IFST Young Scientist Competiton - Northern Ireland

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Thursday, 1 June, 2017 - 18:00 to 20:30
University of Ulster, Coleraine Campus, The Octagon, Cromore Road, Coleraine, BT45 1SA

This annual competition, now in its sixth year, is organised by IFST’s Northern Ireland Branch and is open to students studying for a degree at CAFRE, UU, QUB or the Open University in Northern Ireland.

Final year Undergraduate students are asked to submit a one page abstract (250 words max) on their project or work experience. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to give a 10 minute presentation at the event where they will outline the outcomes from their project or work placement and its relevance to the food and drink sector and/or policy.

Previous winners have gone on to secure employment in the local Agri-food sector. Prospective employers have benefitted from attending this event to support local talent at the start of their careers.

18:00 Arrival
18:00 Welcome
18:25 Student presentations
19.45 Buffet (sponsored by NIFDA)
20:15 Presentation of Awards
20:30 End


  • Dominic Darby, Titanic Consulting, Chair of IFST'S Northern Ireland Branch
  • Craig Leeman, Food Standards Agency - Northern Ireland
  • Eammon Donnelly, Dale Farm


  • Winner to receive £1000* 
  • Runner up to receive £500*
  • Other finalist to each receive £50


  • NIFDA mare kindly sponsoring prizes* and buffet on the evening of the event
  • University Ulster, Coleraine are providing the venue for this event

Ulster University 

Entry to the competition has now closed.   

ATTEND THE FINAL - If you would like to attend the final to support the next generation of food scientists in your local region, why not register today for FREE to hear the presentations!

*Please note that a second instalment of £500 and £250 would be payable to the winner and runner up, respectively, were each to be employed in the agri-food industry in 6 months time.