THE-ICE is pleased to introduce Ulster University as our newest Friend of THE-ICE, a relationship of reciprocal support and promotion.
Ranked number one in the UK for hospitality, leisure, recreation and tourism (Complete University Guide 2021), Ulster University is prioritising education and research in these fields. Its reputation is built on the relevance of its education, the work ethic and contribution of its graduates, the application of its research to ‘real life’ challenges and its commitment to enhancing the wellbeing and economic prosperity of Northern Ireland. The Ulster University team is looking forward to using Gastronomy Summit 2022 to build long-lasting working relationships with colleagues across the international academic community.
Question and Answer with Ulster University
What is the Gastronomy Summit 2022, and what is Ulster University’s connection to this event?
Ulster University is staging Gastronomy Summit 2022 at its central Belfast campus on the 11th to 13th April 2022. This international gathering of academics and leading practitioners will focus on the development of food and drink destinations in ways that deliver tangible benefits to local communities. Delegates and keynote contributors will share practical solutions to achieving lasting and inclusive community regeneration, including in locations that are facing considerable social, cultural and economic challenges.
How will the Gastronomy Summit make use of Ulster University’s location and facilities?
Ulster University is investing heavily in hospitality and culinary arts management education as flagship areas of provision. In September 2021 it is launching Academy: the Centre for Food, Drink and Culture, a new specialist educational institute that will incorporate a restaurant, culinary school, beverage school and meeting and conference facilities. Through education, business support, thought leadership and civic engagement, Academy will play a central role in the ongoing development of Northern Ireland as a leading food, drink and hospitality destination. Gastronomy Summit 2022 will showcase these new, state-of-the-art facilities to an international audience.
Who should attend the Gastronomy Summit 2022, and what should they expect to gain from attending?
Gastronomy Summit 2022 will provide academics with an ideal platform to present their current research to an international audience. We are particularly keen to welcome active researchers and teachers who specialise in a broad range of areas including food, drink and hospitality as catalysts for economic, cultural and social regeneration, and as drivers of equality and social cohesion. It is also appropriate for those researching food, drink and identity, and sustainable development and destination development. Delegates will have an opportunity to build meaningful working relationships, not only with other academics, but also with internationally renowned entrepreneurs, writers, journalists and chefs.
Will there be options for virtual engagement, for those who may not be able or willing to travel?
To achieve the widest possible level of engagement, a selection of keynote contributions will be made available online.