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Food Group


One of the largest Technical Interest Groups in SCI, the Food Group applies a multidisciplinary approach to the science and technology of food. Its wide ranging interest area reflects the range of the Members - from physicists, chemists and microbiologists to nutritionists, sensory analysts, from food producers and manufacturers, to policy makers and students.


The Group provides a forum to disseminate research and the latest technical developments and applications to the relevant industries. It also provides networking opportunities for people involved in the food industry around the world. The Group actively encourages university-level students to take up careers in food related subjects through competitions and through our programme of topical, challenging and interesting meetings.

  • The Group has joined with other SCI Groups in the Agriculture, Horticulture and Lipids sectors to form an Agri-Food Hub


IFST-Institute of Food Science and Technology
The Food Group has close links with the IFST and regularly supports their annual Young Scientist Competitions by offering free one-year SCI student membership to the award winners and contributing towards the cash prizes. SCI members also often qualify for IFST member rates at IFST events – details of these events are available on the SCI website.

Food Authenticity Network
The Food Authenticity Network is a Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) initiative to help bring together those involved in food authenticity testing.  
The network, recommended by the Elliot review ‘Integrity and Assurance of Food Supply Networks’, aims to raise awareness of the tools available to check for mislabelling and food fraud and to ensure that the UK has access to a resilient network of laboratories providing fit for purpose testing to check for food authenticity so consumers can have confidence in the food they buy. 
It is overseen by a management committee which includes SCI member Mark Woolfe (Secretary and Network Coordinator).


If you are looking for a way to become more involved with SCI, you might want to consider becoming one of our active volunteers.

SCI volunteers work at the heart of SCI. As a volunteer, you will create and strengthen your skills, interact with people from different backgrounds, gather new and experiences and build your confidence and credibility.

Find out more about some of the work of SCI volunteers:

Craig Duckham joined SCI in 2002. He was elected to the Food Group Committee and became Chair of the Food Group in that year In 2015. He has also been an ordinary member of the Separation Science and Technology Committee since 2013. more

Andy Kerridge has been a member of SCI’s Food Group in one form or another for over 25 years. Andy received a Distinguished Service award at SCI's 134th AGM on 1 July 2015 for his services to the Food Group committee. more

Relevant SCI Journals

The followng journal is relevant to Food Group members:

SCI Members are entitled to receive Chemistry and Industry (C&I) magazine direct to their door.C&I magazine includes articles on a host of interesting articles. More.

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