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Food science summer schools help to address the skills gap for science-based roles in the food and grocery industry. First established at University of Reading with support from industry leaders, there are now five summer schools across the UK.

Sponsor a food science summer school

IGD's food science summer schools have been developed to help address the skills gap, providing young scientists with the opportunity to understand the important role of science in the food industry.

We are looking for food and grocery industry companies to help with sponsorship and running activities. See how you can get involved here.

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Attend a food science summer school

Food science summer schools are completely free to attend for Year 12 students looking to learn more about the role that science plays in the food and grocery industry. Five summer schools are taking place in 2017, at the University of Leeds, University of Nottingham, University of Reading, Cardiff Metropolitan University and Harper Adams University.

Find summer school dates, application links, and more information about what to expect at the schools here. 

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Hear from a company who has already sponsored

Guy Thallon, Group Sustainability and Research Manager at Produce World Group, tells us why they sponsored several places at the Nottingham summer school and why he thinks more companies should get...

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The next generation: inspiring careers in the food industry

The next generation: Inspiring careers in the food industry

IGD’s Technical Leadership Forum (TLF) has been supporting and sponsoring the Food Science summer school programme for three years at Nottingham University and Reading University. Hannah Pearse, nutrition...

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Success for food science summer school at Leeds University

There is currently a shortage of scientists studying food science and going on to use their skills and knowledge in the food industry. Food science summer schools are a way to make students aware of...

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Technical Leadership Forum

The Technical Leadership Forum (TLF) consists of the technical director peer group from major retailers and own-brand manufacturers. The forum's members...

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Industry Working Groups

Industry Working Groups

Our industry groups bring experts together to work on industry-wide challenges for the good of everyone. We share the best practice they develop.

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From food labelling and communicating about healthy balanced diets, through cutting edge science and technology, to farmers and supply chains selling more and wasting less.

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