Promoting Flavor Research
amongst PhD Students in Europe

Best Thesis Award
6 Bursaries for 1st Year PhD Students

Giract's unique and innovative programme to promote flavor research amongst PhD students in Europe across various universities and institutes. For the current edition of the programme in 2013/14, 8 industrial sponsors agreed to extend the programme. This consortium of 8 premier companies aimed to raise awareness of their industry and the career opportunities in order to increase the flavor research talent pool in Europe. The 8 sponsoring companies were:

  • DSM FOOD SPECIALTIES
  • GIVAUDAN
  • INTERNATIONAL FLAVORS & FRAGRANCES INC.
  • KERRY INGREDIENTS & FLAVOURS
  • KIKKOMAN
  • LESAFFRE INTERNATIONAL
  • MARS
  • NESTLE

The fourth edition was also organised by Giract and co-ordinated by Prof. Andy Taylor from the University of Nottingham, UK

Purpose

To promote innovative flavor research amongst PhD candidates across European universities and research institutes. The project targets two different groups of PhD students:

  • Group 1:  students who are about to complete their PhD and hence will soon be examining opportunities for employment
  • Group 2:  students who are about to commence their PhD studies

This is translated into the following sub-objectives:

  • Publicise the attractions of flavor research so as to pull high calibre students into appropriate PhD courses and then into industry
  • For Group 1:
    • Solicit and evaluate innovative flavor research projects amongst these students
    • Provide the Annual Savory Flavor Conference, held in Geneva in the spring of each year, as a platform for the winning student to present his/her work to ‘potential employers’
  • For Group 2:
    • Provide bursaries to 6 selected students who are planning to commence their PhD studies in flavors during the 2013/2014 academic year