Event raises Wong-a for UNICEF

A Science Oxford event aimed at inspiring people to eat better has also helped raise over £700 for UNICEF – the world’s leading organisation working for children in danger.

In November 2017 we welcomed James Wong, Kew-trained botanist, science writer and broadcaster, to Oxford to talk about his new book “How to Eat Better” in collaboration with the University of Oxford Botanic Garden. The evening took place at the Maths Institute at the University of Oxford, and attracted nearly 140 people. At James’ request, profits from ticket sales for the talk went to UNICEF.

Our foodie events are always popular and this one was no exception. James stripped away the fad diets and superfood fixations to give a straight-talking scientist’s guide to the tastiest way to choose, store and prepare fruits and vegetables. Science Oxford event officer Rowena Fletcher-Wood, who helped to organise the event, said: “James champions real food – even when it’s processed or wrapped in plastic. For example, he revealed that broccoli is most nutritious after being frozen and stored in plastic. The plastic keeps in the chemical compounds produced when it ages, letting it mature naturally, without losing nutrients or going off too fast.

Our audience loved James’ passion for food and eating better and the feedback afterwards was excellent; “James’ energy and enthusiasm for his subject were infectious,” said one visitor. “It opens one’s mind to cooking and storing food,” said another.

But best of all is the fact that we’ve been able to raise so much money for UNICEF.

You can buy James’ book online here.