Pre-Meeting Short Courses

Pre-meeting Short Courses have a proven record of success. Over 400 professionals attended one of nine courses held June 20-21, 2014 in New Orleans, LA. 90% of attendees who took the post-course evaluation indicated they were either satisfied or very satisfied with the overall course quality; a 4% increase over 2013.

The 2015 Short Courses will be held July 10-11 at the Hilton Chicago.  Those interested in submitting a new course proposal should submit the Preliminary Program Proposal Form.  Preference will be given to

  • Those who submit forms by September 15
  • Courses two days in length
  • Courses that incorporate group activities and/or hands-on workshops 
  • Courses that require ten or fewer speakers and volunteers   

Successful courses* likely returning for 2015 include:

Course registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon beverages, color training binder, and advance online viewing of speaker presentations so that attendees can arrive better-prepared. 

Certified Food Scientists (CFS) can earn credits toward recertification by attending a Short Course.    

 2014 Fees*2-Day Course 1-Day Course )
Early Member by May 9
Early Non-Member by May 9$795
Early Student by May 9$225$105
Member after May 9$680$430
Non-Member after May 9$845$525
Student after May 9 $245$130

IFT also offers pre-meeting Short Course event sponsorship at three recognition levels. Opportunities to reach this specialized audience include pre- and post-course communications, promotional signage, complimentary registration, and more!  For questions about our promotional opportunities, speak to your personal IFT Strategic Account Manager, or contact Darlene Hankes at +1.312.604.0269 or

Check back often for updated course titles, speaker bios and agendas, and continuing education credit eligibility, or contact for more information.

*Courses and fees are subject to change without notice.