Join us at Food Matters Live 2019

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.

  • Alex Ruani will share expert insight on “Brain, gut, genes, taste buds… What makes us overeat?” and “Neuro-nutrition 101: can food make us smarter?” at Food Matters Live on 19-20 November 2019 at ExCel, London.
  • Debate and discuss the most important issues facing the food, health, and nutrition sectors in the Food Matters Live Conference.
  • Participate in a series of interactive attractions, practical demonstrations, and live tastings taking place each day from 19-20 November 2019.
  • Come and See Us!
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“Brain, gut, genes, taste buds… What makes us overeat?”

Tuesday 19th November

14:00 - 14:20

Who (or what) controls what we eat? What makes us choose healthy or unhealthy foods? And what makes us overeat?

  • Your brain is influenced by a multitude of factors when making food choices – internal and external. From your gut microbiome to your inherited genes, to your taste buds… So, who is in control?
  • In this FML session, we'll navigate the latest research on a multitude of influences behind our food intake: hormonal or neural, gustatory or olfactory, physiological or environmental, conscious or unconscious.

Speaker: Alex Ruani, Director, The Health Sciences Academy

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“Neuro-nutrition 101: Can Food Make Us Smarter?”

Wednesday 20th November

15:00 - 15:20

Genetics can partly explain our intelligence. However, the heritability of IQ is only up to 50%. So, is there anything else you could do to enhance it?

  • We often hear the term “brain foods”: foods that are supposedly good for your brain. But do they exist? And can they really make us smarter?
  • In this FML session, we dive into the scientific research behind the nutrients that are said to make humans more intelligent and see if there’s any truth to these claims.

Speaker: Alex Ruani, Director, The Health Sciences Academy

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  • Over 150 ingredient companies compiled of some of the industry’s newest innovators.
  • 250 expert speakers from across the food, drink, health and nutrition sectors providing practical advice based on scientifically backed methods and personal experience.
  • 5 Live attractions featuring tastings, demonstrations, and showcases designed to engage and entertain attendees.
  • Leading figures across government, industry, science and health who will join thought-provoking debates that will address political, social, and economic issues surrounding food, health and nutrition
  • Over 80 seminar sessions structured around 6 individual themes provide practical advice delivered by 250 seminar speakers from across the food, health, and nutrition sectors
  • Special events present visitors and exhibitors with unique networking and business opportunities
  • The Health Sciences Academy’s Research Director Alex Ruani will share expert insight on “Brain, gut, genes, taste buds… What makes us overeat?” and “Neuro-nutrition 101: can food make us smarter?” at Food Matters Live on 19-20 November 2019
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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.

By train, tube or DLR

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.

By road

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.

By air

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

By river or cable car

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.