About Membership

Benefits of Membership

Members are the key focus of the SDT and we aim to support their professional development by providing knowledge transfer and networking opportunities through relevant events and other learning opportunities to ensure they are at the forefront of our continually changing industry.

Members also benefit from:

  • Reduced delegate rates for attending the Society's symposia and events
  • Electronic access to the International Journal of Dairy Technology including all back copies
  • Access to our electronic publications including "The Handbook of Dairy TechnologyCutting cheese with wires by Ian McDonald and  A History of Whey Protein Concentrate Development by Julian Price
  • Access to all our Technical Series of Dairy E-Books free of charge. There are currently 14 in the series, including Technology of Cheesemaking, Membrane Processing, Biofilms in the Dairy Industry, and they are being added to all the time!
  • 30% discount on virtually all print books available from our publishing partner, Wiley.To obtain the discount code contact execdirector@sdt.org
  • Regular Member Newsletters
  • Access to the Membership Directory
  • Access to a wide range of resources include technical resources and careers in Dairy Science and Technology
  • Mintel have created a discount code for SDT members. This applies to their Dairy Drinks, Milk and Cream, Cheese and Ice Cream Report. The code can be found on the members page of this website.

Comments from members on what Society membership means to them:

  • “I joined our society so I could meet like-minded professionals who share the same passion and interest in dairy technology as I. There is a wealth of knowledge and experience that members are eager to share and it’s fantastic to be in a thriving and growing organisation.” Anon
  • “I have found being a member of our society personally rewarding as it is has provided me with professional recognition of my achievements within the dairy industry. Combined with this, membership provides an invaluable opportunity for continuous professional development.” Anon
  • " I have been a Member of the SDT since early 1974 I seem to recall.  Most new “recruits” in those days were urged to join – in my case the late Jerry Lyons was the “prime urger”.  This was just after I joined Golden Vale and I was just starting out on my career.  Though I knew the SDT existed even while in UCC, at the time I joined I had little knowledge and appreciation of how I would benefit from it.   I was involved at local (Southern Ireland) committee level from about 1992, and somehow I never managed to not be involved here since!  Over the years I got to know many of the SDT “luminaries” – I won’t name any, lest I omit some that certainly shouldn’t be overlooked or forgotten by me.  Then in 2002, at an SDT event in Northern Ireland, I think it was in Loughry College, the late David Armstrong, who was then SDT President, said that he wished to nominate me as Junior Vice-President at the following AGM – and well saying “no” to David would have been a waste of time – that is how I ended up as President 2006 – 2008 and being on the SDT Board until 2011 (I think). Having been awarded Honorary Membership in 2012,together,  I thought I had received all the recognition available from the SDT, but now being awarded the SDT President’s Award is a most unexpected additional recognition.  I am so very honoured and grateful to be considered worthy for this."  Michael Hickey, recipient of The President's Award 2020.   

  Click this video link to hear from our President, Paul Bouchier, to learn more about how the Society can benefit you and your job.

Membership Costs and Payment Methods

Membership of the Society is open to anyone who either works at production, processing or marketing levels in the dairy industry, or is engaged in dairy/food education and/or research, or is a supplier of inputs or services to the dairy industry, or works in environmental health, retailing, consultancy or an appropriate local or national Government department.

If you work in any of these, or related, areas, then membership of the SDT should be most beneficial to you in pursuing your particular career - especially as a key source of specialist information in Dairy Science & Technology.

To apply for membership, simply complete the online application form and pay by credit card or PayPal.  If you wish to pay by BACS or cheque complete the online form and log out when payment is requested and pay via your bank (SORT CODE: 30-97-81 ACCOUNT: 00085391) or send a cheque to the address below. However, if you wish to pay by Direct Debit please complete the Direct Debit Instruction Form, and post to the Society.  Only original copies are accepted by banks so it is imperative that this is posted to the Society at Elmete Lodge, 1 Anvil Close, Tibberton, Shropshire, TF10 8PT. Please contact the office for further information if required on execdirector@sdt.org.

Your application will be acknowledged, indicating that it will be submitted for ratification at the next Council meeting of the Society. These are held quarterly in February, May, August and November of each year. Subsequently, you will be notified of your election, together with details of your nearest Regional area.

Support of your membership application by two existing members is required by the Society's Constitution and Rules. However, Council has the power to nominate for election at any general meeting applicants unable to comply with this requirement. Hence, an application should still be submitted, even if the applicant does not personally know any Society members at the time of application.


Current SDT Membership Subscription Rates
Membership Category Payment
Full Membership Annual Payment of £60
Retired Membership Annual payment of £30
Full Life Membership One-off payment of £520
Retired Life Membership One-off payment of £150
Student Membership Annual payment of £18
Full Membership: Academic/1st Year Graduate* Annual payment of £25

* Academic Researcher who has previously published in the International Journal of Dairy Technology or 1st year graduate who has previously been a member of the Society.


Corporate Membership (new for 2023!)

As a Corporate Member of the SDT you will enjoy all the benefits of an individual member combined with :

  • 10% Discount on event attendance (Conference/Symposium/Trade Tables/Annual Dinner Table)
  • 20% Discount on Published Books
  • 10% Discount on E Learning Packages (5 modules)

Corporate Membership Rates:

4 members 10% discount:                            £216 for 4 and £270 for 5

6 members 12% discount :                           £317 for 6 and £370 for 7

8 members 15% discount:                            £408 for 8 and £459 for 9

10 plus members 20% discount:                  £480 for 10 

(NB  Rates are based on a current full member rate of £60)

To Register for Corporate Membership:

  • Email list of names to execdirector@sdt.org with PO Number & Accounts email address
  • Individual members register on line: https://www.sdt.org/members/join/ & log out when redirected to Paypal for payment
  • Individuals will be notified when registration is completed


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