World Food Congress Competitions

World Food Congress Competitions

The World Food Congress offers a number of awards and competitions to encourage, highlight and recognise innovation and leadership in food science and technology in both industry and academia. You are encouraged to nominate candidates for or apply for the following competitions and awards*:

Honouring Industry Innovation: Global Food Industry Awards

This prestigious competition showcases the creative work of food innovators from around the world nominated by members of the food industry. Awards are made in three categories to food products that best display product and/or process innovation including industrialization of traditional foods (sub-categories: most innovative process; innovative ingredients; industrialization of traditional foods); package innovation; and communicating science-related knowledge to consumers aimed at improving their lifestyle (includes marketing campaigns).

The nomination details and form for this competition can be found here.

Demonstrating IUFoST’s Commitment to Nurturing the Next Generation of Leaders

IUFoST is committed to providing opportunities for the next generation of food scientists and technologists to demonstrate their involvement with today’s pressing issues and their creativity, knowledge and skill in addressing them. The 2016 World Food Congress offers four opportunities to do both through the

  • Young Scientist Awards
  • Food Science Students Fighting HungerGlobal Student New Product Development Competition
  • Food Safety Without Borders Graduate Student Paper Competition
  • Food Sustainability Idea/Concept Development Competition
  • Student Video Competition.

Young Scientist Awards

The Young Scientist Competition, begun in 2006, continues to offer young scientists unique access to and insight into the World Food Congress, its expert speakers and the food scientists and technologists attending. Seven young scientists in their first post-doctoral position, first academic position, age 35 or under, will be selected from nominees to attend the Congress. Young Scientist Award winners become members of the IAFoST Early Career Scientists Section.

Find the competition details and nomination form here.

Previous Young Scientist Award Winners

Food Science Students Fighting Hunger – Global Student New Product Development Competitions

The purpose of this competition is to encourage food science and technology undergraduate students to use their knowledge and skills to develop innovative food products to fight hunger. They are challenged to develop high-protein, high-fibre, low-sodium products using low to no meat/alternative proteins based on regional raw materials and technologies. The primary focus is on the scientific and technological principles behind the product.

Find information on the application process, dates and application form here.

Food Safety Without Borders Graduate Student Paper Competition

Food safety has been identified as a global public good that requires local solutions and collaboration between the public and private sectors, based on globally applicable principles. Students enrolled in an M.Sc. or Ph.D. programme are invited to submit academic papers addressing a food problem present in indigenous foods of their country/region in a marketable way with the objective of enhancing global food safety.

Find the details and application form here.

Food Sustainability Idea/Concept Development Competition

Sustainability issues for food and drinking water are key topics of IUFoST’s current and future agenda. This is emphasized by its involvement in the Future Earth project (, as well as by the Sustainability task force led by Martin Cole, CSIRO, Australia. As sustainability of our planet is directly affecting their futures and related health and quality of life, young scientists are invited to participate in the Food Sustainability Idea/Concept Development Competition.

Find competition details here.

Student Video Competition

Food science and technology is a critical part of ensuring the health and wellbeing of people around the world and is essential to resolving food safety and sustainability challenges now and in the future. How that happens is unique to each country – even right down to communities within each country. The IUFoST Food Science and Technology Video Competition offers food science and technology students aged 18 and over the opportunity to tell the story of the positive impact of food science in their regions, countries and/or communities.

Find competition details here

*Final competitions and awards details for the 2018 world congress will be confirmed by end May 2017.