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IFT Scientific Sessions

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

Plan Your Ultimate IFT18 Experience

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

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

 

 

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  • New! Career Development Micro Sessions at the IFT Central Booth
    Monday, July 16
    10:30-10:50 p.m.

    Certified Food Exam Strategies with Brandon Davis
    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. 

    11:00 a.m.-11:20 p.m.

    Scholarships, Intern+ and Volunteer Opportunities: Feeding Tomorrow’s Role in Supporting the Best and Brightest with Gaana Nagaraj
    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.

    11:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m

    Renew your CFS in 3 Easy Steps with Brandon Davis
    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. 

    12:00-12:30 p.m.

    Negotiating Your Salary and Benefits Package with Colin Dennis, PhD, CFS, past IFT President (2015-2016) and former Director General of CampdenBRI  
    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!

    12:30-1:00 p.m.

    New Professionals, Ignite Your Career! With Debra Zabloudil
    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!

    1:00-1:45 p.m.

    Critical Experiences that Elevate Your Career with Mohamed Najjar PhD
    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!

    3:00-3:30 p.m.
    Ideation to Innovation to Action – Capturing Knowledge to Solve the Challenges of Tomorrow        
    Come participate in this interactive session to apply your knowledge and expertise to help solve challenges facing the science of food.  Sponsored by the Division Innovation Lab     
    Tuesday, July 17
    10:30-11:00 a.m.
    Time, Talent, and Energy Balance: Prevent Burnout in Mergers & Acquisitions with Kristen Yaney
    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.
    11:15-11:45 .a.m.

    Top 5 Ways to Advance Your Career in Food Science with Brandon Davis
    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.

    1:00-1:30 p.m.

    Negotiating Your Salary and Benefits Package with Colin Dennis PhD, CFS, past IFT President (2015-2016) and former Director General of CampdenBRI
    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!

    1:30-2:15 p.m.

    Women: Be Your Own Champion with Cindy Stewart PhD, CFS, IFT President; Michele Perchonok PhD, CFS, IFT President Elect; Pam Coleman, CFS; and Soo-Yeun Lee PhD
    Calling all women!  Join your 2018-2019 IFT leadership for a panel discussion on how to be your own champion.

    Wednesday, July 18
    10:30-11:15 a.m.

    Critical Experiences that Elevate Your Career with Mohamed Najjar PhD
    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!

    11:30-12:00 p.m.

    Time, Talent, and Energy Balance: Prevent Burnout in Mergers & Acquisitions with Kristen Yaney
    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.

    1:00-1:30 p.m.

    Top 5 Ways to Advance your Career in Food Science with Brandon Davis
    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.

  • Alternative Proteins Deep Dive—Tuesday July 17

    Alternative proteins are one of the hottest trends in the food industry today, with consumers continuing to seek out new options for animal-based products. Join us for a series of informative sessions covering the full spectrum of alternative proteins methods, approaches, and challenges.

    All sessions will be located in McCormick Place room S403AB

    8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
    Characterizing Key Attributes of Various Proteins in Food Applications

    9:05 a.m. - 10:05 a.m. 
    Recent Advances in Dairy-Based Novel Ingredients and Their Applications

    10:10 a.m. -11:10 a.m.
    Challenges with New Product Development with Dairy Proteins and Alternatives to Dairy Proteins

    11:15 a.m. -12:15 p.m.
    Dialing Plant Protein Functionality for Enhanced Utilization

    12:40 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. 
    Current innovations, Challenges, and Strategies in Extrusion of Plant-Based Proteins

    1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. 
    Alternative Proteins in Food Systems: Methods, Approaches, and Challenges

    2:50 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
    Please Pass the Alt-Protein: Challenges and Solutions from the Alternative Protein Revolution That Intends to Diversify Our Dining

    3:55 p.m. - 4:55 p.m.
    New Developments in Clean Meat: A New Era in Sustainable Meat Production

  • Featured Sessions

    Featured Sessions—Fuel Your Passion for the Science of Food
    IFT’s featured sessions are some the most highly attended activities at IFT’s annual event. Each year IFT selects an exciting line-up of inspirational presentations, engaging panel discussions, and lively debates designed to recharge your creativity and reinvigorate your passion for the science of food. This year is no exception!

    Featured speakers include:

    The Human Age: Confronting the Innovation Conundrum
    Monday, July 16; 9:00 a.m. CT
    Dennis Dimick, Co-founder Eyes on Earth: An Educational Collaborative, USA

    Panel Discussion:
    The Clash Between Consumer Demands and Responsible Food
    Monday, July 16; 2:00 p.m. CT

    Moderated by Tamar Haspel, Washington Post columnist

    IFTNEXT Food Disruption ChallengeTM Pitch Event
    Tuesday, July 17; 8:30 a.m. CT

    Emcee: Renowned entrepreneur, Daymond John of ABC’s Shark Tank

     

  • IFTNEXT Sessions

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

     

  • IFTNEXT Start-Up Alley

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

     

  • Scientific & Applied Sessions

    Developed by Scientific Experts for Scientific Experts

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

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

    Details regarding IFT18 scientific session offerings are now available.
    Check out the IFT18 Online Planner.
  • Scientific and Applied Session Tracks

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

    IFT18 Tracks include:

     

    Our thanks to Compusense Inc. for their sponsorship of Food Chemistry Sensory Science Track. Our thanks to Naturex Inc. for their sponsorship of Product Development & Ingredient Innovations Track.

    Note: The IFT18 scientific session presentation materials will be made available (in PDF form) to all Full Access registrants after the event, which is included in the Full Access registration fee. Scientific session audio recordings will no longer be available due to decreased demand for this format.

  • Posters and Research Presentations

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

    Check out the IFT18 Online Planner for more information on Posters/ePosters.

Note: The IFT18 scientific session presentation materials will be made available (in PDF form) to all Full Access registrants after the event, which is included in the Full Access registration fee. Scientific session audio recordings will no longer be available due to decreased demand for this format.

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