5 questions with our new co-Editor-in-Chief

Get to know our new co-Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Chris Elliott, as he answers 5 questions about his research and experience and shares his thoughts about becoming involved with the journal.

What is your research background? 

I have worked in food safety and authenticity for many years, particularly in the area of measurement science using a wide range of analytical platforms such as sensors, spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. Our work has often been about determining why and how major feed and food contamination events have occurred. 

What has been your biggest challenge and your greatest achievement in your career so far?

I would like to think these are closely connected! To undertake cutting-edge measurement in feed and food science requires access to a very wide range of analytical tools. Some of these are extremely expensive and require highly skilled staff. I established the ASSET Technology Centre at Queen’s University, Belfast which is now one of the world’s best equipped analytical chemistry centres. 

What are you most looking forward to in your role as co Editor-in-Chief?

I am very keen to support the journal in publishing the very best research undertaken in food science. We will bring more focus to the journal by targeting developing research areas, and further establish the journal’s position in the community. 

How will you steer the development of npj Science of Food?

I’m very much looking forward to working closely with my Co-Editor-in-Chief, the Editorial Board and colleagues in the Nature Portfolio to set our new targets. I am also really looking forward to engaging directly with the world’s top food scientists to help steer the long-term direction of the journal. 

Why should researchers submit their work to npj Science of Food?

We want to make the journal the first port of call for cutting-edge food science  research to be submitted to. We will ensure all manuscripts are handled quickly, and when published will be given the highest possible visibility across the global research arena.