The program consists of 11 themes (left column). The information that appears under each theme represents sessions within that theme. Each session will begin with an invited keynote speaker (as listed) and will then be complemented with oral abstract presentations.


    • Food Labelling

      Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Dirk Jacobs, Deputy Director General/Director Consumer Information, Diet and Health, Food Drink Europe, Brussels, Belgium

    • Food Traceability/Authenticity

      Confirmed Keynote Speaker:  Frank Busta, Emeritus Head of Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA

    • Modern Biotechnology in Food Innovations

      Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Jeffrey Turner, President and CEO, Defyrus Inc., Toronto, ON, Canada

    • Health Claims

    • Harmonization of Regulations

      Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Huub Lelieveld, President, Global Harmonization Initiative, The Netherlands

    • Contaminants in Foods

      Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Samuel Godefroy, Director General, Food Directorate, Health Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada


    • Development of New Sensory Methodologies

      Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Beverly Tepper, Dept. of Food Science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

    • Sensory Taste Perception

      Confirmed Keynote Speaker: David Linemeyer, Vice President, Biology, Senomyx Inc., San Diego, CA, USA

    • Global Trends in Products and Consumer Behavior

      Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Liz Sloan, Professional Member of IFT, Institute of Food Technologists, Chicago, IL, USA

    • Impact of Social Media on Consumer Trends and Education

      Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Jordan Lebel, Associate Professor, Marketing, John Molson School of Business, Montreal, QC, Canada

    • Diet, Health and the Consumer

      Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Richard Mattes, Distinguished Professor, Department of Nutrition Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA


    • Opportunities and Challenges Facing the Food Industry and Academia in Addressing Future Needs (Local/Global View)

      Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Robert Fisher, Chief Techinical Officer, Molson Coors Brewing Company, Denver, CO, USA

    • Opportunities and Challenges Facing the Food Industry and Academia in Addressing Future Needs (Local/Global View)

      Confirmed Keynote Speaker: R. Paul Singh, Distinguished Professor and Engineer at Department of Food Science and Technology, University of California, Davis, CA, USA

    • Open Innovation - The Next Wave: Industry, Academia, Government and Private Equity Roles for Creating Successful Collaborations

      Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Ian Roberts, Head of Corporate Technology, Buhler Group, Zürich, Switzerland

    • Open Innovation - The Next Wave:Industry, Academia, Government and Private Equity Roles for Creating Successful Collaborations

      Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Jozef Kokini, Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, USA

    • New Product Development - Recent Progress in Interfacing Science, Consumer Insights, and Business Needs

      Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Pam Henderson, Cofounder and CEO, NewEdge Inc., Seattle, WA, USA

    • Government and Industry Roles in Driving Science, Innovation and R&D for the Food Ecosystem

      Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Patrick Kolar, Head of Unit "Food, Health and Wellbeing" - DirectorateGeneral for Research and Innovation, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium


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    • Bakery Products - Innovative Ingredients and Processes

    • Post-harvest Technologies, Quality and Safety of Fruits and Vegetables

      Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Dietrich Knorr, Professor at Department of Food Biotechnology and Food Process Engineering at Berlin University of Technology, Berlin, Germany

    • Trans Fats in Foods

      Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Frans Claassen, General Manager, Product Board for Margarine, Fats and Oils (MVO), Zoetermeer, The Netherlands

    • Processing of Pulses

    • Sodium and Sugar Reduction

      Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Steve Labrie, Associate Professor, Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods, Université Laval, Québec, QC, Canada

    • What's in a Label? Trends in Minimal Ingredients, Probiotics and Natural Preservatives

      Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Lu Ann Williams, Director of Innovation at Innova Market Insights, Duiven, The Netherlands


    • Aboriginals, First Nations and Indigenous Topics

    • Food Bioactive-matrix Interactions

    • Gut Health, Fibre and Pre-biotics

    • Nutrigenomics

    • The Science of Sugar and what it means for industry and the consumer

    • Food Bioactives, Nutraceuticals and Functional Food Ingredients *Organized by ISNFF

      Confirmed Speakers: Fereidoon Shahidi, University Research Professor, Departement of Biochemistry, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, Canada; Fellow of the Academy and President of ISNFF

      Chi-Tang Ho, Professor, Department of Food Science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA; Fellow of the Academy and past chair of ISNFF

      Lekh Juneja, Executive Vice President, Taiyo Kagaku Co., Ltd., Yokkaichi, Japan; CEO & Chairman of Taiyo Lucid Pvt. Ltd., India and Taiyo Green Power Co., Ltd., China

      Karen M. Schaich, Professor, Department of Food Science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

    Kazuo Miyashita, Professor in Marine Biosciences, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

    Ronald B. Pegg, Associate Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA



    • Safety aspect of food nanotechnology *Organized by ICSU

    • Structure Development and Property Control

      Confirmed Keynote Speaker: An-I Yeh, Professor and Director, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

    • Nanodelivery Systems for Improved Food Safety and Human Health

      Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Harjinder Singh, Distinguished Professor, Riddet Institute, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand

    • Nano-enabled Food Processing and Packaging

      Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Maria Rubino, Associate Professor, School of Packaging, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA

    • Consumer Perception and Regulatory Developments of Nanoengineered Materials in Food

      Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Lynn Frewer, Professor of Food and Society, School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


    • Allergens

      Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Steve Taylor, Professor and Co-Director, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, USA

    • Yeast, Fungi, and Other Fungal Metabolites *In honour of Tibor Deak

    • Zoonotic Diseases

    • Microbes, Virology, Parasites and Other Infectious Agents

      Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Cannon, Assistant Professor, Center for Food Safety, University of Georgia, Griffin, GA, USA

    • Microbiological, Physical and Chemical Safety of Agricultural Products and Processed Foods

      Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Joseph Scimeca, Director of Food Regulatory Affairs, Cargill Inc., Minneapolis, MN, USA

    • **ICMSF session**


    • Additives and ingredients

      Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Jonathan Curtis, Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

    • Food Bioactives: Identification, Characterization and Efficacy

      Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Richard Mithen, Programme leader for Bioactive Food Components, Institute of Food Research, Colney, Norwich, UK

    • Food Structure and Functionality

    • Detecting Food Adulteration

      Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Bob Hanner, Associate Director for the Canadian Barcode of Life Network, Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada

    • Small Angle Scattering of Foods

      Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Elliot Paul Gilbert, Instrument Scientist for QUOKKA, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization, Lucas Heights, Australia

    • Glass Transitions, Diffusion and Mass Transportation *Organized by ISOPOW

      Confirmed Speakers: Yrjo Roos, Professor of Food Technology, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

      Erich Windhab, Professor of Food Process Engineering at the Institute of Food Science at ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

      Niklas Lorén, Works in Structure - and Material design at SIK, Department of Applied Surface Chemistry STH, Senior Scientist Soft Microscopy Centre, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

      Joseph Seymour, Professor in Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Montana State University,Cobleigh Hall, MO, USA


    • Food Process/Package Modeling

      Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Ashim K. Datta, Professor, Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
    • Emerging Technologies (HPP, PEF, Ozone, PL/UV, etc)

      Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Marc Hendrickx, Head of Laboratory and Professor, Center for Food and Microbial Technology KU Leuven, Heverlee, Belgium

    • Packaging: MAP, Material Properties, Biodegradables/Edible Films

      Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Kit Yam, Professor, Department of Food Science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA
    • Thermal Processing, Minimal Processing and Hurdle Technology

      Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Hosahalli Ramaswamy, Professor, Department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada
    • Life-cycle Analysis, Eco Efficiency (for poster submission only)

    • Predictive Microbiology, Microbial Modeling

      Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Vijay Juneija, Supervisory Microbiologist, Residue Chemistry and Predictive Microbiology Research, USDA, Wyndmoor, PA, USA


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    • Convergent Innovation: Bridging Technologies to Innovation Through the Whole of Society for Affordable Food, Health and Health Care

    • Consumer Insights, Whole-system Innovation, and Interventions for Accelerating Obesity and NCDs Prevention and Control

    • Technologies, Business Models, Social Entrepreuneurship, and Innovation Ecosystems for Affordable Dietary Diversity and Balance

    • Integrated Solution to Hunger, Stunting and Anemia

    • Digital Technologies and Enabling Systems for Home Nutrition, Health and Self-Care Through the Lifecourse

    • Technologies, Metrics, Systems and Enabling Policy for Affordable Nutrition, Health and Health Care


    • Drivers for Sustainability

    • Food Waste Management

    • Global Warming and Climate Change

    • Industrial Success Stories

    • Organic Practice

    • International Benchmarking for Sustainability

    • Eco-efficiency and Carbon Footprints

    • Evolution of Consumption and Shaping of Future Food Systems

    • Filling the Production Shortfall

    • Avoiding Losses from Current Production Levels

    • A Vision for the Role of Food Science and Technology in Meeting Societal and Technological Challenges: A Symposium Dedicated to the Memory of Dr. Joseph Hulse *Organized by Academy Executive Council



  • Food Trucks

    • Affordable lunches between $8-15 will keep delegates onsite during lunch
    • Create a relaxed and convivial atmosphere on the EXPO floor
  • Food Trucks

    • Close to 500 posters will be presented as mini-oral presentations during the morning coffee breaks and lunches
    • This is 100% innovation & collaboration
    • As each of the 11 Congress themes has one dedicated station, you can network with a highly targeted audience.
  • Food Trucks

    • Student Challenge - A CIFST Feature Event Monday: 14:00-17:00
  • Food Trucks

    • People love photos! These photo points will definitely be popular!
    • Photo taken at 8ft distance will look as if the image is 3D
  • Food Trucks

    • High Daily traffic in these areas, especially during the breaks
    • Dedicated Poster Reception on Tuesday, August 19 from 18:00-19:00
  • Food Trucks

    • Placed strategically at the back of the hall to encourage participants to walk through the exhibits
    • Exhibitors will have the opportunity to place product samples at the coffee stations
  • Food Trucks

    • Features a large bar area
    • Each continent will have a dedicated area
    • Opportunity to network with specific regions

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