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IFT19 is where you can fuel your passion for the science of food through IFT’s thought-provoking scientific and featured sessions, IFTNEXT presentations and Start-Up Alley, short courses, and panel discussions.

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 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 research presentations.

The IFT19 Online Planner and Mobile App will be released mid April. In the meantime, you can search, browse and view Sessions by track:

Session, Track, and Course Details

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  • Scientific & Applied Sessions and Tracks

    Developed by Scientific Experts for Scientific Experts

    IFT19'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 600+ technical research presentations all divided into major areas of focus to make it easy for you to customize your ideal learning experience.

    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. 

    IFT19 Tracks include:

    • Food, Health & Nutrition
    • Food Chemistry
    • Food Engineering
    • Food Microbiology
    • Food Processing & Packaging
    • Food Safety & Defense
    • Product Development & Ingredient Innovations
    • Professional Development
    • Public Policy, Food Laws & Regulations
    • Sensory Science
    • Sustainability
    • Teaching & Learning


    Check back in the spring for a comprehensive schedule of offerings.

    Note: Select IFT19 scientific session materials may be made available in PDF format to registrants after the event. More information will be posted on this page in July 2019. Scientific sessions are not audio or video recorded.


  • Career Development Micro Sessions

    Career Micro Session
    Career Development Micro Sessions—Tips and Strategies to Help Hone Your Career Trajectory

    Back by popular demand are IFT’s career development micro sessions covering a wide range of topics all designed to provide you helpful tips and strategies for advancing your career.

  • 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. 

  • IFTNEXT Sessions

    IFTNEXT— Feed Your Creativity

    IFT’s exciting and future forward-thinking IFTNEXT session presentations and panel discussions are often the most attended sessions of the IFT’s Annual Event.

    If you’re passionate about the science of food, don’t miss this opportunity to 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

    Start up Alley
    Looking to see what the next great product will be? Be sure to cruise by the IFTNEXT Start-up Alley where you can meet one-on-one with a leading group of cutting-edge entrepreneurs developing some of the most innovative products and solutions in the food industry today.


  • 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.

  • Pre-Event Short Courses

    Pre-event Short Courses
    IFT organizes, co-sponsors and hosts a variety of in-person, pre-event short courses to support IFT’s mission of providing the food science community an opportunity to learn and exchange ideas. These courses are team-taught by leaders and experts in the field of food science, technology, and related disciplines.


Thank you to our 2019 Sessions Sponsors

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 IFT19.