AIFST offers a range of national awards that recognise the commitment and excellence of its members.
The AIFST Peter Seale Food Industry Innovation Award
2019 Winner: Trisco Foods Pty Ltd - Precise Thick-N Instant Liquid Thickening Concentrate. Award accepted by Brenda Mossel (pictured with Peter Schutz)
The Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) may acknowledge a significant new development in a process, product, ingredient, equipment or packaging which has achieved successful commercial application in any section of the Australian food industry. The Food Industry Innovation Award will be made annually at the discretion of AIFST to recognise such development or innovation.
This award is given in honour of AIFST Past President Peter Seale.
The AIFST Foodbank Hunger Hero Award
2019 Winner: Simon Davidson, Saputo (not pictured)
The Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) Foodbank Hunger Hero Award recognises a person or team who have gone above and beyond to tackle food insecurity. Whether it’s championing a new initiative within their company or volunteering their time and expertise in the community, AIFST and Foodbank want to recognise an individual’s or team’s contribution and hold it up as an inspiration to others.
The AIFST Jack Kefford Award for Best Paper
2019 Winner: Not Awarded
The Jack Kefford Award for Best Paper recognises the contribution to food science and technology of members of the Institute who publish research and technical papers.
The Award is named in honour of Mr Jack Kefford who provided enormous input to the science and technology of food as Officer-in-Charge of the CSIRO Food Research Laboratory; Assistant Chief of the CSIRO Division of Food Research; as a scientist of international repute; and as AIFST President (1971-73); and Technical Editor of food Australia.
The AIFST Allergen Bureau Julie Newlands Award
2019 Winner: Sarah Proctor, Lion Co (pictured with Jasmine Lacis-Lee, Allergen Bureau)
The Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) Allergen Bureau ‘Julie Newlands’ Award recognises excellence in food allergen management in Australia. To be eligible for the award nominees must be a resident in Australia.
In accordance with the Allergen Bureau Mission, the Selection Committee will decide the award recipient based on their contribution to a consistent, science-based approach to food allergen risk assessment, management and communication that: assists allergen sensitive consumers to make informed choices based on label information; and guides/promotes industry best practice.
Julie Newlands was an inaugural Director and the first Honorary Treasurer of the Allergen Bureau Ltd. Julie was a fabulous food allergen advocate and immersed herself in all aspects of allergen science, management and communication. Everything that Julie achieved at the Allergen Bureau is a testament to her drive and passion for the allergic consumer and for food safety. Julie passed away in November 2017.GuidelinesNomination Form
The AIFST Keith Farrer Award of Merit
2019 Winner: Martin Cole (pictured with Peter Schutz)
The Award is named after Dr Keith Farrer, an outstanding food scientist and author who was involved in the formation of the AIFST in 1967.
The AIFST Keith Farrer Award of Merit acknowledges achievements within food science and technology in the wide areas of research, industry and education, and may take cognisance of contributions made to further the aims and objectives of the Institute.
The AIFST John Christian Young Food Microbiologist Award
2019 Winner: Not Awarded
The John Christian Young Food Microbiologist award was created as a means of encouraging and supporting the development of young food microbiologists.
The applicants must be under 30 years of age and under at the time of presentation and must be a member of the AIFST however not restricted to students.
Finalists are chosen on the basis of a 500 word summary of a food microbiology topic. The topic and content must be related to food microbiology, including general interest topics, research work, literature review, risk assessment, case- or epidemiological study. Assessment of applicant summaries will be undertaken by the FMG.
Topic criteria are that the project is food microbiology related – literature review, experimental-based study, risk assessment, case or epidemiological study.
The AIFST Malcolm Bird Young Members Commemorative Award
2019 Winner: Not Awarded
This award is for young AIFST members who demonstrate academic achievement, leadership and integrity in their profession. The AIFST Malcolm Bird Commemorative Award is named in honour of Malcolm Bird, fifth President of the Institute (1975-77), who died in 1977 soon after completing his term of Presidency. Malcolm always showed an active concern for the welfare of young members.
The AIFST Bruce Chandler Book Prize
2019 Winner: Michael Blakeney, Food Loss and Food Waste, Causes and Solutions. (pictured with Peter Schutz)
AIFST received a bequest from the late Dr Bruce Chandler to establish a prize named in his honour, the Bruce Chandler Book Prize. Dr Chandler was a long-serving member of the Institute, notably as Literature Editor of food australia for 12 years.
The book prize is awarded to AIFST members who are authors of books considered to make the greatest contribution to the literature on food in particular years.
The AIFST President's Award
2019 Winner: Tom Lewis (pictured with Peter Schutz)
The Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) may recognise, acknowledge and acclaim an individual or an organisation that has made an outstanding contribution to the Institute.
AIFST Annual Competitions
The AIFST Research Poster Competition
2019 Winner: Maria Stephanie - Effects of milling method and composition on cooking and texture properties of sorghum-based gluten-free pasta (pictured with Peter Schutz).
The Research Poster Competition is held during the annual convention each year. The competition provides a space for scientists to present a summary of their recent work in poster form. As space on the poster is limited, the challenge for entrants is to effectively condense their research without losing the quality of their research. There is no restriction to apply, however, applications will be reviewed and selections will be made to present at the convention.
The Student Product Development Competition
SPDC Will be now held in conjunction with the 2021 Summer School.
The SPDC was created over 15 years ago to provide students with a chance to create a new product and demonstrate their skills, knowledge and creativity. Each year students are asked to create a product based on a brief and submit the development of their product at various stages to the judges. The competition culminates at the annual convention, where teams must present their final product to the judges and submit it for tasting.
The purpose of the competition is to: