Competitions and awards

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Taking part in competitions is a fantastic way to enhance your CV, network with food professionals and make connections across the sector.

IFST 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.


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, as well as the opportunity to go forward to the European competition for a chance to win up to 8000 euros.

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Find out more about the winners and runners up of the UK 2017 competition

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.

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Young Ambassador Prize 

The Young Ambassador Prize offers 7 students the opportunity to take part in the premier events of the IFST year. The Prize includes an expenses paid trip to London to attend the IFST Spring Conference & Dinner and an invitation to become a Young Ambassador for one year. Prizes are awarded to students from each of our 7 regional branches 

All undergraduate and postgraduate students on UK courses from Foundation level through to PhD in food science or technology and related sciences.

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John Coppock Award

The Institute of Food Science and Technology of Ireland (IFSTI) will host IUFoST 2016, the 18th World Congress of Food Science and Technology. The International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) is the global scientific organization for food science and technology supporting programmes and projects to increase the safety and security of the world’s food supply. Two awards of £1000 are available towards the costs of travel and attendance at this important international event. 

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Kraft Heinz Team Challenge

The Heinz Team Challenge is announced at the annual Student Career LaunchPad. It is open to any student team within a UK university studying food science or a related subject. The challenges changes every year.

The college or university of the winning team will be awarded an engraved trophy sponsored by Heinz to be presented at the following year's Student LaunchPad. In addition, each member of the winning team will receive their own individual version of the trophy. Each winner will also receive a book token kindly donated by John Wiley & Sons to purchase a book up to the value of £140 ($200) to support their studies.

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Sensory Science Group Travel Bursary

You be awarded £500 towards the cost of attending a food sensory conference or meeting of your choice to present your research plus one year's IFST membership at Associate rate.You will also join the Sensory Science Student Group. The award is open for full or part-time UK-based students enrolled on a food science or related undergraduate or postgraduate course. Applicants will need to submit an abstract of their research for a poster or oral presentation for inclusion at the relevant conference/meeting.

Materials required for application: A short paragraph giving details of the research project and whether it has been accepted by the conference for inclusion, the research abstract, applicant CV, breakdown of expected conference-related costs, and a supporting letter from a tutor or relevant supervisor verifying the research.

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Young Scientist Competitions - Regional 

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.  This year the competition was hosted 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 winner will receive £200 + 1 years membeship to IFST and SCI.  Each student making a presentation will be awarded £25

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Report from the Young Scientist 2016 undergraduate winner Robin Leaper - Greencore site visit

Northern Ireland's Young Scientist Competition

IFST's Northern Ireland's Young Scientist Competition offers undergraduate (UK) the opportunity to present their current/recently completed food-related project in front of their peers and to a panel of food professionals.

The competition is open to any undergraduate student (full or part-time) studying for a food degree at CAFRE, UU, QUB or the Open University. Only one submission per person is permitted.  All students who are shortlisted will receive a certificate and a complimentary 1 year student membership of IFST. In addition there will be a 1st prize of £1000 and a second prize of £500.

2017 winner

Nor Haji Mohd Manan from Queens University Belfast, studying Food Quality, Safety & Nutrition won the competition with her presentation on "Assessing anti-diabetic potential of medicinal plants".

Susanne Taggart, from CAFRE and studying Food Technology came a close second for her presentation "An invesitgaiton in to the substitution of sucrose with allulose in sponge cakes".

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