IFST Eastern Branch

IFST Eastern Branch organises a number of technical visits and holds meetings/joint meetings that allow topical discussion throughout the year. 

Meet the Eastern Branch Committee

Chair: Bob Bowman

Past Chair: Steve Timms

Secretary: Julie Worthington 

Other members: Sonia Andre, Belinda Ashong, Federico Bernuzzi, Julian Cooper, Jane Robertshaw, Debra Smith, Robert Winwood, Julie Worthington.

Upcoming events


Coming Soon

Reports from past events
20 October IFST Lecture reception hosted by Eastern Branch  - NCFM, University of Lincoln Centre of Excellence
22 September Technical Visit to Wilkin & Sons jam factory and fruit farm
  1 July IFST Webinar: Meat alternatives, the manufacturing and science behind Mycoprotein
25 February IFST Eastern Branch Event: The Potential Role of Nutrition in Delaying Mild Cognitive Development
11 November IFST Eastern Branch Event: The Chemistry of Cocktails
 3 November IFST Eastern Branch Networking Event - A Virtual Genius Journey
31 October IFST Eastern Branch & UK:IE Conference: 'Hygienic design in food processing environments' 
27 September IFST Eastern Branch Visit to Raynor Foods Sandwich Factory - 27 September 2019
2 July
20 June
13 June Young Scientist Competition
18 October Visit to Omega Ingredients followed by Visit to Alliance Technical Laboratories     
6 September Technical Visit to Suffolk Food Enterprise Zone
27 June IFST Lecture
5 February Tour of the Greene King Brewery
31 January              Technical Visit to Premier Analytical Services


9 November Visit to 3m Customer Innovation Centre & Analytical Laboratory, Bracknell
5 October Present Yourself and Present Your Business
15 August Technical Visit Report - Port of Felixstowe
5 July  Wilkin & Sons Visit
5 May  Technical Visit Report - Aponics Ltd
19 May Ely Cathedral inaugural Ely Science Festival 
30 March IFST Eastern Branch visit to Unilever's Research & Development Site
28 February Eastern Branch Visit to National Collection of Yeast Cultures
7 February Visit to University of Lincoln National Centre for Food Manufacturing at Holbeach
7 February Visit to QV Foods


21 October Satellite Reception - IFST 2016 Lecture ‘Science for the EU and EU for science’, University of East Anglia
26 July  Visit to The English Whisky Co. Distillery, Norfolk 
6 July Visit to Wilkin & Sons + Tiptree Fruit Farm 
The potential role of nutrition in delaying Mild Cognitive Impairment
Students and competitions

IFST offers national and regional opportunities for students with deadlines staggered throughout the year. 

Find out more


We recognise that a number of our members once graduated will move around the country on graduate placement schemes or re-locate for other various reasons. We have been working with a group of IFST members in their first three years after graduation to find out how we can help our members and their early career development.

Our Committee member Belinda Ashong is kindly leading this initiative for our region. If you are interested in getting more involved, please get in touch.  Please note that you need to be an IFST member. 

Get involved

If you would like more information about how to get involved with the Branch, please contact us


IFST Impact Award

We value the important contribution that volunteers bring to the work and life of the Institute. Without the contribution of the volunteers who serve on committees, branches and special interest groups, we would find it difficult to achieve the strategic priorities set out by the Board of Trustees. The Impact Award is an opportunity for volunteers to showcase an innovative activity that has been undertaken that meets the following criteria.

  1. Is new and has been undertaken in the last 12 months which delivers measurable impact to any/any/all IFSTs strategic priorities, or
  2. Is an existing activity that has undergone an adaptation or change in order to deliver an enhanced impact linked to any/all of IFSTs strategic priorities, and which 
  3. Is scalable and sustainable. 

Previous winners:

2021 IFST South Eastern Branch and President’s Special Award to COVID-19 Advisory Group

2020 IFST Northern Ireland Branch and Eastern Branch 

2019 IFST Student Group

2018 IFST Student Group

2017 IFST Sensory Science Group

Find out more about the previous winners, entry criteria and submissions here.


IFST Community

Log on to our communication platform for all IFST members, IFST CommunityThis online space is open for you to make contact and communicate freely and easily with other members and to engage with our many Networks. Here are some step-by-step instructions to get you started. We’ve also created a simple how-to video.

Eastern Branch Community Network