Short Course - Concentration and Drying

Powder Milk - Concentration and Drying

The next course is on the 11th and 12th October 2022


This course has been designed to introduce course attendees to the principles of concentration and drying technologies utilised in dairy industry, and the factors which can affect final product quality and functionality. Attendees will get to know the different methods for concentration and drying of dairy and food ingredients such as membrane filtration, evaporation and spray drying. This training will be especially valuable to anyone involved with dairy operations, design, quality testing and/or projects dealing with concentrated dairy streams.

Who Should Attend

  • Production staff and plant operators, supervisors and team leaders wishing to upskill
  • Technical and quality personnel
  • R&D and NPD personnel
  • Graduates who need a refresher course

Programme Content

  • Milk composition
  • Seasonality
  • Milk quality and testing at intake
  • Primary dairy processing technologies
  • Heat treatment of milk
  • Cleaning In Place
  • Membrane processing
  • Fundamentals of evaporation
  • Evaporation technologies
  • Principles of spray drying
  • Spray drying technologies
  • Powder technologies and properties

Lead Trainers

Dr Tom O’Callaghan graduated from UCC with a BSc in Food Science in 2014 and PhD in Science in 2018. In 2017, Tom took up the position of Research Officer in Teagasc Moorepark Food Research Centre. Tom joined University College Cork in May 2020, as College Lecturer in Food Science and Technology within the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences. Tom’s research has focused on food chemistry, nutrition and processing technologies across the supply chain. Tom is a Principal Investigator with Food For Health Ireland and the Dairy Processing Technology Centre and is an Academic Collaborator with VistaMilk, an SFI research centre.

Dr Seamus O’Mahony is a Lecturer in Food Science at University College Cork and leads the Food Ingredients Research Group within the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences. The research interests of the group are focused on four main platforms: (1) ingredient development and functionality, (2) powder technology and engineering, (3) formulation science and technology and (4) bio-functional food ingredients. He has published over 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 15 book chapters and edited or co-authored 3 books over the last 10 years and has secured >€7m in competitively won research funding since joining UCC. Dr O’Mahony holds an MA in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and works closely with the UCC Food Industry Training Unit in developing and delivering research-led training courses.

Nial Mullane is a UCC graduate of Dairy Science and has 35 years’ experience across several blue-chip companies in both the UK and Ireland in soft drinks manufacture with Coca Cola, aseptic packaging of juices, milk, and sauces with Tetra Pak and both liquid UHT and powdered infant formula manufacture with Wyeth Nutrition. He has held project management, validation, and senior operation management roles in these companies. Nial has been a CIP champion for many years and frequently lectures in University College Cork, and is a Director of Northstar Training and Advisory.

Course Fee

The cost of the course is €650


To register please complete the online registration form
For further details contact:

Vicky Snook

Training and Learning Manager for foodlineUCC

Food Industry Training Unit

School of Food and Nutritional Sciences College of Science,

Engineering and Food Science,

University College Cork


Food Industry Training Unit

University College Cork , Western Road, Cork