AIFST offers a range of national awards that recognise the commitment and excellence of our members, championing those who lead and exceed.
The closing date for the awards was 31st May 2021 EXCEPT for the Sensory Award where applications close Monday 21st June 2021.
Winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony at 2021 AIFST Convention in Sydney on Monday July 26.
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.Guidelines
The AIFST President's Award 2021
2020 Winner: Dr Lisa Szabo
Director Food Safety & CEO Food Authority, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Biosecurity & Food Safety
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.
The AIFST Peter Seale Food Industry Innovation Award 2021
2020 Winner: Daly Potato Company Pty Ltd, Sorell Tasmania
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.
The award was presented by Tom Lewis (RDS Partners, FAIFST) to Susie Daly.
The AIFST Foodbank Hunger Hero Award 2021
2020 Winner: Justin Dowling, GM Supply Chain Operations - Woolworths Group
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.
The AIFST Jack Kefford Award 2021
2020 Winners: Sushil Dhital, Mike Gidley, Haiteng Li - Wall porosity in isolated cells from food plants: implications for nutritional functionality
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 2021
2020 Winner: Monash Health and Monash Health Central Production Kitchen
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.
The 2020 award was presented to Imran Hanif and Peter Fischer from the Monash Health and the Monash Health Central Production Kitchen Team.
The AIFST Bruce Chandler Award 2021
2020 Winners: Dennis Forte and Gordon Young
Food and Feed Extrusion Technology: An applied approach to extrusion theory
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.
The AIFST Keith Farrer Award of Merit 2021
2020 Winner: Not Awarded
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.
The AIFST John Christian Young Food Microbiologist Award 2021
2020 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.
The AIFST Malcolm Bird Young Members Commemorative Award 2021
2020 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.Previous Winners
AIFST Annual Competitions
The AIFST Research Poster Competition 2021
2020 Winner: Gethmini Kodagoda (pictured)
University of Queensland, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI)
Impact of storage on phytochemicals and sugars in Queen Garnet plum
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.