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IFT19 Call for Proposals

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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 IFT19.

Proposal options include:

  • Scientific Sessions – Deadline for Submission is October 15, 2018, 4:00pm CST
  • Scientific Program Deep Dive: Gut Microbiome, Nutrition, and Health - Deadline is November 27, 2018
  • Scientific Program Deep Dive: Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainability: Science, Technology, and Policy - Deadline is November 27, 2018
  • IFTNEXT Sessions –Deadline for Submission is November 27, 2018
  • Technical Research Paper (TRP) Abstracts – Deadline for Submission is November 28, 2018

If you have any questions regarding the submission process or content, please contact IFT's Knowledge & Learning Experiences department at [email protected].

IFT19 Session Proposals & Abstract Submission Information

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  • Scientific Sessions

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


    Submission deadline
    : October 15, 2018, 4:00pm CST

  • Scientific Program Deep Dive: Gut Microbiome, Nutrition, and Health

    Call for Proposals – IFT19 Scientific Program Deep Dive
    Gut Microbiome, Nutrition, and Health

    IFT is planning to host a full day, topic-based “deep dive” of scientific inquiry on the gut microbiome and its relationship to nutrition and health as part of the scientific program at IFT19. This call is for proposals to review fundamental and translational research as well to discuss challenges to bridge inter-disciplinary discovery to commercial innovation: ingredients, nutrition science and benefit substantiation, emerging applications, enabling technologies, standards and analytical methods, regulatory, partnerships & ecosystems necessary for product development and commercialization.

    Both individual and panel presentations will be considered.  Each session will be scheduled for 60 minutes, including Q&A.  All proposals will undergo a peer review process and selection will be made based on scientific merit, relevance to the food industry, and practical application within the science of food and nutrition.

    The program will be a full day of sessions followed by an interactive hackathon wherein participants will engage and collaborate to identify creative and practical applications or commercial solutions to inspire innovative product development. Because the program is limited to a single day, proposal selection will be limited based on time constraints and topic coverage.

    According to the National Institute of Health Human Microbiome Project:

    “Bacteria in an average human body number ten times more than human cells, for a total of about 1000 more genes than are present in the human genome…These microbes are generally not harmful to us, in fact they are essential for maintaining health. For example, they produce some vitamins that we do not have the genes to make, break down our food to extract nutrients we need to survive, teach our immune systems how to recognize dangerous invaders and even produce helpful anti-inflammatory compounds that fight off other disease-causing microbes. An ever-growing number of studies have demonstrated that changes in the composition of our microbiomes correlate with numerous disease states, raising the possibility that manipulation of these communities could be used to treat disease.”

    In response to the emerging research in this area and the potential for nutritional product development in the service of health, we welcome proposals in the following areas:

    • Gut Microbiome and Health
      • Diet and its impact on the gut microbiome
      • Gut Microbiome in Health and Disease
      • Gut Microbiome for Personalized Nutrition
    • Methods of Measurement, Profiling and Substantiation
    • Ingredient Formulation and Benefit Substantiation
      • Plant and Bacterial Genomics
      • Mechanism of Action of the Gut Microbiome
      • Efficacy of Prebiotics and probiotics
      • Fermented Products
    • Regulation and Legal Considerations
    • Communicating health and nutrition benefits to influencers and consumers


    Deadline: November 27, 2018

    To submit your proposal, please complete the submission form at IFT19 Gut Microbiome Proposal Submission Portal

    Only complete proposals will be considered

  • Scientific Program Deep Dive: Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainability: Science, Technology, and Policy

    Call for Proposals – IFT19 Scientific Program Deep Dive
    Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainability: Science, Technology, and Policy

    IFT plans to convene a “deep dive” into food and nutrition security and sustainability at IFT19. We seek proposals for individual presentations and sessions in three main areas:

    • Food loss and waste, prevention and intervention measures
    • Genomic breeding in plant and food animal agriculture
    • Global food trade, politics, policy

    With the challenges we face in meeting the food and nutrition needs of our rapidly increasing population in an environmentally sustainable way, it is imperative that we step up dialogue and interdisciplinary research and development; catalyze, advance, and scale up solution-oriented innovations with speed and urgency; and drive policy changes to effect the needed transformations in our global food supply chains and food systems.  
    We seek proposals for presentations and sessions that would address relevant aspects of the three main areas above, including:

    • “-omics” (e.g., genomics, metagenomics, phenomics)
    • Phytobiomes
    • Big data and precision agriculture
    • Information and Communications Technology, Artificial Intelligence, IoT
    • Food system safety and quality sensors
    • Packaging Solutions
    • Sustainability, climate change, conservation, habitat
      • sustainability issues, indicators, metrics
      • food supply chain vulnerabilities
      • building food system resilience
      • roles of the private sector in sustainability of global food systems
    • Scaling up solution-oriented advancements throughout the supply chain
    • Cross-sectoral collaboration, public – private partnerships, solution networks


    Deadline: November 27, 2018

    To submit a proposal, please complete the form at IFT19 Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainability Proposal Submission Portal.

    Only complete proposals will be considered

  • IFTNEXT Sessions

    IFTNEXT Call for Proposals

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

    IFT is seeking submissions of IFTNEXT session proposals that consider the dynamic relationships between technology, social trends, global conditions, and the science of food.  IFTNEXT asks submitters to address the relationships of global conditions, such as food and water security, to the trends and tools that impact them in an interactive and engaging presentation.   Selected presentations will be featured on the IFTNEXT stage at the annual event in New Orleans and will be highly visible.  Presenters are encouraged to incorporate media or interaction into the presentation.

    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 IFT19, IFTNEXT is soliciting presentations on the following topics:

    1. Data intelligence, AI, and driving innovation in the food industry
      Possible topics may include:
      • The role of food scientists in interpreting and communicating data
      • AI and learning robots on the ground: possibilities and challenges
      • Data sharing, blockchain, and providing for a safer, more personalized, or more efficient food supply
      • AI or predictive analytics and the future of food or product development
      • Interpreting and managing AI bias in data collection and interpretation
    2. Urbanization, urbanism, and the science of food
      Possible topics may include:
      • Self-driving cars 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 and sustainability in the urban food supply
    3. Food & water security
      Possible topics may include:
      • The move from an internet of information to an internet of things and its impact on the food industry
      • Climate Change and feeding the next billion
      • Radical cross-collaboration strategies to solve water or protein shortages
      • Blockchain and traceability in food & water security
      • Education, data, the public and food safety
      • Start-ups and feeding the future
      • Alternative proteins for a growing population
    4. Population health management
      Possible topics may include:
      • Persuasive technology (like fitbit), tokenization and changing food behaviors
      • Regulations, product claims, and the “clean” movement
      • Product-izing diets and food behaviors with need technology
      • 3D-printed nutrition
      • Food as medicine
      • Feeding a growing and aging population in urban and rural areas with new delivery methods
    5. Communication, technology and communicating the science of food
      Possible topics may include:
      • Social media and the culture of food, health and nutrition
      • Food science and the role of science, fact and
      • Food science messaging and the role of the university
      • Creating conversation and trust between consumers and food scientists
      • New modes and opportunities for communicating food science to the public

    Deadline: November 27, 2018

    To submit your proposal, please complete the submission form at IFTNEXT Session Submission Form.

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

  • Technical Research Paper (TRP) Abstracts

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


    November 28, 2018


    If you have any questions or are having trouble accessing your account, please email [email protected].

If you’re serious about advancing your career, business, research, or the science of food and technology, then you can’t afford to miss IFT19.