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University of York hosts Beeronomics 2013

Posted on 17 September 2013

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.

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 University’s new £750m Heslington East campus extension, 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.

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

Dr Ignazio Cabras

“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.

To find out more about the Beeronomics 2013 conference visit or contact Nicola Clemmit, Conference Administrator: email or phone 01904 324469.

Notes to editors:

  • Beeronomics 2013 is sponsored by the British Beer & Pub Association, Brass Castle Brewery, CAMRA, Muntons, Pub Is The Hub, SIBA the Society of Independent Brewers, York Brewery, City of York Council, and supported by IBD the Institute of Brewing & Distilling.
  • More information on the York Management School at the University of York is available at
  • The University of York’s £750 million campus extension at Heslington East is one of the biggest capital developments in UK higher education in recent years. Its development was supported by investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in Yorkshire and the Humber, part of a major infrastructure project led by Science City York to extend the assets and strategic potential of York as a leading centre for science and innovation. Visit

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