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Young scientists symposium for the brewing, distilling and malting sectors

On 04/07/14 by Simon Jackson (Executive Director, Institute of Brewing and Distilling )

Back in 2008, a number of professors from universities around the world approached the IBD to see if they would become the co-organiser of what was hoped would become a regular learning event for young scientists and technologists working in the brewing, distilling and malting sectors.
The concept played well to the ambition of the IBD to increase its support and nurturing of young talent, particularly in the context of an overall reduction in research investment within the sectors – in this context the relevant Universities now play a more important role in original research.

University College Cork stepped up to the plate to hold the first event in 2008. It was a great success, and confirmed the need for this meeting of young talent, providing those involved with a personal development opportunity whilst also sharing knowledge and develop networks within the sectors. These networks are an essential component of an ongoing cross-industry cohort of research and innovation technologists without which no sector can thrive.

Having created the momentum, there have been subsequent symposia at the Technical University of Munich (Weihenstephan) in 2010, and at the University of Nottingham in 2012. Planning for the fourth symposium, to be held at the Catholic University Leuven, Ghent, is well advanced.
The symposia have been well supported by a number of UK universities and research institutes - and many of the participants have gone on to present their work at IBD, EBC and other conventions. Equally importantly, it is encouraging to see participants taking up roles within the sector, thereby fulfilling the objective of attracting new talent.

The fourth YSS will be held from 28th to 30th October 2014 in Ghent – full information can be found on the Young Scientists Symposium website.

The IBD is grateful to the IBD/BBPA Grants Committee for their assistance in supporting the YSS – this is providing underpinning support to the symposium, as well as a number of grants for young scientists and technologists from across the British Isles to attend.

BBPA members should be aware that a bursary is available for staff that would be interested in attending the conference. The deadline for applications is 31st August.

For further information about the symposium or bursary please contact


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