Who we are
The Institute of Food Science and Technology of Ireland (IFSTI) is a professional body representing the interests of Irish food scientists and food technologists. The Institute aims to act as the professional body of food scientists and technologists and to promote their professional standing and their continuing professional development through further education and training.

The IFSTI also aims to promote, advance and further the knowledge, development and application of science and technology to every aspect of food by all appropriate means. We aspire to provide our members with a range of services to meet their needs and a support network to help them excel in their work.

The institute is a focal point for the dissemination of information on scientific and technological developments affecting the world of food. We proactively seek connections with other similar institutions in other countries to broaden the professional network available for our members. In this respect the IFSTI is also an active member of The International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) and the European Federation of Food Science and Technology (EEFoST).

What we do
  • IFSTI is the professional body for food scientists in Ireland
  • Makes submissions to the government on food related topics
  • Provides the press with informed spokespersons from among its members on food science as required
  • Organizes meetings on topics of interest to food scientists
  • Provides an informal forum for Irish food scientists to meet and discuss mutual interests
  • Acts as a network of contacts with extensive experience in the food industry
  • Encourages education of food scientists
  • Provides informal contacts between education and the food industry to provide placements for students and facilitate liaison with the industry
  • Operates the website to disseminate information and Irish food news

How we operate
The IFSTI is a registered company and is managed by the IFSTI council. The IFSTI Council consists of four officers, President, Vice President, Honourable Treasurer and Honourable Secretary plus six ordinary Council members {insert link to organogram}. The four Council officers are therefore directors of the IFSTI company.
In addition to the IFSTI is the Food Science and Technology Trust. The Trust is a separate company from the IFSTI but has similar aims and is a registered charity. The trust manages an investment fund and uses this money to promote its objectives {link to articles of association}. The four officers of the IFSTI are also Directors of the Trust. The Trust often donates money to the IFSTI for the purposes of achieving its objectives.
Therefore the principle sources of funding for the IFSTI are its membership, its activities and the donations from the Food Science and Technology Trust. These monies are utilised by the Council to enable the IFSTI to meet its objectives {link to who we are}