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Curating Your Social Experience at IFT FIRST

People come to IFT’s annual event and expo for a multitude of different reasons – access to top-notch scientific and business education, innovative solutions, and of course, to attend one of the best food and ingredients shows in North America. But by and far, people flock to the annual event to connect with colleagues, meet new people, and have fun.

IFT FIRST offers a host of networking and social experiences that have been cultivated to leave you feeling energized and connected.

In addition to amazing technical field trips, fun social gatherings, and productive networking events, IFT has made it easier than ever to create the social experience by providing an opportunity to attend unlimited access division socials, mixers and resource group events at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Professional Networking Event

Invest in your future and attend the IFT FIRST Professional Networking Event on Monday, July 17. For just $75, you will have access to all 19 Division socials and gatherings plus food and beverage. It’s the perfect fuel to kick-start conversations and build productive connections. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to create business relationships and make lifetime connections!

Participating events featuring all IFT Divisions:

  • Aquatic Food Products Division Social
  • Biotechnology & Food Microbiology Division Social
  • Carbohydrate Division Social
  • CFS 10-Year Anniversary
  • Dairy Foods Division Social
  • Education, Extension & Outreach Division Social
  • Food Chemistry Division Social
  • Food Engineering, Nonthermal Processing, and Food Packaging Division Social
  • Food Laws & Regulations; Quality Management; Toxicology & Safety Evaluation Division Socials
  • Foodservice & Refrigerated & Frozen Foods Division Social
  • Fruit & Vegetable Products Division Social
  • International Division Social
  • Marketing, Sales & Management Division Social
  • Muscle Foods Division Social
  • Nutrition and Nutraceutical & Functional Foods Division Social
  • Product Development Division Social
  • Protein Division Social
  • Sensory & Consumer Sciences Division Social
  • Sustainable Food Systems Division Social

Braindate @ IFT FIRST

The opportunities for peer-to-peer learning and networking at IFT FIRST are plentiful, and Braindate gets to the heart of connection—allowing you to meet science of food pros you wouldn’t have met otherwise. Braindate is where you can easily build meaningful connections. Find your next mentor, staffer, or collaborator!

Do you need expertise on a specific topic? Do you have expertise to offer? The Braindate platform allows IFT FIRST registered non-exhibiting attendees and exhibitor scientific and technical staff the opportunity to meet up face-to-face in the Braindate Lounge near registration. You pick the mutual topic and connect!

Join attendees from around the globe as they collectively share to discuss opportunities to combat world hunger through scientific collaboration and discovery.