please click here. The venue is located outside the Congestion Charge Zone. All onsite parking is pay and display, with the exception of the Royal Victoria multi-storey car park which is pay on exit. For more information visit the ExCeL website.
London City Airport is located 5 minutes from ExCeL London by car or taxi. In addition, the DLR links the airport and ExCeL London, via Canning Town. Frequent and direct shuttle buses run from Canary Wharf and Canning Town, to and from the airport. For more information visit ExCeL London’s interactive flight map or
The Emirates Air Line cable car connects ExCeL London and North Greenwich underground station and The O2 (5 minutes). Alternatively, Thames Clipper river boat services run frequently from The O2 to all major London piers, including Greenwich, Canary Wharf, Tower, London Bridge, Embankment and Waterloo. For further information on travel by river and cable car please click here.

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