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New Professionals: Be an IFT18 Ignite Speaker

Join an elite group of peer presenters at the IFT18 New Professionals Mixer

The Ignite Sessions at IFT18 are short, focused, casual, amplifying, and they're your opportunity to develop your presentation skills and share with your peers something about your work as a food scientist, your career journey, how your you demonstrate leadership in your work environment, a hobby or cause that about which you're passionate, or something that makes you unique.

No previous speaking experience is necessary—selected speakers will receive presentation coaching! All you need is the passion to tell a story around something that has meaning to you, and will resonate with those in the audience. Ignite Session applications are due May 23, 2018.

Other Presentation Opportunities

Present your expertise to thousands of food science professionals from industry, academia, and government. Do you have new research, insights into emerging trends, or an innovative technology professional peers would benefit from learning? Submit a proposal for consideration to present at IFT18.

Proposal options include:

  • IFTNEXT Presentation Proposals – Due January 31, 2018
  • Technical Research Paper (TRP) Abstract – Due December 21, 2017
  • Scientific Session Proposals – Due October 30, 2017

If you have any questions regarding the submission process or content, please contact IFT's Knowledge & Learning Experiences department at amsp@ift.org.

Session Proposals & Abstract Submission Information

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  • IFT18 IFTNEXT Session Proposals

    IFT is seeking IFTNEXT session proposals that consider the dynamic relationships between technology, social trends, global conditions, and the science of food.

    About IFTNEXT

    “Technology and social change will create new opportunities to communicate and advance the science of food”

    IFTNEXT is about thinking big and being bold. It is about challenging, re-examining and inspiring original thought. It’s about engaging passionate, creative, forward thinking individuals in conversations and activities that provoke a better understanding of how global, transdisciplinary collaboration can advance and instill innovation in the science of the food and its related fields. It is not meant to be contrary to what IFT has always stood for, but rather to complement and extend that work.

    For IFT18, IFTis soliciting IFTNEXT presentations on the following topics:

    1. Data intelligence, AI, and driving innovation in the food industry

      Possible topics may include:

      • The role of scientists, the food industry, and government in capturing, interpreting, and communicating data
      • AI and learning robots on the ground: possibilities and challenges
      • Data sharing, blockchain, and providing for a safer, more personalized, more transparent, or more efficient food supply
      • AI or predictive analytics and the future of food or product development
      • Interpreting and managing AI bias in data interpretation
      • Moving beyond the descriptive: predictive and prescriptive analytics in food science and industry
    2. Urbanization, urbanism, and the science of food

      Possible topics may include:

      • Self-driving cars, food-waste derived fuels, and the impact of new urban modes on food delivery and sustainability
      • Urbanization of rural food economies
      • AI, robots, and the production and distribution of safe food in urban contexts
      • Addressing the economic gap in nutrition in cities
      • Food traceability, blockchain, crypto currency, and sustainability in the urban and global food supply
    3. Food & water security

      Possible topics may include:

      • Climate change and feeding 10+ billion
      • Radical cross-collaboration strategies to solve water or protein shortages
      • Enablers and tools for feeding 10+ billion
      • Start-ups and feeding the future
      • Alternative proteins for a growing population
      • Education, data, the public, and food safety
      • New technologies and product concepts for leveraging food waste
      • The move from an internet of things and its impact on the food industry
      • Blockchain and traceability in food & water security
    4. Population health management

      Possible topics may include:

      • Persuasive technology (like Fitbit), tokenization and changing food behaviors
      • Regulations, product claims, and the “clean” movement
      • Personalizing diets and food behaviors with new technology
      • Food as medicine
      • Innovative potential and role of food science in population health management
      • Alternative proteins and global population health
      • Public policy, regulation, taxation, and the role of government in dictating diet
    5. Communication, technology and communicating the science of food

      Possible topics may include:

      • Creating conversation and trust between consumers and scientists
      • New modes and opportunities for communicating food science to the public
      • Social media and the culture of food, health, and nutrition
      • Food and the role of science, fact, pop culture, and myth
      • Science of Food messaging and the role of the university
      • Using data for better decision making and communication
    6. Possible comprehensive topic:
      • How will any, some, or all of the above five topic areas drive new product development and new food concepts?

    Deadline: January 30, 2018

    How to Submit Your Proposal:

    Please submit your proposal via the online IFTNEXT Session Submission Form.

    Note: Preference will be given to presentations that do not use a traditional lecture-style symposium format

  • IFT18 Technical Research Paper (TRP) Abstract

    Proposals types: poster, division competitions, graduate and undergraduate student research paper competitions, George F. Stewart and Malcolm Bourne IFT International Research Paper Competitions


    December 21, 2017

    How to Submit Your Proposal:

    1. You will first log in to ift.org to submit a proposal for whichever session type best fits your work. 

      If you are an IFT member, you will log in with your IFT username and password. 

      If you are not an IFT member and have not previously created a login with IFT, you may do so by selecting the option on the login page: "Not registered? Click here to register."

      If you are not sure whether you have a username and password with IFT, click on "Forgot your username or password?" to see if you already have a login.

    2. If you submitted a proposal last year or were a presenter, moderator, abstract author, or session organizer, please do not create a new username and password, as you should already have one for IFT.

    If you need help retrieving your login credentials, please contact IFT at +1.312.782.8424; 1.800.438.3663, or send an email to info@ift.org.

  • IFT18 Scientific Session Proposals

    Proposal types: symposium, panel discussions, workshops, roundtable discussions, and primer sessions.


    Submission deadline
    : October 30, 2017

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