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Sponsor a food science summer school

Do you struggle to recruit bright technologists and scientists? 

Do you worry about the pipeline of science talent, and how this may affect your business and the wider food industry?

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 and to make them aware of the exciting careers and opportunities food science and other related courses can lead to. 

We are looking for food and grocery industry companies to help

Over 20 years ago IGD's Technical Leadership Forum members agreed to provide financial support to a food science summer school at the University of Reading. This was followed by seed funding to establish a new summer school at the University of Nottingham in 2009, one at the University of Leeds in 2013 and another launched at Newcastle University in 2015. In 2017, the Technical Leadership Forum is providing seed funding for a further two universities; Cardiff Metropolitan University and Harper Adams University. 

Since 2010, over 750 students have attended the food science summer schools. Feedback has been incredibly positive, with results from 2016 showing 95% of students stating the summer school improved their knowledge of food science in the industry and 75% stating they would like a future career working in the food industry.

IGD can provide you with more information about the food science summer schools and what is involved in sponsoring one - email foodsciencess@igd.com - or you can contact the university providers of existing summer schools about participating in activities, organising factory visits or funding student places directly: 

What next?

IGD’s TLF remains supportive of the summer school scheme, which is why the group has pledged to set up a more summer schools in the future. Raising awareness of the science and technical skills that are needed in industry, both now and in the future, is in the interest of all food and drink businesses.

Find out more about TLF here.