Science Communication Competition

Are you passionate about the biggest challenges we face? Want the opportunity to communicate your passion for science to the wider community? Got a flair for science writing? Then this is the competition for you!

The ability to inspire interest and engagement in people external to the science community is a useful and lifelong skill. It is important to encourage the next generation of scientists to progress into their professional careers while raising awareness of science in the wider community.

This inaugural Science Communication Competition provides you with the opportunity to write about a topical issue that the food industry is currently facing, whilst concisely demonstrating and developing your skills for science communication to the broader community.

This year we are asking you to communicate your knowledge and passion in 500 words or less, in an engaging scientific article.

2022 Question:

Innovations that drive the food industry towards Net Zero: What ingredient/ packaging/ technology/ app/ machinery is helping drive the industry towards our Net Zero Goal? 

Choose one ingredient/ packaging/ technology/ app/ machinery and elaborate on this in your article. 

This competition is now open, please submit your article by Sunday 7 August 2022, 11:59. Please note this competition is only open to students studying at a UK university or an IFST accredited course

What is the prize?

The winner of the competition receives £100 with the opportunity to publish your winning article in IFST’s Food Science and Technology Magazine and a 1-year IFST membership.

  • The article must not be longer than 500 words and must be your own work
  • Clearly written and concise
  • Scientifically accurate
  • Engaging and innovative
  • Able to tell a story through the writing and engage the audience
  • References where applicable using the Vancouver reference system
  • The decision of the judge’s panel is final
  1. Open to all undergraduate and postgraduate levels and apprentices’ levels 4-6
  2. You must be currently enrolled in a course or working in line with the following: food science, food technology and human nutrition, nutrition; as well as other areas (including sensory science, food safety management, food consumer behaviour, and food engineering).
  3. The competition is open to all IFST Student members and non-members
  4. Submissions must be new original work that has not previously won prizes in other competitions, published and or entered in other competitions. (this includes articles published in any online sources, websites, blogs, publications and thesis)
  5. Articles that have won prizes in other competitions are not eligible.
  6. Entry must be all your own work
  7. Only one entry per student
  8. Entries (Word document) should be submitted to Patricia Florit ( with “Science Communication Competition [your name]” in the subject field. All entries must be received by 11:59 pm on Sunday 7 August 2022.

For more information, please contact Patricia Florit (Education Coordinator) at