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Inspiration and Guiding Questions 

Our global food system is being challenged in ways it has never been before in its history. Already poised to undergo massive transformation, a global pandemic has accelerated the application of digital technologies to fill the gaps, but gaps persist. Nutrition inequity is on the rise across populations, including those not traditionally impacted by food insecurity. The United Nations has stated that the world is not on track to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030: “According to the World Food Programme, 135 million suffer from acute hunger largely due to man-made conflicts, climate change, and economic downturns. The COVID-19 pandemic could now double that number, putting an additional 130 million people at risk of suffering acute hunger by the end of 2020.”

As a global science of food and food innovation community, we have the unique opportunity to elevate and address this global challenge by bringing together our collective experts and global partners to discuss novel research, share knowledge and insights, and challenge one another to think big and bold. There must be solutions to ensuring all have access to safe, nutritious, and sustainable food.  IFT’s Annual Event is the platform for our community to come together and reimagine the future of food. Because when we do, we have the collective power to make positive change and impact for our industry, our profession, and our planet’s future.

Zero Hunger: Will We Get There? 

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  • Health & Nutrition
    • How does nutrition policy impact nutrition equity globally?
    • What new technologies are available to increase nutrient density or bioavailability?
    • How do bio-manufactured ingredients nutritionally and functionally compare to naturally occurring ingredients?
    • How do dietary patterns in urban and rural settings influence health, e.g., microbiome?
    • How can institutionalized food, such as school lunch programs, prisons, and hospitals, be adapted to ensure the public they serve is well fed?
  • Food Safety
    • What is the future of food safety?
    • How do we make food systems more secure during times of crisis?
    • What role will emerging technologies play in improving food safety globally?
    • How do we reduce food fraud?
    • How does digital technology enhance food safety?
  • Environmental Sustainability
    • What is the relationship between sustainability and hunger?
    • How can we develop environmentally friendly packaging for developed and developing economies?
    • How can business or regulation balance the need for revenue, e.g., cash crops with traditional crops for self-sufficiency?
    • How do we produce more nutritious food, while wasting less or using fewer resources?
    • Climate change will drive massive migration due to drought. How can nations respond with compassion and equitable access to food and water?
  • Technology and Innovation
    • How can COVID-19 be a catalyst for change?  
    • What new technologies or innovations will radically transform the future of food? 
    • What emerging technology solutions might assist farmers in reducing in-field spoilage and getting their crops to market?  
    • How can we innovate for people with very low income?  
    • What are the opportunities for Public-Private Partnerships that could have measurable impacts on reducing hunger?  
  • Supply Chain Transformation
    • How might robotics and automation improve or hamper solutions to hunger?  
    • What are the supply/distribution chain vulnerabilities threatening the equitable distribution of nutrition globally? What can we do about it?  
    • How will digitization of the food supply chain enable consumers to influence the food industry?  
    • How can we localize or regionalize supply chains to help local communities, especially food deserts?  
    • How can food be distributed more equitably? How might we address the economics of hunger?  
  • Consumer Insights and Education
    • How have consumer perceptions and behaviors changed during and post-COVID-19?
    • Can values-based purchasing (i.e., global citizenship) impact nutrition inequity globally? 
    • Do people care & can consumers make a difference?
    • How can individuals working in the science of food help to educate consumers about high quality nutrition and/or potential solutions to global hunger?
    • Is nutrition legislation and labeling effective at educating the public or influencing their food choices?
    • How can we address a distrust of science or reputable sources?


Annual Event Educational Session Submission

Call for Proposals Worksheet

Tier 1 Review Evaluation Criteria

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Scientific Program Office Hours 

Every Wednesday until November 18 from 3:30 – 4:30 pm CST 
Thursdays, October 15, October 29 & November 12 from 8:00 - 9:00 am CST  
Join us each week through November 18th to learn about how the new call for proposals is structured and ask any questions about the process or potential content. Click the button below at 3:30 pm CST to join. 

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If you have any questions regarding the process or scientific program, please contact us at [email protected].

Note: Once your application is submitted for review you will not be able to make changes.  


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