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Looking for a quick overview? Below is the schedule at a glance. All activities take place in the Venetian/Sands Expo Center unless otherwise noted. Schedule is subject to change. 

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  • Saturday June 24
  • Sunday June 25
  • Monday June 26
  • Tuesday June 27
  • Wednesday June 28
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    Emerging Leaders Network Room Lido 3101
    Invitation only
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    Short Course Food Science for the Non-Food Scientist Room Murano 3205 Venetian Sands Hotel
    SOLD OUT!

    One of IFT’s most popular courses will help you better understand and communicate with your technical teams and customers. Learn the basic principles of food science and equip yourself with an enhanced understanding of the role of food science in the development of food products. Gain a better understanding of the importance of food safety, basic regulatory issues and food science trends.

    What previous attendees say:
    "Thank you and the instructors for a great couple days. I felt there were many great lessons, and engagement that helped me draw on work experience in lessons. Great course, great teachers and a good time! Many thanks for it!"
    – Z. Kuczynski, Corporate Chef, Sargento Foods

    "Very much appreciate the energy and selflessness of the professors for volunteering their precious time to teach this course. Their passion for their respective subjects shined through!"
    –Rita Smith, R&D Technologist, Paradise Tomato Kitchens

    "I really enjoyed the course. All of the speakers were knowledgeable, answered our questions, were inspiring, and passionate about the Food Science discipline."
    – Amanda Shook, Technical Services Specialist, Nestlé, USA<

    REGISTRATION: This course has reached capacity. Please complete the form at the following link and we"ll contact you 1) if any seats become available or 2) when we schedule it again. http://info.ift.org/sold-out-ift17-short-course-0

    IFT Members: $780
    Non-Members: $945
    Student Members: $375

    Course registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon beverages, training binder, and certificate of completion.

    Know a colleague who would love to attend this course, but is unable to attend in-person? Let them know that the newly updated online course is available! The online course offers a series of instructional videos featuring the same presenters, as well as the benefit of mobile device compatibility for learning on-the-go. Register here: www.pathlms.com
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    Short Course Fundamentals and Application of Sensory Science Room San Polo 3403 Venetian Sands Hotel
    Successful food product development depends on a keen understanding and application of Sensory Science. In this 2-day course, you will get an overview of current practices, the benefits of different methods, and strategies on managing resources and information to meet product development requirements. We will also review basic sensory science principles and how they relate to current practices. You will learn the advantage gained by utilizing a complete sensory toolbox in product development, while hands-on activities will ensure your understanding of key points in the lectures. This course can provide you a level of confidence in an area which can impact the success of you and your product development team.



    REGISTRATION: http://iftevent.org/register/registration

    IFT Members: $780
    Non-Members: $945
    Student Members: $375
    Course registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon beverages, training binder, and certificate of completion.
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    Short Course Preventive Controls for Human Food

    *NOTE: This Short Course begins on Friday, 6/23/17 at 1:00 PM. The new federal regulations coming out of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) require that all companies producing food (not currently under regulatory-required HACCP) have a written Food Safety Plan as well as a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) to create, implement and oversee that Food Safety Plan. This two-and-a-half-day short course will satisfy both requirements to comply with the Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Human Foods rule. You will gain the knowledge needed to create a Food Safety Plan and meet the FDA’s training requirement to become your company’s PCQI. The course provides advice from industry professionals, hands-on group activity sessions and documentation to help you develop and implement a preventive controls Food Safety Plan. Medium-sized companies will need to be in compliance with the preventive controls rules by the Fall of 2017. Get started now to ensure that you are ready!

    Designed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA), this is the FDA recognized course for training food and beverage industry professionals seeking to become PCQI.

    REGISTRATION: http://iftevent.org/register/registration

    IFT Members: $865
    Non-Members: $1,050
    Student Members: $350
    All rates to increase $100 after May 12, 2017.
    Course registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon beverages, training workbook, and certificate designating you as a PCQI upon successful completion of the exam at the end of the course.

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    Short Course Labeling Requirements and Implications for Food Marketed in the U.S. Room San Polo 3401 Venetian Sands Hotel
    SOLD OUT!

    Food labeling requirements in the U.S. are already complex, and you need to stay ahead of the curve as they are being redefined. Upcoming implementation of the 2016 FDA changes to the Nutrition Facts Label and the forthcoming regulations responding to the 2016 federal biotechnology (GMO) disclosure law are just some of the major regulatory and policy changes that are impacting the food & beverage industry. In addition, as product developers reformulate to react to the prevailing drivers of the marketplace (e.g., clean/clear labeling, corporate social responsibility, and responsible sourcing) they need to understand the regulatory implications.

    This course will provide you with the foundation needed to be aware of the required, and permitted, contents of food labels and labeling, as well as to identify emerging issues relating to labeling content.

    What previous attendees say:
    “This labeling course has exceeded my expectation. I came in expecting that the class would be monotonous, but that was not the case. It was a lot of materials that we covered in 2 days, but at the end I went home with a better understanding about the subject.”

    “I really enjoyed that the presenters incorporated humor and anecdotes into their presentations, as it made topics that are dry much more interesting.”

    “Very helpful especially for people that are non-food scientists. Serves as a good guide on issues to look out for in labeling.”


    REGISTRATION: This course has reached capacity. Please complete the form at the following link and we"ll contact you 1) if any seats become available or 2) when we schedule it again. http://info.ift.org/sold-out-ift17-short-course-0

    IFT Members: $780
    Non-Members: $945
    Student Members: $375
    All rates to increase $100 after May 12, 2017.
    Course registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon beverages, training binder, and certificate of completion.
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    Short Course Certified Food Scientist (CFS) Prep Course Room Toscana 3601 Venetian Sands Hotel
    The Certified Food Scientist (CFS) Preparatory Course, offered in-person and online, is an optional course for those interested in obtaining their Certified Food Scientist credential. The CFS Prep Course offers participants access to expert instructors, access to a series of online practice tests, and an engaging online community for asking questions and sharing tips. Check your eligibility and learn about the CFS Application process at www.ift.org/certification.

    What previous attendees say:
    "The CFS Prep Course not only jump-started my preparation, it got me excited about studying again for food science. Earning the CFS certification formally recognizes all of the experience, knowledge, and dedication that contribute to a successful career in the food industry today. I am both elated and humbled to join an elite group of professionals."
    - Paul Rockwell, CFS

    "The course was incredibly helpful. I definitely think anyone who wants to take the exam should take the Prep Course."
    - Hannah Gray, CFS

    REGISTRATION: http://iftevent.org/register/registration

    IFT Members: $780
    Non-Members: $945

    Course registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon beverages, training binder, and certificate of completion.

    Know a colleague who would love to attend this course, but is unable to attend in-person? Let them know about the online course! The online course offers a series of modules that reflect the eight content domains covered on the CFS Exam, as well as the benefit of mobile device compatibility for learning on-the-go. Register here: https://www.pathlms.com/ift-learn-online/courses/498
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    Short Course Formulating for Function: Understanding the Application of Gums and Starches in Food Room San Polo 3501 Venetian Sands Hotel
    SOLD OUT!
    Gums and starches are primary components of food taste and texture, consumer liking, and nutrition. With many choices, selecting the right ingredients for an application can be challenging. This 2-day interactive course will provide guidance on hydrocolloid chemistry, structure-function relationships and relevant regulatory aspects with specific emphasis on creating new taste and texture, providing clean label approach and improving nutrition via dietary fiber increase, caloric reduction, fat reduction, sodium reduction, sugar reduction, etc.

    REGISTRATION: This course has reached capacity. Please complete the form at the following link and we"ll contact you 1) if any seats become available or 2) when we schedule it again. http://info.ift.org/sold-out-ift17-short-course-0




    IFT Members: $780
    Non-Members: $945
    Student Members: $375
    Course registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon beverages, training binder, and certificate of completion.
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    Short Course Flavor Interactions in Foods Room Toscana 3605 Venetian Sands Hotel
    SOLD OUT!

    One of IFT’s most popular courses provides you an overview of flavor chemistry and technology, interaction of flavors with food ingredients, application of flavors in food products, and the assessment of flavor quality changes. As an advanced complement to IFT"s primer online course, this two-day face-to-face course covers more in-depth training about the physical and chemical composition of flavors, sensory evaluation and descriptions of flavors, and the regulatory framework for use of flavor ingredients in the food and beverage industries. Interactive hands-on activities will ensure your understanding of key points in the lectures.

    What previous attendees say:
    “This course was extremely valuable and well taught. The instructors were all engaging, knowledgeable, and patient regarding answering individual questions. I hope that IFT continues to bring back this excellent short course.”

    “There was the best short course that I have been taken for the last 3 years.”

    “This short course was well organized, very informative, and very useful to various groups of people in the Food Science field. Thank you.”


    REGISTRATION: This course has reached capacity. Please complete the form at the following link and we"ll contact you 1) if any seats become available or 2) when we schedule it again. http://info.ift.org/sold-out-ift17-short-course-0

    IFT Members: $780
    Non-Members: $945
    Student Members: $375

    Course registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon beverages, training binder, and certificate of completion.

    Know a colleague who would love to attend this course, but is unable to attend in-person? Refer them to online course "Flavor Interactions in Food: A Primer!" This online course covers the fundamentals of flavors. If you or someone you know are new to the flavor industry and in need of basic training, this online course is a great place to start. Register here: www.pathlms.com
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    Short Course Clean Label Product Innovation Room San Polo 3504 Venetian Sands Hotel
    SOLD OUT!

    As consumers demand greater transparency, non-GMO ingredients, clearer and cleaner labels, the food scientist’s toolbox gets smaller and smaller. As a consequence, the elimination of some traditionally-used compounds can impact your products’ safety and shelf life. With the expertise of a diverse group of instructors, this course will provide you with the latest ingredient and processing solutions to develop safe, successful products for this rapidly-developing market. First offered in 2016, this course has been updated to provide deeper technical content and more product development case studies.



    REGISTRATION: This course has reached capacity. Please complete the form at the following link and we"ll contact you 1) if any seats become available or 2) when we schedule it again. http://info.ift.org/sold-out-ift17-short-course-0


    IFT Members: $780
    Non-Members: $945
    Student Members: $375
    Course registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon beverages, training binder, and certificate of completion.
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    Meetings Division Leadership Teams Meeting Room Casanova 501
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    Other Registration Open Room Hall G Foyer (1st Floor)
    Sunday, 6/25 - 8am-5pm
    Monday, 6/26 - 6:45am-5pm
    Tuesday, 6/27 - 8am-5pm
    Wednesday, 6/28 - 8am-4:30pm
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    Emerging Leaders Network Room Lido 3101
    Invitation only
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    Meetings Section Leadership Forum (Invitation Only) Room Toscana 3701
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    Short Course Sparking Innovation and Creativity Room Murano 3305 Venetian Sands Hotel
    SOLD OUT!

    Consumer preferences, food regulations and the competitive landscape are all changing which means innovation is imperative in your job. Break through the mental blocks and self-defeating habits that keep you from developing fresh ideas. This highly-interactive course offers dozens of strategies and techniques to help you harness the power of innovative thinking. You’ll find solutions to long-standing problems and enhance your own and others’ ability to think more clearly and make better decisions. Become a creativity catalyst and step outside the boundaries of traditional thinking to get results.

    REGISTRATION: This course has reached capacity. Please complete the form at the following link and we"ll contact you 1) if any seats become available or 2) when we schedule it again. http://info.ift.org/sold-out-ift17-short-course-0


    IFT Members: $500

    Non-Members: $595

    Student Members: $265
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    Meetings Phi Tau Sigma Evecutive Committee Meeting Room Galileo 1003
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    Awards & Competitions Dairy Foods Division Oral Competition Room Bellini 2001A
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    IFT Student Division Poster Competition
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    Division Poster and Oral Competitions
    IFT Divisions hold graduate student research poster and oral competitions. Poster competitions are closed and not open to attendees. The Oral competitions are open to any IFT17 attendee wishing to listen to research findings. More details including room locations for each oral competition will be available shortly.
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    Food Chemistry Division Oral Competition Room Bellini 2003
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    Awards & Competitions Food Microbiology Division Oral Competition Room Bellini 2101B
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    Awards & Competitions Phi Tau Sigma Leadership Council and Annual Business Meeting Room Veronese 2401A
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    Student IFTSA Student Lounge Room Lido 3001
    Hours:
    Sunday 3pm-6pm
    Monday 8am-6pm
    Tuesday 8am-5pm
    Wednesday 8am-1:30pm
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    Student First Timers Session for Students Room Lido 3104
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    Awards & Competitions, Student, Networking & Social IFT Division Competitions and Phi Tau Sigma Awards Ceremony Room Veronese 2401A
    IFT division student competition finalists are recognized and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of all division oral and poster competitions are announced. Don't miss this wonderful event to recognize the hard work students have done conducting cutting edge food science research in disciplines aligned with IFT divisions. In addition, celebrate achievements of Phi Tau Sigma members as individuals are recognized for their dedication and service in teaching food science.
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    Awards & Competitions Fellows Recognition Forum Room Veronese 2405
    Registration and Ticket Required. $45/person. Click here to register for this event!
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    Student IFTSA Chapter Leaders Workshop Part 1 Room Lido 3003
    Sunday 4:15-5:45pm
    Tuesday 10:45am-12:15pm
    Wednesday 10:00am-12:30pm
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    Awards & Competitions Awards Ceremony Room Venetian B
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    Networking & Social Welcome Reception Room Casanova 501
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    Networking & Social Feeding Tomorrow Fun Run + Fitness Room IFT Booth
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    Networking & Social International Lounge Room Marco Polo 803
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    Networking & Social North Carolina State University Breakfast Room Murano 3302
    Registration and Ticket required. $54/person. Click here to register for this event!
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    CFS Lounge Room Marco Polo 805-806
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    Feeding Tomorrow Fun Run + Fitness After Party Room IFT Booth
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    Networking & Social Canadian Breakfast hosted by CIFST Room Murano 3301
    Registration and Ticket required - $50/person Click here to register for this event!
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    Networking & Social Certified Food Scientist (CFS) Networking Breakfast Room Marco Polo 805
    Registration and Ticket required - $30/person. Click here to register for this event!
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    Networking & Social School of Food Science UI WSU Room Murano 3205
    Registration and Ticket required. $32/person.Click here to register for this event!
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    Primer Sessions
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    Networking & Social Marketing & Management Division Event Room San Polo 3505
    Registration and Ticket required. Professional: $15, Student: $5. Click here to register for this event!
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    Other CFS Lounge Room Marco Polo 806
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    Meetings Virtual and Augmented Reality in Food Science Education: A Roundtable Discussion Room Galileo 1002
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    Featured Session Processed Food: The Good, the Bad, and the Science Room Venetian Ballroom
    There's no question that food processing has been a boon to civilization. It's made just about everything we eat safer, less perishable, more transportable, more convenient, and cheaper.
    But it's also made it easy to produce diabolically delicious calorie-dense, nutrient--sparse foods that people find hard to resist. Who among us can be left alone with a bag of Doritos? Doctors, scientists, and public health authorities have identified highly processed foods as being an important driver of obesity and disease. Are they? And, if they are, what should we be doing about that?
    The panel will bring together a wide range of perspectives—historian, doctor, scientist, food company executive—to talk about the pros and cos of processed food.
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    Other Expo Open Room Hall A-D
    Monday, 6/26 - 10am-5pm
    Tuesday, 6/27 - 10am-5pm
    Wednesday, 6/28 - 10am-4pm
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    IFTNEXT Design Thinking for Food: A Groundbreaking Pilot Course to Develop the Next Generation of Food Innovators Room IFTNEXT Stage
    Join Dr. Lauren Shimek, Founder and CEO of Food.Tech.Design, and Dr. Charlotte Biltekoff, Associate Professor of American Studies and Food Science and Technology at the University of California, Davis for a flash demo of the design thinking tools for food innovation used in their groundbreaking course addressing the challenge of food waste. In this session we’ll go from problem statement to prototype in less than an hour and hear impact stories from food science students using these tools. Session will include a show and tell and on the spot rapid prototyping. About Dr. Biltkeoff- Dr. Biltekoff’s interdisciplinary research illuminates the values and beliefs that shape American eating habits. She is the author of Eating Right in America: The Cultural Politics of Food and Health (Duke University Press, 2013). For more information visit www.charlottebiltekoff.com.
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    Student The 27th Annual IFTSA & MARS Product Development Competition - Oral Presentations Room Lido 3102
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    Certified Food Scientist (CFS): An Introduction & Exam Strategies Room IFT Central Booth
    With more than 1,800 Certified Food Scientists in 55 countries, the Certified Food Scientist (CFS) credential is the only global certification for food science professionals. Unlike any other certification, the CFS designation recognizes the applied scientific knowledge and skills of global food professionals and provides a universal way to identify, cultivate, and retain top talent. Stop by the IFT Central Booth, located by the Food Expo entrance, to learn more about how the CFS can help you advance your career.
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    New Professionals Scientific & Applied Sessions
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    SPI Presentation: IFT Science and Policy Initiatives Overview Room IFT Central Booth
    Learn more about how IFT's Science and Policy Initiatives are working to help advocate for science of food professionals.
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    Student K-12 Student Outreach Sharing Session Room San Polo 3401

    One of Feeding Tomorrow’s new priorities is to encourage the best and brightest minds to pursue careers in the science of food. We invite our IFT community to share effective tools and resources used to engage students and introduce them to careers in the science of food. Join us for a roundtable discussion to capture ideas on what IFT’s community is doing out in the field. Anyone who leads K-12 presentations, initiatives or are generally interested in youth programming is welcome to participate. Come with ideas!

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    Meetings K-12 Student Outreach Sharing Session Room San Polo 3401
    With Feeding Tomorrow’s new strategic plan, one of our new priorities is to encourage the best and brightest minds to pursue careers in the science of food. For that reason, we want our IFT community to share effective tools and resources they use to engage students. Anyone who leads K-12 presentations, initiatives or are generally interested in our programs is welcome to participate.
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    GFTC Presentation: Global Food Traceability Center Overview Room IFT Central Booth
    Unlike other entries in the food traceability marketplace, the Global Traceability Center is assisting the global food industry to trace products through the supply chain to improve food safety, diminish risk, avert devastating health consequences, and economic loss to the food system. Learn more about their current initiatives and what is being planned for the future.
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    IFT New Membership Offerings: A Look To the Future Room IFT Central Booth
    Informed by current and former members, IFT's new membership offerings provide options designed to meet you where are you in your professional journey with the resources, services and affordable options you need to succeed.
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    Other IFT Career Center Live Room Galileo 904
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    ePoster/Poster Sessions
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    Meetings JFSE Editorial Board Meeting Room Bassano 2803
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    Meetings Council of Food Science Administrators (CFSA) Room Murano 3305
    Registration and Ticket required - $77/person. Click here to register for this event!
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    IFTNEXT A Discussion on Digestive Health and New Grain-Based Solutions Room IFTNEXT Stage
    Speaker Sumana Bell, Principle Scientist for Ardent Mills, will discuss the benefits of Ardent Mills Sustagrain® High-Fiber Barley on digestive health and current research findings pertaining to barley and the microbiome. In addition, Sumana will review Sustagrain’s impact to the FDA’s new regulation for fiber RDA, and implications on other fiber alternatives. Other topics will include current research studies on Sustagrain and glycemic index in humans.
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    Networking & Social Nutraceuticals & Functional Foods Division and Education, Exptension, & Outreach Division Event Room Murano 3204
    Registration and Ticket required. Professional: $30, Student: $10. Click here to register for this event!
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    Networking & Social Product Development and Refrigerated & Frozen Foods Divisions Event Room Murano 3303
    Registration and Ticket required. Professional: $30, Student: $10. Click here to register for this event!
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    Networking & Social Food Laws & Regulations and Toxicology & Safety Evaluation and Quality Assurance Divisions Event Room Murano 3201
    Registration and Ticket required. Professional: $30, Student $10. Click here to register for this event!
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    IFTNEXT The $250 Billion R&D Problem Room IFTNEXT Stage
    In his IFTNext presentation, David will discuss the challenges facing food and beverage R&D in the midst of unprecedented disruption and market loss. In this era of mega-mergers pressured with double-digit margin enhancement, massive R&D reductions and zero-based budgeting, billion-dollar investments in tech startups are stealing the innovation spotlight. Companies that don't have the size or resources to compete on margin reduction through cost-cutting have an opportunity to drive profitability through innovation. Dave will challenge companies to rethink how they utilize stranded and underutilized IP and present a new model for R&D that offers an opportunity to develop stand-alone returns and greater innovation activity. He'll share a roadmap for reestablishing the R&D function not only as a cost center but as a viable, valuable and financeable business model in its own right. 
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    Meetings IFT Press Advisory Group Meeting Room Galileo 1001
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    Make the Most of Our Membership: Networking, Learning & Engagement Opportunities Room IFT Central Booth
    Many know IFT for its annual event, but there is so much more to IFT. Trying to figure out how to tap into IFT's vast network or have a certain skill or area of concentration you need to gain more experience in? Then you can't miss this informative info session. In this session you will learn all about the great networking, learning and engagement resources and services IFT provides its members all year long.
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    Featured Session The Produce Aisle, Tattoo Parlours and the International Space Station - How an Apple Might Define the Future of the Human Body Room Venetian Ballroom
    Dr. Pelling, scientist, professor, entrepreneur and renowned TED Senior Fellow will provide a talk to unapologetically challenge your curiosity and inspire your creativity.

    Scientist, professor, entrepreneur and TED Senior Fellow Andrew Pelling has built a career on unapologetic curiosity, creativity and serendipity. He is a professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of Ottawa, where he founded and directs a curiosity-driven research lab that brings together artists, scientists, social scientists and engineers. Pelling is also the co-founder and CTO of Spiderwort Inc., a mission driven company developing open source platforms to enable the widespread and global adoption of biological research in all environments and economic contexts. Most recently, he founded pHacktory, a street-level research lab in Ottawa that amplifies community ideas through a potent mixture of craft, serendipity and curiosity.
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    Meetings Environmental Impact of Shifting Diets: A Roundtable Discussion Room Galileo 1002
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    IFTNEXT How Plants Fight Food Microbes Room IFTNEXT Stage
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    Student The Disney/IFTSA Product Development Competition - Oral Presentations Room Lido 3103
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    ePoster/Poster Sessions
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    Sponsor Presentation: New Fats & Oils Innovation Room IFT Central Booth
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    Scientific & Applied Sessions
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    IFTNEXT The Ideal Food Material Specification Room IFTNEXT Stage
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    New Professionals: Start Your Career Off Right Room IFT Central Booth
    Are you new to the science of food profession? Not quite sure how to navigate all the different options this career path provides? Or, are you just trying to figure out how to meet other professionals like yourself to start building a support network? Then this session is for you.
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    Networking & Social Purdue - Indiana IFT Social Room Murano 3203
    Registration and Ticket required. $35/person. Click here to register for this event!
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    Networking & Social Dairy Division Event Room San Polo 3403
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    Networking & Social UMass Food Science Update Room Buddy V"s at the Venetian
    Registration and Ticket required. $35/person. Click here to register for this event!
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    Networking & Social Carbohydrate Division Event Room San Polo 3505
    Registration and Ticket required. Professional - $30, Student - $5. Click here to register for this event!
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    Networking & Social Michigan State University Food Science & Human Nutrition Room Murano 3206
    Registration and Ticket required. $10/person. Click here to register for this event!
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    Networking & Social Rutgers University Food Science Alumni Update Room Murano 3303
    Registration and Ticket required. $40/person. Click here to register for this event!
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    Networking & Social UGA CAES Food Science Alumni Gathering Room Maggiano's Little Italy (3200 Las Vegas Blvd South)
    Registration and Ticket required. $25/person. Click here to register for this event!

    Maggiano's Little Italy is located in the Fashion Show Mall at 3200 Las Vegas Blvd South.
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    Networking & Social The Ohio State University Friends and Alumni Reception Room Murano 3305
    Registration and Ticket required. $30/person. Click here to register for this event!
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    Other 2017 annual KAFTA (Korean American Food Technologists Association) meeting Room Thai seafood ginger (1750 S Rainbow Blvd #6, Las Vegas, NV 89146)
    For additional information, please contact Youngmok Kim at ykim@synergytaste.com.
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    Networking & Social Reviewers' Reception (Invitation Only) Room Murano 3306
    Invitation Only
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    Networking & Social University of Illinois Reception Room Murano 3204
    Registration and ticket required. $25/person. Click here to register for this event!
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    Networking & Social Food Engineering, Food Packaging, and Nonthermal Processing Divisions Event Room San Polo 3502
    Registration and Ticket required. Professional: $30, Student: $5. Click here to register for this event!
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    Networking & Social Nutrition Division & Food Service Division Event Room San Polo 3402
    Registration and Ticket required. Professional: $30, Student: $10. Click here to register for this event!
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    Networking & Social Aquatic Foods Division Event Room B&B Burger and Beer
    B&B Burger and Beer can be found on the casino level of the Venetian Hotel
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    Networking & Social Biotechnology, Fruit & Vegetable Products, and Food Microbiology Divisions Event Room San Polo 3405
    Registration and Ticket required. Professional - $30, Student - $10
    Click here to register for this event!
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    New Professionals Mixer Room Murano 3201
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    Networking & Social Muscle Foods Division & Protein Division Event Room San Polo 3406
    Registration and Ticket required. Professional: $30, Student: $10. Click here to register for this event!
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    Networking & Social International Division Event Room San Polo 3504
    Registration and Ticket required. Professional: $30, Student: $5. Click here to register for this event!
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    Networking & Social IFT Prayer Breakfast Room Carmine's at Caesar's Palace (3500 South Las Vegas Blvd), Terrazza Room
    Registration and Ticket required. $35/person. Click here to register for this event!
    Carmine's is located in The Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace.
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    Other CFS Lounge Room Marco Polo 806
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    Other IFT Career Center Live Room Galileo 904
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    Featured Session FOOD EVOLUTION Film Premiere Room Venetian Ballroom
    The long-awaited premier is here! From Academy Award®-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy (THE GARDEN, FAME HIGH, OT: OUR TOWN) and narrated by esteemed science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson, FOOD EVOLUTION is set amidst a polarized debate marked by fear, distrust and confusion: the controversy surrounding GMOs and food.

    Traveling from Hawaiian papaya groves, to banana farms in Uganda to the cornfields of Iowa, FOOD EVOLUTION wrestles with the emotions and the evidence driving one of the most heated arguments of our time.
    Enlisting experts and icons of the struggle such as Mark Lynas, Alison Van Eenennaam, Jeffrey Smith, Andrew Kimbrell, Vandana Shiva, Robert Fraley, Marion Nestle and Bill Nye, as well as farmers and scientists from around the world, this bold and necessary documentary separates the hype from the science to unravel the debate around food. While the passionate advocates on all sides of this debate agree on the need for safe, nutritious and sustainable food for the planet, their differing views over what constitutes the truth have pit them against each other, rendering the subject of food itself into an ideological battleground.

    Immediately following the film IFT President John Coupland will moderate a panel discussion with director Scott Hamilton and special guests featured in the film.
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    Student IFTSA College Bowl Competition - Preliminary Rounds (CLOSED) Room Lido 3005
    CLOSED SESSION
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    Other Expo Open Room Hall A-D
    Monday, 6/26 - 10am-5pm
    Tuesday, 6/27 - 10am-5pm
    Wednesday, 6/28 - 10am-4pm
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    Higher Education Review Board (Closed Meeting) Room Galileo 1001
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    IFTNEXT Consumer Trends in 2017 Room IFTNEXT Stage
    What people want and what they do are often at odds. Silvia Dumitrescu from the International Food Information Council (IFIC) will give us a sneak peak of the IFIC’s Foundation’s 2017 Food & Health Survey (in its 12th year!) to gain a better understanding of what consumers think about food and nutrition.
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    Student IFTSA Chapter Leaders Workshop Part 2 Room Lido 3003
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    Food Disruption Challenge Information Session Room IFT Central Booth
    Food Disruption Challenge: A global pitch contest and a program nurturing (or featuring) future food-focused entrepreneurs. The contest winner will be presented with the "The Food Disruptor of the Year" award. This challenge will focus on growing and supporting the startup community of food focused founders as well as investors and mentors. The information session will highlight the vision, mission and the process regarding the pitch contest. If you are interested in applying for this contest or interested in being a mentor or a judge, please come to this session for more information.
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    ePoster/Poster Sessions
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    Scientific & Applied Sessions
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    IFTNEXT Food Technologists Without Borders: A Compelling Concept Room IFTNEXT Stage
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    How to Maintain Your CFS Credential Room IFT Central Booth
    You worked hard to earn your CFS, now you need to maintain it. Maintaining your Certified Food Scientist (CFS) certification secures the investment you've already made in your career. The CFS demonstrates that you have the knowledge to assure the quality of products and services in the evolving field of food science. Attend this session to learn tips for making this process eas and manageable and why it is so important to do so.
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    Student IFTSA College Bowl Competition - Rounds 7-12 Room Venetian B
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    Meetings IFT Journals Editorial Boards Lunch Room Murano 3203
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    Student The 27th Annual IFTSA & MARS Product Development Competition - Tasting (CLOSED) Room Lido 3101
    CLOSED SESSION
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    IFT New Membership Offerings: A Look To the Future Room IFT Central Booth
    Informed by current and former members, IFT's new membership offerings provide options designed to meet you where you are in your professional journey with the resources, services and affordable options you need to succeed.
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    IFTNEXT GMOs ....So What? Part I Room IFTNEXT Stage
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    Other Certified Food Scientist (CFS): An Introduction & Exam Strategies Room Marco Polo 806

    Curious about the Certified Food Scientist (CFS) designation, how it can benefit your career and strategies on how to prepare for the exam? If so, attend this session to:

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    Student The Disney/IFTSA Product Development Competition - Sensory Evaluation (CLOSED) Room Lido 3102
    CLOSED SESSION
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    IFTNEXT Accelerating Innovation with Modeling Tools & Solutions Room IFTNEXT Stage
    We will be discussing the role of predictive modeling in preservation systems, ionic strength calculations, physical and chemical interactions, spoilage and pathogen microbial modeling and how different food solutions can be used and how they work, different application methods and pros/cons.
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    Scientific & Applied Sessions
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    Student Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Competition sponsored by Tate & Lyle Room Lido 3103
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    IFTNEXT Sound Off! Three Industries’ Success Stories for Environmental Monitoring, Food Safety Validation and Sanitation Room IFTNEXT Stage
    We've all seen media coverage of recent food pathogen disasters and understand the need to get in front of them. With the new Preventive Controls for Human Food it has become increasingly critical to the food industry to adequately monitor, verify and validate preventive controls including sanitation controls. Creating and maintaining an effective environmental monitoring program (EMP) can serve as an 'early warning system' to fend off potential contamination. Learn about success stories from the dry, meat, and frozen foods sectors, and the complexities and challenges of validating sanitation controls, implementing EMPs, and creating a food safety culture.
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    Meetings Fellows Roundtable (Invitation Only) Room Galileo 901
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    Make the Most of Your Membership: Networking, Learning & Engagement Room IFT Central Booth
    Many know IFT for its annual event, but there is so much more to IFT. Trying to figure out how to tap into IFT's vast network or have a certain skill or area of concentration you need to gain more experience in? Then you can't miss this informative info session. In this session you will learn all about the great networking, learning and engagement resources and services IFT provides its members all year long.
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    ePoster/Poster Sessions
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    Other How to Maintain and Renew your CFS Credential Room Marco Polo 806

    Commitment to Lifelong Learning is a pillar of the Certified Food Scientist CFS program. Have all your questions answered about the requirements for maintaining and renewing your CFS, and get tips on building a continuing education plan that will benefit both you and your organization.

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    Navigating the Peer-Reviewed Process in IFT Journals Room IFT Central Booth
    Interested in publishing your research in one of IFT's prestigious journals. Then you don't want to miss this informative session where you'll get insights into how to best navigate the peer-review process.
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    IFTNEXT Advances in 3D Printing: Explore the 3D Printer Room IFTNEXT Stage
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    IFT New Membership Offerings: A Look to the Future Room IFT Central Booth
    Informed by current and former members, IFT's new membership offerings provide options designed to meet you where you are in your professional journey with the resources, services and affordable options you need to succeed.
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    Networking & Social Division Networking Reception Room Casanova 501
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    Networking & Social Cornell Food Science Reception Room Toscana 3601
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    Networking & Social Chinese American Food Society (CAFS) Business Event Sponsored by the FAIC Room 4001
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    Student, Networking & Social IFTSA Student Mixer Room San Polo 3401
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    Networking & Social American Association of Food Scientists for the Indian Subcontinent Banquet (AAFSIS) Room India Palace Restaurant (505 E. Twain Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89169)
    Click here to register for this event!
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    Networking & Social Food Chemistry Division Event Room LaGasse's Stadium, Luxury Box #4
    Lagasse's Stadium is located on the lower level of the Palazzo hotel. To get there from the IFT17 Expo, exit the Venetian/Sands meeting space to the right and follow the hanging signs to the Palazzo check-in lobby. Once in the lobby, go toward the exit doors. Before getting to the doors, there will be an escalator down. Take the escalator down to the lower level and Lagasse's Stadium will be behind the escalators.
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    Networking & Social, Awards & Competitions Feeding Tomorrow Student Celebration Room San Polo 3401
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    Networking & Social Feeding Tomorrow Student Celebration Room San Polo 3401
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    Student, Awards & Competitions IFTSA Closing Ceremony Room Venetian B
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    Networking & Social Sensory and Consumer Sciences Division Event Room Lagasse's Stadium, Veranda/Patio
    Registration and Ticket required. Professional: $60, Student: $20. Click here to register for this event!

    Lagasse's Stadium is located on the lower level of the Palazzo hotel. To get there from the IFT17 Expo, exit the Venetian/Sands meeting space to the right and follow the hanging signs to the Palazzo check-in lobby. Once in the lobby, go toward the exit doors. Before getting to the doors, there will be an escalator down. Take the escalator down to the lower level and Lagasse's Stadium will be behind the escalators.
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    Student, Networking & Social IFTSA Networking Party Room Gold Coast Bowling Center
    Gold Coast Bowling Center is located in the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino (4000 West Flamingo Road).
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    Meetings Feeding Tomorrow Board of Trustees Meeting Room Galileo 1002
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    Other CFS Lounge Room Marco Polo 806
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    Other IFT Career Center Live Room Galileo 904
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    Scientific & Applied Sessions
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    Achievement Awards Nomination Process Info Session Room IFT Central Booth
    Receiving one of IFT's Recognition Awards is often the capstone to a peers' hard work. Are you interested in learning how the nomination process works and how the best and brightest in the profession are selected to receive these prestigious awards? Attend this session to learn more about the process and how you can contribute.
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    ePoster/Poster Sessions
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    Student IFTSA Chapter Leaders Workshop Part 3 Room Lido 3003
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    Other Feeding Tomorrow Future Food Scientist Education and Expo Tour Room Casanova 501
    This event is invitation only.
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    Other Expo Open Room Hall A-D
    Monday, 6/26 - 10am-5pm
    Tuesday, 6/27 - 10am-5pm
    Wednesday, 6/28 - 10am-4pm
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    Scientific & Applied Sessions
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    GMOs ....So What? Part II Room IFTNEXT Stage
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    IFTNEXT IFTNEXT Innovation Networking Event: IFT18 Competition Room IFTNEXT Stage
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    Scientific & Applied Sessions
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    ePoster/Poster Sessions
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    Student IFTSA Board of Directors Meeting Room Lido 3101

Powerful, interactive talks and panel discussions exploring provocative, timely topics in the science of food.
Fuel your passion for the science of food. Attend and participate in IFTNEXT presentations, discussions and debates tackling important and sometimes controversial topics.
In-depth, intensive courses designed to give tons of information to help you get the knowledge you need to advance your career.
At IFT17 you will be inspired, refueled and ready to tackle complex challenges with a renewed sense of purpose and confidence. Intensive scientific sessions, preeminent guest speakers, access to the latest products and trends, networking and social activities all await you at IFT17.