Tuesday 16 May 2017
6:00 pm

Considering a career in food science? Come along to hear about the dynamic and rapidly changing nature of the food industry from both industry and academia. This event provides an opportunity for Queensland-based young professionals to hear from a series of presentations by 4 experts from industry and academia on their experience of the food industry, how their careers started and what opportunities they see in the food industry. This will be followed by a Q&A panel.

Following the careers session, a networking event is being hosted by the UQ Food Science Club on the rooftop terrace with light food and refreshments provided. This event offers a great opportunity to network with future food scientists.  AIFST Young Professionals and members of the Community of Interest will also be hand to say hello and make some introductions if you haven't attended an AIFST event before. 

Guest speakers: 

Matt Kowal is CEO of PERKii - a probiotic water drink developed by scientists at the University of Queensland. His career spans previous appointments at Red Bull and Monster Energy in Europe. Matt originally studied Exercise Science and Physiology before a brief introduction as a student marketing manager led him around the world with Red Bull before his return to Brisbane.

Dr Heather Shewan, UQ School of Chemical Engineering is an early career researcher, having completed her PhD in the rheology of biopolymer soft particle suspensions, at the University of Queensland.  She has since continued at UQ in postdoctoral research roles investigating the relationship between rheological properties, food structure and sensory perception of both real food products and model soft particle suspensions with industry partners.

Robin Sherlock is the Technical Manager for DTS FACTA (Food Allergen Control Training Analysis). Robin has a background in medical laboratory science with more than 25 years’ experience in clinical microbiology and food science. Her extensive experience in the area of food allergen analysis and brings a broad knowledge of the food industry and analytical issues to her role at DTS and also as Vice-President of the Board of The Allergen Bureau.

Josh Hemelaar is a UQ Food Technology graduate, starting his career in Quality Assurance at Earlee Products. He is now Vice President of Sales at Gelita Australia, a global supplier of collagen for the food, health and nutrition, and pharmaceutical industries. With a passion for developing value added products, Josh is involved in developing and marketing collagen based peptides for health and nutrition.  

For University of Queensland Food Science Club members, we have a special AIFST membership offer! Please contact Shona Gawel for further details. 

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