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Cultivate is a multi-voiced forum intended to support informed dialogue about the emergent field of cellular agriculture from UK perspectives. It was established in summer 2016 by a small interdisciplinary group of UK professionals working in the area. The group initially came together during a dialogue exercise with government that involved multiple visits to 10 Downing Street to discuss cultured meat (aka cell-based meat, clean meat, in vitro meat). Through these meetings the group decided to formalise their activities under the title Cultivate and expand their remit to contribute to events, maintain an online presence, and provide a focal point for UK cellular agriculture activity.


12th June 2024

Millennium Gallery, Sheffield


VENUE: Millennium Gallery, 48 Arundel Gate, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1 2PP



9:30am - doors open


10am - welcome and Year in Review


10:25am - Session 1 – Keynote

‘What can we learn from the literary history of cultured meat?’ | Dr John Miller, University of Sheffield


11:10am - Session 2 - Panel - ‘Where is cell ag now, and where is it going?’

  • Clarisse Beurrier, CellCraft Ltd

  • Dr Petra Hanga, UCL | Quest

  • Vijay Kumar, CPI

  • Dr Jef Pinxteren, Roslin Technologies


12pm - Lunch 


1:15pm – Session 3 - Keynote

‘The Multi-faceted Diffusion of Alternative Proteins’ | Dr Josephine Mylan, University of Manchester


2pm - Session 4 - Research papers

  • William Gordon-Petrovskii, UCL

  • Joanne Lacey, Dragon Biotechnologies

  • Professor Mike Goodman, University of Reading

  • Charlie Taylor, Multus Media


3pm - Coffee break


3:20pm - Session 5 - Research Papers

  • Dr Eirini Theodosiou, Aston University

  • Ben Wilding, Sun Bear Biofuture

  • Ben Dages, Aston University

  • Dr Craig Stamp, 3D Bio-Tissues Ltd


4:20pm - Session 6 - ‘Novel Foods Regulations: A Review’

  • Tom Vincent, Food Standards Agency

  • Liam Burke, Food Standards Agency


4:45pm - Concluding remarks


5pm - Event ends and exit building


While not a formal part of the programme, for those not leaving straight after the event it has become a Cultivate tradition for conversations to often continue at a nearby pub or bar. We will suggest some venue options on the day.


Cellular Agriculture is a term referring to a collection of technologies seeking to produce consumables that are traditionally produced in livestock-based agriculture systems through other means such as fermentation or tissue engineering, with key examples including meat, milk, leather and egg. The definition of cellular agriculture remains mobile as new technologies emerge and new viewpoints on the technologies arise, and Cultivate acknowledge and examine this variability.


Cultivate is important because it forms a UK space for professionals and interested parties in cellular agriculture to come together and discuss the technologies and their impact. Cellular agriculture promises much in terms of environmental, animal ethics, health and economic benefit, but it is vital that these issues are examined critically to assess likely outcomes in the environment and society.



In 2018 the Cultivate founders published a peer-reviewed open access academic paper reviewing cellular agriculture with a specific focus on cultured meat. The paper is an expanded and revised update of a policy document that Cultivate members provided to the UK government. It is available here: Bringing cultured meat to market: Technical, socio-political, and regulatory challenges in cellular agriculture.

A second paper was published in 2020 and is available here: Cellular agriculture in the UK: a review.

And a third paper was published in 2022, and is available here: The triple bottom line framework can connect people, planet and profit in cellular agriculture.

Cultivate runs a public LinkedIn group. UK cellular agriculture stakeholders are welcome to request to join.


12th June 2024: Cultivate 2024. Millennium Gallery, Sheffield.

20th June 2023: Cultivate 2023. Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute, Bath.

12th May 2022: Cultivate 2022. The Exchange, Birmingham

13th July 2021: Cultivate Summer Panel Session. Via Zoom.

17th December 2020: Cultivate 2020. Via Zoom.

26th November 2019: Cultivate 2019. Oxford Martin School, Oxford University
15th November 2018: Cultivate 2018. 83 Pall Mall, London 

7th December 2017: Cultivate 2017. 83 Pall Mall, London

6th December 2016: Cultivate 2016. Chapel Arts Centre, Bath

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Illtud Dunsford: Illtud is a Farmer, Agri-Food Consultant and the CEO of the UK's first cultured meat company; Cellular Agriculture Ltd.

Prof Marianne Ellis: Marianne is CTO of Cellular Agriculture Ltd and a Biochemical Engineer at the University of Bath, where she carries out research and teaching in tissue engineering bioprocess design.

Abigail Glencross. On a journey. Will be back soon.

Dr Alexandra Sexton: Alexandra is a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow in Geography at the University of Sheffield. Her current research is exploring the implications of cellular and plant-based agriculture for landscapes and livelihoods in the UK.
Dr Neil Stephens: Neil is a sociologist and Senior Lecture in Technology and Society at the University of Birmingham. He has studied the socio-cultural aspects of cultured meat since 2008.

We regularly publish and speak about our work in this space

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Cultivate is an independent volunteer led activity, running as a low cost operation. We acknowledge the support of University of Bath in supporting our annual meetings in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2023, the Oxford Martin School in 2019, the University of Birmingham and the Wellcome Trust in 2022 and the University of Sheffield and the Leverhulme Trust in 2024. Individual founders have also provided low level funds to cover basic running costs.

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