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Featured and Scientific Deep Dive Sessions

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IFT’s featured sessions are some the most highly attended sessions at IFT’s annual event. Each year IFT selects an exciting line-up of inspirational speakers to inspire new ideas, recharge your creativity, and reinvigorate your passion for the science of food. IFT19 is no exception!

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Harnessing the Power of Difference: Temple Grandin
Monday, June 3, at 9:00 a.m.

World-renowned researcher, activist, and best-selling author Temple Grandin will explore the power of difference and how bringing together a diverse and inclusive team helps companies become innovation leaders and trendsetters.

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is one of the most accomplished and well-known adults with autism in the world. Her life, was brought to the screen with the HBO full-length film Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes. Dr. Grandin has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences September 2016. She has been featured on NPR, on the BBC special “The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow,” ABC’s “Primetime Live,” “The Today Show,” and more. Grandin is considered a philosophical leader of both the animal welfare and autism advocacy movements.

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Emerging Data Tools and Predicting Future Trends in the Food Industry
Monday, June 3 at 2:00 p.m.

It’s not enough to know which consumer trends are impacting the food industry today, you need to know what trends are coming that haven’t bubbled to the surface of the marketplace yet. This panel discussion will explore how predictive analytics, artificial intelligence, and other data tools are being leveraged to forecast trends into the future.

Moderated by Peggy Smedley, Futurist and Executive Editor of Connected World magazine.

Panelists: Futurist: Tiana Holt, Faith Popcorn's BrainReserve; Consumer trends: Lu Ann Williams, Innova; Leading indicators: Kevin Zellmer, PatSnap; Growth and Innovation Strategy: Harry Epstein, Quadrant Management Consulting and CEO, p-Chip; Venture Capital: Sanjeev Krishnan at S2G Ventures

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IFTNEXT Food Disruption ChallengeTM
Tuesday, June 4, at 8:30 a.m.

Now in its second year, this exciting IFT competition will highlight and support the work of innovative, food-focused entrepreneurs. Designed as a fast-paced pitch event, the IFTNEXT Food Disruption ChallengeTM will feature a select group of food start-ups competing for a $25,000 cash prize. Audience members will also be able to cast their vote to award a $5,000 People’s Choice award. Finalists are chosen to share their innovations representing breakthrough solutions across food ingredient, packaging, agriculture, and processing applications.

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Scientific Program Deep Dive: Gut Microbiome, Nutrition, and Health
Monday, June 3 | 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Room 393-396

Dive into a cutting-edge area of R&D: the gut microbiome and its relationship to nutrition and health. Scientists and Product Developers will present emerging science on microbiome and discuss challenges to bridge inter-disciplinary discovery to commercial innovation: ingredients, nutrition science and benefit substantiation, emerging applications, enabling technologies, standards and analytical methods, regulatory, and partnerships & ecosystems necessary for product development and commercialization.

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Scientific Program Deep Dive: Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainability: Science, Technology, and Policy
Tuesday, June 4 | 1:00 – 3:45 p.m.

With the challenges we face in meeting the food and nutrition needs of our rapidly increasing population in an environmentally sustainable way, it is imperative that we step up dialogue and interdisciplinary research and development; catalyze and implement solution-oriented innovations with speed and urgency; and drive policy changes to effect the needed transformations in our global food supply chains. This half-day program will convene experts from multiple disciplines in the food system to discuss advances in gene-related techniques and other technologies being pursued to enhance agricultural outcomes, food loss and waste reduction, and drive sustainability. How global food trade, politics and policy interplay will also be addressed.


Fuel your passion for the science of food through thought-provoking IFTNEXT presentations, panel discussions, exhibitions and Start-Up Alley entrepreneurs

IFT’s Career Center Live is where you can get noticed and network with some of the top companies in food science and technology from around the globe.

The edge you need to succeed. IFT Pre-event Short Courses provide in-depth, intensive learning opportunities packed with valuable information to help you advance your knowledge and your career.

IFTNEXT sessions are about challenging, re-examining and inspiring original thought. They’re about engaging passionate, creative, forward thinking individuals like yourself in exciting conversations and activities to advance the science of the food.