Upcoming Events

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:

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:

Past Events

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.

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

27 Sep 2017 - U.S. Embassy screening of Food Evolution, Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin

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

22 Sep 2017 - U.S. Embassy screening of Food Evolution, Edinburgh, The Roslin Institute, Edinburgh

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