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There's so much to experience at IFT FIRST: Annual Event and Expo

IFT FIRST is where Food is Improved by Research, Science, and Technology. Expect dynamic Scientific Sessions, a revitalized Food Expo Hall and fun opportunities to connect through networking events. Explore the IFT FIRST Advanced Program and Expo Planner for full exhibitor directory listings, session schedules, speakers, research showcase posters and more.

If you will be attending in-person, use the planner to map out your entire experience where you can save your must-see exhibitors and sessions.

NOTE: Your selections in the planner will automatically sync to the IFT FIRST app (available in mid-June) if you use the same email address to sign up for both.

*Ticketed in person events can be purchased once you register for IFT FIRST.
** Scheduled events are subjected to change.

IFT FIRST Advanced Program and Expo Planner            Register

Volunteer Information

  • Volunteering at IFT FIRST is a great way to network and learn more about the organization. Review the IFT FIRST 2022 Volunteer Opportunities for complete descriptions of each opportunity.
  • Complimentary or discounted registration rates based on number of hours volunteered.
  • To learn more, visit ift.org Volunteer Central. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 27, 2022.
NOTE: All times represent Central Time. Schedule is subject to change. There is no onsite registration. Attendees and Exhibitors must be registered prior to coming onsite for badge pickup at McCormick Place, Level 1.

Friday, July 8

Time Description
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Exhibitor Registration - Badge Pickup: McCormick Place Convention Center


Saturday, July 9

Time Description
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Exhibitor and Attendee Registration - Badge Pickup: McCormick Place Convention Center


Sunday, July 10

Time Description
8:00 am – 6:00 pm Exhibitor and Attendee Registration - Badge Pickup: McCormick Place Convention Center
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm First Timers Session
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Student Lounge Kick off
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Awards Celebration Reception


Monday, July 11

Time Description
6:00 am – 5:00 pm   Exhibitor and Attendee Registration - Badge Pickup: McCormick Place Convention Center
6:30 am – 8:00 am Fun Run + Fitness Event
8:30 am – 9:30 am Keynote Session Opening Debate:
Should We Eat More Processed Foods? 
9:45 am – 10:00 am Together Again! IFT FIRST Expo Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Expo Open
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Featured Session: Health & Nutrition 
Revisiting '101 Problems in Food Science and Technology' 50+ years later 
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Feature Session: Sustainability & Climate 
How Do We Define Sustainability? NIFA's Research Priorities to Support Sustainable Food Systems
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm  IFT Social Events*

Tuesday, July 12

Time Description
8:00 am – 5:00 pm Exhibitor and Attendee Registration - Badge Pickup: McCormick Place Convention Center
8:30 am – 9:30 pm Keynote Session: Novel Technology and Innovation 
NASA Panel: R&D at the Edges of the Human Experience 
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Expo Open
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Featured Session: Food Safety 
Improving Outbreak Response 
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Featured Session: Consumer Insights and Education 
The Complex Psyche of Consumer Acceptance in the Face of Global Disaster 
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm   IFTSA Closing Ceremony

Wednesday, July 13

Time Description
8:00 am – 4:30 pm Exhibitor and Attendee Registration - Badge Pickup: McCormick Place Convention Center
8:30 am – 9:30 am Featured Session: Innovation and Design
Thinking for Food  
 9:30 am – 10:30 pm Women in Food Power Hour
10:00 am – 2:00 pm Innovation Lab: Let's Play with Proteins!
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Expo Open
4:00 pm IFT FIRST closes. See you in 2023!

Note: Schedule is subject to change
Special member registration rates and tiered registration discounts for attendees available.