IFST Northern Ireland Branch

The Northern Ireland Branch aims to support the professional development of our members throughout their education and careers. The Branch organises a number of technical visits and holds meetings/joint meetings that allow topical discussion throughout the year.

Meet the Northern Ireland Branch Committee

Chair: Maria Mulhern 

Secretary: Anna Monaghan

Other members: Michael Bell,  Dominic Darby, Dr Maureen Edmondson, Declan Ferguson, Dr David McCleery, Dr Maria Mulhern, Prof Margaret Patterson, Dr Ruth Price, Dr Anne Richmond, Michael Walker

Upcoming events


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Students and competitions

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

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IFST CPD approved short courses in food regulatory affairs are now available from Ulster University

The courses are designed to deliver professionally focussed and contemporary training for those who are working in the food sector and wish to develop their career further or to update their knowledge in the food regulatory affairs. The courses cover a broad range of topics from the food law and food regulation within the EU, EU-member states and the US, the principles and practice of the EU trade policy, food labelling, the EU approach to food quality, nutrition and health claims for foods, as well as the EU food law for various classes of foods (foods of plant origin; processed foods; milk and dairy products; eggs and egg products), animal feeds and contact materials. The courses are provided entirely online. 

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Get involved

If you would like more information about how to get involved please contact us. We meet up to 6 times a year and are looking for new members in Northern Ireland within academia and industry. 


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.

Northern Ireland Branch Community Network