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F&HN Direct


To foster closer working relationships between IFR scientists and our industrial colleagues. F&HN Direct will enable IFR scientists to acquire a greater understanding of the issues of the food industry and so provide the industry with individually targeted solutions to their problems.



A small team of IFR scientists will visit your site for confidential discussions of issues for which you may be seeking short or long term technical solutions. During this initial F&HN Direct visit, institute staff will listen and gather information to bring back to IFR for further internal discussion. The Institute then prepares a report outlining various options and solutions, which may include short term contract work, LINK proposals or other funding options. The report will be returned to you within 14 days and will form the basis for further discussions.

Each F&HN Direct activity will be dealt with in the strictest confidence. A single IFR scientist will be nominated as your relationship manager and will act as your initial point of contact for all subsequent interactions.

The F&HN Direct team will typically be three to four senior people representing your areas of interest and drawn from IFR's expertise in food safety, nutrition, materials science, mathematics, sensing and control.


Arranging a Visit

Members should contact

Lesley Swift, F&HN Administrator

01603 255 082, email:

Prof Tim Brocklehurst, Head of Food & Health Network

01603 255 399, email:


As part of your membership of F&HN you are entitled to an initial F&HN Direct visit and report at no extra cost. Follow-up work will be charged at an appropriate rate following discussions with individual members.


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