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Plan Your Ultimate IFT18 Experience with the IFT18 Online Planner and Mobile App

We’re excited to share our new IFT18 online planner with you. A new and convenient feature this year is a real-time sync between the online planner and the IFT18 Mobile App. Now you can plan and access your experience from any device. To download the free IFT18 mobile app, visit your app store and search “IFT18.” To utilize the My Schedule feature, you must log in to the IFT18 Online Planner or the IFT18 Mobile App to create your customized schedule.

Note: Schedule is subject to change.

 

Schedule-at-a-Glance

Below is a high-level overview of all the exciting programs, sessions, networking opportunities, and more waiting  for you at IFT18. For the detailed schedule of all events, see the IFT18 Online Planner.

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  • Saturday July 14
  • Sunday July 15
  • Monday July 16
  • Tuesday July 17
  • Wednesday July 18
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    Short Course Food Science for the Non-Food Scientist Hilton Chicago
    One of IFT’s most popular courses will help you better understand and communicate with your technical teams and customers. Learn the basic principles of food science and equip yourself with an enhanced understanding of the role of food science in the development of food products. Gain a better understanding of the importance of food safety, basic regulatory issues and food science trends.

    Continuing Education Hours: 14
    Individuals holding these credentials will earn 14 hours* for completion of this course: Certified Food Scientists; Registered Dietitians; Dietetic Technicians; Certified Research Chefs; Certified Culinary Scientists.

    *Subject to change plus or minus one hour based on final agenda.

    REGISTRATION:click here to register.
    Premier Member and New Professional Members: $690.00
    Networking and Engagement Members: $780.00
    Non-Members: $865.00
    IFT Student Members: $300.00

    All prices to increase $100 after June 1.

    As part of your registration, you will receive course materials, lunches, refreshment breaks, and a certificate of attendance. Course presentation materials are distributed electronically; bringing your laptop or tablet is recommended.
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    Short Course Improvise This: The Power of Collaboration (With Second City Works) Hilton Chicago
    In this energetic and interactive workshop, participants will be introduced to the core skills of improvisation and how they can be used in the workplace to increase communication and collaboration. Participants will increase interpersonal skills, such as listening to understand, approaching conversations with curiosity rather than a fixed agenda, and staying open and available to all information. This behavior tends to increase collaboration through thoughtful and empathetic communication, which ultimately increases a team’s productivity, engagement, and sense of purpose.

    Methodology
    A Second City session is experiential. Participants engage in a series of paired and full-group exercises that encourage them to interact and learn from the experience. After each exercise, facilitators take time to discuss what happened and note discoveries, challenges and real-world applications. The tone is conversational, playful and light.

    Timing & Logistics
    This session is designed for approximately 60 participants attending a full-day session of experiential learning.

    Session Flow
    Welcome & Context for the Day
    Introduces group to Second City Works, workshop facilitators and workshop content.

    Warm Up
    Participants get on their feet for an experiential activity that introduces SCW’s core philosophies while creating an open mindset for the day.

    Listening to Understand
    A series of paired activities highlights key concepts around listening, such as:
    • How often we’re planning our response rather than truly listening to understand
    • The value of staying open to all information, even if we don’t like it
    • Expressing value/acknowledgement for another’s message
    Language of Collaboration
    This series of exercises explores our “go-to” ways of communicating, and help to highlight the importance of putting our focus on the other person to tailor our style. Concepts discussed include:
    • Choosing words that allow for open dialogue
    • Staying open and aware to our own body language and that of the other person
    • Being nimble to shift our word choice in the moment to create a stronger and more empathetic connection
    Collaborating as a Team
    Participants are given a chance to put the skills to the test in group exercises that touch on skills such as:
    • Knowing when to step back to let another have an opportunity to speak up
    • Creating atmospheres and environments where open dialogue is welcome
    • Building on each other’s ideas
    Conclusion & Discussion
    Participants will be lead through a series of thought-provoking questions to help synthesize the skills discussed and apply them to their daily lives. An open discussion allows for people to share their thoughts and any remaining questions

    REGISTRATION: click here to register.
    Premier Member and New Professional Members: $ 526.00
    Networking and Engagement Members: $ 575.00
    Non-Members: $ 655.00
    IFT Student Member: $ 300.00
    All Prices to increase $100 after June 1

    As part of your registration, you will receive lunches, refreshment breaks, and a certificate of attendance.
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    Short Course Labeling Requirements and Implications for Foods Marketed in the U.S. Hilton Chicago
    Food labeling requirements in the U.S. are already complex, and you need to stay ahead of the curve as they are being redefined. Upcoming implementation of the 2016 FDA changes to the Nutrition Facts Label and the forthcoming regulations responding to the 2016 federal biotechnology (GMO) disclosure law are just some of the major regulatory and policy changes that are impacting the food & beverage industry. In addition, as product developers reformulate to react to the prevailing drivers of the marketplace (e.g., clean/clear labeling, corporate social responsibility, and responsible sourcing) they need to understand the regulatory implications.

    This course will provide you with the foundation needed to be aware of the required, and permitted, contents of food labels and labeling, as well as to identify emerging issues relating to labeling content.

    Continuing Education Hours: 14

    Individuals holding these credentials will earn 14 hours* for completion of this course: Certified Food Scientists; Registered Dietitians; Dietetic Technicians; Certified Research Chefs; Certified Culinary Scientists.

    *Subject to change plus or minus one hour based on final agenda.

    REGISTRATION: click here to register.
    Premier Member and New Professional Members: $690.00
    Networking and Engagement Members: $780.00
    Non-Members: $865.00
    IFT Student Members: $300.00

    All prices to increase $100 after June 1.

    As part of your registration, you will receive course materials, lunches, refreshment breaks, and a certificate of attendance. Course presentation materials are distributed electronically; bringing your laptop or tablet is recommended.
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    Short Course Certified Food Scientist (CFS) Preparatory Course Hilton Chicago
    This optional course is designed to help people considering or preparing for the Certified Food Scientist exam to earn their CFS credential. A “crash course” in all eight content areas covered on the exam, this course brings in experts from academia and industry to go over the key topics and concepts in their respective content area, and share real-life examples to help attendees understand the application of the concepts. A resource for CFS candidates with various backgrounds and from many countries, this course attracts a broad audience of professionals looking to enhance their knowledge and demonstrate their understanding of the wide area of food science.

    Continuing Education Hours: 14
    Individuals holding these credentials will earn 14 hours* for completion of this course: Certified Food Scientists; Registered Dietitians; Dietetic Technicians; Certified Research Chefs; Certified Culinary Scientists.

    *Subject to change plus or minus one hour based on final agenda.

    REGISTRATION: click here to register.
    Premier Member and New Professional Members: $690.00
    Networking and Engagement Members: $780.00
    Non-Members: $865.00
    IFT Student Members: $300.00

    All prices to increase $100 after June 1.

    As part of your registration, you will receive course materials, lunches, refreshment breaks, and a certificate of attendance.
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    Short Course Formulating for Function: Winning Nutrition and Consumer Preference on Food Product Development using Dietary Fiber, Hydrocolloid, and Starch Hilton Chicago
    Nutrition and texture ingredients, dietary fibers, hydrocolloids, and starches are primary components in developing food products with the desired nutrition and texture. With all the choices available, selecting the right ingredients for your product can be challenging. This 2-day interactive course will provide guidance on the use of dietary fibers, hydrocolloids and starches for food product design by learning about structure-function relationships, relevant regulatory aspects, and hands-on demonstrations. This course will emphasize providing preferable taste and texture while 1) satisfying consumer demand for a clean label with natural ingredient technologies, and 2) improving nutritional value through current and emerging dietary fiber technologies.

    Program Focus:
    • Product Development & Ingredient Innovations
    • Food Health & Nutrition
    Appropriate for Intermediate-Level Professionals In:
    • Product Development
    • Research & Development
    • Processing Development
    • Nutrition
    • Sensory & Consumer Science
    Continuing Education Hours: 14

    Individuals holding these credentials will earn 14 hours* for completion of this course: Certified Food Scientists; Registered Dietitians; Dietetic Technicians; Certified Research Chefs; Certified Culinary Scientists.

    *Subject to change plus or minus one hour based on final agenda.

    REGISTRATION: click here to register.
    Premier Member and New Professional Members: $690.00
    Networking and Engagement Members: $780.00
    Non-Members: $865.00
    IFT Student Members: $300.00

    All prices to increase $100 after June 1.

    As part of your registration, you will receive course materials, lunches, refreshment breaks, and a certificate of attendance. Course presentation materials are distributed electronically; bringing your laptop or tablet is recommended.
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    Short Course Low Moisture Foods From Ingredients to Finished Products: Food Materials Science Fundamentals, Challenges, and Opportunities Hilton Chicago
    What makes low moisture foods challenging to formulate, process, package, and store? What affects the functionality of low moisture ingredients (including spices, protein powders, sugars, salts, starch derivatives, etc.)? Why do ingredient blends behave differently than their individual components? Do we really need to know both moisture content and water activity? How do low moisture foods influence the thermal resistance of pathogens, and what can be done to validate pathogen lethality in these products? This short course brings top scientists from university, industry, and government laboratories together to share strategies for dealing with the unique challenges of formulating and processing low moisture food products for optimum quality, safety, and shelf-life. Gain a deeper understanding of food materials science, analytical techniques, the phase/state diagram, the role of storage environments on shelf-life, and simplified shelf-life testing approaches applied to low moisture foods. Apply your learning and network with other participants during group case study problem solving exercises.

    Program Focus:
    • Multidisciplinary
    • Food Processing & Packaging
    • Product Development & Ingredient Innovations
    Appropriate for Intermediate-Level Professionals In:
    • Product Development
    • Research & Development
    • Quality Assurance/Quality Control
    • Technical Service
    • Education (Students)
    Continuing Education Hours: 14

    Individuals holding these credentials will earn 14 hours* for completion of this course: Certified Food Scientists; Registered Dietitians; Dietetic Technicians; Certified Research Chefs; Certified Culinary Scientists.
    *Subject to change plus or minus one hour based on final agenda.

    REGISTRATION: click here to register.
    Premier Member and New Professional Members: $690.00
    Networking and Engagement Members: $780.00
    Non-Members: $865.00
    IFT Student Members: $300.00

    All prices to increase $100 after June 1.

    As part of your registration, you will receive course materials, lunches, refreshment breaks, and a certificate of attendance. Course presentation materials are distributed electronically; bringing your laptop or tablet is recommended.
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    Meetings Emerging Leaders Network McCormick Place - S102ABC
    Invitation only. The IFT Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) is a highly selective global leadership program established for new professionals in the science of food who are eager to expand their leadership skills. The program is designed to bridge the gap between the participant’s academic experience and their on–the–job training.
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    Short Course Product Development through the Eyes of the Consumer: Applying Sensory and Consumer Insight Tools for Development Success Hilton Chicago
    This course is for the product development professional and the sensory scientist working with product developers throughout the development process. It is designed for those striving to align their work with the needs and wants of the consumer. It is so important to engage the consumer in the process yet timelines and budgets continue to shrink. The solution is a better understanding of the engagement and assessment tools available and how to use them to increase the potential for a successful product launch. This course will use large group intro and small group discussion platforms to ensure the practical application of tools, and to provide a venue for developers and scientists to ask specific, targeted questions addressing their unique challenges or experiences.

    The course will utilize the product development process as the skeleton of content covering: Ideation, market assessment & feasibility; Product definition, development & optimization; Validation & Go/No go; Commercialization & market assessment. Thus, the tools are expected to include: Qualitative (in-person, digital, communities), Quantitative (CLT, In-Home, secondary research, etc.), Discrimination, Descriptive (all types) and others. Attendees will be asked to submit topics and rate areas they would like to have emphasized upon registration allowing the specific content of the course to be tailored to the needs of the attendees as much as possible.

    The intent of this course is to make sure attendees walk out the door with tools they can use in their current product development challenges, and with a clear understanding of how to get the sensory and consumer insights that will move their projects forward to success.

    Program Focus:
    • Food Product Development
    • Food Sciences
    • Food Business Trends
    Appropriate for Intermediate-Level Professionals in:
    • Product Development
    • Sales & Marketing
    • Sensory (sensory scientists)
    Continuing Education Hours: 14

    Individuals holding these credentials will earn 14 hours* for completion of this course: Certified Food Scientists; Registered Dietitians; Dietetic Technicians; Certified Research Chefs; Certified Culinary Scientists.
    *Subject to change plus or minus one hour based on final agenda.

    REGISTRATION:click here to register.
    Premier Member and New Professional Members: $690.00
    Networking and Engagement Members: $780.00
    Non-Members: $865.00
    IFT Student Members: $300.00

    All prices to increase $100 after June 1.

    As part of your registration, you will receive course materials, lunches, refreshment breaks, and a certificate of attendance. Course presentation materials are distributed electronically; bringing your laptop or tablet is recommended.
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    Short Course Flavor Interactions in Foods Hilton Chicago
    One of IFT’s most popular courses provides you an overview of flavor chemistry and technology, interaction of flavors with food ingredients, application of flavors in food products, and the assessment of flavor quality changes. This two-day face-to-face course covers in-depth training about the physical and chemical composition of flavors, sensory evaluation and descriptions of flavors, and the regulatory framework for use of flavor ingredients in the food and beverage industries. Interactive hands-on activities will ensure your understanding of key points in the lectures.

    Program Focus:
    • Product Development & Ingredient Innovations
    Appropriate for Beginner to Intermediate-Level Professionals In:
    • Product Development
    • Research & Development
    • Quality Assurance/Quality Control
    • Marketing & Sales
    • Education (Students)
    Continuing Education Hours: 14
    Individuals holding these credentials will earn 14 hours* for completion of this course: Certified Food Scientists; Registered Dietitians; Dietetic Technicians; Certified Research Chefs; Certified Culinary Scientists.

    *Subject to change plus or minus one hour based on final agenda.

    REGISTRATION: click here to register.
    Premier Member and New Professional Members $ 690
    Networking and Engagement Members $ 780.00
    Non-Members $ 865.00
    IFT Student Member $ 300.00

    All prices will increase $100 after June 1.

    As part of your registration, you will receive course materials, lunches, refreshment breaks, and a certificate of attendance. Course presentation materials are distributed electronically; bringing your laptop or tablet is recommended.
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    Short Course Clean Label Product Development: Balancing Consumer, Regulatory, and Science Hilton Chicago
    For many consumers, clean label has become the norm. For others, clean label may only inform a part of their purchasing decisions. In this course, we will look to uncover the nuances that exist between different consumer personas and the impact this has on different clean label purchasing behaviors and the implications for manufacturers.

    While consumers want many different things when it comes to clean label, it is imperative that manufacturers understand the regulatory and legal guidelines to minimize and eliminate risk. This is a challenging task considering the ingredient landscape for delivering against consumers clean label requirements continues to evolve. As part of this course, you will interact with a consumer panel, and hear directly from brand representatives about overcoming the challenges of going clean label.

    Program Focus:
    • Product Development & Ingredient Innovations
    Appropriate for Intermediate-Level Professionals In:
    • Product Development
    • Research & Development
    • Technical Service
    • Sales & Marketing
    • Regulatory/Legal
    • Sensory & Consumer Science
    • Education (Students, Teachers, Educators)
    Continuing Education Hours: 14
    Individuals holding these credentials will earn 14 hours* for completion of this course: Certified Food Scientists; Registered Dietitians; Dietetic Technicians; Certified Research Chefs; Certified Culinary Scientists.

    *Subject to change plus or minus one hour based on final agenda.

    REGISTRATION:click here to register.
    Premier Member and New Professional Members $ 690
    Networking and Engagement Members $ 780.00
    Non-Members $ 865.00
    IFT Student Member $ 300.00

    All prices will increase $100 after June 1.

    As part of your registration, you will receive course materials, lunches, refreshment breaks, and a certificate of attendance. Course presentation materials are distributed electronically; bringing your laptop or tablet is recommended.
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    Short Course, IFTNEXT IFTNEXT: Launching a Food and Beverage Business (with The Hatchery) Hilton Chicago
    The food sector continues to rise with new and innovative product concepts, culinary-focused technologies, artisanal movements and market disrupting snacks. As the specialty food industry reaches sales of over $120 billion, there are increasing opportunities for emerging food and beverage startups to change the industry landscape.

    Whether you’re looking to start your own food business, have recently launched, or would simply like to learn more about the industry as a whole, this 2-day workshop is the perfect introduction.

    Through a series of presentations, seminars, interactive sessions, workshops and real-world examples you will be able to get a holistic perspective of the food industry and what it truly takes to launch and grow a successful food and beverage company. Hear from industry experts, specialty attorneys, branding coaches and finance gurus who will help you understand the key features to operating a sustainable business. Plus! You’ll get to hear directly from successful entrepreneurs who have experienced these challenges firsthand with a specialty entrepreneurship panel.

    This 2-day workshop will cover:
    • Industry trends and insights
    • Regulations & Licensing
    • Insurance
    • Branding
    • Trademarks and IP Protection
    • Financial Planning
    • Business Entity
    • Marketing Strategies
    • And more!
    Continuing Education Hours: 12
    Individuals holding these credentials will earn 12 hours* for completion of this course: Certified Food Scientists; Registered Dietitians; Dietetic Technicians; Certified Research Chefs; Certified Culinary Scientists.

    *Subject to change plus or minus one hour based on final agenda.

    REGISTRATION:click here to register.
    Premier Member and New Professional Members: $690.00
    Networking and Engagement Members: $780.00
    Non-Members: $865.00
    IFT Student Members: $300.00

    All prices to increase $100 after June 1.

    As part of your registration, you will receive course materials, lunches, refreshment breaks, and a certificate of attendance.
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    Meetings Volunteer Leadership Summit (Invitation Only) McCormick Place - S105
    Invitation Only: Key Volunteer leaders gather for annual training, networking, and leadership development.
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    Other Satellite Registration Open Hilton Chicago - 8th Street Lobby (1st Floor)
    Badges available for pickup for pre-registered attendees only. If you need to register onsite, please go to the Registration Desk at McCormick Place in the North Hall.
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    Other Registration Open McCormick Place - North Hall
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    Meetings Division Leadership Teams Meeting McCormick Place - S105
    This event is for Division Leaders to learn about best practices and plan for the upcoming year.
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    Meetings Section Leadership Forum (Invitation Only) Hyatt McCormick - Regency A (2nd Floor)
    The annual Section Leadership Forum is designed to provide a variety of learning and interaction opportunities for IFT section leaders. Each section is invited to send three participants from 2017-18 or 2018-19 leadership.
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    Networking & Social CFS Lounge McCormick Place - S104
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    Meetings Emerging Leaders Network McCormick Place - S102ABC
    Invitation only. The IFT Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) is a highly selective global leadership program established for new professionals in the science of food who are eager to expand their leadership skills. The program is designed to bridge the gap between the participant’s academic experience and their on–the–job training.
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    Short Course Seeing the Opportunity in Change (with Second City Works) Hilton Chicago
    The very thought of change induces anxiety and fear. In this experiential and high-energy workshop, participants will be introduced to and immersed in exercises that highlight the skills improvisers use on stage to navigate a constantly changing and uncertain environment. Participants will be given the opportunity to identify their own reaction to change, and learn how to remain agile, negotiate the anxiety, and find opportunity in those situations. By understanding and embracing their own experiences with change, they will enhance their works style and will encourage creative thinking in team members during times of uncertainty.

    Methodology
    A Second City session is experiential. Participants engage in a series of paired and full-group exercises that encourage them to interact and learn from the experience. After each exercise, facilitators take time to discuss what happened and note discoveries, challenges and real-world applications. The tone is conversational, playful and light.

    Timing & Logistics
    This session is designed for approximately 60 participants attending a full-day session of experiential learning.

    Session Flow
    Welcome & Context for the Day
    Introduces group to Second City Works, workshop facilitators and workshop content.

    Warm Up
    Participants get on their feet for an experiential activity that introduces SCW’s core philosophies while creating an open mindset for the day.

    Setting the Stage for Change
    This series of exercises explores our “go-to” tendencies in the face of change and uncertainty. Skills include:
    • Recognizing and identifying feelings that arise when change occurs
    • Learning how to leverage those feelings for good, rather than bracing against them
    • Identifying how we can help others through change
    Flexing One's Mind
    A series of paired activities highlights key concepts around creating a more flexible and agile mindset, such as:
    • Breaking out of status quo thinking
    • Skills to be able to view resources differently
    • Being an inspiration and resource for others
    Under Pressure!
    Participants are given a chance to put the skills to the test in group exercises that touch on skills such as:
    • How difficult is it for you to let go of an idea, process, etc.?
    • How quickly did you revert to your tendencies regarding change?
    • Leveraging others, and being a source of inspiration so that change can be viewed as a team effort and not a solo endeavor
    Conclusion & Discussion
    Participants will be lead through a series of thought-provoking questions to help synthesize the skills discussed and apply them to their daily lives. An open discussion allows for people to share their thoughts and any remaining questions.

    REGISTRATION: click here to register.
    Premier Member and New Professional Members: $ 526.00
    Networking and Engagement Members: $ 575.00
    Non-Members: $ 655.00
    IFT Student Member: $ 300.00

    All Prices to increase $100 after June 1

    As part of your registration, you will receive lunches, refreshment breaks, and a certificate of attendance.
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    Student IFTSA Chapter Leaders Workshop McCormick Place - S505
    The Chapter Leaders Workshop is designed for incoming IFTSA chapter leaders and area meeting chairs to meet other student leaders at food science clubs from around the world. Workshop participants will grow as leaders, learn about how IFTSA can help your club succeed in the year to come, and have a lot of fun.
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    Meetings Food Science Communicator Meeting (Invitation Only) Hyatt McCormick - Regency C (2nd Floor)
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    Meetings Phi Tau Sigma Executive Committee Meeting McCormick Place - S101A
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    Meetings IFT Journals Editorial Boards Pre-Meeting Workshop Marriott Marquis - Daniel Burnham AB (3rd Floor)
    Technical workshop for IFT scientific journals' Editorial Board members. Invitation only.
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    Short Course, IFTNEXT IFTNEXT: Design Thinking for the Creative Food Scientist: A Hands-On Innovation Workshop The Hatchery, 320 N. Damen Ave, Chicago, IL
    How might we close the gap between food science and understanding true consumer needs? Design thinking is a human-centered innovation processes that helps people from all disciplines unlock creativity in their everyday work to solve complex challenges. With over 20 combined years of experience in Design Thinking in the food industry, government and academia, instructors, Dr. Charlotte Biltekoff (UC-Davis), Miguel Cabra and Dr. Lauren Shimek (Food.Tech.Design) will introduce the principles and processes of Design Thinking for Food. In this hands-on workshop, participants will work in teams on food and beverage challenges. learning and practicing design thinking skills such as Designer's Insight and Inspiration, The Rules of Brainstorming, and Rough and Rapid Prototyping. By learning and experiencing design thinking, participants will be able to apply these principles to their everyday work to become more human-centered food scientists.

    Continuing Education Hours: 4
    Individuals holding these credentials will earn 4 hours* for completion of this course: Certified Food Scientists; Registered Dietitians; Dietetic Technicians; Certified Research Chefs; Certified Culinary Scientists.
    *Subject to change plus or minus one hour based on final agenda.

    REGISTRATION:click here to register.

    IFT Member (all levels): $297
    IFT Non-Member: $350

    As part of your registration, you will receive course materials, light refreshments, and a certificate of attendance.
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    Meetings Phi Tau Sigma Leadership Council and Annual Business Meeting McCormick Place - S101B
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    Student IFTSA Student Lounge McCormick Place - S503
    Meet up with students and other colleagues at the IFT18 student lounge. Be sure to stop by and pick up your student events brochure and OFG swag!
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    Student, Meetings First Timers Session for Students McCormick Place - S504ABC
    A session specifically for student's attending their first IFT! Come and meet other new attendees, get the lay of the land and learn tips for getting the most out of your experience.
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    Awards & Competitions Phi Tau Sigma and IFT Division Competition Awards Ceremony McCormick Place - S406
    IFT division student competition finalists are recognized and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of all division oral and poster competitions are announced. Don't miss this wonderful event to recognize the hard work students have done conducting cutting edge food science research in disciplines aligned with IFT divisions. In addition, celebrate achievements of Phi Tau Sigma members as individuals are recognized for their dedication and service in teaching food science.
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    Awards & Competitions, Networking & Social Fellows Recognition Forum McCormick Place - S101A
    Registration and Ticket required to enter the event. We strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. $45/person.
    Click here to register for this event!
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    Awards & Competitions Awards Celebration McCormick Place – S100 Ballroom
    Join us for the IFT Awards Celebration to honor and celebrate recipients of the prestigious IFT Achievement Awards and newly elected IFT Fellows.
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    Welcome Reception McCormick Place – S100 Ballroom
    Join us in celebrating the start of IFT18!
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    Networking & Social Feeding Tomorrow Fun Run + Fitness McCormick Place
    Join us for the IFT18 Virtual Fun Run + Fitness Event. In 2017, Feeding Tomorrow the official Foundation of IFT “re-invented” our largest annual fundraiser to reach beyond the annual event with the aim of supporting scholarships… and this year, we’ll do it again! Participants can run, walk, yoga, bike, or swim…anywhere, anytime.
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    Other Registration Open McCormick Place - North Hall
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    Networking & Social International Lounge McCormick Place - S103BCD
    Members and non-members of the International Division are welcome to meet and network in the International Lounge throughout the event to discuss international topics facing the science of food.
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    Other Satellite Registration Open Hilton Chicago - 8th Street Lobby (1st Floor)
    Badges available for pickup for pre-registered attendees only. If you need to register onsite, please go to the Registration Desk at McCormick Place in the North Hall.
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    Networking & Social North Carolina State University Breakfast Hilton Chicago - Williford B (3rd Floor)
    The Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences at NC State invites you to join us for breakfast with alumni,stakeholders, faculty, staff and current students. Registration and Ticket required to enter the event. We strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. $60/person.
    Click here to register for this event!
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    Networking & Social IFT Prayer Breakfast Park Grill (11 N. Michigan Avenue) - Founders Room
    Annual Prayer Breakfast for all IFT attendees. Registration and Ticket required to enter the event. We strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. Ticket price is $35/person.
    Click here to register for this event!
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    Networking & Social Protein Division Event Hilton Chicago - Williford C (3rd Floor)
    Catch up with IFT's Protein Division! Continental breakfast and morning beverages. Registration and Ticket required to enter the event. We strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. Professional - $15, Student - $5
    Click here to register for this event!
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    Networking & Social Marketing, Sales, & Management Division Event Hilton Chicago - Joliet (3rd Floor)
    Join members and non-members who are interested in the areas of marketing, sales, and management to learn more about these topics, discuss the upcoming year, and network with like-minded individuals. Registration and Ticket required to enter the event. We strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. Professional - $15, Student - $5.
    Click here to register for this event!
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    Networking & Social School of Food Science UI WSU Reception Hilton Chicago - Astoria (3rd Floor)
    Join the School of Food Science UI WSU for a breakfast reception to network and connect with students and industry professionals at IFT18. Registration and Ticket required to enter the event. We strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. $36/person.
    Click here to register for this event!
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    Networking & Social CIFST Canadian Breakfast Hilton Chicago - Williford A (3rd Floor)
    CIFST brings a little bit of Canada to Chicago for this popular breakfast event. Learn what CIFST is doing to support and promote the food sector in Canada. Network with your professional colleagues and share ideas and best practices. Prepare to connect, learn and have a chance at winning great prizes!
    Registration and Ticket required to enter the event. We strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. Tickets are $75/person.
    Click here to register for this event!
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    Primer Sessions
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    Student IFTSA Student Lounge McCormick Place - S503
    Meet up with students and other colleagues at the IFT18 student lounge. Be sure to stop by and pick up your student events brochure and OFG swag!
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    Other Technical Field Trip: Barry Callebaut McCormick Place - Shuttle Bus Pickup

    On this tour, guests will view the Barry Callebaut Americas Region headquarters in downtown Chicago. The entire group will learn about cocoa cultivation and harvesting, cocoa and chocolate manufacturing and the attributes of chocolate. Of course, the tour would not be complete without a chocolate tasting. Guests will sample a variety of our chocolates to understand the flavor components and how they affect the eating experience. Afterward, we will break each visiting group into two smaller groups. One group would tour our Academy and watch a confectionary demo. The second group will be led into our café, where they can explore the history, brands and products of Barry Callebaut. Both groups will spend about 15-20 minutes in each area.  Registration and ticket required for this event.

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    Other FEATURED SESSION: The Human Age: Confronting the Innovation Conundrum McCormick Place - S100 Ballroom
    Dennis Dimick, Executive Editor of National Geographic magazine, presents his stunning photographs of the environment guaranteed to make you consider your place and purpose in the world. Beautifully considered, Mr. Dimick’s photos explore the impact of human ingenuity and the Earth’s ability to sustain it.
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    Meetings Higher Education Review Board Meeting Hyatt McCormick - Hyde Park A (Conference Center 1st Floor)
    The IFT Higher Education Review Board meets to discuss matters related to undergraduate program approval.
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    Other Expo Open McCormick Place - North and South Halls
    Experience the newest products, latest trends, and cutting-edge innovations at IFT18. Be immersed in the industry’s largest collection of food ingredient, food safety & quality, technology, equipment, processing, and packaging suppliers, all assembled under one roof to help you be the first to learn and see what’s next in the science of food. It’s the only place where you can meet face-to-face with over 1,000 exhibiting companies on the forefront of the latest global food trends, and the see firsthand, the products designed to address them.
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    Student, Awards & Competitions The 28th Annual IFTSA & MARS Product Development Competition - Oral Presentations McCormick Place - TBD
    In this long-standing annual competition, each participating school team develops a new food idea and carries the concept through production and marketing, similar to a commercial product development team. Winners will be announced during the IFTSA Closing Ceremony.
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    IFTNEXT Storytelling: Innovations from the Far Corners of the Developing World IFTNEXT Stage
    There are developing-world food stories that need to be told: narratives about solutions to global food problems and the innovators who hack them. Ingenuity is bred in faraway places, and most of the food industry doesn’t know about it.
    Tiny startups and obscure development initiatives are tackling food insecurity and its related social issues with grit and guts. Some are doing so in low tech but highly effective ways. Others are applying advanced technology to very basic rural problems. All are envelope-pushers and groundbreakers.
    In an informal story-telling fashion you will learn about small startups, research projects, and entrepreneurial organizations addressing a wide range of critical food-related issues such as malnutrition, food safety, storage and handling, and production efficiency. From a solar-powered affordable food cart franchise in Uganda to a super-simple solution to iron-deficiency anemia in Cambodia, entrepreneurs are making a meaningful difference.
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    Scientific & Applied Sessions
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    Meetings Council of Food Science Administrators Luncheon & Workshop Hyatt McCormick - Regency E (2nd Floor)
    Invitation Only, ticketed event. Council of Food Science Administrators is a gathering of department heads and program chairs for undergraduate food science programs to share resources, best practices and engage in networking. Registration and Ticket required to enter the event. We strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. Ticket price is $80/person.
    Click here to register for this event!
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    IFTNEXT The Promise of Digital Olfaction: A Demonstration of the Artificial Nose IFTNEXT Stage
    It is now possible to get numerical information about tastes and smells. See a demonstration of the artificial nose and what new technologies are being developed that will allow for the manufacturing of smaller, more accessible handheld devices that can even become integrated into our smart cooking appliances. Experience the potential throughout the value chain, from the field, to the industry, and finally to the kitchen.
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    IFT18 Career Center Live McCormick Place – South Hall
    IFT18 Career Center Live combines informal networking opportunities for potential job seekers and hiring companies, as well as formal pre-scheduled interview opportunities for companies with immediate hiring needs.

    Get noticed by some of the top companies and job seekers in food science and technology from around the globe by participating in IFT18 Career Center Live.
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    Meetings JFSE Editorial Board Meeting McCormick Place - S101B
    Journal of Food Science Education Editorial Board meeting
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    ePoster/Poster Sessions
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    Networking & Social Nutraceuticals & Functional Foods and Education, Extension, & Outreach Division Joint Event Hyatt McCormick - Regency B (2nd Floor)
    Connect with other leaders in food science and enjoy a presentation while savoring a delectable luncheon at the Hyatt. A sit-down, plated lunch with be served. Registration and Ticket required to enter the event. We strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. Professional - $30, Student - $10
    Click here to register for this event!
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    Meetings Food Laws & Regulations and Toxicology & Safety Evaluation and Quality Assurance Divisions Event Hyatt McCormick - Regency A (2nd Floor)
    Enjoy a presentation and delicious luncheon with these three Divisions - a great way to connect with colleagues both new and old. A sit-down, plated lunch with be served. Registration and Ticket required to enter the event. We strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. Professional - $30, Student - $10.
    Click here to register for this event!
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    Networking & Social Refrigerated & Frozen Foods, Product Development & Food Service Division Joint Event Hyatt McCormick - Regency C (2nd Floor)
    Join RFFD, Product Development and the Foodservice Division for a tasty luncheon and presentation, and as always, great conversation with friends old and new.

    A sit-down, plated lunch will be served. Registration and Ticket required to enter the event. We strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. Professional - $30, Student - $10
    Click here to register for this event!
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    Other Technical Field Trip: Imbibe McCormick Place - Shuttle Bus Pickup Area

    Imbibe is a leading innovator in the beverage industry. Imbibe provides a unique, integrated approach to product development where they engineer every beverage from the bottom up. They design and supply custom components such as strategic ingredient systems, flavors, and finished beverages for every project. They act as a bolt-on R&D function for companies that don’t have one, or an extension of the R&D team for those who do. The Field Trip will begin with a tour of Imbibe’s 40,000 sq. ft. Beverage Innovation Center where participants will learn how beverages are created from concept to commercialization and have the opportunity walk through technical rooms such as the flavor and application labs, pilot plant, and analytical lab.  The tour will then continue with a hands-on presentation where participants will be able to taste in order to enhance their understanding of how to formulate beverages with protein. The presentation will focus on tactical solutions to real world problems in order to avoid setbacks during development and scale-up. Attendees will improve their understanding of protein chemistry, functionality and stability, as well as gain useful knowledge of the various chemical and physical changes protein may undergo as a result of processing conditions. Actual case studies will be discussed in order to illustrate the key concepts. No perfume or fragrance and non-slip closed toe shoes are required.  Registration and ticket required for this event.

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    Meetings IFT Press Advisory Group Meeting McCormick Place - N227B
    IFT Press Advisory Group Meeting.
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    Student, Awards & Competitions IFTSA Undergraduate Research Competition McCormick Place - S505
    Six finalists will present their original research projects orally, vying for first, second, and third place recognition in Chicago. Winners will be announced during the IFTSA Closing Ceremony.
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    Other FEATURED SESSION: Panel Discussion: The Clash Between Consumer Demands and Responsible Food McCormick Place - S100 Ballroom
    Consumer demand has never been more powerful and persuasive. Often rooted in trying to do what’s “right”or “healthy,” these demands can result in unintended consequences like increased food waste, fossil fuel usage, or risks that threaten food safety. Panelists will explore the complexity and challenges food companies experience when well-intentioned consumer demands are in direct conflict with their eco-friendly, healthy, and sustainable intent.
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    Student, Awards & Competitions Smart Snacks for Kids Product Development Competition - Oral Presentations McCormick Place - S504ABCD
    Come enjoy IFTSA's newest competition! The IFTSA Smart Snacks for Kids Competition challenges students to develop a fun and nutritious food or beverage product targeted at kids and/or teens. Products must abide by the USDA “Guide to Smart Snacks in Schools” recommendations . Teams are empowered to use their imagination in order to engage their chosen audience in the science and overall appeal behind a novel product of their creation. A crucial component of a winning product is the team’s ability to relay the food or beverage’s ”smart” qualities to both a technical AND a general audience. Now, leverage your ‘smarts’, channel your inner child, and develop the ULTIMATE kid-friendly product imaginable!
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    ePoster/Poster Sessions
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    IFTNEXT IFTNEXT Quickfire: Global Solutions for Food Security IFTNEXT Stage
    What are some of the problems facing the global population and how can food science help? This IFTNEXT Quickfire is three presentations in one, highlighting the innovation, research, and approaches taken to make a positive impact on food security. Stay until the end for a chance to join the conversation!
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    Scientific & Applied Sessions
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    Networking & Social CFS & ELN Celebration Reception McCormick Place - S102ABC
    Invitation Only. All Certified Food Science (CFS) and Emerging Leader Network alumni are invited to celebrate the fifth anniversary of both programs.
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    Networking & Social Minnesota Cocktail Hour Hilton Chicago - Boulevard A (2nd Floor)
    University of Minnesota and Minnesota Section of IFT will jointly invite IFT members to attend the cocktail hour and interact with University of Minnesota faculty, student, alumni and Minnesota IFT section members. Registration and Ticket required to enter the event. We strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. $25/person.
    Click here to register for this event!
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    Networking & Social Michigan State University Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition & IFLR Reception Hilton Chicago - Marquette (3rd Floor)
    Please join the Food Science Program at Michigan State University as we connect with our Alumni and share exciting news from ourprogram over the last year. This will hopefully be a great way to connect with our past alumni, but also be a great networking event for our students. We hope to see you all there! Go Green! Registration and Ticket required to enter the event. We strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. $10/person.
    Click here to register for this event!
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    Networking & Social Purdue Indiana Social Hilton Chicago - Boulevard B (2nd Floor)
    Purdue University Food Science and Indiana Section IFT Networking Social. Registration and Ticket required to enter the event. We strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. $35/person.
    Click here to register for this event!
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    Networking & Social Cornell Food Science Reception Hilton Chicago - Williford A (3rd Floor)
    Connect with current students, faculty, alumni and guests of Cornell Food Science!
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    Networking & Social UMass Food Science Update Willis Tower (233 S. Wacker Drive) - 67th Floor
    UMass will host a reception for alumni and friends at the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), 233 S. Wacker Dr., 67th Floor.Beverages, food and spectacular views of Chicago will be available. Registration and Ticket required to enter the event. We strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. $20/person.
    Click here to register for this event!
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    Networking & Social Reviewers' Reception (Invitation Only) Hilton Chicago - PDR #2 (2nd Floor)
    Invitation Only. Reception for active peer-reviewers and editors of IFT"s scientific journals: JFS, CRFSFS, and JFSE
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    Networking & Social University of Illinois Reception Hilton Chicago - Waldorf (3rd Floor)
    Informal reception for Faculty, Alumni and Affiliates of the University of Illinois. Registration and Ticket required to enter the event. We strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. $25/person.
    Click here to register for this event!
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    Networking & Social Dairy Division Event Hilton Chicago - Salon A1 (Lower Level)
    Head on over for a great evening of conversation with wine and cheese as you catch up with the Dairy Foods Division.
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    Networking & Social Biotechnology, Microbiology, Fruit & Vegetable Division Joint Event Hilton Chicago - Joliet (3rd Floor)
    Join us for our annual three-Division collaboration! Sip drinks at the open bar, enjoy appetizers, and have fun!
    Registration and Ticket required to enter the event. We strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. Professional - $30, Student - $10
    Click here to register for this event!
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    Networking & Social Aquatic Food Products Division Event Hilton Chicago - Salon A4 (Lower Level)
    This is the event you've all been herring about! Join the Aquatic Food Products Division for an evening of food, drink and a raffle. It's a great oppor-tuna-ty for fun!
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    Networking & Social Food Engineering, Food Packaging, and Nonthermal Processing Divisions Event Hilton Chicago - Salon A2 (Lower Level)
    This event is for both members and non-members who are interested in networking and learning about the areas of food engineering, food packaging, and nonthermal processing. Registration and Ticket required to enter the event. We strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. Professional - $30, Student - $5.
    Click here to register for this event!
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    Networking & Social Muscle Foods Division Event Hilton Chicago - Astoria (3rd Floor)
    Indulge in the carving station and enjoy two drinks at the Muscle Foods and Protein Division's Joint Social Event! And be sure not to miss out on great raffle prizes!

    Heavy appetizers and two drink tickets included with ticket purchase. So get a mooooooooove on and purchase your ticket today! Registration and Ticket required to enter the event. We strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. Professional - $30, Student - $10.
    Click here to register for this event!
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    Networking & Social The Ohio State University Friends and Alumni Gala Hilton Chicago - Williford B (3rd Floor)
    All Ohio State friends and alumni are invited to attend this event where we welcome you to make new connections and reconnect with former acquaintances. Registration and Ticket required to enter the event. We strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. $50/person.
    Click here to register for this event!
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    Networking & Social Nutrition Division Event Hilton Chicago - Boulevard B (2nd Floor)
    Head to the Nutrition Division Social to snack on hors d'oeuvres and celebrate the science of food! One drink ticket included with ticket purchase. Registration and Ticket required to enter the event. We strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. Professional - $30, Student - $10
    Click here to register for this event!
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    Networking & Social Carbohydrate Division Event Hilton Chicago - Williford C (3rd Floor)
    Catch up with IFT's Carbohydrate Division!
    Light appetizers and one drink ticket included with your ticket purchase.
    Registration and Ticket required to enter the event. We strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. Professional - $30, Student - $5
    Click here to register for this event!
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    Networking & Social UGA Food Science Alumni Reception Bellweather Meeting House and Eatery (302 E. Illinois)
    Join University of Georgia Food Science and Technology alumni, students and friends for an evening of fellowship. Registration and Ticket required to enter the event. We strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. $25/person.
    Click here to register for this event!
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    Networking & Social 2018 KAFTA (Korean American Food Technologists Association) annual meeting Minghin cuisine (2168 S. Archer Ave.)
    Free for KAFTA members and visitors that interested in KAFTA annual meeting. Please feel free to bring all of your colleagues, friends, and students.
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    Networking & Social New Professionals Mixer Hilton Chicago - Continental AB
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    Networking & Social Food Chemistry Division Event Marriott Marquis - George Pullman
    Head to the Marriott Marquis Hotel for a great evening of conversation and tasty appetizers as you catch up with the Food Chemistry Division.
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    Networking & Social International Division Event Hilton Chicago - Salon A3 (Lower Level)
    Join both members and non-members who are interested in networking and discussing international issues influencing the science of food. Registration and Ticket required to enter the event. We strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. Professional - $30, Student - $5.
    Click here to register for this event!
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    Networking & Social Brigham Young University Alumni Breakfast, IFT18 Hyatt McCormick - Burnham AB
    Alumni Breakfast for Food Science Graduates of Brigham Young University.
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    Other Technical Field Trip: Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) – Moffett Campus: The Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) McCormick Place - Shuttle Bus Pickup Area

    At IFSH, the National Center for Food Safety and Technology (NCFST) is a consortium of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Illinois Institute of Technology and over 60 food industry members as of December 2017. At the NCFST, FDA research scientists and IIT professors, technicians and graduate students work collaboratively on food safety research and education. The Moffett technical tour will highlight the expertise of the NCFST by showcasing the GMP pilot plant; processing and novel technology areas for high pressure, pulsed ultraviolet light, infrared thermal processing and cool plasma technologies; and laboratories for microbiological, instrumental analysis and high throughput genomic sequencing. Registration and ticket required for this event.

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    Other Registration Open McCormick Place - North Hall
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    FEATURED SESSION: IFTNEXT Food Disruption Challenge McCormick Place - S100 Ballroom
    This exciting, new IFT competition will highlight and support the work of innovative, food-focused entrepreneurs. Designed as a fast-paced pitch event, the IFTNEXT Food Disruption Challenge will feature six food start-ups competing for a $25,000 cash prize. Audience members will also be able to cast their vote to award a $5,000 People’s Choice award. Session includes a dynamic on-stage interview with Daymond John.
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    Student IFTSA Student Lounge McCormick Place - S503
    Meet up with students and other colleagues at the IFT18 student lounge. Be sure to stop by and pick up your student events brochure and OFG swag!
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    IFT18 Career Center Live McCormick Place – South Hall
    IFT18 Career Center Live combines informal networking opportunities for potential job seekers and hiring companies, as well as formal pre-scheduled interview opportunities for companies with immediate hiring needs.

    Get noticed by some of the top companies and job seekers in food science and technology from around the globe by participating in IFT18 Career Center Live.
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    Awards & Competitions, Student IFTSA College Bowl Competition - Preliminary Rounds (CLOSED) McCormick Place - S505A
    CLOSED SESSION. Featuring eight regional team finalists, the College Bowl Competition will take place in multiple rounds of double elimination until a winner is crowned. Rounds 1-6 are closed to the public, but everyone is welcome to attend rounds 7-12 in S100 Ballroom at 12:30pm. The final two-to-three rounds will be held during the IFTSA Closing Ceremony on Tuesday evening
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    Other Expo Open McCormick Place - North and South Halls
    Experience the newest products, latest trends, and cutting-edge innovations at IFT18. Be immersed in the industry’s largest collection of food ingredient, food safety & quality, technology, equipment, processing, and packaging suppliers, all assembled under one roof to help you be the first to learn and see what’s next in the science of food. It’s the only place where you can meet face-to-face with over 1,000 exhibiting companies on the forefront of the latest global food trends, and the see firsthand, the products designed to address them.
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    IFTNEXT Exploring the Future with the IFTNEXT Think Tank IFTNEXT Stage
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    Scientific & Applied Sessions
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    Scientific & Applied Sessions
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    ePoster/Poster Sessions
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    IFTNEXT Competitive Technical Intelligence - Knowing the Outside World IFTNEXT Stage
    Innovation is the key to any organization’s success! However, if you want to remain competitive in the market place you need to not only create intellectual property but also understand what others have in the same space. The best way to do this is by creating a Competitive Technical Intelligence (CTI) Program within your company.
    By monitoring other peer companies and technologies spaces of interest you can get your first look at the space and start strategizing as you develop to determine if you will have Freedom to Operate (FTO). This will minimize risks to your business and save resources. A CTI Program allows you to look for partners who are willing to collaborate or even find technologies you can use to meet your consumer needs.
    The presentation will cover how the program was developed and implemented within the organization and will include a live demo of a CTI Portal.
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    Meetings IFT Journals Editorial Boards Lunch McCormick Place - S101B
    IFT scientific journals' combined Editorial Boards meeting (JFS, CRFSFS, and JFSE). Invitation only.
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    Student, Awards & Competitions IFTSA College Bowl Competition - Rounds 7-12 McCormick Place - S100 Ballroom
    Featuring eight regional team finalists, the College Bowl Competition will take place in multiple rounds of double elimination until a winner is crowned. Everyone is welcome to attend rounds 7-12. The final two-to-three rounds will be held during the IFTSA Closing Ceremony on Tuesday evening.
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    IFTNEXT When Data, Data Science, and Computation Meet Food IFTNEXT Stage
    Data science and computation have become increasingly important over the last few decades. In science and engineering, computation is quickly becoming a requirement to verify models, simulate real-world systems, and solve complex problems. Additionally, since computers have become smaller, faster, more affordable, and more accessible with cloud computing platforms, it is now easier than ever to integrate computation into a wide variety of application areas. Like other industries, the food industry has seen an increasing number of products and services based on data science, machine learning techniques, small affordable microcontroller computers, and even cloud computing platforms. Some examples of the techniques these products and services include: (1) the creation of new ideas or content with the aid of computers (computational creativity), (2) the discovery of new phenomena and insights from data, and (3) the integration of physical or cloud-based computers to solve complex, real-world problems. Although these techniques are being used widely in nearly every field of study, in practice they are not always that easy to use or set up. One such example is in the restaurant industry, where there are significant challenges in implementing and adopting these techniques.
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    Other Technical Field Trip: SPEC Engineering McCormick Place - Shuttle Bus Pickup Area

    This technical tour will feature SPEC Engineering and Sweet Solutions, Chicagoland based partner companies in the Food Manufacturing Industry. SPEC Engineering provides systems design, equipment, and technology to bulk material processing and handling customers. SPEC is your link from Process to Productivity. Sweet Solutions is a manufacturer dedicated to the highest quality products for the confectionery, ice cream, dessert and bakery industries. The small batch methods combined with modern technology allow us to provide solutions to any customer.   The technical tour will include: • Candy & Fondant Processing: Learn from an industry expert, Roger Hohberger, about the confectionery industry and view a continuous cooling wheel lab unit in production.   • Virtual Reality Plant Walkthrough: Experience first-hand SPEC’s past plant designs and equipment through this cutting-edge technology. You will have the opportunity to virtually walk through a real production facility using virtual reality goggles. Registration and ticket required for this event.

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    Student, Awards & Competitions The 28th Annual IFTSA & MARS Product Development Competition - Tasting (Closed) Hyatt McCormick - Grant Park B
    (Closed Session) In this long-standing annual competition, each participating school team develops a new food idea and carries the concept through production and marketing, similar to a commercial product development team. Winners will be announced during the IFTSA Closing Ceremony.
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    Student Smart Snacks for Kids Product Development Competition - Tasting (CLOSED) Hyatt McCormick - Grant Park CD (Conference Center, 1st Floor)
    CLOSED SESSION. The IFTSA Smart Snacks for Kids Competition challenges students to develop a fun and nutritious food or beverage product targeted at kids and/or teens. Products must abide by the USDA “Guide to Smart Snacks in Schools” recommendations. Teams are empowered to use their imagination in order to engage their chosen audience in the science and overall appeal behind a novel product of their creation. A crucial component of a winning product is the team’s ability to relay the food or beverage’s ”smart” qualities to both a technical AND a general audience. Now, leverage your ‘smarts’, channel your inner child, and develop the ULTIMATE kid-friendly product imaginable! Winners will be announced at the IFTSA Closing Ceremony.
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    IFTNEXT The Future of Next Generation Food Waste: How the Almond Industry is Unleashing the Potential for Co-Products IFTNEXT Stage
    Join the Almond Board of California (ABC) in an exploration of the potential that is unleashed when agriculture and technology merge and innovate in an effort to minimize waste and carbon footprint - and truly take food waste full circle. Recent groundbreaking research developments, in partnership with the USDA, have resulted in new life after harvest for almond co-products - the hulls, shells, and woody material from almond trees. Currently, those coproducts are utilized as livestock bedding and nutritious cow feed – however, ABC’s support in research projects underway with USDA research teams have resulted in almond hulls and shells being used to ferment beer and boost mushroom production, strengthen recycled plastics, and even supplement honey bee and insect food.
    Get hands-on with products created from the latest almond waste-reduction science and discuss what’s next for the integration of these technologies.
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    Student, Meetings, Awards & Competitions Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Competition McCormick Place - TBD
    In its ninth year, the 2018 competition theme is: “Two consecutive years of drought in South and East Africa have resulted in rising food prices and increased food insecurity and malnutrition. With more than 38 million people affected by this drought, sustainable solutions are needed to combat these challenges. Develop a product using primarily drought-tolerant crops for people living in one of the affected countries.”
    Come see the six finalist teams present their solutions in 15-minute oral presentations. The presentations will be followed by a roundtable Question and Answer session. The winners will be announced during the IFTSA Closing Ceremony.
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    Scientific & Applied Sessions
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    Meetings Fellows Roundtable (Invitation Only) McCormick Place - S102BC
    Invitation Only: IFT Fellows gather for annual networking event
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    IFTNEXT Edibilomics: Using Metabolomics in Food-Related Research IFTNEXT Stage
    Metabolomics is a new and emerging field with applicability to both food-and nutrition related research, and the food industry. Metabolomics aims to profile the totality of chemical compounds present within a system, be that system a plant, a fruit or vegetable, a processed food product, or a biological fluid. This means that hundreds or thousands of chemicals can be monitored simultaneously. By utilizing mass spectrometry and/or nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, one can comprehensively profile a system to understand how perturbations alter the system, without a priori knowledge of which compounds are altered. In this capacity, metabolomics can be used to investigate how a food product changes globally with food processing, to profile products to detect adulteration or misbranding or changes in nutritional profile, to better understand what flavor compounds contribute to product liking, and to explore how dietary interventions with these food products alter the human metabolome. These data can also be correlated with other meta-data (e.g. sensory panel information, genetic analyses, microbiological and microbiome taxa) to provide additional value. Given the sensitivity of analysis, particular precautions need to be taken when designing and conducting metabolomics experiments. The large amount of data generated during metabolomics experiments requires special handling to extract relevant information. In this symposium, we will provide background information on metabolomics, suitable for an audience unfamiliar with the topic, and discuss its applications in food, flavor, and nutrition.
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    ePoster/Poster Sessions
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    Networking & Social Food Science Communicator Reception McCormick Place - TBD
    Calling all IFT Food Science Communicators past, present and future - come network with your peers and discuss the latest trends in science communication.
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    Networking & Social IFT18 Division Networking Reception McCormick Place - S105
    This year's annual Division Networking Reception will be bigger and better than ever!


    Open to any and all IFT18 attendees, attend this FREE event to speed-network with IFT's 24 Division leaders and volunteers all in one place. Enjoy an open bar and light, passed appetizers!
    No ticket required, just bring your business cards! Learn about IFT's Divisions at www.ift.org/divisions. www.ift.org/divisions
    #IFTConnect
    #IFTDivisions
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    Student, Networking & Social Student Celebration McCormick Place - S100 Ballroom
    All student attendees are invited to celebrate the IFT Student Association Competition Finalists and Feeding Tomorrow Scholarship recipients. Students will also have the opportunity to network, view competition finalists’ projects and celebrate among the best and brightest of IFT. Enjoy this “pre-party” just prior to the IFT Student Association Closing Ceremony. Special thanks to the Feeding Tomorrow Champions and IFT Student Association Sponsors for making this celebration, and many other student opportunities, possible.
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    Networking & Social American Association of Food Scientists for the Indian Subcontinent Banquet (AAFSIS) Indian Garden (247 E. Ontario Street)
    AAFSIS banquet is a great networking opportunity for professionals and students. The banquet includes keynote speeches byprominent academia/industry representatives followed by delicious Indian dinner. AAFSIS consists of members of IFT from the IndianSubcontinent - India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, and other countries, associations, and individuals who have interest in the Indian Subcontinent. Click here to register for this event!
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    Networking & Social Chinese American Food Society (CAFS) Annual Banquet Minghin Cuisine (2168 S. Archer Ave)
    CAFS welcomes old and new friends to join its annual banquet to celebrate members’ success and contribution toward the advances of food science and technology.
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    Awards & Competitions, Student IFTSA Closing Ceremony McCormick Place - S100 Ballroom
    The IFTSA Closing Ceremony will take place immediately following the Student Celebration. Student competition winners will be announced, the championship rounds of the College Bowl Competition will take place, and IFTSA leadership will be introduced.
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    Networking & Social Sensory and Consumer Sciences Division Event River Roast (315 N. LaSalle Dr.) - Murdoch Room
    Join members and non-members who are interested in the topic of sensory and consumer sciences to network and discuss areas within this field. Registration and Ticket required to enter the event. We strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. Professional - $60, Student - $20
    Click here to register for this event!
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    Student, Networking & Social IFTSA Networking Party Fado's Irish Pub (100 W. Grand Ave)
    IFT18 student attendees are welcome to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere of fun and networking with your peers. Please note this event is for those 21 and older.
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    Other Registration Open McCormick Place - North Hall
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    Student IFTSA Student Lounge McCormick Place - S503
    Meet up with students and other colleagues at the IFT18 student lounge. Be sure to stop by and pick up your student events brochure and OFG swag!
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    IFT18 Career Center Live McCormick Place – South Hall
    IFT18 Career Center Live combines informal networking opportunities for potential job seekers and hiring companies, as well as formal pre-scheduled interview opportunities for companies with immediate hiring needs.

    Get noticed by some of the top companies and job seekers in food science and technology from around the globe by participating in IFT18 Career Center Live.
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    Scientific & Applied Sessions
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    IFTNEXT IFTNEXT Quickfire: From Data to Drones: Innovative Food Safety Applications IFTNEXT Stage
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    Meetings HERB Guidelines Revisions Task Force Meeting IFT Offices (525 W. Van Buren Street)
    Updates and dialogue regarding revisions to the IFT undergraduate program approval guidelines.
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    ePoster/Poster Sessions
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    Other Expo Open McCormick Place - North and South Halls
    Experience the newest products, latest trends, and cutting-edge innovations at IFT18. Be immersed in the industry’s largest collection of food ingredient, food safety & quality, technology, equipment, processing, and packaging suppliers, all assembled under one roof to help you be the first to learn and see what’s next in the science of food. It’s the only place where you can meet face-to-face with over 1,000 exhibiting companies on the forefront of the latest global food trends, and the see firsthand, the products designed to address them.
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    IFTNEXT Debate: Utilizing Blockchain for Improved Traceability IFTNEXT Stage
    Technology is changing at a revolutionary pace. Think about how the commoditization of the internet changed the retail and banking sectors. A similar trend is being observed in the world of food traceability. It’s not just that we are collecting more data about our global food system but we are getting smarter about how we leverage technology to get smarter about utilizing the data we collect. Data collected for traceability is helping anticipate issues in food quality and respond more effectively to issues in food safety. IFT’s Global Food Traceability Center has studied and evaluated several novel traceability technologies that show potential, from the use of whole genome sequencing to trace foodborne outbreak pathogens and contamination sources to the use of synthetic DNAs sprayed on packaging to prevent temperature abuse. Lessons learned from other industries can help accelerate the rate of adoption of traceability best practices such as RX360 in the pharmaceutical sector or electronic patient records in the healthcare sector. One exciting technology that is promising the potential to bring our food safety systems into the 21st century is blockchain based on lessons learned from the financial sector.

    Blockchain is a transformative technology that could finally enable the traceability and the transparency that the industry has been working toward. This holistic view of information could enable better execution in the supply chain itself to drive improved food safety, better sustainability, reduction of waste and other key benefits. Blockchain isn't a silver bullet, but its unique characteristics as a trusted, shared system of record allow us to solve both the underlying technology problem and the fundamental social problem that have hampered previous efforts. With blockchain we can improve how we digitize and distribute all of the information on the food ecosystem. In addition, we can provide the trust that allows entities to actually participate. By enabling the participation of the entire ecosystem with the creation of a trusted record of the food system, the food ecosystem will be transparent and traceable, and in a way that supports the business interests.

    The food system has been changing since the dawn of time, but never more rapidly or dramatically as it has the potential to do so today. Whether we live in Shenzhen, Santiago, Sheffield, or Chicago, we can choose to buy local or enjoy the best products from the best producers anywhere in the world without regard for the season. We go online and get whatever we want to be delivered directly to our door or local store. While this modern food system has resulted in more choice, affordability, and convenience, in some instances, it also has resulted in consumers being far removed from where food comes from and how it’s been produced. As a result, there is a need for even greater collaboration regarding food traceability and transparency solution. Blockchain, as new and emerging technologies, have the potential to enable a new era of end-to-end transparency in the global food system that will further promote responsible actions and behaviors.
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    Scientific & Applied Sessions
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    IFTNEXT IFTNEXT Quickfire: Considering Sustainability IFTNEXT Stage
    Protein security, water security, and population health management are big picture issues for global health and sustainability. This quickfire focuses on legumes and emerging findings that indicate that the simple bean may be a key to the future.

Powerful, interactive talks and panel discussions exploring provocative, timely topics in the science of food.
Fuel your passion for the science of food. Attend and participate in IFTNEXT presentations, discussions and debates tackling important and sometimes controversial topics.
In-depth, intensive courses designed to give tons of information to help you get the knowledge you need to advance your career.
At IFT18 you will be inspired, refueled and ready to tackle complex challenges with a renewed sense of purpose and confidence. Intensive scientific sessions, preeminent guest speakers, access to the latest products and trends, networking and social activities all await you at IFT18.