It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to IUFoST 2016 Dublin –the 18th World Congress of Food Science and Technology. With over 500 different organizations represented from over 65 countries, this truly embodies an unparalleled global collaboration of the brightest minds in Food Science, Research and Innovation.
We have assembled a congress with over 1,350 accepted abstracts, all of which were critically-peer-reviewed and of really high standard. Over 5 exciting days, we have 80 sessions planned, in which over 250 scientific, industry and policy experts will be sharing new findings, practical experiences and lessons learned in their respective fields. These highly stimulating sessions will cover topics which are of global interest and thought provoking. As well as expert panel discussions such as the Food Industry Leadership Forum, we have special sessions covering the grand challenges facing food production and manufacture.
To set the scene for the week, we begin with the convening of the Inaugural Global Food Summit which is hosted by IUFoST and will be addressed by the Irish Minister of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. This brings together those who can affect strategic change to policies in key areas affecting food production and processing worldwide. This summit is open to all delegates but you must register to attend.
The congress will be addressed by 85 keynote plenary and keynote session speakers, including the IUFoST Distinguished Lecturer, Prof. Mike Gibney, Ireland. Topics discussed will include interests in food innovations, nutrition and health, future foods, food sustainability and food safety, all of which were judiciously chosen to stimulate thought-provoking discussion. Additionally we have a number of Hot Topics sessions which will focus on new and emerging trends in important food sectors such as meat, dairy, seafood and consumer foods.
I would like to highlight that a number of other events are taking place during the congress, including many awards, competitions (e.g. young scientist, global new product development, graduate student completion) as well as a series of social activities to enhance networking opportunities (e.g. quiz bowl and fun run).
As the chair of this congress, I would like to thank all the members of the local organizing committee (LOC) and scientific committee, the 50-strong army of volunteers, and staff, all of whom have worked tirelessly on this congress. Special gratitude goes out to the host IUFoST Secretariat and its governing board for support and excellent suggestions.
Our two platinum sponsors, Kerry and Teagasc, are gratefully thanked as well as Science Foundation Ireland for its very generous support. Indeed all of our supporters will be acknowledged throughout the congress.
Finally, I am delighted to say that well over 1,200 delegates have already registered and there is still room for more if you have not done so yet.
Please enjoy the conference and the city of Dublin, a place steeped in culture, hospitality and of course good food and drink. I look forward to personally meeting you throughout the days of the congress.
Declan J Troy
Congress Chair, IFSTI and Teagasc
Declan J Troy
Congress Chair, Teagasc.