AIFST regularly networks with our students and graduate members in a zoom call as an opportunity to hear directly about what we are doing and how they would like to further benefit from their membership with AIFST.
Our first student meeting of 2021 was held in March where a host of AIFST student and graduate members were able to come to meet each other as well as a couple of AIFST staff members. We discussed various elements of the benefits of an AIFST membership including webinars, events, student summer schools, CPD programs, the AIFST convention, the AIFST student product development and poster competitions etc. Many students in the meeting were unaware of the vast opportunities there are within AIFST for students and graduates.
In our upcoming meeting, we will follow on from this discussion and hear the feedback students have to give about the opportunities already set in place whilst also hearing of any recommendations for additional support that AIFST can provide. Members of our NSW branch committee will be in attendance to explain what their role is in supporting the institute.
Students will be required to register for this event, with the session being conducted utilising the virtual meeting platform zoom.
AIFST values our student members and seeks to continually improve their overall learning experience, so come and join the session and share your thoughts with us!
Plain English Allergen Labelling – Webinar Part 2
Join AIFST, the Allergen Bureau and the AFGC for the second part of our webinar series on PEAL.
Our industry best practice guidance resources are designed to help food industry to approach allergen management and labelling in a consistent manner. In these three talks, we will take you through our new updates to these resources that address Plain English Allergen Labelling.
Lisa Warren, Allergen Bureau
With a background in Food Science and Technology, and with a 20 year career in the food industry, working alongside a great number of inspirational people, Lisa’s passion is to help food manufacturers navigate through the challenges of allergen management. In her VITAL Support role at the Allergen Bureau, Lisa is involved in a variety of projects that address the food industry’s growing demand for information about allergen management and the VITAL Program.
Georgina Christensen, VITAL® CoordinatorAllergen Bureau
Georgina Christensen is the VITAL® Coordinator for the Allergen Bureau and has been in this part-time role for over twelve years. Georgina answers enquiries from the local and international food industry about implementing the VITAL Program, provides support for and develops VITAL® Online and develops support materials for the VITAL Program. Georgina has extensive experience in the food industry in positions with multi-national food companies. Georgina is passionate about allergen management and encouraging clear and consistent allergen labelling on food products to assist those with a food allergy to make informed food choices
Fiona Fleming, PIF Manager, AFGC
Fiona is currently the PIF Manager supporting the development and implementation of PIF V6.0 with the AFGC. She is also the CEO of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST).
Fiona 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 regulation 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. Fiona has previously worked for a large FMCG company in the role of Group Quality and Corporate Affairs Manager. In this role she was responsible for providing leadership across Australia and New Zealand in the areas of food policy and regulation; consumer affairs and communication; issues and crisis management and food quality and safety.
WA INDUSTRY CAREERS NIGHT
Hear from food industry experts on their experience of working in the food industry and what they expect from job applicants.
Speakers on the night:
Justin Whitely, Compass Group on AIFST
Stuart Johnson, General Manager Vesco Foods
Samantha Fewster, Food Technologist, Quality Produce International
Vicky Solah, Murdoch University
Following the presentations there will be a networking session.
AIFST Webinar: Demystifying statistical process control
Date: Wednesday April 28th
Time: 3pm - 4pm AEST
CPD Points: 1
Process control measures allow food businesses to produce more consistent products resulting in less downtime and less waste.
As quality professionals we are often expected to help develop these tools; some GFSI standards are directly requiring them.
The word ‘statistical’ can become a block in itself as this sounds very complex and difficult.
As this webinar will explore though, the tools in themselves are relatively easy to use once we understand the basic principles.
Presenter: Dr Andreas Klieber, FAIFST, GAICD
Andreas is the managing director for QAPartners and CEO of QATraining (RTO 41341). QAPartners is a progressive company providing professional services in the quality and food safety sector.
He has worked in the food industry and University sector for over 30 years, having held senior technical management roles with Australian and UK retailers.
Andreas graduated from the University of New South Wales, Australia with a BSc (Hons 1) and PhD in Food Science and Technology.
Following postdoctoral research in Canada, he lectured and undertook further research for 13 years in horticulture and food technology with the Universities of Queensland and Adelaide.
Andreas gained in depth understanding of retail technical and quality management through his 3-year role with the Marks & Spencer in the UK and Coles Supermarkets for 7 years.
Andreas is focussed on helping companies resolve complex issues, improving organisational quality culture and management systems and training team members at all levels of organisations.
He has a strong background and skills helping clients focus on brand protection, risk mitigation and getting quality right first time every time.
AIFST SA Branch - In Person Site Tour - Openbook Howden
The AIFST SA Branch invite members to a factory tour of Openbook Howden for a Food labelling and packaging tour. (Please note this is not available virtually)
Openbook Howden are a print and design company Providing specialist print and design solutions for many industries including the food & beverage industry.
They provide assistance with all facets of packaging such as label printing, point of sale and marketing materials.
They advise on packaging and design layout, including content guidance such as nutrition panel and ingredient lists or barcode generation and inclusion. Their industrial design experience extends to packaging concepts and label tapering for curved surfaces and recommendations for the correct materials and adhesives for food products, such as moisture, heat and oil resistant.
Topic: That’s Amore Virtual Cheese Making Tour
Date: 29th April 2021
Time: 12:00 pm AEST
That’s Amore Cheese is a fine Italian-style cheese producer in Melbourne and leader in the Dairy Industry in Australia. The company’s founder and cheese maker Giorgio Linguanti was the first to introduce some iconic cheeses into the Australian market.
Our Artisan cheeses are preservative free, artificial colour free and handmade following traditional Italian recipes, using only farm fresh milk, locally sourced in Victoria.
During the virtual tour Giorgio Linguanti will take you behind the scenes of our cheesemaking production, where you will see how day to day operations and how artisan cheese is made.
Food Recall Workshop - Online interactive webinar
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.
The workshop will also 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.
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.
AIFST Members: $95.00
Student/Graduate Members: $55.00
Not a member? Join online today!
Humanitarian Food Science & Technology - Webinar
Date: Wednesday 12th May
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM (AEST)
CPD Points: 2
The AIFST Humanitarian Food Science and Technology webinar will bring together thought leaders in humanitarian and emergency activities in NGOs, academia, research institutes and the private sector and connect them with the Australian food industry.
CLICK HERE to view the program
AIFST Webinar: The need for plant based meat alternatives
Date: Thursday 20th May
Time: 1:00pm - 2pm (AEST)
In this webinar, Helen will be discussing:
Speaker: Helen Morris, University of Adelaide
Helen is the Program Coordinator for the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science at the University of Adelaide and coordinates and teaches several of the nutrition science courses within this program.
She is an Education Specialist and a member of the University’s Education Academy, also an Accredited Practising Dietitian with 35 years of experience covering clinical nutrition and dietetics across the life cycle (neonatal to geriatrics), community and public health nutrition, food service and education across a wide variety of audiences.
She contributed at a state-level to the development and implementation of the South Australian healthy food and nutrition policy for schools and pre-schools, in particular the development and delivery of training workshops and resources. Her contribution was recognised in 2012 with an Order of Australia Medal.
University of Newcastle Central Coast Campus presents
Sustainable Food Future Conference 2021
Connecting community, industry and academia to create a sustainable food future.
This conference will bring together researchers, students, and local industry professionals in the food science and nutrition space to showcase current research efforts developing the next generation of sustainable food and nutrition services. The conference will feature presentations from leading experts in food science and nutrition research, with topics including nutrition and consumer science, food waste and sustainability, functional foods, postharvest technology, and nutrition and food science education.
The organising Committee:
Dr Tamara Bucher, Dr Patrice Jones, Dr Soumi Paul Mukhopadhyay, Dr Emma Beckett, Dr Tim Kirkman, Dr Taiwo Akanbi, Dr Penta Pristijono, Dr Quan Vuong, Dr SP Singh, Prof Chris Scarlett.
Call for Abstracts:
The call for abstracts and EOI for themes are now open.
Please visit the official webpage for further information on this event
To view the abstract submission requirements click here
Contribution Formats: Oral presentation or poster/e-poster
Themes may include but are not limited to:
Program: A detailed program will be announced in April 2021
Tickets: Both Virtual and In-Person attendance options available
Face to face registrations are limited to a total of 100 at this stage.
Full Registration includes both Monday and Tuesday face-to-face convention and the wine and cheese tasting event.
The 2021 AIFST Convention will once again bring together an exciting, diverse and experienced line-up of international and local speakers to share their knowledge, insights and learnings about what the future holds for the food industry both here and beyond our shores.
The Convention program will feature a number of keynote speakers in our plenary sessions and 4 breakout stream sessions each day.
At AIFST we advance and inspire food sector professionals through education, engagement and recognition.
We support and champion their contribution to a robust, innovative, science-based Australian food industry.
For further information, please contact the AIFST team on 0447 066 324 or via email@example.com.
For all partnership enquiries, please contact Clive Russell on 0407 066 188 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Day 1 only ticket includes Monday 26th face-to-face convention and the wine and cheese tasting evening.
AIFST21 Convention: Food Science - delivering in a changing world 27 July 2021
Day 2 only ticket includes Tuesday 27th face-to-face convention.
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