The science and business of spirits and beer

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Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Main Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus


Professor Katherine Smart’s stellar career brings together the academic, industrial and entrepreneurial strands of brewing and distilling. And it gives her special insights into modern brewing and distilling science – in which she has always had a deep interest.

She will also share fascinating recollections from a career including scientific research, academic success, adjusting to senior roles in the corporate world and bringing her expertise into an entrepreneurial venture with a new gin distillery.

Katherine’s career encompasses significant jobs in the brewing industry (SABMiller and AB InBev) and academia. She began lecturing at Oxford Brookes University at the age of 25 and went on to gain a PhD in yeast and fermentation at Cambridge University. As well as being involved in global research collaborations with industry, Katherine helped create the National Brewing Library at Oxford Brookes.

The National Brewing Library is the most comprehensive source of information in the UK on the scientific, technological, historical and social aspects of brewing and distilling. It is housed in Oxford Brookes Library’s Special Collections

From 5pm local gin distillery, TOAD and local brewery, Hook Norton will be running free tastings before the lecture.