Winner of IFST Science Communication Competition announced

Congratulations to Imogen Allen from University of Reading, who has won our Science Communication Competition (in its second year) with her article titled “Hakuna Matata: are insects the future of food?”.

She says “When this competition popped up in my email inbox, I was very excited. I have spent lockdown practising my writing and have produced a number of vegan nutrition blog pieces, but I was really wanting to write something a little bit different. There are many advocates for insects as a source of nutrition. However, given COVID-19, stemming from a wet market in Wuhan, and the fact that 75% of emerging infectious diseases are zoonoses, I am concerned that insect farming would be jumping from the frying pan into the fire.

To me, effective science communication is about taking a complex idea and breaking it down into accurate, engaging and digestible content that anyone can understand. As I convert from food science to food law this will be even more important. I will need to break down legal concepts to clients and translate technical expert evidence to the courts.

This win means a lot to me; I love writing and have never received a communications award before. After a few disappointing weeks in lockdown this has really picked my spirits up! I would encourage everyone to try their hand at an IFST competition in the future; even if you don't win, it expands your knowledge in important topical areas"

Imogen’s article will be published in September’s issue of Food Science & Technology magazine. Find out more about the Science Communication Competition here.

See last year’s winning entry here:

Imogen Allen Article - Insects future of food.pdf