Upcoming Events

IUFoST, 2018

The IUFoST World Congress of Food Science and Technology is a forum to highlight cutting-edge topics of global concern and the latest innovations that aim to strengthen the global voice for food science and technology for the benefit of humanity. The 19th World Food Congress, to be held in Mumbai, India, will address these issues using the theme “25 billion meals a day by 2025, with healthy, nutritious, safe and diverse foods”. For more information on the IUFoST World Congress please go here.

IUFoST is committed to providing opportunities for the next generation of food scientists and technologists to demonstrate their skill and ingenuity in addressing today's pressing issues. The Four Competitions will be held in Mumbai to inspire and recognise innovation and leadership in food science and technology: Read more about them below and spread the word to students, young scientists, and your colleagues who work with them. You are encouraged to nominate candidates for or apply for the following competitions:


The purpose of this competition is to encourage food science and technology undergraduate students to use their knowledge and skills to develop innovative food products to fight hunger. Students are challenged to develop a nutritious product based on regional raw materials and technologies. The primary focus is on the practical application of scientific and technological principles with the concern for safety, sensory acceptability, shelf life, health and marketability.

Deadline for submission of a letter with project and product details is April 1, 2018. Find full information on competition, the application process, dates and application form here.


The Young Scientist Competition, begun in 2006, continues to offer young scientists unique access to and insight into the World Food Congress, its expert speakers and the food scientists and technologists attending. Seven young scientists in their first post-doctoral position, first academic position, age 35 or under, will be selected from nominees to attend the Congress. Each young scientist will address a global audience with his or her research following a plenary speaker. He or she will then join over 2000 other food scientists and technologists to experience this global event.

Nominations close on April 1, 2018. Find the competition details and nomination form here.


Food Safety has been identified as a key focus area for IUFoST that requires local solutions based on globally applicable principles. Food science and technology students enrolled in a M.Sc. or Ph.D. programme are invited to submit an academic paper with the objective of enhancing global food safety. The paper should address a food safety issue arising from an indigenous food from their home country or region in a practical way

Applications must be received by April 1, 2018 and will be considered by an international jury in conjunction with IUFoST. Find the details and application form here.


Food science and technology plays an important role of ensuring the health and wellbeing of people around the world and is essential to resolving food safety and sustainability challenges now and in the future. How that happens is unique to each country – even right down to communities within each country. The IUFoST Student Video Competition is your chance to tell the story of the positive impact of food science in your region, country or community.

Please read the competition rules. Be sure to follow them to avoid disqualification. Once you have perfected your video, send an email to with the Subject STUDENT VIDEO COMPETITION. The email to Janet Viljoen janet@janetviljoen.co.za must include a link to a video storage service which has your video (e.g. Drop Box, Google Drive, OneDrive etc.). IUFoST will upload your video from your storage site. Applications must be received by April 1, 2018 and will be considered by an international jury in conjunction with IUFoST. Find the details and application form here.

Kind Regards

IUFoST Interim Secretariat


Belfast, Nothern Ireland
28 - 31 May, 2018

From: Una Bradley <u.bradley@qub.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 10:01 AM
Subject: Belfast Summit on Global Food Integrity

As Chairman, I’m delighted to let you know about a very exciting event, the Belfast Summit on Global Food Integrity, which will take place in the famous Waterfront Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland, in late May 2018.

This Summit will bring together food-security experts from all over the world, spanning academia, industry, agriculture, NGOs and regulators. The agenda will be high-level and ambitious; indeed, a large number of EU Projects will hold meetings while in Belfast.

The debate around the integrity of the global food-supply system will be lively and perhaps even controversial; the dilemma of how to feed a growing global population amid issues such as pollution, climate change, food fraud and food terrorism must be tackled head-on, sometimes provocatively.

The summit will be outcomes-focused, with the development of policy recommendations being fed back through the appropriate mechanisms.

Keynote speakers already signed up include professionals from PepsiCo, WHO, FAO, WWF and US Homeland Security. Countries represented include Denmark, USA, Austria, China, Czech Republic, Belgium, Singapore and The Netherlands.

Please view the Summit website http://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/ASSET2018Summit/ and register to join the great debate! (Our Early Bird Rate is still in operation).

I would really appreciate if you could help spread the word – and joining the conversation on Twitter (@QUBIGFS and @ASSET2018).

An international gathering like this promises to be an important networking opportunity. But more than any other factor, we want you to contribute to the global debate – how we feed the world, going forward, with integrity.

If you require any more information, or have any additional thoughts of how to get involved, please get in touch, I would love to hear from you.

Best regards,

Professor Chris Elliott
Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences
Queen’s University Belfast
Belfast, Northern Ireland
United Kingdom

Una Bradley | Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Officer | Institute for Global Food Security | Queen's University Belfast
E: u.bradley@qub.ac.uk
Twitter: QUBIGFS  
Website: Institute for Global Food Security


Johannesburg, South Africa,
9 - 12 October, 2018

The Second Africa Congress on Conservation Agriculture will be held on 9th - 12th October 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Find attached herein, the Second Africa Congress on Conservation Agriculture early bird registration reminder and cover letter.

For further information visit: www.africacacongress.org or www.act-africa.org

Alternatively, Email: cacongress@act-africa.org or helpdesk@act-africa.org