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IFST Special Interest Groups

IFST Special Interest Groups (SIGs) enable members to connect and collaborate with others who share similar professional interests, including those from academia, manufacturing, retail and consulting. They cover important, relevant food science and technology topics and provide up-to-date information as well as the opportunity for useful discussions at events and via forums.

The events, including presentations and workshops, are well attended by IFST members and non-members. Special Interest Groups are managed by committees of volunteers, who meet both ‘virtually’ and face to face; they are fully supported by the IFST central team.

Food Regulatory Group (formerly known as Food Law Group)

Chair: Sam Jennings FIFST

IFST Food Regulatory Group provides members interested in food legislation, regulatory affairs and regulatory compliance with an opportunity to engage and share knowledge with fellow members. The group is involved in a wide range of activities, including discussion workshops.

Recent highlights, featuring speakers from organisations such as Food Standards Agency (FSA), Leatherhead Food Research, Ashbury Labelling, Department for International Trade and Trading Standards:

  • Asking the right questions: theory and practice (May 2019)
  • Not as free trade as you thought (September 2018)
  • Focus future: a regulatory minefield? (March 2018)

Food Safety Group

Chair: Sterling Crew CSci FIFST

IFST Food Safety Group provides members interested in food safety with an opportunity to engage and share knowledge. The Group hosts regular discussion workshops and contributes articles to Food Science & Technology magazine as well as supporting relevant media enquiries and technical consultations.

Recent highlights (June 2019):

  • ‘Delivering a positive food safety culture – a practical approach’ featuring speakers from Shield Safety Group, Kitchen Conversation and Culture Compass, which received positive press coverage
  • Social media activity during the build up to World Food Safety Day, including interviews with experts and useful quotes.

Food Science and Nutrition Group

Chair: Lindsey Bagley CSci FIFST

IFST Food Science and Nutrition Group provides members interested in food science and nutrition with an opportunity to engage and share knowledge with others.

Recent highlights featuring speakers from organisations such as British Nutrition Foundation (BNF), Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and various manufacturers:

  • Sweeteners: the next level (June 2019)
  • What is a ‘pinch’ of salt (October 2018)
  • Vitamins and minerals – Small but Mighty (May 2018)
  • Fibre: the rough with the smooth (October 2017)
  • The big fat debate (September 2017)

IFST Sensory Science Group

Chair: Stephanie Mitchell RSensSci FIFST

IFST Sensory Science Group provides members interested in food and drink sensory science with an opportunity to engage and share knowledge. The Group hosts a range of events including an annual conference and workshops, covering a wide range of topics relating to sensory properties, such as testing and analysis, consumer trends, neuroscience, impact of social networking, health and wellness. Formerly known as the Professional Food Sensory Group, the Group is this year celebrating its 20th anniversary.

IFST Sensory Science Group is also involved in accreditation and examination of sensory training and the review and promotion of ethical and professional standards. It has close links with the European Sensory Science Society (E3S), an organisation promoting cooperation, shared goals, integration and knowledge exchange among national organisations across Europe.

Recent highlights featuring speakers from academia and industry:

  • Changing perspectives in sensory science – past, present and future (March 2019)
  • Celebrating individuality (November 2018)
  • Health is wealth (June 2018)
  • To P-value or not? That is the question! (May 2018)
  • It’s not always about the flavour (May 2017)

For more information on how to get involved with IFST Special Interest Groups, please contact Natasha Medhurst FIFST, Scientific Affairs Manager via n.medhurst@ifst.org

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