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Collaboration + Innovation: How Can Food Science and Technology Transform the Food System?

Keynotes and Featured Sessions – Monday, July 15

Opening Keynote | 8:15 am – 9:30 am CT
Revolutionizing Food Innovation Through AI
Embark on a journey to unveil the transformative power of AI in food innovation. Explore how collaboration across the human/machine spectrum fuels groundbreaking advancements in predictive analytics, precision engineering, biotechnology and food product development. This opening keynote promises insightful exploration into the synergies between AI and the global science of food community. Join us for an enlightening experience, where the future of food converges with the global pursuit of sustainable and innovative solutions.


Keynote | 11:00 am – 12:15 pm CT
Seeding The Future Global Innovation Speed Pitch Event
Join us in a groundbreaking speed pitch event from teams of scientists, engineers, innovators, and entrepreneurs from across the globe showcase their winning Seeding The Future Global Food System Challenge projects. Witness the collective effort of innovation and collaboration that forms the bedrock of a resilient and thriving global food system.


Featured Session: Sustainability & Climate | 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm CT
F&B Ecosystem of the Future: Harnessing the Power of Innovation, Collaboration, and Diverse Thinking
The food and beverage ecosystem stands at a critical juncture – rapidly transforming in the face of unprecedented challenges and disruptions. This panel will delve into pivotal themes such as sustainability, digitalization, consumer-centric innovation and diversity, exploring how these factors are shaping the future of the food and beverage ecosystem and the partnership needed across academia, industry and non-profit to unleash creative solutions. Discover actionable insights to harness innovative solutions, to strategically leverage collaborative partnerships and to navigate disruption in this dynamic landscape.


IFT Special Session Sponsored by IFT Journals | 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm CT
Ultra-processed Foods
Join us for a discussion on the current scientific understanding of ultra-processed foods (UPFs). This session will provide background and an overview of recent advances in the characterization of UPFs, the impact of innovative ingredients and technologies on their quality and safety, expectations and perceptions of consumers, the influence of UPF consumption on nutrition and health, and building healthy dietary patterns with UPFs.


Keynotes and Featured Sessions – Tuesday, July 16

Keynote | 8:30 am – 9:45 am CT
The Future of The FDA’s Food Program
Join us for this groundbreaking keynote session featuring James “Jim” Jones, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s first Deputy Commissioner for Human Foods. In this exclusive address, Deputy Commissioner Jones will delve into the transformative potential of collaboration and innovation in the realm of food science and technology.


Featured Session: Health & Nutrition | 10:15 am - 11:15 am CT
Empowering Food & Nutrition Security: A Vision for Health Equity and Impactful Partnerships
In a world where food security remains a pressing issue, the quest for equitable and sustainable nutrition solutions stands paramount. This featured session delves into the heart of this challenge, emphasizing how food science plays a critical role in achieving ‘food as medicine’ approaches and overall food and nutrition security.


Featured Session: Novel Technology & Innovation | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CT
Advancing Food System Innovation Through Novel Technologies
Join us for a captivating session, where pioneers share monumental breakthroughs and unparalleled success in scientific ingenuity. As we delve into the heart of food science and technology, uncovering the pivotal role of collaboration in catalyzing transformative solutions, we stand at the brink of a new era of possibility.

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