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June 2-5, 2019 | New Orleans, LA
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Browse the agenda
See all that we have in store for you at IFT19.
View the schedule

Download the mobile app
Search for “IFT Annual Event” in the Apple app store or Google Play store and use the app to craft and save your personalized schedule, connect with other attendees, save notes, search session and expo schedules, and more!

Utilize the online planner
Like our mobile app, you can craft and save your personalized schedule online—and it will sync with your mobile app.
Access the online planner

Check out the IFT19 Food Expo floor plan
See where over 1,000 of our global exhibitors will be set and get an idea of which ones you’d like to visit!
View the floor plan

Dress for the occasion
Dress for the event is business casual, so pack accordingly and be sure to account for New Orleans warm weather (although it’ll be nice and cool inside, so bring a light jacket!).

Prepare for the weather
It’s warm! Average high temperatures in New Orleans during June can be around 88 degrees, with mild lows around 73 degrees.

Bring plenty of business cards
IFT19 is chock-full of career-advancing networking opportunities, so remember to pack all your business cards (and make connections through the mobile app)!

Discover New Orleans
Between Bourbon Street, the French Quarter, delicious cuisine, live music, and more—there’s always something awesome happening in New Orleans.
View the top 10 things to do in New Orleans

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Map of the area
Get familiar with the area, where your hotels are in relation to the event, and popular tourist destinations.
View the hotels map

Event location
IFT19 will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in downtown New Orleans at 900 N. Convention Center Boulevard, New Orleans, LA, 70130.
More information

Pickup your event badge
Be sure to pickup your event badge at the registration booth and always wear it throughout the event—as you’ll need it to access the various event areas.

The registration booth is located in Hall G and will be open Sunday, June 2 (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.), Monday, June 3 (6:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.), and Tuesday, June 4 and Wednesday June, 5 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).

Hotels and housing desk
The housing desk, staffed by Experient, Inc., can assist you with housing while in New Orleans. The desk is located inside Hall G in the registration area.
For assistance, call (504) 670-5501.

Food Expo hours

The Food Expo will be open on Monday, June 3 and Tuesday, June 4 between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., as well as on Wednesday, June 5 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. IFT Premier members get to access the Expo one hour early on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings!

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Utilize airport shuttles to and from your hotel
IFT has partnered with Airport Shuttle New Orleans to offer our attendees an exclusive discount on shuttle service to and from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International airport. To take advantage of this discount, please book online.
Make your reservation today

Take advantage of event shuttle busses
Complimentary shuttle bus service Sunday through Wednesday, between the Earnest N. Morial Convention Center and official IFT19 hotels. Please refer to the sign in your hotel lobby.
View the schedule

Ample parking is available at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for a daily fee. Overnight parking is prohibited.
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Rental cars
Hertz Rental Car Company is offering special discounted rates for IFT attendees. Reservations can be made by phone at (800) 654-2240 or online here. Please use Convention Number (CV#): CV022Q9258.

Public transportation
Not renting a car? No problem! The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority provides streetcars and busses that loop all around the downtown area—including to and from the event and hotels.
View the transit map

Construction Alert!
Convention Center Blvd, the road that travels past the front of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, will be under construction during IFT19.  While this will not disrupt the event itself, it may cause some travel delays.  Please be sure to catch an earlier shuttle (see shuttle information above) and leave some extra time.  As a reminder, for those staying at hotels across the street from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, you may have an alternate hotel entrance.  Additionally, there may be an alternate pedestrian crossing when walking from the hotel to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.  Please reach out directly to your hotel for the most up to date and accurate information. Shuttles coming to and from shuttle serviced IFT hotels will drop off in front of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.  Ride Shares will pickup and drop off near Hall A on the far side of the building.  Please be sure to meet your ride share requests there.

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Help desk + lost and found
Located in the registration area of Hall G, the help desk can answer any of your event-related questions—and there’s also a lost and found. Same hours as the registration booth!

Learn more about IFT at IFT Central
Located next to the registration area is IFT Central where you can learn about all things IFT including membership, learning resources, publications and more!

Bag and luggage check
Located in Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in room 118-119, just outside Hall I’s main entrance. Open Monday through Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Need a luggage tag? Stop by the IFT Central booth for a free IFT luggage tag!

Get event-ready at the IFT Tech Bar
New this year, the IFT Tech Bar will be a place to optimize your event experience. Let us help you utilize your IFT19 mobile app, IFT’s online resources, as well as plug in to our social media platforms and join the conversation.

Boost your career the at IFT Central booth
The IFT Central booth will provide a full schedule of professional development presentations designed to provide you quick tips and strategies for enhancing your communications, negotiation, critical thinking, and career advancement skills. Located in Hall G, booth 2901.
View the Career Development Micro Sessions

Manage your shipments at the Business Center
The UPS store is located in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center opposite the Hall E entrance. It is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Scooter and wheelchair rentals
Complimentary wheelchairs for use in the Convention Center may be signed out at the Help Desk. Wheelchairs must be returned at the end of each day.

For wheelchairs, mobility scooters, power chairs, and oxygen equipment rentals, contact Ernest N. Morial’s preferred service partner, Mr. Wheelchair, Inc. at (504) 834-2810 or [email protected].

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Certified Food Scientist (CFS) Lounge
An informational and meetup spot for Certified Food Scientists and those interested in learning more about earning the CFS credential! Located in room 269. Open Monday, June 3 through Wednesday, June 5 from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Plug into IFT19 News, the Official e-Daily
IFT19 News offers journalistic coverage of late-breaking expo news, important event updates, live session coverage, and photos and videos from the event. Access the news online here.

Engage with us on social media
Be a part of the IFT19 conversation! Share your IFT19 experience. Be sure to use hashtags #IFT19 and #IamIFT when you post on social media and be entered to win an IFT20 Total Access Pass!

LGBTQ + Allies Networking Reception
Join the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ) + Allies for an evening of networking and fun! Stop by the New Orleans Marriott – Galerie 6 (2nd floor) on Monday, June 3 from 5 -7 p.m. to connect with industry peers and create an international network where everyone feels welcome.

Move Ya  Brass – A Fun, Funky Fitness Event
Get your Tuesday morning started and join the movement with a true NOLA-style workout that includes options for all fitness levels. Move Ya Brass’s mission is to promote a happy, positive, and healthy workout environment to help participants become the best version of themselves. Sponsored by GanedenBC30.
Learn more / Get registered

Welcome Reception at Mardi Gras World!
Join colleagues and fellow attendees for a fun networking event to kick off IFT19 in style—at one of New Orleans’ most sought-after attractions. Drinks and appetizers will be served, so come ready to mix and mingle! Mardi Gras World is located at 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans, LA. 70130.

Feeding Tomorrow Fun Run + Fitness
Feeding Tomorrow is hosting its annual Fun Run + Fitness event, our largest annual fundraiser supporting student scholarships. Participants can run, walk, yoga, bike, or swim—anywhere, anytime, with the option to participate virtually from May 1st – June 5th! Or you can join us in the Big Easy at IFT19 on Monday, June 3rd for a 5k run, 1-mile walk, and yoga followed by a celebratory after party, complete with goodies from our generous sponsors! Registration and Ticket required to enter the event. We strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. Fun Run + Fitness is $30/person with an option to purchase a t-shirt. Get registered

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Register for pre-event short courses
IFT offers an array of pre-event short courses that provide the food science community an opportunity to learn and exchange ideas on important topics. These will be held on Saturday-Sunday, June 1-2 at the New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal Street.

Short course registration includes course materials, lunches, refreshment breaks, and a certificate of attendance. We highly recommend you bring your laptop or tablet to the course!
Learn more / Get registered

Career development micro sessions
Back by popular demand, IFT’s career development micro sessions cover a wide range of topics and are designed to provide you helpful tips and strategies for advancing your career. Don’t miss out on these.
View schedule

NEW! Scientific Deep Dive Sessions
New this year, IFT will be offering TWO scientific deep dive sessions. The first will cover Gut Microbiome, Nutrition, and Health. The second will focus on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainability: Science, Technology, and Policy.
Learn more

IFTNEXT Stage/Sessions
IFT’s exciting and future-forward IFTNEXT session presentations and panel discussions are often the most attended sessions of the entire event—and include a wide variety of topics that are sure to take your career to the next level.
View session schedule

Career Center LIVE in Hall C
IFT’s Career Center LIVE combines informal networking opportunities for potential job seekers and hiring companies, as well as formal pre-scheduled interview opportunities for companies with immediate hiring needs.

Traceability Central
New this year, IFT’s Global Food Traceability Center (GTFC) is unveiling Traceability Central—a space where innovators and leaders in food traceability can collaborate, share insights and findings, and showcase the newest advances in traceability technology. Located in Hall G, booth 2741. Learn more

Food Expo
The IFT19 Food Expo is the only place in the world where you can meet face-to-face with over 1,000 exhibiting companies all on the forefront of food science. Be the FIRST to experience what’s coming NEXT—including the newest products, latest trends, and most cutting-edge innovations. Learn more

IFTNEXT Start-Up Alley
IFTNEXT Start-Up Alley is bigger and better than ever in 2019. Come visit a leading group of future-forward entrepreneurs showcasing some of the most innovative products and solutions in the food science industry. Start-Up Alley will be up and running from June 3-5 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Learn more

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Share your experience
Don’t keep all those awe-inspiring moments to yourself! Be sure to bring your newfound knowledge back to the office—and of course let everyone know just how valuable attending IFT19 really was.

Follow up with your new contacts
You’ll have plenty of time to network and make lots of new strategic connections that will undoubtedly help advance your career. But a contact is just a contact until you follow up, so remember to do so shortly after the event!

Put your insights into action
There’s so much to do, see, and learn at IFT19, you’ll surely come out of the event with countless innovative ideas and solutions. So before you get too settled back in at work, put a plan in place to implement any new tactics and strategies you take away.

Mark your calendar for IFT20
IFT returns to Chicago for IFT20. The event will be held at McCormick Place from Sunday, July 12 through Wednesday, July 15.

Become an IFT member
The best way to benefit from IFT long after IFT19 is to become a member. You’ll gain access to a breadth of programs, events, resources, networking opportunities, and services all created with the goal of helping you become a stronger science of food professional.
Learn more

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.