Science Excellence

Our impact in show casing New Zealand Science excellence comes from our critical mass of high achieving food science and related scientists, fostering inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional collaborations, both in New Zealand and around the world.

The Riddet Institute runs or assists with international conferences. One example is the biannual conference we run in collaboration with CSIRO, Australia.

5th International Conference on Food Structures, Digestion and Health

WHEN: 30 September 2019 – 3 October 2019

WHERE: Novotel Lakeside, Rotorua


Feeding tomorrow’s world is a reality with unprecedented challenges: remarkable demographic trends, new geopolitical balances, the challenge of climate change and the need for environmental sustainability, instant connectivity and fast-moving technological innovation. At the same time, there is growing obesity crisis and a rapid rise in food-related health problems globally.

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Riddet Institute scientists often receive awards, both for their research and innovation achievements.

Recent awards and achievements include:

Paul Moughan

Riddet Fellow Laureate Distinguished Professor Paul Moughan receiving the highest honour that Wageningen University and Research can bestow; the Wageningen Silver Research Medal.

Clive Davies

Professor Clive Davies, Associate Investigator, became a Fellow of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) in 2018. Clive is the only New Zealand chemical engineer to have received this honour.

Innovate 2018 Riddet Team

A team of Doctoral Scientists (Sarah Priour, Nicole Chen, Sewuese Okubanjo and Feng-Ming Chian) competed in the Innovate 2018 competition, reaching the final 6 innovations of the year.

Larsen Nigel

Principal Scientist Plant & Food Research and Riddet Institute Fellow, Dr Nigel Larsen, has been presented with the Plant & Food Research Lifetime Achievement Award for his 35 years of contribution to the knowledge of food science and materials science in New Zealand and overseas.

science excellence

Doctoral Scientist Olivia Ogilvie received the 2018 AACCI Protein Division Best Student Paper Award for her poster presentation; ‘The influence of dough macrostructure on protein digestion and celiac peptide release in breads’.