Emerging Scholar Awards

A small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. The Award provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics—meeting experts in the field, interacting with colleagues from other parts of the world, and creating networks and lasting connections. Awardees are invited to attend the conference to present their work and play a critical organizational role in the conference by leading discussions, chairing parallel sessions, and providing assistance in session rooms.

Applications are open to those pursuing research degrees, post- and graduate students, as well as early career faculty.

To apply, follow the link below. You may also view further instructions by selecting our "Step-By-Step Guide."


Final Deadline: 10 July 2019

2019 Recipients

Adeoluwa Iyiade Adetunji

Adeoluwa Iyiade Adetunji

University of Pretoria, South Africa

Dr. Adetunji is a Nigerian, and he started his educational journey in Nigeria, where he obtained a BSc degree in Food Technology in 2001 at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. In 2011 and 2012, obtained a BSc Honours and MSc degrees (respectively) in Food Science from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. In 2015, he obtained his PhD in Food Science from the University of Pretoria. His research works have centered on improving commercial applications of under-utilized food crops in food processing and other industrial applications. These have produced several publications, and presented at a few international conferences. His passion is in the area of developing strategic approaches to addressing problems of food insecurity in Africa.

Marie Rogel

Marie Rogel

Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Tohoku University, Japan

Marie Rogel is a researcher, science communicator, and development practitioner. She is presently affiliated with the Graduate School of Environmental Studies at Tohoku University, where she is a Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholar in the International Environmental Leadership Program. Her research and professional interests include sustainability, natural resource management, agriculture, and social-ecological systems. Her current research project explores how organic agriculture can be scaled up in the Philippines by identifying and understanding the drivers of adoption and uptake in upland and lowland farming communities. She has forthcoming publications on traditional and local knowledge for sustainable development, and sustaining diverse knowledge systems in social-ecological production landscapes. She has an MSc in Sustainability, Culture, and Development from the University of Durham, and a BSc in Development Communication (Major in Science Communication, Minor in Environmental Science) from the University of the Philippines.

Pierre Paul Audate

Pierre Paul Audate

Urban Planning and Regional Development, Laval University, University in Canada, Canada

PhD candidate in Urban Planning and Regional Development at Laval University, University in Canada. M. Audate has a master’s degree in development Practice from Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) and a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Sciences from EARTH University in Costa Rica. He has worked as Technical Director for iF Foundation and Business Advisor for TechnoServe in Haiti where he has contributed in the design, implementation, and evaluation of different agricultural value chain projects. He has also worked in different Latin-American countries, particularly in Panama, where he worked with the United Nations Development Program in 2014. He is currently working on individual motivations on urban agriculture practice in different socio-economic context. His main interests are: Urban food systems, Food security, Urban and Rural Agriculture, Agricultural Value chains, Determinants of health and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Sedef Yucel

Sedef Yucel

Izmir University of Economics, Turkey

Sedef Yucel is a PhD student at the Izmir University of Economics, design studies program. Her doctoral research focuses on the creative process of professional chefs who generate a new menu or a new dish by applying and adapting the framework of design thinking. She takes a multidisciplinary approach that encompasses the fields of gastronomy, design, and the psychology of creativity.

Sedef graduated from Yeditepe University, gastronomy and culinary arts department and worked as a chef to become experienced for several years. She aimed to work scholarly, and by earning her master of business administration degree, she started her academic journey.

​Harshitha Venkataratnam

​Harshitha Venkataratnam

School of Food Science and Environmental Health, Technological University of Dublin, Ireland

Harshitha Venkataratnam is a PhD student at the School of Food Science and Environmental Health at Technological University of Dublin, Ireland. Her thesis is titled “The Evaluation of Food Processing Methods on the Allergenicity of Foods.” Her research interests include novel processing methods, food safety, food security and downstream processing. She holds a master’s degree in biotechnology from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, India.

In Their Words

The interdisciplinary aspect of the conference was truly superb. Meeting people and seeing the work being done in this field has provided me with an even greater sense of confidence and realization that the field of food studies is doing some incredibly important work."

Andrew Kleinke, 2014 Awardee

My favorite part was actually moderating the sessions, having to introduce the presenter, ask for questions, and even having to sometimes break the ice with a linking question between all the presenters. The experience will certainly aid me in the future by having me overcome shyness."

Márcio Carocho, 2014 Awardee

I've made professional contacts that are really useful, and also have a network of grad students who I am keeping in contact with. It was also really useful to get a sense of the state of the field of Food Studies."

Caitlin Rathe, 2016 Awardee