FSA Annual Industry Night
On the night of August 30th, the Food Science Association (FSA) hosted their Annual Industry Night for 2017 in the Michael Crouch Innovation Centre. The theme of this year was ‘Small Start-ups vs Big Players: Choose your own Career’, which aimed to expose students to the various roles available to them in industry.
Over 70 students, staff, alumni and industry representatives attended with speakers ranging from multinational corporations like Mars Food Australia, Coca-Cola South Pacific, and Parmalat, to smaller businesses such as Sensory Solutions, Food and Nutrition Australia, N2 Extreme Gelato and Nutricium. Their wide range of experiences from different disciplines throughout the food production chain - including supply chain, R&D, sensory, packaging, regulation and nutrition, gave a broad and balanced perspective of the Food Industry.
The night began with a speech from host Patrick Spicer, Associate Professor from the School of Chemical Engineering, followed by presentations from the guest speakers. Through sharing their workplace stories of successes and drawbacks, they gave students three very important messages to take home:
1. To find your passion
2. To always keep moving forward with a purpose
3. To never stop challenging themselves
A networking session followed that allowed industry, alumni, staff and students to mingle over delicious canapes whilst simultaneously getting to know each other in a more casual and welcoming environment. Everyone stepped out and had thought-provoking conversations with others to share their values and opinions. The night was concluded by a big thank you to all participants with A/Prof Patrick Spicer giving some inspirational closing words on the great opportunities for industry and universities to find solutions to fight global food problems together.
Overall, the night was a great success for everyone and this event enabled students to develop their networking skills and forge connections with future employers and colleagues. Industry representatives and alumni used the opportunity to catch up with old friends and expand their networks.
A big thank you to everyone who attended the event, especially speakers who spent their valuable time preparing speeches and coming all the way out to UNSW. Thanks to Catherine Lawrey, Graduate Packaging Technologist from Mars Food Australia; Olivia Duffin, Product Development R&D Graduate from Mars Food Australia; Shannon Natoli, Nutritionist from Food and Nutrition Australia; Kelvin Hawkins, Supply Chain Consultant; Evan Belogiannis, Founder of Nutricium; Jodie Hill, Sensory Scientist and Owner of Sensory Solutions; Min Chai, Founder of N2 Extreme Gelato; Jean-Phillipe Cloquet, Manager of Environment, Quality and Safety at Coca Cola South Pacific; and Kim Staples, Regulatory Affairs at Parmalat.
We also extend our gratitude to the FSA executives who organized the event, Michael Crouch Innovation Centre for the excellent venue and finally, to the School of Chemical Engineering that offered the greatest support. It wouldn’t have been such a big success without all of your contributions!
Written by Keqi Chen (FSA Event Director)