IFST South East Branch

The South East Branch organises a number of technical visits and holds meetings/joint meetings that allow topical discussion throughout the year. Most meetings take place in the London region. 



Meet the South East Branch Committee

Chair: Kiu Sum

Vice-chair: John Points

Secretary: Mark Woolfe

Website Coordinator: Cristina Gutierrez-Solano

Other members:  Naimeeta Baichoo, Sue Bailey, John Bassett, Richard Benson, Jonathan Brown, Linda Calite, Simon Chattock, Daniel Clarke, Alison Cousins, Barry Cronin, Sue Dix, Gillian Edwards, Owen Evans, Jean Feord Marshall, Edmondo Gallucci, Hamid Ghoddusi, Dawn Hardy, James Howard, Sarah Howarth, Sue Howlett, Purity Hrisca, Peter Hull, Dacil Lugo, Richard Marshall, Awa Matashi, Delia Ojinnaka, Andrea Parodi, Devon Petrie, John Points, Julia Sarno, Ken Spears, Nicola Stanley, Titti Taranto, Amalia Tsiami, Peter Wareing and Debbie Wilson.


Upcoming events


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Reports from past events


27 October  IFST Lecture 2021: Watch Along South East Branch


18 November IFST South Eastern Branch – The Future of Food Production
18 November IFST South Eastern Branch – Annual Meeting
30 January  Technical Visit: National Bakery School Event Report


17 July Technical Visit to Barry Callebaut Chocolate Site 
13 June Young Scientist Competition
20 March Technical Visit to RSSL 


5 December South East Branch End of Year Social - Natural History Museum 
21 February

IFST SE Region Visit To Reading University’s Climate Change Facilities And The International Cocoa Quarantine Centre (ICQC)


9 November Visit to 3M Customer Innovation Centre
11 October Reading University Students Placement Presentations
16 September Visit to Redland's Farm, Salehurst
13 July Social at the George Inn, Borough Market
6 July Visit to Bombay Sapphire Distillery
16 May Young Scientist Competition
15 March Visit to Bakkavor Meals Park Royal


16 November The Next Big Things in Food Science and Nutrition
26 October  Nuts about Fairtrade
17 October  Food Science & Nutrition Student Presentations at University of Reading
13 September Chelsea Physic Garden
20 July Artisan du Chocolat 
7 July Summer Social Evening 
5 July Tutored Beer Tasting Event at the Institute of Brewing and Distilling
16 June  HR Wallingford
11 May  Tate & Lyle Sugar Refinery
April IFST Spring Conference - Food Sustainability: Waste Not, Want Not 
25 February  Food Science Student Presentations at University of Surrey
Students and competitions

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

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Get involved

If you would like 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.

South East Branch Community Network