IFST Food Innovation Forum

IFST Member - £35, Non-Member - £50, Student - £20
Monday, 25 March, 2024 - 10:00 to 15:00
ExCel Centre, London, E16 1XL

The IFST Food Innovation Forum

Registrations for our forthcoming event – The Food Innovation Forum – will close 12 noon on Monday 17 March. This event will take place at IFE Manufacturing, located within the ExCeL Centre in London, on 25 March 2024.

This unique forum contains all the ingredients to make food innovation work - and will contain key learnings for businesses, entrepreneurs, and key stakeholders from across the food system.

We need food innovation, with a greater range of challenges facing the food system than ever before. Imagine a planet nourished by resilient crops, personalised nutrition, and eco-friendly practices. Picture a world where innovation not only feeds but heals and empowers. Together, we can redefine the future of food. Let's sow the seeds of innovation and harvest a world where abundance, sustainability, and equality flourish. The call to action is resounding – will you answer it?

Delve into the latest trends and advances in food innovation, with sessions led by experts from across the food system. The forum will offer a series of presentations and discussions, with the opportunity to network and connect with colleagues old and new. 

Whether you are a seasoned professional, an aspiring entrepreneur, or a dedicated enthusiast, this forum is tailored to elevate your understanding and involvement in the sphere of food innovation. Engage in meaningful networking, exchange ideas, and collaborate with peers to contribute to the next wave of innovations in the field.

Why attend the IFST Food Innovation Forum?

We are delighted to confirm that we are working in collaboration with IFE Manufacturing to bring you this unique opportunity alongside the IFE Manufacturing Conference Programme 2024.

2024 is a special year in the lifetime of IFST, as we celebrate 60 years since our foundation in 1964. This event forms part of a unique programme for 2024, which aims to both celebrate our role as the leading professional body of scientists and technologists in the food system, while also recognising the challenges facing the food system and looking to the future, and our role in inspiring and empowering future generations. 

Our conference schedule is both educational and practical; we will explore the day-to-day challenges around food innovation, the how and why of innovation, as well as looking to real-world solutions and deployment.

Our speakers come from across the food industry and include leaders from policy, technology, academia, and international organisations.

To view our speakers and panelists click here.

All attendees will receive a CPD certificate, which you will be able to add to your CPD record on the IFST system.

IFST Conferences always present a unique opportunity to meet and connect with experienced food sector professionals and grow your network, and we are proud of how inclusive our ecosystem continues to be. This is the perfect opportunity to engage with practical presentations on relevant topics, and we are excited to see how attendees learn from and apply these topics in their own work.

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IFST would like to thank our sponsors and supporters for making this event possible.




Registration at IFE Front Desk

10:15 - 10:45

Welcome & Refreshments

10:45 - 10:55

Introduction and Welcome

Valia Christidou, Senior Lecturer, London South Bank University

Sterling Crew, President, IFST

10:55 – 11:25

Presentation - Keynote Speaker

Jack Bobo, Director, University of Nottingham Food Systems Institute

11:30 – 12:00

How do we do innovation?

Tom Hollands, Innovation and Technical Director - Raynor Foods

12 - 12:30

Solutions for Food Innovation

Geraldine Gilbert, Food Transition Lead - Forum for the Future

12:30 – 1:30

Lunch and networking

1:30 – 2:30

Panel Session: Ingredients for an Innovation Ecosystem

Susan Arkley, Food Consultant and Lecturer, Foodier

Charles Banks, Director and Co-Founder, thefoodpeople

Charlotte Crowhurst, Owner and Patent Attorney, Potter Clarkson

Helen Taylor, Technical Director, ZERO2FIVE

Debbie Tully, Knowledge Transfer Manager, Innovate UK Business Connect

2:30 – 2:40

Poll Recap

2:40 – 2:45

Closing Remarks: Valia Christidou and Tim McLachlan