Summer Symposium and Annual Dinner 2023

28 Jun 2023, 12:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.


The 2023 SDT Annual Dinner and Symposium, sponsored by Diversey, will be held on Wednesday 28th June 2023 in the Members Pavilion at the Staffordshire County Showground. The free-to-attend Symposium will start the proceedings with 4 speakers presenting on cheese and dairy related topics during the afternoon. Arrive early to visit the trade stands, network and be treated to a delicious buffet lunch, sponsored by Faedah Solutions

The timing of the Dinner is perfect for anyone who is attending the International Cheese and Dairy Awards Trade Day (Thursday 29th June), the day after this event. It is also our 80th Anniversary year so a very special event for the Society this year. So please come along and join in with other dairy professionals for an afternoon and evening of learning, networking opportunities, delicious food (and wine!) and most importantly wonderful company.

We are indebted to our Sponsors for their generous support for this event:











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Summer Symposium

11:45   Doors open 

12:00 – 12.30  Coffee & Tea available. Trade Stands viewing (CEM, Faedah Solutions, Sycamore Engineering, Kersia Group, Diversey, Dairy Industries International, Prominent Fuid Controls UK, Christeyns)

12.30 – 12.40  Official welcome by SDT President, Nick Edwards & Pat Redman, Director for Food and Beverage UK and Ireland (main sponsor, Diversey)

12:40 – 13:10  Speaker 1: Waste water treatment costs within the dairy industry and how to ensure optimisation throughout the process including new technology (Peter Harpley, Diversey)

13:10 – 13:40  Speaker 2: The Role of Cultures and Enzymes in Cheese (Margaret O'Connell, Chr. Hansen)

13.40 – 14:40  Lunch served (courtesy of Faedah Solutions). Trade Stands viewing.

14:40 – 15:10  Speaker 3:  Digitalisation does not have to cost the earth!! (Wayne Johnson, Faedah Solutions)

15:10 – 15:40  Speaker 4:  Improving Cheese Quality and Efficiencies (Open Curd Tables and Curd Distribution Vessels)       (Joe Matthews, Sycamore Engineering)

15:45 – 15:40  Closing remarks: Nick Edwards

15:50               Symposium closes    


Annual Dinner

18:45 – 23:59  Bar Open

18:45 – 19:30  Pre-dinner reception, sponsored by the Kersia Group with drinks and canapés

19:30  Welcome address by SDT President, Nick Edwards & Pat Redman, Director for Food and Beverage UK and Ireland, Diversey

19:40  Guest Speaker: Helen Sharman, Britain's first astronaut and chemist (Info about Helen)

21:40  Awards to students and members

Bar is open until midnight

Booking Form   
Click this LINK for the booking form to book your place at the Summer Symposium and Annual Dinner LINK to the Dinner menu.

(Downloadable programme HERE)



Members/Non Members                  £0     
Trade Stands                                        £200 (+ VAT)  


Dinner Cost

Members                                               £54 (incl VAT)      
Non Members                                      £78 (incl VAT)     

Tables of 10                                           £780 (incl VAT)

* Sponsorship and Stands welcome - see LINK for more information and booking form



Members Pavilion

Staffordshire County Showground

Weston Rd


ST18 0BD


Membership catgories Price
Non-member £78.00
Full (discount reviewer)
Full Life
Retired Life
Young DD


119 of 250 seats taken

Registration is closed