'Eat, snog or avoid? – What to do about food allergy' Talk with the Young Scientist Competition Final

We are excited to invite you to an IFST talk on food allergy which coincides with the national final of the IFST Young Scientist Competition.

IFST’s Young Scientist competition offers the opportunity for undergraduate/postgraduate students in the UK to present their current/recently completed food-related project in front of an audience and to a panel of food professionals. This first takes places in four regional rounds across the UK with the winners of those rounds competing in London to be crowned the UK’s IFST Young Scientist of the Year!

'Eat, snog or avoid? – What to do about food allergy' Talk:

Food allergy presents significant challenges for both consumers and those managing food businesses. Those at greatest risk are teenagers and young adults, many of whom have never experienced a major reaction before. New understanding about the prevention of allergies to particular foods, through early consumption and immunotherapy through supervised consumption, is changing the landscape. 

People are avoiding more different types of foods than ever, sometimes in tiny amounts, and food purchasing patterns are changing quickly, not least through online marketplaces, platforms, apps. etc. 
Those responsible for food allergen risk management do their best to meet consumer needs, through regulation and best practice. Consumers at risk, and all those involved in preparing and serving their food, can benefit from up to date information, industry guidance, resources and training.



17:30  Registration
17:45 Welcome

Young Scientist Competition Final - Presentations


Tea & Coffee Break


'Eat, snog or avoid? – What to do about food allergy' Talk
Dr Hazel Gowland, Expert in food allergy risks, Visiting Fellow – University of Southampton  

20:15 Networking and Refreshments

Young Scientist Competition Results & Awards



Who should attend? As a two-part event, this will be of particular interest to students who will be able to see the Young Scientist Competition finalists' food-related projects as well as hear about an intriguing topic on Food Allergy. This is also open to all as it is a topical issue which poses a number of challenges, both to consumers and the food sector.

Cost: This is a free event for students (with a valid Student ID card) and £10 for non-students.


Please note that the programme is subject to change.

Check IFST policies section for information about cancellations and amendments.