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An abundance of educational options

May 09, 2017
Scientific Session

Ready for a deep dive into educational programming on issues ranging from current hot topics to new cold plasma technologies? It will be waiting at the annual event in Las Vegas. With 100 sessions and hundreds of expert presenters from around the globe slated to share their insights in symposia, panel discussions, and workshops scheduled throughout the day on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, June 26–28, the IFT scientific session content is sure to impress.

The process of planning the scientific program schedule takes months and relies on the expertise of hundreds of peer reviewers and a dedicated team of expert volunteers who serve on the IFT Annual Meeting Scientific Program Advisory Panel. As its organizers point out, it is educational programming developed by scientific experts for scientific experts.

“I have been involved in the organization of quite a few conferences,” says Gunnar Sigge, Dept. of Food Science head at Stellenbosch University in South Africa and chair of this year’s panel. “This is truly the best system I have seen to ensure that the best-quality session proposals are chosen for final inclusion in the program.

ePoster Session

“Due to the comprehensive planning process, the quality of the selected proposals not only ensures that there is a diverse range of topics covered, but also that only the best session proposals are selected in each track,” Sigge continues. “I’m excited about the program, knowing that the selection process was rigorous, robust, and fair. But [I’m] also excited by the scientific and commercial appeal of the program, which really has something for everyone—an excellent mix of topics, technologies, and speakers.”

Sessions are organized within a framework of 12 tracks, but with so many options available, deciding which sessions to attend can be a challenge. Fortunately, IFT’s online planner can help simplify the planning process, allowing users to create their own customized educational experiences, searching for sessions by key words, speakers’ names, track information, and other options.

In addition to the scientific sessions, the IFT17 educational options will include nearly 700 printed poster technical research presentations and 139 ePoster presentations. The ePoster approach, introduced at last year’s annual event, was well-received and for that reason, it is making a return appearance at IFT17.

Julie Schell

Julie Schell, an expert in higher education learning innovation, is the 2017 Fennema Lecturer. She will present her lecture, “How to Help Students Learn: Incorporating Cognitive Science Research in Food Science & Technology Education,” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 27, in Titian 2301B. She will also lead a hands-on Fennema Workshop in the same room from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. that day; it is titled “Deep Dive Into Interactive Learning Strategies for Improving Food Science & Technology Education.”

Schell has 20 years of experience in higher education, has written and presented widely on flipped learning and peer instruction, and has held positions at leading universities, including Stanford, Yale, Columbia, Harvard, and most recently, the University of Texas at Austin.