Young Scientist Competitions - Regional

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The Young Scientist Competition offers undergraduate/postgraduate students (UK) the opportunity to present their current/recently completed food-related project in front of their peers and to a panel of food professionals.  In 2017, we will be hosting the competition in the following IFST regions:  Eastern, Midlands, North of England, Scotland, South East, Western and Northern Ireland*

It’s the perfect opportunity to find out more about IFST and the benefits of being a member and of course a great opportunity to network with fellow students and people who are working in the Food Industry.


  • The undergraduate competition is open to all first, second, third and final year students. The subject and presentation does not have to be taken from their dissertation: it can be taken from a piece of course work or work experience.
  • The postgraduate competition is open to all current postgraduate students and also to ‘early-career’ postgraduates. All entrants (post-graduate students or ‘early-career’ food professionals) to this category must be within three years of graduating from their first degree.


  • £200 First Prize + 1 year membership to IFST and SCI
  • £25 for each student making a presentation


Students  are required to submit an abstract no longer than 150 words on current work or a recently completed project food-related project from areas such as Food Science, Food Technology and Human Nutrition; as well as other areas that help our understanding of foods (such as Sensory Science; Food Safety Management; Food Consumer Behaviour). Successful applicants will be invited to present at a regional final where they will be judged for scientific, originality, innovation, industrial applications and effective communication.

Successful applicants will be notified shortly after preliminary judging has taken place and invited to present at one of the regional finals.


Scotland 11 April

Glasgow Caledonian University

Aimee Dale from Abertay University and Marilin Reisner from Glasgow Caledonian University have been announced as winners of the IFST’s Young Scientist Competition in Scotland.

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Midlands 09 May

Coventry University

Undergraduate and audience prize winner went to Jessica Giovanni and the postgraduate winner was Imogen Ramsey from University of Nottingham

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South Eastern

16 May

University of West London

Suzanne Harris Postgraduate winner and Matthew Jenner Undergraduate winner

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Western 07 June Bath Spa University

 First place was awarded to Ralph Newbold from the University of Surrey and 2nd place went to Kirsten Bradley from Bath Spa University