On behalf of the Victorian Branch and the Council of the AIFST, we would like to invite you to participate in the 47th Annual AIFST Convention to be held in Melbourne, Australia from 22 through 25 June 2014.
The Annual AIFST Convention is a great opportunity for professionals from all sectors of the Australasian food and allied industries to network with colleagues and friends, and to learn about and share experiences in the latest developments in the profession. If that isn't enticing enough, we have outstanding local and international speakers who will share with you some of the latest innovations in food science and technology.
This year's Convention theme is "Food – The Final Frontier: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century". Befitting this theme, the Convention program includes such "hot topics" as:
- Processing efficiency and effectiveness;
- Diet, health and performance – what are the choices;
- Food reformulation to meet the demands of the 21st century consumer;
- Traceability – how, when and why;
- Allergen risk management and developments;
- Food chemistry matters;
- Food safety – contaminants, pathogens and regulations;
- Supply chain economics – the bottom line;
- Cereal science – issues for the food industry;
- Sustainability for the 21st century
The 2014 Convention includes a half-day devoted to our young and developing scientists – come along and support our talented leaders of tomorrow! We also have a number of workshops scheduled as part of the program, all accredited within the AIFST Continuing Professional Development (CPD) initiative.
One of our greatest Winter Olympians and a Melbourne native – Alisa Camplin-Warner – will 'kick off' the Convention with a motivational 'adrenaline buzz' addressing skills, tips and tools to use in your life, team and workforce.
A highlight of the Convention this year will be our "Food Leaders Roundtable Forum" during which the topic "From Mining Boom to Food Boom – A Reality?" will be debated. Emma Alberici from ABC Television will moderate the discussion and Q&A from the audience. A lively session is guaranteed!
The 2014 Convention will this year be co-located with "foodpro 2014", the first time it will be held in Melbourne. Therefore, as a complement to the AIFST program you will also have the opportunity to see the latest offerings from suppliers to our industry.
A number of social functions also form part of the Convention program, including a "Star Trek"-themed Gala Convention Dinner where you can 'reach for the stars'. The best fancy dressers will receive prizes!
So whether you're a professional or student, member or non-member, marketer or scientist, working on-farm or in food processing and distribution, food safety or quality control, training or retailing, we have something to offer you all at this years' Convention.
On behalf of the Convention Committee, we look forward to welcoming you to Melbourne.
Here are several tips to guide you in your request for approval to attend 47th Annual AIFST Convention
- Your organisation is investing in you; provide details about what you will bring back from the conference
- What sessions will you attend and what immediate impact will they have on your work?
- What exhibitors will you visit on the exhibition floor and how this will help your organisation? - click here to visit FoodPro
- Which experts will you have access to and what knowledge would you bring back to share with your organisation?
Don't miss the earlybird deadline of 9th May 2014 to save your organisation $200 (members) on registration fees.
Joe Cardamone – Convention Chairperson
Convention Deputy Chair &
Technical Committee Lead