The York Management School to host the Beeronomics 2013 Conference this week
The prestigious conference is the third of its kind and for the first time is taking place in the UK.
A major international conference at the University of York this week will bring together academics, the business community and policy makers to discuss key issues facing the beer and brewing industries.
Held in the UK for the first time, Beeronomics 2013, hosted by the University’s York Management School from 18 to 21 September, will cover topics relating to the history, social importance and economic impact of beer. It is the first time the conference is held in the UK.
The highlight of the conference will be a one-day event when MPs and brewing industry representatives will take part in a panel debate discussing issues affecting the industry. Panelists include Mike Benner, Chief Executive of CAMRA, David Paterson, Head of Public Affairs at Heineken UK, and Andrew Tighe, Policy Director of the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA).
The event on Friday 20 September will also include a keynote speech by Charles Bamforth, Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Brewing Science, University of California, Davis, USA, who specialises in the science of malting and brewing.
While most of the conference events are based at the Ron Cooke Hub, the conference will move into the city on 19 September for a reception at the Guildhall hosted by City of York Council. This will include beer tasting and a chance to meet local brewers, with Yorkshire micro-breweries having a unique opportunity to show off their products to international delegates.
Dr Ignazio Cabras, from the York Management School and Chair of the conference Steering Committee, said: “Beer and brewing is of major economic importance, both to the UK as a whole and the Yorkshire and Humber region, and we are very pleased to host a conference of this importance at York.
“As well as allowing the brewing industry, the academic community and policy-makers to share and discuss ideas and to hear about the latest research, Beeronomics 2013 is providing a fantastic opportunity for Yorkshire to showcase its quality products. We are pleased to have the enthusiastic support of a number of local breweries.”
According to the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), almost 949,000 jobs in the UK are sustained through the activity of the beer and pub sector, with £12.9bn of wages and £19.5bn of gross value added (GVA). The sector employs a high proportion of young workers, with about 300,000 workers under 25.
The conference coincides with the York Beer and Cider Festival, organised by the York branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), which Beeronomics delegates will also have an opportunity to attend.