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June 2-5, 2019 | New Orleans, LA

IFTNEXT Session Highlights

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If you’re interested in keeping a pulse on what’s coming next in the science of food and food technology, then you can't miss the exciting programming being developed for the IFT19 IFTNEXT Stage. This year’s dynamic programming will explore topics affecting the industry of tomorrow and the varied perspectives and solutions addressing them today.


To give you a better idea of what to expect, check out the IFTNEXT Stage schedule below and preview all session titles, times, presenters, and details right here. 

Simply click on any of the session titles below to display more information on each individual session.

IFT19 Schedule

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  • Monday, June 3: Start-Up Alley Showcase
    Start-up Alley
    Start-Up Alley Showcase

    Monday, June 3; 10:00 – 10:45 AM CT
    Location: Start-Up Alley

    Get to know the companies featured at IFT19’s Start-Up Alley.

  • Monday, June 3: 2020 Vision: Science Communication Challenges for the New Decade
    Vision
    2020 Vision: Science Communication Challenges for the New Decade

    Monday, June 3; 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CT
    Location: IFTNEXT Stage

    Focusing on the most commonly miscommunicated issues of red meat, salt, corn syrup and similar “hot-button” ingredients, the presenters will demonstrate how chronic circumventing of science-based communication has handicapped nutrition communicators for decades and strategies to limit these miscommunications in the future. 

    Lead Presenter: Jim Painter, University of Texas at Houston

  • Monday, June 3: Food Production Consumer Perceptions and Social Media Trends
    Food Production
    Food Production Consumer Perceptions and Social Media Trends

    Monday, June 3; 12:15 – 1:15 PM CT
    Location: IFTNEXT Stage

    Consumer perceptions about some beneficial food production technologies may contribute to an off-putting feeling when making purchase decisions. We’ll unmask those perceptions, explore how consumers prioritize concerns when making food choices, and how they respond in social media to communication tactics.

    Lead Presenter: Tamika Sims, PhD, International Food Information Council Foundation

  • Monday, June 3: How AI Can Help You Cope With Information Overload
    How can I help
    How AI Can Help You Cope With Information Overload

    Monday, June 3; 1:30 – 1:45 PM CT
    Location: IFTNEXT Stage

    Literature searches and reviews are increasingly problematic. The number of papers being published is increasing, predatory OA (fake science) journals are proliferating, and researchers are relying on flawed search tools. This presentation looks at how new AI-powered search tools can be used to solve these challenges.

    Lead Presenter: Jonathan Griffin, IFIS

  • Monday, June 3: Building Effective Ecosystem Partnerships to Address Key Issues in Sub-Saharan Africa
    Engineers for change
    Building Effective Ecosystem Partnerships to Address Key Issues in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Monday, June 3; 3:00 – 4:00 PM CT
    Location: IFTNEXT Stage

    Learn how Feeding Tomorrow is collaborating with several not-for-profit organizations to set up volunteer programs that leverage technical knowledge, in this case through Engineering graduate students, to provide scalable, sustainable, safe and nutritious food technology solutions for people and regions in need.

    Lead Presenter: Bernhard Van Lengerich, Feeding Tomorrow Chair

  • Monday, June 3: Overcoming Clean Label Challenges in the New Trust Economy
    Overcoming clean
    Overcoming Clean Label Challenges in the New Trust Economy

    Monday, June 3; 4:15 – 5:00 PM CT
    Location: IFTNEXT Stage

    This interactive, TED talk style session will offer six recommendations for product developers and marketers to thrive in the new trust economy where perception is reality and likes on social media signal trust more than marketing claims or scientific “facts” from academia or the government. 

    Lead Presenter: David Lundahl, InsightsNow, Inc.

  • Tuesday, June 4: Start-Up Alley Showcase
    Start-up Alley
    Start-Up Alley Showcase

    Tuesday, June 4; 10:00 – 10:45 AM CT
    Location: Start-Up Alley

    Get to know the companies featured at IFT19’s Start-Up Alley.

  • Tuesday, June 4: Tapping into Start-Up Communities for Blockchain Innovation
    Tapping into start up
    Tapping into Start-Up Communities for Blockchain Innovation

    Tuesday, June 4; 11:00 – 11:30 AM CT
    Location: IFTNEXT Stage

    Blockchain technology is showing a great potential to solve urgent issues in the current food system like food fraud, safety recalls, supply chain inefficiency, food traceability, and many more. But what does adoption look like? We’ll look at current challenges and landscapes for blockchain application.

    Lead Presenter: Elaine Qui, Plug and Play Tech Center

  • Tuesday, June 4: Feeding Tomorrow and FAQ’s on Sustainable Development Goals
    Volunteer global
    Feeding Tomorrow and FAQ’s on Sustainable Development Goals

    Tuesday, June 4; 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM CT
    Location: IFTNEXT Stage

    FAO offers a vision for food and agriculture as a key to achieve Sustainable Development Goals and Feeding Tomorrow, the Foundation of IFT, is ready to support by bringing the best and brightest minds to the science of food and to help them improve the world. Join us to learn more about both UN SDGs and Feeding Tomorrow.

    Lead Presenter: Bernhard Van Lengerich, Feeding Tomorrow Chair

  • Tuesday, June 4: Formulating for All Ages: Creating Food and Drink as Ongoing Wellness Solutions
    formulating all ages
    Formulating for All Ages: Creating Food and Drink as Ongoing Wellness Solutions

    Tuesday, June 4; 1:00 – 1:30 PM CT
    Location: IFTNEXT Stage

    Now is the time to create food and drink for healthy aging. More food and drink companies can take inspiration from the beauty and personal care category and create products that help people prepare to live better for longer. Formulation opportunities include heart, bone and joint health as well as brain and eye health.

    Lead Presenter: Lynn Dornblaser, Mintel

  • Tuesday, June 4: Climate Action for a Secure Food System
    Climate Action
    Climate Action for a Secure Food System

    Tuesday, June 4; 1:45 – 2:45 PM CT
    Location: IFTNEXT Stage

    This session will cover cutting-edge innovations from the organic industry, which has been focusing its resources on climate mitigation and adaptation, to understand how these experiences and lessons can be used as a learning tool to advance climate-friendly techniques across sectors.

    Lead Presenter: Jessica Shade, The Organic Center

  • Tuesday, June 4: PatSnap
    PatSnap
    PatSnap

    Tuesday, June 4; 3:00 – 3:45 PM CT
    Location: IFTNEXT Stage

    Lead Presenter: TBD

  • Tuesday, June 4: AI for Innovation in Product Development
    Innovation
    AI for Innovation in Product Development

    Tuesday, June 4; 4:00 – 5:00 PM CT
    Location: IFTNEXT Stage

    Jason Cohen, Founder and CEO of AFS, will show how artificial intelligence is creating new competitive products and changing the way innovation affects new product releases, amendments of existing, and creation of brand new products and extension of product lines. AI can help new products taste better!

    Lead Presenter: Jason Cohen, Analytical Flavor Systems

  • Tuesday, June 4: Start-Up Alley Showcase
    Start-up Alley
    Start-Up Alley Showcase

    Tuesday, June 4; 10:00 – 10:45 AM CT
    Location: Start-Up Alley

    Get to know the companies featured at IFT19’s Start-Up Alley.

  • Wednesday, June 5: Faith Popcorn
    Faith Popcorn
    Faith Popcorn

    Wednesday, June 5; 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CT
    Location: IFTNEXT Stage

    Lead Presenter: TBD

  • Wednesday, June 5: Another Food Fusion – Shelf-Stable, Healthy, Convenient Foods in the Global Marketplace
    Food Fusion
    Another Food Fusion – Shelf-Stable, Healthy, Convenient Foods in the Global Marketplace

    Wednesday, June 5; 12:15 – 12:45 PM CT
    Location: IFTNEXT Stage

    This IFTNEXT topic identifies product positioning for consumer preferences with the goal of providing affordable access to convenient, healthier choice, sustainable foods based on agitating retort methodology.

    Lead Presenter: Louise Wicker, Louisiana State University

  • Wednesday, June 5: Using Robotics for Safe and Sustainable Food Production
    Robotics for safety
    Using Robotics for Safe and Sustainable Food Production

    Wednesday, June 5; 1:00 – 1:30 PM CT
    Location: IFTNEXT Stage

    Safe and sustainable food production is an issue that every person on the planet should care about. Automation can address both the labor crisis and food safety conundrum that place a burden on food production. Learn how automation across the entire food supply chain can lead to safe and sustainable food production that will feed the world, and ensure economic viability for farmers.

    Lead Presenter: Carl Vause, Soft Robotics, Inc.


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