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Below is a high-level overview of all the exciting programs, sessions, networking opportunities, and more waiting for you at IFT18. For details on all IFT18 sessions and events, visit the IFT18 Online Planner & Mobile App page.

Note: Schedule is subject to change.

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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 Low Moisture Foods From Ingredients to Finished Products: Food Materials Science Fundamentals, Challenges, and Opportunities Hilton Chicago, Room Williford A
    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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    Short Course Clean Label Product Development: Balancing Consumer, Regulatory, and Science Hilton Chicago, Room: Waldorf
    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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    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 Labeling Requirements and Implications for Foods Marketed in the U.S. Hilton Chicago, Room: Salon A2
    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 Formulating for Function: Winning Nutrition and Consumer Preference on Food Product Development using Dietary Fiber, Hydrocolloid, and Starch Hilton Chicago, Room: Continental B
    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 Food Science for the Non-Food Scientist Hilton Chicago, Room: Continental A
    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 Flavor Interactions in Foods Hilton Chicago, Room: Continental C
    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 Certified Food Scientist (CFS) Preparatory Course Hilton Chicago, Room Salon A1
    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 Harnessing the Power of Collaboration Hilton Chicago, Room Salon A4
    Teams who collaborate well:
    • Are more innovative

    • Reduce costs

    • Are more productive

    • Have a greater sense of purpose

    • Help a business thrive

    New this year, IFT has partnered with Chicago’s premier comedy group, Second City Works to deliver Harnessing the Power of Collaboration, an energetic, engaging, and fun professional development workshop focused on building stronger individual and team building skills to help you and your team improve their ability to better leverage collaboration, divergent thinking, negotiation, decision making, and problem solving skills.


    Taught by the infamous Second City Works, this course utilizes award-winning improvisation and audience-driven techniques in a low-risk, high-energy experience sure to transform how you approach future challenges and opportunities through collaboration.


    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 Product Development through the Eyes of the Consumer: Applying Sensory and Consumer Insight Tools for Development Success Hilton Chicago, Room: Salon A3
    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 IFTNEXT: Launching a Food and Beverage Business (with The Hatchery) Hilton Chicago, Room: Williford C
    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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    Hours / 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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    Hours / Other Registration Open McCormick Place - North Hall
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    Meetings Division Innovation Lab 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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    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 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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    Meetings Strategic Engagement of Policymakers McCormick Place - S404BC
    This seminar will provide an overview of the science policy landscape and the role of science and scientists in the policy process. This workshop introduces basic best practices for engaging in dialogue with this target audience at a local, state or national level. Participants identify individual communication goals and develop short messages that will resonate with policy audiences.
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    Meetings Phi Tau Sigma Executive Committee Meeting McCormick Place - S101A
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    Food Communicators Workshop McCormick Place - S501ABCD
    IFTSA presents American Academy for the Advancement of Science's flagship Science Communication and Public Engagement Fundamentals module focuses on the core components of successful public engagement. Participants are introduced to the AAAS public engagement framework, a guide they can apply to all kinds of interactions. Participants learn how to identify a public engagement goal, determine the relevant audience, craft tailored messages to achieve their goal and rehearse their engagement scenario. Session is for preselected students and new professionals.
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    Awards & Competitions Oral Competitions McCormick Place

    IFT Divisions hold graduate student research poster and oral competitions. Poster competitions are closed and not open to attendees.

    The Oral competitions are open to any IFT18 attendee wishing to listen to research findings.

    Dairy Foods Division
    McCormick Place - S402AB

    Food Chemistry Division
    McCormick Place - S403AB

    Food Microbiology Division
    McCormick Place - S401ABC

    Protein Division Division
    McCormick Place - S404D

    Sensory & Consumer Sciences Division
    McCormick Place - S401D

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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 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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    Meetings Phi Tau Sigma Leadership Council and Annual Business Meeting McCormick Place - S405
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    Hours / Other Legalized Cannabis and Hemp Edibles Workshop McCormick Place - S502AB

    Legalized Cannabis and Hemp Edibles are a becoming a significant food science challenge and opportunity.  Eight states already regulate adult-use edibles, over ten more states permit medical infused edibles, and in 2019 Canada is set to legalize medical and adult-use edibles under national controls.  Hemp infused foods are common in several EU countries with applications pending to classify CBD as a ‘novel food ingredient’.  Food scientists are faced with challenges of developing science-based protocols for processing infused products, but to also assure quality and safety.  The IFT LCHE group will hold a technical and round-table discussion session open to all interested attendees. 

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    Meetings Section Leadership Forum Food Science Communication (Invitation Only) Hyatt McCormick - Regency A (2nd Floor)
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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, 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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    Networking & Social 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.



    Please visit https://ftfunrun2018.eventbrite.com to register.
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    Hours / Other Registration Open McCormick Place - North Hall
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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 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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    Hours / 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 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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    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 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 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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    Session Highlights Primer Sessions McCormick Place
    Probabilistic Engineering Approaches to Food Safety, Quality, and Shelf-Life: A Primer on Applications to Moisture-Controlled, Thermally Processed, and Chilled/Frozen Foods
    McCormick Place - S401D

    Low Energy Electron Beams: Effective and Environmentally Friendly Surface Decontamination for Food and Packaging
    McCormick Place - S404A

    What Food Technologists May Not Know (and Should?) About the Sugar Industry
    McCormick Place - S402AB

    Rheology: A Bridge Between Food Structure and Texture
    McCormick Place - S403AB

    Dietary Fibers: A Non-Invasive Path to Modulate Colonic Microbiome for Improved Health
    McCormick Place - S405AB

    Whole Genome Sequencing
    McCormick Place - S404D

    Science Communication and Public Engagement Fundamentals
    McCormick Place - S404BC
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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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    Networking & Social CFS Lounge McCormick Place - S104
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    IFTNEXT Start-Up Alley Showcase McCormick Place - IFTNEXT Stage
    Get to know the companies featured at IFT18's Start-Up Alley.
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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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    Hours / 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. Ticket price: $34/person.
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    Session Highlights 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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    Food Expo Highlights 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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    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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    Session Highlights Fennema Lecture: Measuring What Matters: The Science of Assessment Meets the Assessment of Food Science McCormick Place - S501ABCD
    One of the most challenging areas in all of education is that of assessment – Knowing What Students Know. Unfortunately most of assessment in K-16+ education fails to take into account what we know about how students learn and how to use that knowledge to guide the design of assessments that support teaching and learning. In this lecture I will focus on a contemporary perspective on educational assessment based on advances in the learning and measurement sciences. Examples and illustrations will be drawn from work on the Next Generation Science Standards and the redesign of the College Board’s Advanced Placement science courses with consideration of their applicability to the teaching, learning and assessment of Food Science.
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    Student, Awards & Competitions The 28th Annual IFTSA & MARS Product Development Competition - Oral Presentations McCormick Place - S504ABCD
    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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    Hours / Other Scientific & Applied Sessions
    Fuel your passion for the science of food through IFT’s thought-provoking scientific and featured sessions. The Scientific programming is too big to list here. Browse, plan and save your experience ift.org/onlineplanner.
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    IFT Central Booth CFS Exam Strategies McCormick Place - IFT Central Booth
    Thinking about taking the CFS, but don't know where to start? Attend this session to gain quick preparation tips and details on what to expect on exam day.
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    IFTNEXT Storytelling: Innovations from the Far Corners of the Developing World McCormick Place - 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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    Food Expo Highlights Presentation Theater - Gamay Food Ingredients; Making Protein Palatable McCormick Place - North Hall, Booth N7230
    Making Protein Palatable
    Sweet to savory, dairy to vegan, Gamay Food Ingredients leads the conversation on how dairy flavors and profiles can be an effective tool in enhancing richness, balancing flavor, and masking off notes related to high-protein snack foods to put your products at the forefront of flavor.
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    IFT Central Booth Scholarships, Intern+ and Volunteer Opportunities: Feeding Tomorrow's Role in Supporting the Best and Brightest McCormick Place - IFT Central Booth
    Are you familiar with Feeding Tomorrow, the foundation of IFT? Attend this panel to learn all the ways that Feeding Tomorrow can help you achieve your career goals and provide you with meaningful volunteer opportunities to give back.
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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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    IFT Central Booth Renew your CFS in 3 Easy Steps McCormick Place - IFT Central Booth
    Have all your questions answered about the 3 simple steps for maintaining and renewing your CFS, and get tips on building a continuing education plan that will benefit both you and your organization.
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    IFTNEXT The Promise of Digital Olfaction: A Demonstration of the Artificial Nose McCormick Place - 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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    Hours / Other ePoster/Poster Sessions

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

    To browse ePosters/Posters, visit ift.org/onlineplanner.

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    Meetings JFSE Editorial Board Meeting McCormick Place - S101B
    Journal of Food Science Education Editorial Board meeting
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    Hours / Other 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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    Food Expo Highlights Cooking Up Science - American Egg Board McCormick Place - North Hall, Booth N6533
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    IFT Central Booth Negotiating Your Salary and Benefits Package McCormick Place - IFT Central Booth
    We all know we have the ability to negotiate our salary, but what are best practices? What other factors can be worked into our negotiation package? Whether you're searching for your first job or looking to learn more about the negotiation process, join this session to find out more!
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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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    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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    IFT Central Booth New Professionals, Ignite Your Career! McCormick Place - IFT Central Booth
    Support your fellow peers as they present what "ignites" their passion around their careers and life in this storytelling-style presentation. It's sure to be informative and engaging!
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    IFTNEXT Food Technologists Without Border Panel McCormick Place - IFTNEXT Stage
    This panel discussion will share collective knowledge of our IFT community to pursue food and nutrition solutions for those in need.
    IFT and Feeding Tomorrow Foundation are collaborating with several not-for-profit organizations to set up volunteer programs that leverage the technical knowledge of the IFT community to provide scalable, sustainable, safe and nutritious food technology solutions for people and regions in need.
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    Meetings IFT Press Advisory Group Meeting McCormick Place - N227B
    IFT Press Advisory Group Meeting.
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    Hours / 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. Ticket price: $34/person.
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    IFT Central Booth Critical Experiences that Elevate Your Career McCormick Place - IFT Central Booth
    What experiences are critical in helping you advance your career? What is available and why should you care and take charge of your career plan? Attend this interactive session to find out!
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    Food Expo Highlights Presentation Theater - QUALISOY McCormick Place - North Hall, Booth N7230
    Learn how consumer trends are driving sustainable practices on Monday, July 16, from 1:30 – 2 p.m. Enjoy turnovers made with U.S.-grown high oleic soybean shortening, courtesy of QUALISOY, and hear from a consumer trends forecaster and from a U.S. soybean farmer about sustainability.
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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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    Session Highlights 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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    Hours / Other ePoster/Poster Sessions

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

    To browse ePosters/Posters, visit ift.org/onlineplanner.

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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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    Session Highlights Gilbert A. Leveille Award and Lectureship: Whole Food Approach for Chronic Disease Prevention McCormick Place - S404BC
    More and more scientific evidence suggests that a healthy eating pattern with increased consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and other plant-based foods is associated with a reduced risk of developing chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, cataracts, and age-related diseases. Bioactive compounds in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains may, in part, be responsible for their health benefits. Recent research demonstrated whole foods play important roles in reducing the incidence and prevalence of chronic diseases. Our group proposed that the major health benefits of a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are predominately attributed to the additive and synergistic interactions of bioactive compounds and other food components in whole foods by targeting multiple signal transduction pathways with multiple mechanisms of action. Whole foods play important roles in reducing the incidence and prevalence of chronic diseases. This presentation will discuss our current research on health-promoting synergies and interactions of bioactive compounds and nutrients in whole foods for chronic disease prevention and healthy aging, and focus on the plausible mechanisms of action behind the biological effects.
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    Hours / Other Scientific & Applied Sessions
    Fuel your passion for the science of food through IFT’s thought-provoking scientific and featured sessions. The Scientific programming is too big to list here. Browse, plan and save your experience ift.org/onlineplanner.
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    IFTNEXT IFTNEXT Quickfire: Global Solutions for Food Security McCormick Place - 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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    Trailblazer Award and Lectureship: A New Wave of Effective Communications McCormick Place - S404BC
    Modes of effective communication have markedly changed over the past several decades. Acknowledging the foundation of communications is to know your audience, today's audiences are more responsive to communication digital tools such as artificial intelligence and explainer videos. Examples of these tools and their applications will be presented in the context of sharing information within the continuum of food, medicine, nutrition and health.
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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 IFT18 Media and Food Science Communicator Happy Hour Reception (Invitation Only) McCormick Place - S101B
    This reception open to official IFT Food Science Communicators (FSC) and IFT18 media guests, will kick off with an overview on current and upcoming IFT initiatives with John Coupland, IFT Past President, where he will introduce a special guest, followed by a reception where FSCs can network with one another and invited media guests as well as discuss the evolving developments in the science of food and food industry. Cocktails and hor d’oeuvres will be served. Invitation only event.
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    IFTNEXT Who's Driving Personalized Nutrition and Why? McCormick Place - IFTNEXT Stage
    There's a lot of buzz about Personalized Nutrition, but what is it and how did consumers come to demand these custom health solutions? In this session, we will talk about why Personalized Nutrition is relevant in today's marketplace, how clean label fits in, as well as how and why consumers have changed-up the traditional paradigm of health and wellness. Learn more about how the consumer evolved, what their new expectations are, and what food and beverage manufacturers and marketers need to do to deliver the customization that consumers want. Don't miss this stimulating discussion.
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    Networking & Social Purdue Indiana Social Hilton Chicago - Boulevard C (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 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 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 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 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 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 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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    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 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 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 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 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 Muscle Foods Division Event Hilton Chicago - Astoria (3rd Floor)
    Indulge in the carving station and enjoy two drinks at the Muscle Foods Division 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 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 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 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 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 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 New Professionals Mixer Hilton Chicago - Salon A5
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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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    Hours / 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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    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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    IFTNEXT, Session Highlights 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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    Hours / Other Registration Open McCormick Place - North Hall
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    Hours / Other CFS Lounge McCormick Place - S104
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    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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    Hours / Other Hosted Buyer Breakfast McCormick Place - N228
    Sponsored by Ardent Mills
    Take advantage of IFT’s hosted buyer’s breakfast for organics and naturals companies.
    Program to include:
    • Special market and consumer trends presentation by Lu Ann Williams from Innova
    • Continental breakfast, coffee, tea and beverages
    • Networking and product sharing reception
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    Hours / Other 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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    Food Expo Highlights 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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    Hours / Other Scientific & Applied Sessions McCormick Place
    Search scientific program sessions by specific topic, such as emerging trends, new developments, and commodity areas, as well as experience level, speaker, track, event, time, and more using the IFT18 Online Planner.
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    IFTNEXT Exploring the Future with the IFTNEXT Think Tank McCormick Place - IFTNEXT Stage
    What do you absolutely need to know to be prepared for the future of food? Members of IFT's Think Tank will share insights from their work of tracing trends from both inside and outside the food industry to try to peek into the future to help you prepare for what's likely coming down the pike.
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    IFT Central Booth Time, Talent, and Energy Balance: Prevent Burnout in Mergers & Acquisitions McCormick Place - IFT Central Booth
    Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) represent a make-or-break time for employee engagement. Explore common factors of M&A contributing to burn-out, and learn strategies to balance your energy and keep engagement/performance high. Focused towards individuals and managers.
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    Hours / Other ePoster/Poster Sessions

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

    To browse ePosters/Posters, visit ift.org/onlineplanner.

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    Food Expo Highlights Presentation Theater - US Pea & Dry Lentil Council; Pulse Forward McCormick Place - North Hall, Booth N7230
    Pulse Forward
    The American Pulse Association presents Sharon Palmer; the Plant-Powered Dietician. Sharon is an accomplished, author, speaker, and media expert; especially in plant-based nutrition, cooking, and sustainability. Today’s discussion includes: current US pulse intake pattern, opportunities for increasing pulse intake and strategies for food industry to promote pulse intake.
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    IFT Central Booth Top 5 Ways to Advance Your Career in Food Science McCormick Place - IFT Central Booth
    In today's competitive landscape, it's more important than ever to find resources and strategies to help give you an edge. Attend this session and you will gain five tips to help you move your food science career forward.
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    IFTNEXT Competitive Technical Intelligence - Knowing the Outside World McCormick Place - 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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    Food Expo Highlights Cooking Up Science - Almond Board of California McCormick Place - North Hall, Booth N6533
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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 McCormick Place - 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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    Hours / Other Scientific & Applied Sessions
    Search scientific program sessions by specific topic, such as emerging trends, new developments, and commodity areas, as well as experience level, speaker, track, event, time, and more using the IFT18 Online Planner.
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    Hours / 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. Ticket price: $34/person.
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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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    Hours / 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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    IFT Central Booth Negotiating Your Salary and Benefits Package McCormick Place - IFT Central Booth
    We all know we have the ability to negotiate our salary, but what are best practices? What other factors can be worked into our negotiation package? Whether you're searching for your first job or looking to learn more about the negotiation process, join this session to find out more!
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    Hours / 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. Ticket price: $34/person.
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    IFT Central Booth Women: Be Your Own Champion McCormick Place - IFT Central Booth
    Calling all women! Join your 2018-2019 IFT leadership for a panel discussion on how to be your own champion.
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    Student Smart Snacks for Kids Product Development Competition - Tasting (CLOSED) Hyatt McCormick - Grant Park D (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 McCormick Place - 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 - S504ABCD
    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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    Session Highlights W.K. Kellogg Award Lectureship: Role of FST (Food Science and Technology) in Addressing Food Security Issues in Humanitarian and Non-Humanitarian Contexts McCormick Place - S401ABC
    In his lecture, Prof. Bounie will first introduce the context of humanitarian crises and some of the specific food security issues that are faced in these situations. He will then draw from his own professional experience and from the recommendations made by the international and multi stakeholders working group recently set up in Sydney, to answer some of the following questions:
    -What is a humanitarian crisis, who are the main stakeholders involved and what are the main food security issues prevailing in such a context?
    -What are some of the major FST problems/challenges that have to be tackled during humanitarian crises and what could be the specific role of food technologists in addressing food security concerns?
    -Why is it important to train students and practitioners in FST in order to tackle humanitarian crises?
    -Why transformative change channeled by humanitarian response needs to embrace innovation not just within agricultural production but across the whole food system and why it should link nutritional concerns to complementary capabilities of FST
    -How FST might help turn food systems deeply affected by humanitarian crises into more resilient ones and how this could enhance longer term recovery and foster further sustainable development
    -How building on current humanitarian crises through innovation and more inclusive solutions may help us address some of the emerging food security challenges that threaten developed countries as a result of homelessness, migration, climate change and other factors
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    Hours / Other Scientific & Applied Sessions
    Search scientific program sessions by specific topic, such as emerging trends, new developments, and commodity areas, as well as experience level, speaker, track, event, time, and more using the IFT18 Online Planner.
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    IFTNEXT A Simple Approach to Displacing Costly or Vulnerable Ingredients in Your Recipes McCormick Place - IFTNEXT Stage
    Another new food ingredient? YES. And you’re welcome! Learn the science & story behind a novel multi-functional plant-based ingredient being used in everyday foods. AND how this market-tested product delivers simple cost-effective benefits as an emulsifier, texturizer & humectant.
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    IFTNEXT Edibilomics: Using Metabolomics in Food-Related Research McCormick Place - 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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    Meetings Fellows Roundtable (Invitation Only) McCormick Place - S102BC
    Invitation Only: IFT Fellows gather for annual networking event
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    Food Expo Highlights Cooking Up Science - PureCircle McCormick Place - North Hall, Booth N6533
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    Hours / Other ePoster/Poster Sessions

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

    To browse ePosters/Posters, visit ift.org/onlineplanner.

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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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    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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    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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    Hours / Other Registration Open McCormick Place - North Hall
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    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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    CFS Lounge McCormick Place - S104
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    Hours / Other Scientific & Applied Sessions
    Search scientific program sessions by specific topic, such as emerging trends, new developments, and commodity areas, as well as experience level, speaker, track, event, time, and more using the IFT18 Online Planner.
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    Hours / Other 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 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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    IFTNEXT IFTNEXT Quickfire: From Data to Drones: Innovative Food Safety Applications McCormick Place - IFTNEXT Stage
    We’ve heard about data intelligence, machine learning, and drones, but what is their place in the food industry? This IFTNEXT Quickfire shows how three innovators are leading the way with their applications of new tech.
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    Hours / Other ePoster/Poster Sessions

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

    To browse ePosters/Posters, visit ift.org/onlineplanner.

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    Food Expo Highlights 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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    Hours / Other Scientific & Applied Sessions
    Search scientific program sessions by specific topic, such as emerging trends, new developments, and commodity areas, as well as experience level, speaker, track, event, time, and more using the IFT18 Online Planner.
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    IFT Central Booth Critical Experiences that Elevate Your Career McCormick Place - IFT Central Booth
    What experiences are critical in helping you advance your career? What is available and why should you care and take charge of your career plan? Attend this interactive session to find out!
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    IFTNEXT IFTNEXT Quickfire: Considering Sustainability McCormick Place - 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.
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    IFT Central Booth Top 5 Ways to Advance Your Career in Food Science McCormick Place - IFT Central Booth
    In today's competitive landscape, it's more important than ever to find resources and strategies to help give you an edge. Attend this session and you will gain five tips to help you move your food science career forward.
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    Hours / Other Scientific & Applied Sessions
    Search scientific program sessions by specific topic, such as emerging trends, new developments, and commodity areas, as well as experience level, speaker, track, event, time, and more using the IFT18 Online Planner.
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    IFTNEXT The Cannabis Lexicon: Popular Slang and Scientific Fact McCormick Place - IFTNEXT Stage
    In this talk, we’ll examine the lexicon of cannabis, comparing and contrasting pop culture patois with technical terminology. We’ll explore the relationship between slang terms and slang theory when it comes to cannabinoid-infused foods, exposing the etymological divide between popular myth and scientific fact. We’ll then introduce the essential technical vocabulary a good scientist needs to think critically about the benefits and risks of incorporating cannabinoids into food forms. Finally, we’ll point you to some of the more credible research available on cannabinoid science so you can put your newfound vocabulary to productive use. If we do our job, you’ll learn enough to be dangerous at the next cocktail party, which is all that really matters anyway.

IFT18 Online Planner & Mobile App

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.

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 IFT19 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 IFT19.