Upcoming events

    • 16 Jun 2020
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • 1 Sep 2020
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • 5 sessions

    AIP Introduces On-line Training Courses for Industry

    The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) is pleased to advise that the Institute will be moving 5x Training Courses to a virtual platform to ensure consistency of educational offerings for the industry at this time. In addition, two of the training courses are new to the portfolio and one has been updated. All of industry is invited to attend no matter where you are in the world so book your place today.

    AIFST Members will receive a discount price to attend, with all attendees attaining 12.5 Certified Packaging Professional Points per course.

    Please register via the links provided below - directly with the AIP

    Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) On-Line Training Course #1

    Flexible Packaging: Now and Into the Future  

    June 16th 2020

    9.00 am to 1.00 pm (AEST)

    http://aipack.com.au/event-registration/?ee=274


    Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) On-line Training Course #2

    Introduction to Sustainable Packaging

    July 7th 2020

    9.00 am to 1.00 pm (AEST)

    http://aipack.com.au/event-registration/?ee=275

     

    Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) On-line Training Course #3

    Future of Sustainable Labelling (Updated Course)

    July 21st 2020

    9.00 am to 1.00 pm (AEST)

    http://aipack.com.au/event-registration/?ee=276

     

    Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) On-line Training Course #4

    The New World of Plastics Technology: Polymers & Recycling (New Course)

    August 11th 2020

    9.00 am to 1.00 pm (AEST)

    http://aipack.com.au/event-registration/?ee=277


    Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) On-line Training Course #5

    Implementing the Sustainable Packaging Guidelines within your Business (New Course)

    September 1st 2020

    9.00 am to 1.00 pm (AEST)

    http://aipack.com.au/event-registration/?ee=278

    • 17 Aug 2020
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • 21 Aug 2020
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • Via Zoom
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    National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology

    Celebrating Food Science & Technology as a Career and the future of food science


    National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology and provides an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of Australian scientists to the world of knowledge. It also aims to encourage an interest in science pursuits among the public, and to encourage younger people to be fascinated by the world we live in.

    National Science Week is an opportunity for everyone to talk science, see science and do science. This year, National Science Week will take place from 15th -23rd August and during this week, AIFST will be turning the spotlight onto Food Science & Technology as a career and what the future holds.

    Hear from a range of food industry professionals about their food science journey and the future.

    Attendance is free for AIFST members.

    AIFST non-members - $20 per webinar OR attend all the webinars for $85

    • 17 Aug 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Via Zoom
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    National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology

    Celebrating Food Science & Technology as a Career and the future of food science

    Presenters:

    Deon Mahoney 

    What will food science and technology bring to our future and how can we contribute?

    Dr Lisa Szabo 

    Food science career journey and the future

    National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology and provides an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of Australian scientists to the world of knowledge.  It also aims to encourage an interest in science pursuits among the public, and to encourage younger people to be fascinated by the world we live in.

    National Science Week is an opportunity for everyone to talk science, see science and do science.

    Date: Monday 17th August 

    Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm (AEST)

    About the Speakers

    Deon Mahoney

    Deon Mahoney possesses wide ranging, long-term experience across food science and technology. He has post graduate qualifications from the University of Sydney, and over his career he has performed in various roles: including the development of food safety policy, microbiological risk assessment, risk communication, development and enforcement of food legislation, establishing food safety programs, and training and education

    As Head of Food Safety at PMA A-NZ, Deon provides high level technical guidance and support to the fresh produce industry with the goal of ensuring the safety and suitability of products. Deon also undertakes consultancy work for the food industry through Deon Mahoney Consulting.

    Deon has previously worked for the World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization, Food Standards Australia New Zealand, and Dairy Food Safety Victoria. He has worked in over 25 countries and provided forward-looking scientific advice addressing factors that impact the safety of food products; developed and published a wide range of technical content and guidance materials; and been actively involved in Listeria monocytogenes standard setting, incident investigation, and response.

    Deon is a fellow of Australia Institute of Food Science and Technology.

    Lisa Szabo

    Lisa joined the New South Wales Food Authority as its chief scientist in January 2006 and became its chief executive officer in 2015. The Food Authority is a statutory authority within the Department of Regional New South Wales and is responsible for food regulation across the food supply chain.

    Prior to joining the NSW Food Authority, Lisa worked at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) for 11 years. There she led and managed long-term research projects for various food industry sectors.

    Lisa has a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours from the University of Queensland and was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree in microbiology from the same university. She had post-doctoral research experiences in the United Kingdom and Germany. She has been an expert advisor or member on several national and state government inquires and committees. In the national food regulatory system, Lisa represents the interests of NSW on the Food Regulation Standing Committee.

    • 18 Aug 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Via Zoom
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    National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology

    Celebrating Food Science & Technology as a Career

    Presenter: Kate Howell PhD - Research and teaching academic at University of Melbourne

    National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology and provides an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of Australian scientists to the world of knowledge.  It also aims to encourage an interest in science pursuits among the public, and to encourage younger people to be fascinated by the world we live in.

    National Science Week is an opportunity for everyone to talk science, see science and do science.

    Date: Tuesday 18th August 

    Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm (AEST)

    Dr Kate Howell is an academic in the School of Agriculture and Food at the University of Melbourne. Dr Howell is a yeast microbiologist, with interests in yeast biochemical pathways which lead to aroma production during food and wine fermentations. The ecology of complex food ecosystems is an area of interest, together with understanding how yeasts interact with Drosophila. 

    • 18 Aug 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Zoom
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    National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology

    Celebrating Food Science & Technology as a Career and the future of food science

    Presenter: Skye Blackburn, Founder at the Edible Bug Shop

    National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology and provides an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of Australian scientists to the world of knowledge.  It also aims to encourage an interest in science pursuits among the public, and to encourage younger people to be fascinated by the world we live in.

    National Science Week is an opportunity for everyone to talk science, see science and do science. This year, National Science Week will take place from 15th-23rd August and during this week, AIFST will be turning the spotlight onto Food Science & Technology as a career and what the future holds.

    Date: Tuesday 18th August 

    Time: 4.00pm - 5:00pm (AEST)

    About the Speaker:

    Skye Blackburn

    Skye Blackburn is an Entomologist and Food scientist with a passion for sustainable food practices. Edible Bug Shop was Australia's first farmer of edible insects and is a world leader in Edible Insect farming techniques, developing edible insect products suitable for the Western diet and educating the general public about the benefits of insects as a source of food through cooking demonstrations, media appearances and collaborations. 

    At the time food science and entomology seemed like a strange mix of professions but Skye has combined her skills in both fields to design a range of edible insect products that are safe to eat and taste great!


    Skye feels that by educating people about the way that edible insects can be farmed as a eco-friendly alternative protein, she can help reduce some of the misconceptions about eating bugs. You don't just have to eat bugs if you are stuck in the bush and have nothing else to eat. When prepared properly, and you get over the initial YUCK factor, bugs are very tasty and are also good for you (and the environment). 

    • 19 Aug 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Via Zoom
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    National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology

    Celebrating Food Science & Technology as a Career

    Presenter: Hugh Dircks, PhD

    Senior Microbiologist – Carlton & United Breweries

    National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology and provides an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of Australian scientists to the world of knowledge.  It also aims to encourage an interest in science pursuits among the public, and to encourage younger people to be fascinated by the world we live in.

    National Science Week is an opportunity for everyone to talk science, see science and do science.

    Date: Wednesday 19th August 

    Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm (AEST)

    About the Presenter: 

    Hugh is the Brewing Area Manager – Fermentation and Yeast at Carlton & United Breweries.  Prior to this role Hugh worked at Mars as Cocoa Senior Scientist.  Hugh has a degree in Food Science and Technology and PhD from UNSW.  In 2008, Hugh won the AIFST Malcolm Bird Young Members Award.

    • 20 Aug 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Via Zoom
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    National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology

    Celebrating Food Science & Technology as a Career

    Presenters:

    Inge Baselier - Consumer Scientist, Bega Foods

    Cecilia Ngo, Research & Development Food Technologist, Custom Foods

    National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology and provides an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of Australian scientists to the world of knowledge.  It also aims to encourage an interest in science pursuits among the public, and to encourage younger people to be fascinated by the world we live in.

    National Science Week is an opportunity for everyone to talk science, see science and do science.

    Date: Thursday 20th August 

    Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm (AEST)

    About the Presenters:

    Inge Baselier is a Consumer Scientist at Bega Cheese Ltd. working to ensure that consumer needs are translated into tangible wining products. Having transitioned from a career in academia to the food industry, Inga understands the necessity and challenges of leveraging the latest sensory research and innovation to develop and implement best practice consumer centric designs within a rapidly evolving commercial environment.  She has a passion for travel and food culture, with a typical overseas holiday generally involving an exploratory trip to the local supermarket to peruse the different products. Inga has studied at both Wageningen University in the Netherlands and Deakin University (Australia) and holds a bachelor’s degree with honours in Food Science & Nutrition. 

    Cecilia Ngo graduated from UQ in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Food Science, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She is now a Research and Development Food Technologist at Custom Foods, creating bespoke powder blends for the health and fitness industry, hospitals, celebrities, and major supermarkets. She loves an excellent brew (be it coffee or beer), sunshine and figuring out how to make food in clever ways.

    Some of her Food Science journey highlights are:

    • ·         A very deep dive into the science behind macarons.
    • ·         A $3000 scholarship to do cutting edge research on food crops.
    • ·         Directing the social media relaunch of a student society and increasing profits by over 6000%. We provided networking opportunities, study support and food industry connections to over 150 members.
    • ·         Hands-on experience in establishing a R&D documentation system from the ground up.
    • ·         Mentoring UQ industry placement students and helping them kickstart their careers in the food industry.



    • 21 Aug 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Via Zoom
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    National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology

    FSANZ Regulatory Science Strategy

    Presenter: Katinka Mitchell, Strategic Science, Chemical Safety and Nutrition Science, FSANZ

    National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology and provides an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of Australian scientists to the world of knowledge. It also aims to encourage an interest in science pursuits among the public, and to encourage younger people to be fascinated by the world we live in.

    National Science Week is an opportunity for everyone to talk science, see science and do science.

    Date: Friday 21st August 

    Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm (AEST)

    About the Speaker:

    Katinka holds a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics and has worked within the Science and Risk Assessment Branch at Food Standards Australia New Zealand since 2007. She has worked across several areas including food composition and maximum residue limits, and since 2015 has worked in the area of Strategic Science within the Chemical Safety and Nutrition Science section.

    Katinka had oversight of the development of the FSANZ Regulatory Science Strategy 2019 – 23 and manages numerous ongoing activities under the strategy including the fellows program. She is now working to implement deliverables under each strategic objective of the strategy including linking with key contributors such as academia and industry and around science communication.


    • 27 Aug 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Via Zoom
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    Topic: AIFST General Meeting

    Date: Thursday August 27

    Time: 5.30pm (AEST)

    This general meeting enables members to hear from outgoing President and Chair, Mr Peter Schutz and to pass an ordinary resolution to appoint a new President of AIFST.

    • 1 Sep 2020
    • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Via Zoom
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    Date: Tuesday September 1, 2020

    Time: 4.30pm AEST - NSW / VIC / ACT / TAS / QLD

    4.00pm SA

    2.30pm WA

    6:30pm NZ

    Presenter: Fiona Fleming, PIF Manager

    Overview

    The AFGC Product Information Form V6.0 (PIF™ V6.0, “the ePIF”) is a web-based information management tool developed by the AFGC to assist food companies obtain and share product information needed to comply with Australia and New Zealand food regulations, industry codes, and customer product specifications in a consistent, standardised manner.

    This webinar will provide the opportunity for you to ask questions about any aspect of PIF V6.0.


    • 2 Sep 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Via Zoom
    • 15
    Register

    INTERACTIVE WEBINAR - Food Recall Workshop

    Having policies and procedures in place for a food or beverage product recall is one thing, executing them is another.

    AIFST is pleased to be hosting a comprehensive workshop to help you develop the skills necessary to implement a program to evaluate and test the recall policies and procedures in place in your business.

    This workshop will help you to understand how even the simplest oversights can derail an otherwise sound procedure. You will learn to evaluate the who, what, where, when and why of recalls and how a properly handled recall not only effectively protects the consumer, but also allows for the public image of a company to improve.


    Find out:

    - How to maintain a recall plan that is relevant to your business

    - That a mock recall is more than just a traceability exercise

    - Whether you have the resources to manage a recall

    - The common pitfalls of recall execution

    - What to look for in a product recall insurance policy


    The workshop will feature a recall simulation exercise designed to challenge and provide opportunities to learn.

    This workshop is suitable for food and beverage business owners, Managers, Food Safety and Quality Assurance Managers, Technical Managers, Food Recall Coordinators and Recall team members.

    Presenters:

    Fiona Fleming - AIFST

    Fiona is Managing Director of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST). She is an experienced Corporate and Regulatory Affairs professional who has been involved in leading and facilitating change and developing management strategies across a portfolio of food policy and regulatory matters in global FMCG and NGO environments.

    Fiona has more than 30 years’ experience in the food industry in the areas of dairy, seafood, cereal-based foods, smallgoods, tea, simmer sauces and pastes, ingredients and infant formula. 


    Peter McGee - Victual 

    Victual are market leaders in the delivery of tailored risk management strategies for the unique risks faced by the food industry, and will lead the workshop team, which includes experts in product recall preparedness, public relations, policy and regulation, risk management and product recall insurance.

    Peter has twenty years’ experience in the risk and insurance industries. He has multiple post-graduate qualifications that combine to provide a unique knowledge base of technical risk understanding complemented with commercial business acumen.


    Andrew Brown, GS1 Australia (MBA)

    Andrew is an expert in the management of product recalls and withdrawals. For the past seven years, Andrew has provided specialist advice for product safety professionals enabling them to plan and implement an efficient product recall management system.

    He played a key role in the development and adoption of the GS1 Australia Recall portal, currently used by 700 Australian companies across the food, general merchandise and health industries.


    Tickets:

    AIFST Members: $95.00

    Student/Graduate Members: $55.00

    Non-Members: $160.00

     

    Not a member? Join online today!


    • 9 Sep 2020
    • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Via Zoom
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    AIFST Webinar

    Topic: Practical real-world food fraud control measures

    Date: Wednesday September 9th

    Time: 12.30pm (AEST)

    Cost: free to members; non-members - $20

    Presenter: Clare Winkel, Executive Manager - Technical Solutions, Integrity Compliance Solutions

    Overview

    Most food processing companies have had to come to grips with documenting the food fraud risk assessment of their raw materials, even if only to pass their GFSI audit. Over the last 2 years a lot of companies whilst undertaking the annual review of their food fraud risk assessment, they have decided to take the process seriously and make changes to the application of the controls, particular within their supply chain.

    This webinar focuses in on the practical real-world controls that can be applied to drop the risk of food fraud within your raw materials.

    About Clare

    In 2016 Clare developed a method of ranking raw materials at risk of fraud and has been undertaking consultancies and training using this method since then. The method was based on work she had undertaken on a EU Government Research project (FP6- 518451) between 2006 – 2008: 'Developing a Stakeholders Guide on the vulnerability of food/feed chains to dangerous agents & substances' & developed a method to assess the farmed Atlantic Salmon food supply chain for vulnerabilities to food safety contaminants, loss of traceability & failure to detect contaminants. http://www.sigmachain.eu/index.php?page=15

    From 2010 to 2015, Clare trained North American seafood processors in the 'Risk Assessment of the Supply Chain' utilizing a number of different risk assessment methods and so used this knowledge to identify potential food fraud within the raw material supply chain. To date Clare has personally assessed approximately 800 raw materials using this method.


    www.integritycompliance.com.au

    Clare.Winkel@integritycompliance.com.au



Past events

6 Aug 2020 AIFST Student Member's Get Together #4
5 Aug 2020 Careers Webinar: Getting Started With LinkedIn
30 Jul 2020 ILSI Webinar: Food System Resilience & Sustainability – Impact, Learnings & the Future Post-COVID-19 Pandemic
8 Jul 2020 AIFST 2020 Annual Awards Ceremony
8 Jul 2020 Webinar: Tasmanian Food Cluster Food Waste Report
2 Jul 2020 2020 AIFST Virtual Convention - Day 4 Only (Food Security, Sustainability and Food Waste)
30 Jun 2020 2020 AIFST Virtual Convention - Day 3 Only (Future Food Production)
25 Jun 2020 2020 AIFST Virtual Convention - Day 2 Only (Health, Nutrition and Consumer Science)
24 Jun 2020 AIFST Virtual Wine and Cheese Trivia Night
24 Jun 2020 AIFST 2020 Young Members and Mentors Virtual Breakfast
23 Jun 2020 2020 AIFST Virtual Convention - Full Convention Registration
23 Jun 2020 2020 AIFST Virtual Convention - Day 1 Only (Food Safety)
22 Jun 2020 2020 AIFST Virtual Exhibition
16 Jun 2020 AIFST Student Member's Get Together #3
10 Jun 2020 Webinar: AFGC PIF V6.0 - #4 Q&A Open House
4 Jun 2020 Technical Webinar: World Food Safety Day – Food safety, everyone’s business
2 Jun 2020 Technical Webinar: COVID-19 – Food Supply Chain Resilience
28 May 2020 Careers Webinar: Mapping your Career as a Food Safety Professional
27 May 2020 Metiisto Artisan Chocolate – Virtual Factory Tour
26 May 2020 FTAA Event: FTAA Hot Topics 2020 Online Event
21 May 2020 AIFST Student Member's Get Together #2
21 May 2020 Technical Webinar: VIRSeek SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus Environmental Testing Solution
20 May 2020 2020 AIFST Annual General Meeting
14 May 2020 Technical Webinar: Food Security in a Novel World – Food Availability
13 May 2020 Technical Webinar: COVID-19: Risk Assessment in Reverse
8 May 2020 Webinar - AFGC PIF V6.0 - #3 Allergen Information (Section 3.2)
6 May 2020 AIFST Virtual Trivia Night
5 May 2020 Online Event: Food Labelling & Consumer Law
5 May 2020 AIFST Event: AIFST Virtual Exhibition Online Demonstration
30 Apr 2020 Technical Webinar: The Virtues of Remote Audits
29 Apr 2020 Technical Webinar: How to capture learnings and draw meaning from COVID-19
22 Apr 2020 AIFST Student Member's Get Together
20 Apr 2020 Technical Webinar: Food Security in the Novel World – Safeguarding Food
15 Apr 2020 Technical Webinar: COVID-19: FMCG trends & tips to gain a competitive edge during a crisis
14 Apr 2020 AIFST Webinar - The Food Industry Guide to Allergen Management and Labelling
6 Apr 2020 Technical Webinar: Food Security in the Novel World
3 Apr 2020 Webinar - AFGC PIF V6.0 - #2 Country of Origin (Section 2.2)
2 Apr 2020 WEBINAR: CLEAN LABEL – SIMPLE INGREDIENTS
30 Mar 2020 AIFST Webinar: COVID-19 - How to deal with such an Unchosen Change
26 Mar 2020 Food Recall Workshop - Webinar
25 Mar 2020 The Virtual Lunch Room
23 Mar 2020 AIFST Webinar - Personal Food Safety in the time of COVID19
20 Mar 2020 Webinar - AFGC PIF V6.0 - #1 Ingredient Declaration (Section 2.1)
19 Mar 2020 Food and Beverage Processing Consultation Webinars
16 Mar 2020 AIFST Webinar - Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) should food businesses and consumers be worried?
11 Mar 2020 AIFST Networking Night - SA
11 Mar 2020 Food Recall Workshop- SA
10 Feb 2020 2020 NZOZ Sensory and Consumer Science Symposium

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