Taking part in competitions is a fantastic way to enhance your CV, network with food professionals and make connections across the sector.
We offer national and regional opportunities for students. Deadlines are staggered throughout the year so be sure to check back regularly for up-to-date information.
IFST Travel Bursary
We provide travel bursaries to support attendance at conferences/meetings for activities related to all areas of food science. We offer bursaries of up to £500 to students interested in attending food sector events around the world. Recent bursaries have funded trips to New Zealand and Rhode Island, USA.
IFST University Food Challenge
In February 2019, IFST Student Group hosted the first ever IFST University Food Challenge competition. This event saw teams of undergraduate students compete in a food science trivia contest to be crowned 2019 Challenge champions.
This competition is now closed
Ecotrophelia is an EU-wide Dragons' Den style competition rewarding student teams who have developed the best eco-innovative food products. The UK competition is organised jointly by IFST and Campden BRI and is open to teams of students from UK universities. Teams will pitch to our "dragons" for a share of a prize fund worth over £3500 and a year of free IFST membership. The winners of the UK competition will have the opportunity to go forward to the European competition for a chance to win up to 8000 euros.
Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology Fellowship
You could gain a unique insight into the inner workings of the Parliamentary Offices of Science and Technology (POST) as part of a three month placement open to final year PhD students. You will gain experience of working in the Commons or Lords researching and writing briefing material for MPs and Peers on a scientific subject, usually in the form of one of POST’s well-known POSTnotes.
The competition is now closed.
IFST Young Scientist Competition
The Young Scientist Competition is an annual competition offering undergraduate/postgraduate students based in the UK the opportunity to present their current/recently completed food-related project (e.g. food science, food technology, human nutrition as well as other areas that help understand food) in front of an audience and to a panel of food professionals. In addition to the regional rounds, this year there will be a national final (TBC) to crown the “Young Scientist” at the end of June.
Winners from each regional round will receive £250 + 1-year membership to IFST.
Closing date for entries is 12 April 2019
Science Communication Competition
Are you passionate about the biggest challenges we face? Do you want the opportunity to communicate your passion for science to the wider community? Do you have a flair for science writing?
This inaugural Science Communication Competition provides undergraduate and postgraduate students based in the UK with the opportunity to write about the theme of this year’s IFST Spring Conference to develop their skills for science communication.
The winner of the competition will receive £100, 1-year IFST membership and the opportunity to publish the winning article in IFST’s Food Science and Technology Magazine.
Closing date for entries is 31 May 2019