Colin Dennis, CBE, PhD, CFS, CSci, has been named the 2015-2016 president of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). Committed to advancing the science of food and its application across the global food system, the nonprofit scientific community welcomes Dennis in as its 76th president.
Dennis will be tasked with supporting the IFT’s initiatives, which include the advancement and promotion of food science careers, establishing productive and interactive global networks, promoting the application of food science and technology, and advocating the use of evidence-based science in public discourses on food.
He brings an impressive resume to the new role. In 1970, he was appointed as the first mycologist in the UK Government’s Institute of Food Research. He was later appointed as the first Director of Food Technology at Campden Food & Drink Research Association; he went on to be appointed Director-General of the organization, a position he held for 21 years. He has been on numerous government and industry advisory committees in the UK, Canada, U.S., Belgium, Australia, India, and Abu Dhabi among others. He has also held academic roles in food science at such institutions as Queen’s University, Belfast and the Royal Agricultural University.
Dennis succeeds Mary Ellen Camire, PhD, CFS, IFT’s 2014-2015 President.