Home Sessions


Learn with Purpose–Get the Insights You Need To Succeed

If you’re passionate about your work and are committed to staying current with the latest research and insights in the field of food science and technology, IFT17 is the definitive event for you.

IFT Scientific Sessions

In today’s competitive workplace, you can’t afford to let a professional development opportunity like IFT17 pass you by. IFT17 is where you can hone your expertise by learning about the latest research and recharge your creativity with inspirational featured session presentations, real-world case studies, peer exchanges and enlightening scientific and ePoster/Poster session presentations.

Scientific and ePoster/Poster Sessions
IFT’s educational and scientific sessions and poster presentations are developed by scientific experts for scientific experts. Each is reviewed and selected by experienced professionals with a deep expertise in each area, ensuring that your educational experience will be second to none. In addition to high quality, our program also provides participants educational breadth and depth with more than 100 sessions and 700+ technical research presentations all divided into major areas of focus to make it easy for you to customize your ideal learning experience.

Our session tracks make it easy for you to identify relevant sessions of interest. Session tracks provided under the Session Details section below. Be sure to also check out our new Online Planner to sort sessions by specific topic, such as emerging trends, new developments, and commodity areas, as well as experience level, and more. New this year is the ability to also search for events in addition to learning session opportunities.

Featured Sessions and New IFTNEXT Programming
In addition to scientific and ePoster/poster presentations, IFT17 also has a great line-up of featured session speakers; IFTNEXT panel discussions presentation and debates; new technology demonstrations, trend exhibitions and more!

Plan Your Ultimate IFT17 Experience
Check out our new Online Planner where you can search by session, speaker, track, day, time, and so much more to create a customized IFT17 experience just right for you. New this year is the ability to search for events in addition to session information.


Session Details

Expand All / Collapse All
  • Featured Sessions
    Dr. Andrew Pelling in his studio.

    Featured Sessions—Fuel Your Passion for the Science of Food
    IFT17 brings you a great line-up of featured session speakers and panel discussions. Sessions include:

    • A Conversation with Dr. Andrew Pelling, scientist, professor, entrepreneur and TED Senior Fellow will provide a talk to unapologetically challenge your curiosity and creativity;

    • IFT film screening premiere of FOOD EVOLUTION, narrated by esteemed science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson, followed by a lively panel discussion with academy award nominee director Scott Hamilton Kennedy, Producer Trace Sheehan and featured film guests Alison Van Eenennaam, Animal Genomics and Biotechnology Cooperative Extension Specialist in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis and Emma Naluyima, a Smallholder Farmer and Private Veterinarian in Uganda, presenter of the 2014 World Food Prize Norman Borlaug Dialogue Keynote Address

    •  “Processed Food: The Good, The Bad and The Science,” a lively panel discussion moderated by Tamar Haspel, esteemed food and science journalist for the award-winning Washington Post, and an all-star panel.


  • New! IFTNEXT Sessions

    Design Thinking for Food

    IFTNEXT— Be Challenged to Think Big and Bold
    New this year is IFTNEXT, a series of critical conversations, hot topics, roundtables discussions and debates exploring provocative, forward-thinking topics tackling important and sometimes controversial topics. In addition, IFTNEXT will feature Start-Up Alley where you will be able to talk one-on-one with a leading group of entrepreneurs developing some of the most innovative products and solutions.

  • Session Tracks

    Topical tracks help make it easier for you to identify the sessions most relevant to your interests and professional focus.

    IFT17 Tracks include:

    • Food, Health & Nutrition
    • Food Chemistry
    • Food Engineering
    • Food Microbiology
    • Food Processing & Packaging
    • Food Safety & Defense
    • Product Development & Ingredient Innovations
    • Professional Development
    • Public Policy, Food Laws & Regulations
    • Sensory Science
    • Sustainability
    • Teaching & Learning
  • Scientific & Applied Sessions

    IFT17 Scientific & Applied SessionsIFT17's scientific and applied sessions—our most comprehensive education offering—attract food professionals for three intensive days of knowledge sharing. Engage with scientific experts from around the globe as they share their insights, experience, and ideas.

  • Call for Proposals
    IFT17 Poster Sessions

    This is the opportunity to present yourself as an expert in front of thousands of food science professionals from industry, academia, and government. Do you have new research, insights into emerging trends, or an innovative technology fellow food science professionals would benefit from learning? The IFT18 Call for Proposals opens in July 2017, please visit www.ift.org for updates.

  • IFT16 Session Catalog

    Access to the online IFT16 Session Catalog, free to IFT16 Total Access conference attendees.

    The catalog contains 100 recorded presentations including audio recordings synced with PowerPoint slides and PDFs of presenter handouts (for those which presenters gave permission to record audio and share handouts). Take advantage of convenient, mobile-friendly access to sessions you may have missed or can’t wait to watch again.

    Access the IFT16 Session Catalog

    Missed IFT16, or are interested in learning more about the breadth of education you can expect at IFT16?

    You can take advantage of the great session content presented at IFT16 by purchasing access to the entire IFT16 Session Catalog or just purchasing sessions by specific track. You can also browse the sessions to see what was offered.

    CFS credential holders, did you know you can earn CH toward recertification through the Session Catalog? Earn one hour of credit for every hour of session content you view!

    Explore the sessions and view pricing.

If you’re serious about advancing your career, business, research, or the science of food and technology, then you can’t afford to miss IFT17.