IFST Networks

Although we are one food science and technology community, we have specialised groups to make it easier for our members to network based on shared interests, proximity or career stage etc. Our Special Interest Groups (SIGs), Branches and Working Groups each comprise of a committee of volunteer members, who meet both face-to-face and virtually and are actively involved in organising activities, events etc. The groups are supported by the central IFST executive team and provide excellent networking opportunities and support to group members. We will advertise vacant committee positions, as they become available. 

Special Interest Groups

Our Special Interest Groups (SIGs) bring together all the latest information and events on important topics within food science to a single one-stop-shop. 


We have seven branches across the UK for areas with a high volume of IFST members. Regions bring together members in close proximity to plan or attend events such as factory visits or conferences, run competitions and hold meetings. 

Student Group

We have compiled all of the resources necessary to support the future generation of food scientists including interviews and career advice, competitions, bursaries, events, networking opportunities and more.

Volunteers' Advisory Group

Volunteers' Advisory Group aims to ensure that the voices of volunteers are heard, that volunteers have the tools and information they need and that the work they undertake aligns with IFST’s strategic priorities. The group also facilitates the sharing of good practice.

The Sustainability Steering Group has been created to support IFST in translating the issues, sharing updates on developments and provide outputs relating to sustainability. 

COVID-19 Advisory Group

The COVID-19 Advisory Group has been created to assess the impact of COVID-19 and propose the relevant resources to populate our COVID-19 Knowledge Hub with scientifically robust and practical guidance for individuals, and for food operations. 

Food Risk Management Systems Working Group

The Food Risk Management Systems Working Group aims to scope food risk management verification approaches fit for the future and to review how the food industry can best leverage existing and new technological opportunities for improved information exchange and risk intelligence, therefore enhancing both risk assessment and risk management capabilities.