We are delighted to announce that IFST has bestowed its Honorary Fellowship Award to Karin Goodburn MBE for her contribution to the profession of food science and technology. This was made by IFST President, Helen Munday, following the Institute’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) which this year took place online on 31 March 2022. This highly prestigious award is made to recognise a Member or Fellow who has made extensive personal contributions to the working and progress of the Institute and to the food science and technology profession.
Karin Goodburn MBE CSci FIFST specialises in chilled food science, microbiology, technology, sustainability, educational outreach and regulatory affairs, from farm to fork. Director-General of the Chilled Food Association (CFA), Chair of the Food & Biocides Industry Group, and a consultant advising government and industry on policy, safety and supply chain issues, as well as being an EHO trainer, she is a member of a range of boards and committees including at the UN FAO/WHO and GFSI.
Karin works in-house providing technical guidance to CFA members and representing the industry both in the UK and around the world. As a consultant, she advises government and industry on policy, safety and supply chain issues, as well as being an EHO trainer. She has overseen and authored numerous industry best practice guidelines, standards and reports with regulators, manufacturers, the trade and researchers, and is a member of a range of boards and committees including at the UN FAO/WHO.
On her award, Karin comments: “When I first encountered IFST in the early days of my career I had no idea that I would one day be joining the illustrious list of Honorary IFST Fellows whose names I often encountered in journal papers and in my day to day work. To be recognised by colleagues, people I hold as mentors and akin to a second family, is really wonderful. I thank the IFST for this fellowship and will carry this honour with pride.
Food science is more than a single discipline, encompassing pure science, technology, nutrition, sustainability and food security. I maintain that any subject can be taught using food as the focus, and that food teaching should draw on food science in its broadest terms. No one can live without food so its future has to be nurtured through inspirational teaching and communication at all levels by all of us in the profession, supporting IFST.”