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AIFST Annual Awards

2022  AIFST Awards - Applications for other awards will open in April 2022

AIFST offers a range of national awards that recognise the commitment and excellence of our members, championing those who lead and exceed. 

The AIFST John Christian Young Food Microbiologist Award 2022


2021 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. 

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. 


Nomination Form

AIFST Awards Ceremony 2021


The AIFST Sensory Solutions Tony Williams Sensory Award 2021

2021 Winner: Jaqueline Moura Nadolny, Sensory characterisation of indigenous bunya nuts

2021 Runner up: Mitali Gupta, Sensory Evaluation of Commercial Plant-based Yoghurt Substitutes Compared to Dairy Yoghurts

The Sensory Award is awarded to AIFST Young members - students and young professionals - who demonstrate academic achievement interest, enthusiasm and integrity in Sensory Research. 

The AIFST Sensory Award is sponsored annually by Sensory Solutions in honour of Dr Anthony (Tony) Williams. Dr Tony Williams was one of the pioneers of the Sensory Research Industry in the United Kingdom and a world authority in sensory and consumer science. Tony’s enthusiasm and passion also helped establish Sensory Research in Australia, whilst assisting with the inception of Sensory Solutions in 1996.

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The AIFST President's Award 2021

2021 Winner: Peter Schutz OAM

This award acknowledges an individual or an organisation that has made an outstanding contribution to the Institute and has demonstrated a clear commitment to advancing AIFST’s role in supporting Australia’s food industry professionals.

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Previous Winners

The AIFST Peter Seale Food Industry Innovation Award 2021

2021 Winner:  v2food Pty Ltd

Potato salad varieties with increased shelf life

This award is given in honour of AIFST Past President Peter Seale.

The award acknowledges 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.  

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The AIFST Foodbank Hunger Hero Award 2021

2021 Winner: Lisa Rivers, Supply Chain Manager - Nestle

This 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.

2021 Hunger Hero Award Recording

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The AIFST Jack Kefford Award 2021

2021 Winners: Dr Dai Suter & Ferenc Bekes

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.

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The AIFST Allergen Bureau Julie Newlands Award 2021

2021 Winner: HJ Langdon & Co. 

This award recognises excellence in food allergen management in Australia. The award seeks to encourage all Australian food industry sectors to adopt a consistent, science-based approach to food allergen risk assessment, management, and communication for the benefit of the food allergic consumer. 

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.

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The AIFST Bruce Chandler Award 2021

2021 Winner: Not Awarded

This award is for AIFST members who are authors of books or substantial reviews, considered to make the greatest contribution to the literature on food science and technology in particular years.  The award is given in honour of AIFST Past President, Bruce Chandler.

Dr Chandler was a long-serving member of the Institute, notably as Literature Editor of food australia for 12 years.

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The AIFST Keith Farrer Award of Merit 2021 

2021 Winner: Dr Geoffrey Annison

This award is the Institute’s highest honour, acknowledging an individual whose work has resulted in significant positive change for the food industry, the food science and technology profession, food research and innovation, and/or food science education, and/or has promoted the health and enjoyment of the wider community regarding food.  The recipients achievements must also include substantial contributions made to further the aims and objectives of the Institute. 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.

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The AIFST Malcolm Bird Young Members Commemorative Award 2021

2021 Winner: Not Awarded

This award is for young AIFST members who demonstrate academic achievement, leadership and integrity in their profession. The 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.

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AIFST Annual Competitions

The AIFST Research Poster Competition 2021

Judges Award

2021 Winner: Mohammad Rahman

Photo-oxidation of Orange Essential Oil - Combating green mould disease in citrus

2021 Runner up: Jessica Pahl

Effects of ulvan in diet-induced metabolic syndrome in rats

People's Choice award:

2021 Winner: Janne Beelen

Using sensory science to create new vegetable-based food products for children

2021 Runner up: Prakhar Chatur

Effects of high-pressure processing on texture, digestiability and antioxidant properties of cooked Kimberley large Kabuli chickpeas

This competition provides a space for food scientists to present a summary of their recent work in poster form. The challenge for entrants is to effectively condense their research without losing the quality of their work. The platform for the 2021 competition will be virtual providing an opportunity for scientists from all over Australia to share their research.

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