Feeding our planet takes firsts.
Our world needs FIRST—food improved by research, science, and technology—a new virtual event and expo experience powered by IFT July 19-23.
The world has changed, so have we.The last year has also challenged our businesses, careers, and personal lives. These challenges have brought the opportunity to re-envision and transform.
IFT has used its unique position as a community for those working in and studying the science of food and food innovation to create a dynamic, solution-packed event, to meet the needs of a changing world. Together, we’ll ignite new solutions to our biggest challenges through robust discussions. We’ll convene to inspire future food innovations that will benefit the global food system.
FIRST in 2021This year, we have reimagined IFT’s annual event into a new, AI-enabled virtual event and expo experience called FIRST—Food Improved by Research, Science, and Technology. This year FIRST will be held virtually to provide you a safe, personalized, solution-packed forum where the science of food community can come together to solve problems, share knowledge, and expand strategic connections.
In future years, you’ll be able to enjoy FIRST as a hybrid experience, allowing you to make the most of virtual and in-person programming.
Save time, resources, and our planet in just three transformative days.When we come together as one, we accomplish more. Come to learn, network, and discover; leave CONNECTED, ENABLED, and INSPIRED. Join us.
Science FIRST Sessions
Join us as we explore "Zero Hunger: Will we get there?" Hear and discuss the latest science, insights, research, and industry solutions addressing this critical question.
Business FIRST Sessions
Gain insights, access valuable resources, and make strategic connections. Grow, enhance, and advance your career and business.
Solution Exchanges and Suites
Effortlessly find solution providers and resources you need to solve your unique challenges through curated 1:1 meetings and interactive showrooms.
Join us for an exciting line up of innovative programming and product innovation. Meet one-on-one with startup founders, tour their Supplier Suites, and peruse their product pitches
Discover fun and engaging ways to connect with science of food and food innovation professionals and solution providers from around the world.
Talented researchers from around the world will showcase their novel insights and research to inspire creative solutions for future food innovation.