Events


Upcoming Events

12 Dec 2018 - Binsted Lecture: How to feed the missions to Mars, by Michele Perchonok , President of IFT and ex-NASA, Food and Drink Federation (FDF), 10 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2SL
Details:Join us for the 2018 Binsted Lecture, jointly organised by IFST and the IFT British Section. We are delighted to announce that the speaker will be Michele Perchonok, President of IFT and former manager of the NASA Human Research Programme at the NASA/Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas. Dr Perchonok previously worked as the Human Research Programme (HRP) Advanced Food Technology Project Manager, and the Shuttle Food System Manager. Dr Perchonok was responsible for space food product development, menu definition, nutritional requirements implementation, food processing, and food packaging development for long duration exploratory missions. She has published more than 25 journal articles, and 2 book chapters including Perchonok, M.H., and Douglas, GL. (2018) The Spaceflight Food System: A Case Study in Long Duration Preservation Reference Module in Food Science.

Dr Perchonok will be speaking on the topic 'How to feed the missions to Mars'; for example, how we go about feeding astronauts in space, and focusing particularly on the logistics of long missions like a potential 5-year mission to Mars.

Visit the IFST website to register for this event: http://bit.ly/2018BinstedLecture

22 Nov 2018 - Food Evolution screening and round table discussion pre-Food Matters Live, London, UK
Details:We are excited to announce our breakfast event at Food Matters Live. RSVP at https://www.ifis.org/ift-british-section-food-matters-live-2018

We will be screening IFT-commissioned film Food Evolution, followed by a round table to discuss some of the critical issues highlighted by the film, in particular, among all the conflicts and confusions around food, how do we make the best decisions regarding the way we feed ourselves?

And what is the role of science, communication and education?

  • 8:00 am - event opens, with tea, coffee and a selection of breakfast items
  • 8:15 am - introduction
  • 8:20 am - film screening
  • 9:20 am - round table
  • 10:00 am - finish

FOOD EVOLUTION, by Academy Award®-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy explores the controversy surrounding GMOs and food. Traveling from Hawaiian papaya groves, to banana farms in Uganda to the cornfields of Iowa, the film, narrated by esteemed science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson, wrestles with the emotions and the science driving one of the most heated arguments of our time. In the GMO debate, both pro and anti camps claim science is on their side. Who’s right? FOOD EVOLUTION shows how easily misinformation, confusion and fear can overwhelm objective analysis.

Enlisting experts such as Mark Lynas, Michael Pollan, Alison Van Eenennaam, Jeffrey Smith, Andrew Kimbrell, Vandana Shiva, Robert Fraley, Marion Nestle and Bill Nye, as well as farmers and scientists from around the world, this bold and necessary documentary separates the hype and emotion from the science and data to unravel the debate around food, and help audiences reach their own conclusions. In a debate in which all sides claim to be on the side of science, FOOD EVOLUTION brings a fresh perspective to one of the most critical issues facing global society today.

Find out more about the film and watch the trailer: https://www.foodevolutionmovie.com/

Round Table Organised by Bertrand Emond, Campden BRI, Chair of the IFT British Section
  • Chaired by Professor Colin Dennis, Past President of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and Chair of the Agri-Food Training Partnership (AFTP)
  • Helen Munday, Chief Scientific Officer, Food and Drink Federation
  • Professor Julian Cooper, Chair – Science Committee - Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST)
  • Anna West Waller,  PhD student at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA
  • Dr Sally Uren, Chief Executive, Forum for the Future

Past Events

24 Oct 2018 - Food Authenticity and Traceability Breakfast Meeting (IFST event), Nottingham Trent University
Details:This event is organised by IFST's Midlands Branch and Nottingham Trent University. This event is for everyone in the food industry with an interest in the provenance of the ingredients that they are using and or responsible for labelling, new product development, technical specification, buying and operations. The food industry has a fragile reputation with our consumers, by attending this meeting you will learn how to protect your consumer relationship through ground-breaking science. For the programme and booking, please follow the IFST website

17 Oct 2018 - What is a 'pinch' of salt? (IFST event), SCI, 14-15 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8PS
Details:Following the successful debates on Sugar, Fat, Protein, Fibre and, most recently, Vitamins and Minerals, we move on to Sodium and the industry challenge of reducing this in our diets. Whilst sodium is acknowledged as an essential component in our metabolism, sodium salts have played a key role in the formulation of foods. Sodium chloride (common salt) is used for flavouring, preserving, curing and more; other sodium salts are used for various other functionalities, including raising in baked goods. This event will take a 360-look at sodium: its role in our metabolism, issues in foods and potential solutions. This will once again be an interactive event and bring together a panel of experts to explore various regulatory, health and food formulation issues, relating to salt in our diet. For the full programme and to register, please visit the website: https://www.ifst.org/events/ifst-food-science-and-nutrition-group-event-what-pinch-salt

25 Sep 2018 - Not as free trade as you thought… (IFST event), RAF Club,128 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London
Details:With Brexit becoming imminent, more companies are showing an interest in the potential opportunities for free trade and expansion of markets outside of the EU. However, the legislative differences with these other markets must be considered before such trading can occur. This meeting has been arranged to identify the practical legislative issues that must be taken into account when a company is considering expanding trade to non-EU markets, from product formulation through to packaging and labelling. It is an opportunity to hear from the Department for International Trade, on the pros and cons of trading with countries based outside of the EU, and to receive pointers regarding the main aspects that companies should consider. Two further experts in this field will then focus on key markets of interest, the USA and certain parts of the Asia region. For the programme and booking, please visit the IFST website.

16 Jul 2018 - Join the British Section team in the Feeding Tomorrow Fun Run + Fitness, Chicago, and virtually
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15 Jul 2018 - IFT’s Annual Event and Food Expo, Chicago, USA
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03 Jul 2018 - Agrifood Training Partnership 2018 Conference (AFTP Event), London, UK
Details:Topic: Challenges for the agrifood industry in delivering the UK Industrial Strategy and Environment Plan This event will provide attendees with an insight into developments within their sector that align to the UK Industrial Strategy, and provide an opportunity for Q&A with industry and policy leaders and those driving innovation in agrifood.

14 Jun 2018 - Live Webcast- Flavors: What’s Trending Now and Why, Featuring Two Top Trends,
Details:This interactive discussion will cover what trends are, how they emerge, and highlight East African spices and herbs and botanicals.

  • List Price: $20.00
  • Member Price: Free or discounted, depending on membership level
Meeting Details : Flavor is the number one driver of all food purchases. So, it stands to reason that staying on top of the flavors that consumers desire is vital to success. But in an increasingly fast-paced environment flavor trends seem to be appearing and evolving just as quickly. What makes something a trend? Where does it come from? How do product developers apply these trends? As a follow-up from the popular Food Technology feature article, Top 10 Flavor Trends, this interactive discussion will cover what trends are, how they emerge, how to navigate the fast pace as new trends emerge, and specifically discuss the current food trend of East African spices and the beverage trend of herbs and botanicals. Join IFT and panelists from Campbell’s, WILD Flavors, Inc., and CCD Innovation, who will bring varying perspectives, share their experiences, and answer questions from attendees.

24 Apr 2018 - Vitamins & Minerals - Small But Mighty! (IFST event), SCI, Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8PS
Details:Vitamins and Minerals are vital components of our diet. Because they are well researched, the majority of health claims allowed in Europe relate to this group of micronutrients. This will, once again, be an interactive event bringing together a panel of experts to explore various regulatory, health and food formulation issues related to vitamins and minerals in our diet. The programme includes four exciting sessions: Session 1: Deficiencies in various population groups Session 2: Regulatory issues/claims and the consumer Session 3: To Fortify or not to Fortify? Session 4: Technical challenges of incorporating into foods WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Food Scientists, Nutritionists and Industry Professionals More details and how to book: https://www.ifst.org/events/vitamins-minerals-%E2%80%93-small-mighty

19 Apr 2018 - IFST Spring Conference 2018 - Managing Food Risk: Future Tools and Technologies, University of Birmingham
Details:A key issue for all food businesses is assessing and managing risk throughout all stages within the food supply chain – ensuring that consumers can be assured of consistently safe food. Spring Conference (SC18) will be therefore again focussing on showcasing the very latest tools and technologies being developed or adapted for the food sector, but particularly focussing on their applications for managing of risk. Explore with us how food risk management is changing through new science and technologies and in turn how we can expect roles in the sector to change to take advantage of these technologies. Conference Dinner – 18 April 2018 (the evening before the conference) will start with drinks reception from 19.00. After Dinner Speaker – Chris Barnatt, Futurist – ‘What Will The Food Industry Look Like in 2050?’ For full programme and to book your place please visit the website: https://www.ifst.org/events/SC18

15 Mar 2018 - Linking Alzheimer’s Disease with Diabetes Conference - (AFTP), (CINN), (IFNH) and (ARUK), University of Reading
Details:A joint event between the AgriFood Training Partnership (AFTP), Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN), Institute for Food Nutrition and Health (IFNH) and Alzheimer’s Reseach UK (ARUK).   This evening conference will have contributions from those involved in setting nutritional policy on sugar intake (Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition - SACN), researchers who will explain the evidence behind the diseases, and representatives of the food industry who will discuss how they are responding to the demands of government and consumers for a reduced sugar diet through reformulation or using sugar alternatives. Visit the website for more information on the conference, speakers and registration: http://bit.ly/2E1We5X

05 Dec 2017 - Pret a Manger Tour and Talk, and pre-Christmas Dinner, Victoria, London
Details:We are delighted to invite you to our next section event, a tour and talk at the Pret a Manger corporate office in London. Thank you to Simon Allison, Head of Food Technical, for hosting us. Following the visit, there will be an informal pre-Christmas dinner at a restaurant in the Victoria area.

19 Oct 2017 - Food Regulations Post Brexit - Have Your Say (IFST Event), Norwich
Details:For anyone interested in understanding how the future may look after Brexit in the area of Food Regulations and to have your say on key topics in this area. Organised by IFST's Eastern Branch, this event will bring together five knowledgeable speakers on Novel Foods, Nutritional / Health Claims, Biocides Legislation, Food Hygiene and Food Information Standards / Labelling Regulations in a forum that will enable cross-examination of the issues raised and provide the opportunity to vote for your preferred outcome. Five speakers: one per topic each presenting 2 very different possible scenarios post-Brexit for the audience to vote on. View the full programme and booking information. http://www.ifst.org/events/food-regulations-post-brexit-%E2%80%93-have-your-say

11 Oct 2017 - Fibre: The Rough With The Smooth (IFST Event), London
Details:Following the successful Sugar - Friend or Foe, Big Fat Debate and Protein Power we move on to fibre which only recently has been considered a nutrient but has long been known to have dietary benefits. This will once again be an interactive event and bring together a panel of experts to explore various regulatory, health and food formulation issues related to fibre in our diet.  It is easy to forget that the term ‘dietary fibre’ today applies to a somewhat heterogeneous assortment of indigestible carbohydrates, from many different sources, with varying characteristics, functionalities and physiological effects. This event will take up the following challenges:

  • Defining fibre
  • Regulatory issues/ claims
  • Dietary value of different forms of fibre
  • Formulating fibre into foods
Visit the website for more information and how to book.

05 Oct 2017 - Present Yourself and Present Your Business (IFST event), Peterborough
Details:The session will consist of an engaging presentation on the use of social media for food and drink businesses, followed by networking, and then a line-up of short presentations by consultants and local businesses on relevant issues/topics affecting the sector. The event is aimed at Eastern, Midlands and South East food and drink businesses, professionals and consultants. More information and booking  

28 Sep 2017 - U.S. Embassy screening of Food Evolution, London, U.S. Embassy, London
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27 Sep 2017 - U.S. Embassy screening of Food Evolution, Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin
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27 Sep 2017 - Reading it right on novel foods (IFST event), London
Details:On 1st January 2018, Regulation (EC) No. 258/97 on novel foods and novel food ingredients will cease to apply, and Regulation (EU) No. 2015/2283 on novel foods will take its place. What will this change mean for foods already on the European Union (EU) market and new foods intended for placing on the market? Find out more at http://bit.ly/2sWoot0

22 Sep 2017 - U.S. Embassy screening of Food Evolution, Edinburgh, The Roslin Institute, Edinburgh
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18 Sep 2017 - Challenges In The Catering Industry: Translating Science Into Practical Solutions (IFST Event), London
Details:IFST Food Safety events are interactive sessions for IFST members who might not be able to commit to a full day conference but still need to have an understanding of a subject in their role. They feature expert advice on a hot topic in the food industry followed by a discussion to share knowledge and experiences. Speaker Dr Lisa Ackerley, is passionate to translate science into easily understood concepts, and wants to provide practical solutions to every day food safety challenges  - whether it is for the consumer of the food industry. If it is easy to understand, then there is some chance of behavioural change. Lisa will focus on the challenges, myths and legends relating to:

  • Allergens
  • Burgers and risky foods
  • Food waste
  • Disinfection residues and chlorine
  • Antibiotic resistance
Visit the website for more information and how to book

25 Jun 2017 - IFT17, Las Vegas
Details:The most creative minds in the science of food and technology will be waiting for you at IFT17. Share and be challenged by the latest research, innovative solutions and groundbreaking thinking. Take advantage of limitless opportunities to make new connections and expand your professional contacts. Immerse yourself into a community committed to driving innovation and global sustainability.

14 Jun 2017 - Protein Power (IFST event), London
Details:A debate on the role of protein in our everyday lives, how much do you really need and when, and which protein is best? IFST have convened a panel of experts to provide insights into the current thinking, science and food technology practise, followed by an opportunity to discuss the issues. Full programme and booking

22 May 2017 - It's not always just about the flavour! (IFST Sensory Science Group event), Nottingham
Details:A one-day interactive conference, which will take a fresh look at the Sensory Modalities: appearance, aroma, flavour, texture and aftertaste. More information

11 May 2017 - Food Club International Event, 5:30 -9pm, London
Details:An evening hosted by the Embassy of Denmark with presentations from HE Mr Claus Grube (Danish Ambassador to the UK) on Brexit and Linda Thomas (Independent Consultant) on probiotics. More information

03 May 2017 - Binsted Lecture - First UK Screening of Food Evolution, London
Details:The first UK screening of IFT-commissioned film, Food Evolution, directed by Academy Award-nominated director, Scott Hamilton Kennedy, and narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson. More information

01 Feb 2017 - Social Evening, London
Details:A social evening involving a delicious Italian meal and an update on section activities

22 Nov 2016 - Food Matters Live session with IFT Student Video Contest Winner, Ando AhnanI, London
Details:Amadeus 'Ando' Ahnan, winner of the 2016 IFT Student Video competition, presented his research on ‘Anti-oxidants from blueberries: have they the potential to impact colon cancer cells?’ at this session held jointly with IFST and Campden BRI

14 Sep 2016 - Science of Wine tasting event, London
Details:An evening of wine exploration with Geoff Taylor, Campden BRI’s wine and spirits expert