2020 Food Science Students Fighting Hunger and a Changing World: Safe, Secure and Sustainable Foods – IUFoST Product Development Competition
The purpose of this Competition is to encourage food science and technology undergraduate and postgraduate students to use their knowledge and skills to develop innovative, safe, secure and sustainable food products to fight hunger and to solve challenges in our current changing world e.g. non-communicable disease, plant foods etc.
The primary focus of the Competition is on the scientific and technological principles behind the product. Each project must include a suitable literature review; evidence of good project planning and allocation of work among a project team; and detailed consideration of key food science and technology components in the development of the product.
Adhering Bodies and universities are invited to submit new product development projects produced by food science and technology students at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Universities and project teams may also submit applications directly to IUFoST. The Adhering Bodies will be made aware of the projects submitted. Each project team must submit a detailed written project summary prepared under the guidance of their academic supervisors for use by judges prior to the Congress.
Stage 1 – October 31, 2019: Deadline for submission of a four-page project proposal with details of the project and experimental design together with the completed application form. Please submit to email@example.com .
Stage 2 – December 1, 2019: Finalists will be informed by IUFoST.
Stage 3 – April 1, 2020: Submission of detailed written project reports (max. 10 pages).
- The projects should comprise the development of an innovative new food product.
- The product should fill a specific niche in the consumer food market within the country from which the project originates; added acceptability in other countries is desirable, as is use of raw materials/ingredients with consideration of environmental and sustainability issues.
- Projects must demonstrate sound scientific and technological principles and understanding of the commercial principles behind the project, including market survey before developing the product; product formulation; packaging and process development; practical manufacturing and distribution requirements for the product including final product specification and processing condition; supply and procurement of raw and packaging materials; food safety requirements, including HACCP; quality and shelf life testing including the estimation of shelf life; sensory evaluation of prototypes by means of some simple consumer evaluations of the finished product; regulatory requirement including nutrition value and any associated claims; and marketing entry strategy of the developed products.
- Evidence of a suitable literature review of both the relevant scientific principles and the market potential of the project is required.
- Evidence of a good project planning and allocation of work among the project team is required.
- Availability of samples is NOT required since it will be challenged by customs requirements and storage considerations, particularly for perishable products. If physical samples are not available, suitable packaging mock-ups and photographs of finished products must be supplied.
Each project team must submit a detailed written project summary prepared under the guidance of their academic supervisors for use by judges prior to the Congress.
Applications should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for applications is October 31, 2019.
Each contestant team should complete the application form and submit a project research proposal consisting of: 1. Research Team (maximum of 6 students per team); 2. Name of Product; 3. Background and Rational; 4. Keywords; 5. Objectives; 6. Scope; 7. Literature Review; 8. Product Idea Concept Statement; 9. Expected Output and Outcome; 10. Proposed methodologies of developing and testing protocols e.g., market study, product idea, development of prototype, shelf life study, packaging type and design, consumer testing/survey, cost estimate, commercial scale feasibility and market entry strategy; and 11. Reference
- A pre-competition jury will evaluate each proposal and eliminate some of the entries. Only the 5 top scoring projects will be selected for the final round.
- For the final round: each contestant team will prepare a full project report (max. 10 pages) and a video outlining the project (max. 10 minutes in duration).
Panel of Judges
Judges from IUFoST Governing Council and other invited scientists will comprise the Panel of Judges.
The judges will score the projects on the criteria specified above.
Awards and Prizes
- Best Overall Project (winner and runner up)
- Most Innovative Concept
All students and respective institutes will receive certificates indicating they were finalists in the competition. Winning students will receive medallions and certificates. Announcements regarding the competition winners will be made through all IUFoST media.
- Four-page project proposal should include the following contents as follows:
- Research Team
- Name of Product
- Background and Rational
- Literature Review
- Proposed methodologies of developing and testing protocols e.g., market study, product idea, development of prototype, shelf life study, packaging type and design, consumer testing/survey, cost estimate, commercial scale feasibility and market entry strategy.
- Product Idea Concept Statement
- Expected Output and Outcome
Please note that the application should:
- use Times New Roman, letter size 11, double spacing, 2 cm margins.
- use Reference style: APA
- Have a maxiumum of 4 pages, including reference.
To enter the competition, you do not need to register for the conference but if you are selected as finalist or shortlisted, we ask the participant to register and attend the conference and present the work.
If you have any questions regarding your entry, please contact email@example.com