World Congress 2020 Competitions

April 28, 2020

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IUFoST Rose Spiess Award for a Sustainable Food Supply 

Food science and technology plays an important role of ensuring the health and well-being 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 Student Video Competition is your chance to tell the story of the positive impact of food science in your region, country or community.

Please read the competition rules. Be sure to follow them to avoid disqualification. Once you have perfected your video, send an email to with the Subject STUDENT VIDEO COMPETITION. The email to must include a link to a video storage service which has your video (e.g. Drop Box, Google Drive, OneDrive etc.). IUFoST will upload your video from your storage site. Applications must be received by April 1, 2020 and will be considered by an international jury in conjunction with IUFoST.

Further details and an application form can now be viewed.

Please note: The competitions listed below World Congress 2020 Competitions are now closed. Further information will be available soon.

The IUFoST World Congress of Food Science and Technology is a forum to highlight cutting-edge topics of global concern and the latest innovations that aim to strengthen the global voice for food science and technology for the benefit of humanity. The 20th World Food Congress, to be held in Auckland, New Zealand, will address these issues using the theme “Food for a changing world”. For more information please see the IUFoST World Congress 2020 site.

IUFoST is committed to providing opportunities for the next generation of food scientists and technologists to demonstrate their skill and ingenuity in addressing today’s pressing issues. The Four Competitions will be held in Auckland to inspire and recognise innovation and leadership in food science and technology: Read more about them below and spread the word to students, young scientists, and your colleagues who work with them. You are encouraged to nominate candidates for or apply for the following competitions:

IUFoST Food Science Students: A Global Student New Product Development Competition

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. Students are challenged to develop a nutritious product based on regional raw materials and technologies. The primary focus is on the practical application of scientific and technological principles with the concern for safety, sensory acceptability, shelf life, health and marketability.

Please view full information on competition, the application process, dates and application form. Deadline for submission of a letter with project proposal and product details is October 31, 2019.

IUFoST Young Scientist Awards Competition

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. He or she will then join over 2000 other food scientists and technologists to experience this global event.

Nominations close on October 31, 2019. Competition details and nomination forms are now available.

IUFoST Food Safety Without Borders Graduate Student Paper Competition

Food Safety has been identified as a key focus area for IUFoST that requires local solutions based on globally applicable principles. Food science and technology students enrolled in a M.Sc. or Ph.D. programme are invited to submit an academic paper with the objective of enhancing global food safety. The paper should address a food safety issue arising from an indigenous food from their home country or region in a practical way

Applications must be received by October 31, 2019 and will be considered by an international jury in conjunction with IUFoST. Short listed applicants will notified by December 1, 2019 and must submit a final paper by April 1, 2020. You can now view competition details and download the application form.