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Attend a food science summer school

Applications for 2016 summer schools are now closed. Please check again next year for 2017 dates. 

  • Are you a budding scientist with an interest in food? 
  • Are you currently in school year 12? 

If yes, why not attend a free food science school for 2-3 days this summer?

Food science summer schools take place across the country at four top universities, and give you the chance to learn more about the role of science in the food industry. 


What you will do

  • 2-3 day residential stay at your preferred university location - experience life and learning on campus 
  • Hear first-hand about science careers in the food industry, where demand currently outstrips supply
  • Conduct hands-on experiments in fully equipped labs
  • Learn about developing new products in a practical environment
  • Meet professionals in the industry 
  • Go behind the scenes with farm or factory visits

Example agenda

Day 1
Ice cream ice breaker
Sensory activity (identifying supertasters, sensory booths)
Campus tour
Dinner in halls 

Day 2
Factory tour
Processing effects on orange juice
Microbiology (yogurt under the microscope)
Meal with current students and recent graduates

Day 3
Physics of a melt in the middle chocolate pudding
Pizza design (Specification, HACCP, sensory and marketing)
Careers talks from industry


Who they are for

The summer schools are for students in year 12 who have not yet selected higher education options, with a strong understanding of science and an interest in food. 

Places are completely free due to funding from TLF and subsequent sponsorship from the food and grocery industry, meaning anyone can apply. 


Previous summer school attendee and ex GBBO star Martha Collinson:

"I loved the summer schools. They gave me so much incentive to find out more about the different aspects of the food industry."