Education Overview 


Each year in the food industry…

  • More than 240,000 new food products are launched
  • More than 30,000 new pieces of food research are published
  • Thousands of new food regulations are introduced

Stay on top of these changes by taking advantage of the education opportunities at our 2014 event. Food professionals from around the world come together during IFT’s Annual Meeting to share insights into the latest scientific applications, newest innovations, and hottest trends.

Annual Meeting Scientific Program

The 2015 Scientific Program Call for proposals will open at the end of October. Please continue checking this area of the site for details. 


Discover new ideas and innovations, and gain insights into coming trends that will help you…and your organization…be even more successful. Learn how leading companies are using the latest science to develop products to meet evolving consumer needs.

More than 100 peer-reviewed sessions, divided into major areas of focus and expertise levels, make it easy for you to build a custom learning experience that will help answer your most pressing food science challenges, sharpen your skills, and give you inspiration.

session listings

Teaching & Learning Program

Designed for academics and other industry educators who are interested in teaching excellence, research and extension/outreach, this program offers traditional sessions as well as interactive skill-building opportunities.

Education on the Expo Floor

Gain even more innovative ideas to bring back to your organization when you attend special product development and business solution sessions presented on the Food Expo floor.

Technical Field Trips

Take a break from the convention center by signing up for a Technical Field Trip. Technical Field Trips give you the opportunity to visit local businesses and gain an insider’s view of the unique ways food science is currently being applied.

Pre-event Short Courses

Get in-depth, practical education with only a modest investment of your time by signing up for a pre-event Short Course. Short Courses focus on current topics and are taught by experts in their respective areas.