IFTNEXT Session Highlights

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Inspiring Innovation to Feed the Future and Beyond

IFTNEXT is an exciting IFT initiative focused on providing engaging and provocative year-long programming and content designed to challenge you to think big and be 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 to advance real-world global challenges.

Fuel your passion for the science of food through our thought-provoking IFT18 IFTNEXT presentations, panel discussions, exhibitions and 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. We’ll also have the IFTNEXT iHub (“I” for ideas!) where you’ll be able to connect with peers to share new ideas, reconnect with friends, or relax and recharge.

IFTNEXT is made possible through the generous support of Ingredion, IFT’s Platinum Innovation Sponsor.

What’s NEXT in the Science of Food

If you’re interested in keeping a pulse on what’s coming next in the science of food and food technology, then you can't miss the exciting programming being developed for the IFT18 IFTNEXT Stage. This year’s dynamic programming will explore topics affecting the industry of tomorrow and the varied perspectives and solutions addressing them today.

As we finalize our IFTNEXT program, below is a taste of what you will experience.

  • When Data, Data Science, and Computation Meet Food
  • Storytelling: Innovation from the Far Corners of the Developing World
  • Who's Driving Personalized Nutrition and Why?
  • Competitive Technical Intelligence - Knowing the Outside World
  • Edibilomics: Using Metabolomics in Food-Related Research
  • Using Data to Improve the Organic & Non-GMO Marketplace
  • The Promise of Digital Olfaction: A Demonstration of the Artificial Nose

IFT18 will also premier IFTNEXT Flash Sessions!

Three sessions in one, this new format highlights multiple solutions to larger problems and allows the audience to join in on the conversation! Tentative thematic topics include:

  • Global Solutions for Food Security
  • From Data to Drones: Innovative Food Safety Applications

*Note: IFTNEXT sessions are subject to change. Please check back for more details coming in April.

Learn More About IFTNEXT

To learn more about IFTNEXT and year-long program offerings, visit the IFTNEXT webpage.

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