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Fuel your passion for the science of food through IFT’s thought-provoking scientific and featured sessions.

IFT Scientific Sessions

If you’re passionate about your work and are committed to staying current with the latest research and insights in the science of food, IFT’s annual event is the definitive event for you. It is also where you can recharge your creativity with inspirational featured session presentations, real-world case studies, peer exchanges, and enlightening scientific and ePoster/Poster session presentations.

Plan Your Ultimate IFT18 Experience

Let us help you hone in on the learning and insights opportunities you’re interested in most with IFT’s easy to use Online Planner (available in April 2018). The Online Planner allows you to search for sessions by specific topic, such as emerging trends, new developments, and commodity areas, as well as experience level, speaker, track, event, day, time, and more.

Check back in March 2018 to access the IFT18 Online Planner to customize your ultimate IFT experience.

Questions about our program offerings? Contact: +1.312.782.8424 or info@ift.org.


Session Details

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  • Featured Sessions

    Featured Sessions—Fuel Your Passion for the Science of Food
    Each year IFT’s annual event provides thought-provoking featured sessions designed to inspire, expand, and challenge your approaches to the science of food. 2018 sessions are currently being finalized and will be posted January 2018.

  • IFTNEXT Sessions

    IFTNEXT— Be Challenged to Think Big and Bold
    Back by popular demand are IFT’s exciting and future forward-thinking IFTNEXT session presentations. If you’re passionate about the science of food, join other creative, forward thinking individuals in critical conversations, hot topics, roundtables discussions and debates exploring provocative, forward-thinking topics tackling important and sometimes controversial topics that will provoke a better understanding of how global, transdisciplinary collaboration can advance and instill innovation in the science of the food to advance real-world global challenges.

    2018 sessions are currently being finalized and will be available spring 2018.
  • IFTNEXT Start-Up Alley

    Looking to see what the next great product will be? Cruise by the IFTNEXT Start-up Alley to meet one-on-one with a leading group of cutting-edge entrepreneurs developing some of the most innovative products and solutions.


  • Scientific & Applied Sessions

    Developed by Scientific Experts for Scientific Experts

    IFT18's scientific and applied sessions—our most comprehensive education offering—attract food professionals for three intensive days of knowledge sharing. Engage with scientific experts from around the globe as they share their insights, experience, and ideas. 

    Each session proposal is reviewed and selected by experienced professionals with a deep expertise in each area. In addition to high quality, our program also provides participants educational breadth and depth with more than 100 sessions and 700+ technical research presentations all divided into major areas of focus to make it easy for you to customize your ideal learning experience.

    Details regarding IFT18 scientific session offerings will be available Spring 2018.
    Join our annual event news list to receive updates as event programming gets finalized. 
  • Scientific and Applied Session Tracks

    Topical tracks help make it easier for you to identify the sessions most relevant to your interests and professional focus.

    IFT18 Tracks include:

    • Food, Health & Nutrition
    • Food Chemistry
    • Food Engineering
    • Food Microbiology
    • Food Processing & Packaging
    • Food Safety & Defense
    • Product Development & Ingredient Innovations
    • Professional Development
    • Public Policy, Food Laws & Regulations
    • Sensory Science
    • Sustainability
    • Teaching & Learning
  • Posters and Research Presentations

    Poster and scientific research presentations showcase the scientific and scholarly achievements of researchers and the work done to advance the science of food. Academics, students, and industry professionals present original research as either a printed poster or ePoster presentations.

    Submit Your Research
    If you are interested in submitting an abstract for consideration at IFT18, please visit the Call for Proposals webpage for more information and to start your submission.

    The submission deadline is December 18, 2017.

If you’re serious about advancing your career, business, research, or the science of the future of food, then you can’t afford to miss IFT18.