IFST North of England Branch

The North of England Branch organises a number of technical visits and hold meetings/joint meetings that allow topical discussion throughout the year.  They have three central hubs in the region

  • North East
  • North West
  • Yorkshire




Meet the North of England Branch Committee

Main Committee

Chair: Vacant (The Branch works collectively as a team)

Within the Region, there are three hubs:

North East Hub Nigel Atkinson, Ian Blakemore,
North West Hub                             Coming soon.....
Yorkshire Hub Ivan Bartolo, Hilary Hamer, Lauren Jokl, Lisa Marshall,Cecil Morris Helen Martin, Martin Nulty, Lucy Packman
Upcoming Events in the Region


Coming soon

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What we are doing for students


For the first time this year we will be hosting the Young Scientist Competiton. 

The Young Scientist Competition offers undergraduate/postgraduate students and those one-year after graduation based in the UK the opportunity to present their current/recently completed food-related projects in front of their peers and to a panel of food professionals. Entrants are required to submit an abstract of no more than 150 words on their subject area.

Successful applicants will be invited to present at the regional final on 26 April at Sheffield Hallam University where they will compete for a prize of up to £200.  To make sure the audience is included, there will also be a prize for the best presentation on the evening.

Find out how to enter and more about the judges


What is ecotrophelia ?

According to the website of The Belgian Food & Drink Association Fevia.be : “The Ecotrophelia competition challenges students from higher education pursuing a career in the [European] food industry to design an eco-friendly innovative food or beverage product with strong commercial potential.”

Deadline for registration is usually in November with the deadline for submission of dossiers during the following February.  Judging then takes place locally in each country with the UK national final normally held in a Dragons Den style competition in June and the winning UK team goes forward to represent the UK at the European final taking place in October. The competition is organised jointly by the Institute of Food Science & Technology and Campden BRI.

The competition is open to teams of students registered at a university or other establishment of scientific/technical higher education.  Ideally teams should be made up of between 4 and 6 students, but may have a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 10.  Only students who are 35 years or under on the day of the UK competition are eligible.  Teams across the UK pitch their products to industry leaders for a cash prize and the chance to represent the UK at the European Final. Interested in taking part? 

Please see IFST website here for details on how to register and a list of the 2016 UK finalists, from which the winning entry Fran Borjan achieved Bronze medal at the European Finals in Paris ( the first time a UK entry has been placed on the podium ).

More competitions and awards

Have you recently graduated?

Being the region that has the highest number of student members, we recognise that a number once graduated will move around the country on graduate placement schemes or re-locate for other various reasons.   We've 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 members Elizabeth Goodman, Lauren Jokl and Lucy Packman are kindly leading this initiative forward in the Yorkshire region.   If you are interested in getting more involved, please get in touch.  Please note: IFST members only.

Get Involved

If you would like more information about how to get involved 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.

North of England Branch Community Network