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On behalf of the AIFST Board and NSW Branch, we would like to welcome you to the 48th Annual AIFST Convention co-located with the Australian Food Microbiology Conference, at Luna Park, Sydney on 11th-13th August 2015.

The convention is an opportunity to bring together professionals from all sectors of the Australian food and allied industries to share in the latest developments within the sector and profession.

This year's Convention theme is "Food for All"

This will be the biggest convention and exhibition in 2015 with an emphasis on all aspects of the food and allied industries, indeed "food for all". A three day scientific program has been designed to cover the big ideas and latest thinking on Australia's role in catering for the world's growing population. There will also be interactive workshops on food labelling, verification and validation of shelf life and an all day workshop for food industry entrepreneurs!

Key area's to include:

  • The changing landscape of the food industry
  • Kicking food safety goals
  • Food retailing – push or pull?
  • Omics, including the application of omics technology to the food industry and the genomics of taste
  • Vulnerable populations – future directions
  • Food defence
  • Dairy innovation
  • Value-added grains
  • Supply chain black holes
  • Practical food safety and shelf life
  • Sanitation in engineering
  • Food safety risks

"Food for All" will take over the whole of Luna Park, and the themed events, including the wine and cheese evening and convention dinner, will include a range of entertainment.

So whether you are a food industry professional or student, AIFST member or non-member, marketer or scientist, working in farming or food processing, food safety or quality control, training, or retail, we have something for you.

On behalf of the Organising Committee and the Technical Committee, we look forward to seeing you all at the Convention.

Allison Vella & Nai Tran-Dinh – Convention Co-Chairs

Here are several tips to guide you in your request for approval to attend 48th 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? 
  • 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 30th June 2015 to save your organisation $200 (members) on registration fees.

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Allison Vella
Convention Co-Chair

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Nai Tran-Dinh
Convention Co-Chair 

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Georgie Aley

Student Testimonial


   AIFST 2014 Student Testimonial

Attending and being a student volunteer at the 2014 AIFST Convention was an incredibly rewarding experience in so many ways. Not only did I get to meet fellow students from other universities, I was able to personally speak with many different people across the Food Industry.

Being apart of the convention opened my eyes to current and emerging topics and issues both in various research and industry related year. This gave me the opportunity to see how big and diverse the "food world" is whilst making me aware of potential job starting points or goals following my degree.

Finally, whilst a little daunting initially, the biggest benefit was being able to network, ask questions and talk to others working or completing further food and nutrition related research. After three days of talking to food science professionals, I felt like I had more exposure to the food industry than during my three years of undergraduate study.

I would strongly encourage any student or new graduate to attend the Convention, not only will it open up your eyes it will also provide so many different windows of opportunity!

Claire Walpole, Deakin University  

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