IGD heads north east with new food science summer school


IGD’s successful food science summer school programme is launching in a fourth location next week, as the scheme expands to Newcastle University.

The IGD programme offers 16-18-year-olds free training in many different aspects of food science, with the aim of encouraging bright young scientists to consider a career in the food industry.

The first food science summer school was set up by Reading University in 1987, before IGD expanded the scheme to Nottingham in 2009 and Leeds in 2013. Members of IGD’s Technical Leadership Forum (TLF), which comprises technical directors from across food and grocery businesses, support and sponsor the summer school programmes to help attract much-needed scientists to the industry.

Students involved will have the opportunity to learn about the role of science in the food industry, through hands-on experience and talks from the industry. The Newcastle University session will include:

  • A farm tour with a milking demonstration
  • A visit to a cheese factory for a tasting and tour
  • Trip to local food companies
  • A scientific cheesecake-making practical

Mark Golder, IGD’s Industry Development Director, said: “I am delighted that this valuable initiative is now available to youngsters in the North East. Having studied food science myself, I understand just how important it is for our industry to ensure we have enough bright scientists joining the industry to guarantee a secure and sustainable future. IGD’s food science summer school programme is a great way to give students a taste of what food science has to offer, raise awareness of the importance of science in the food and grocery industry and showcase the career opportunities that are available to them.”

The programme is available to students in Year 11 and 12 who have an interest in food and are already talented scientists. Anyone keen to get involved in next year’s sessions can find further information about the programme here: www.igd.com/summerschools/.