Seligman Lecture

Established 1974

The Seligman Lecture is named after the food engineer, scientist and entrepreneur Dr Richard Seligman. SCI's Food Group is particularly indebted to Dr Seligman and is proud to be closely associated with the Seligman Lecture.

The Lecture is a popular awards event, partly because of the scope of the topics discussed which range from food manufacturing, engineering, innovation, service and consumption issues to legislation and quality control.

Award Information

Award History

The Seligman Lecture was established in 1974 in honour of Richard Seligman who was the founder of APV Group and a distinguished early member of SCI. He joined the Society in 1904, and belonged to the Chemical Engineering, Corrosion, Food and Microbiology groups.


Nominations for the Seligman Lecture can be made by any SCI Member or Committee officer. The recipient will be selected by the SCI Food Group.

Lecture Details

The Lecture is always given on a topic related in some way to food engineering. Other criteria laid down include a stipulation that it must be advertised and open to the public because, like so many aspects of SCI's activities, communicating a positive message of the benefits of applied science is a central concern.

The Lecture must not have been previously published and a copy of it should be provided to SCI for it to be included in a Society publication, either printed or electronic.

Eligibility Criteria

    • Expert in a food engineering subject
    Career Stage
    • Mid – Late Career
    • Food engineering


Nominations open TBC
Nominations close TBC
Frequency Not less than every three years

Additional Information

Code of Ethics for Members

Other SCI Awards

Roland Harper Lecture

The lecture honours advanced work in consumer or sensory science. The focus of this award is in bridging the gap between the applied areas of market research, product development and sensory analysis within the industries covered by SCI.

SCI Seligman APV Travel Bursary

The SCI Seligman APV Travel Bursary is designed to support the career development of PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and industrial researchers, by helping them to broaden their vision and share cutting-edge knowledge at international conferences or laboratory visits.

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