The following themes and sub topics have been identified for IUFoST 2014. These themes are subject to change. We look forward to receiving your abstracts in great numbers!

Each theme represents a minimum of 5 sessions, that will be placed within the parallel sessions.

Sessions in blue do not accept abstract submissions.


Potential Regulatory Issues

  • 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 & 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

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Consumer Behaviour and Sensory Evaluation

  • 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


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Innovation Through Collaboration (Industry, Academia, Government, Consumers)

  • 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: How to Promote Knowledge and Technology Transfer, Managing Intellectual Property and Contacts to Bridge Between Academia and Industry

    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 “ – Directorate General for Research and Innovation, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium

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Industrially-Relevant Products and Issues

  • Bakery Products - Innovative Ingredients & 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 Enginering 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, Quebec, 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

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Food and Health

  • 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


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Food Nanotechnology

  • 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


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Food Safety

  • 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**


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Food Chemistry

  • 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

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Food Processing

  • Food Process/Package Modeling

    Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Ashim K. Datta, Professor, Biological & 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: Hosahali 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
  • Non-thermal Energy input Food Processing- The state of the Engineering Sciences *Organized by ISFE

  • European Food Engineering Highlights *Organized by EAFE

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

    Lilia Ahrné, Director of Department for Process & Technology Development, SIK, European Federation of Food Science and Technology (EFFoST), Gothenburg, Sweden

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

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Convergence Innovation for Affordable Food, Health and Healthcare

  • 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

Sustainability and Food Security

  • 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 Loses 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

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Important Dates

May 15, 2014:
Early-bird registration deadline

March 3, 2014:
Abstract deadline

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