• That the International Union of Food Science & Technology (IUFoST) is the premier organisation  of world food science and technology
  • That lUFoST is a federation of national food science organisations
  • That IUFoST is a full member of ICSU (International Council of Science)
  • That lUFoST has access to the best of the world’s food scientists and technologists via these national organisations
  • That IUFoST wishes to draw directly on this resource by forming an International Academy of distinguished scientists and technologists

With the purpose

  • To identify and recognize individuals distinguished by their scientific and professional contribution to food science and technology
  • To further Improve international co-operation and exchange of information
  • To promote food science and technology and other sciences of importance for this area
  • To stimulate international education and training in food science and technology.

IUFoST has established The International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IAFoST) (hereinafter referred to as ”the Academy”) as a statutory component of the International Union of Food Science and Technology, IUFoST.

Objectives of the Academy

Section 1. The Academy is a learned society composed of elected members (Fellows) from all parts of the world, who will usually, but not necessarily, be affiliated with Adhering Bodies of the union.

The Academy promotes, for the benefit of the international community, food science and technology and related sciences.

The Academy promotes high standards of ethics and scientific endeavours among food scientists and technologists. In seeking to promote scientific endeavour, the Academy encourages communication, discussion and interaction with similar international scientific groups.

The Academy serves as a source of scientific personnel and information to support International activities related to food science and technology through IUFoST.

The Academy acts in an advisory capacity to IUFoST and to the Adhering Bodies of IUFoST.

The Composition of the Academy

Section 2. The President, Past Presidents, Secretary General and Past Secretaries General of IUFoST are Fellows of IAFoST. The IUFoST Distinguished Lecturer at each IUFoST World Congress shall be considered on an individual basis for immediate Fellowship (if eligible) in IAFoST. Future IUFoST Presidents and Secretaries-General  not already Fellows of the Academy shall be considered with the roster of Fellows for the congress in question. The decision shall rest with the Fellows of the Academy.

Section 3. The membership of the Academy shall reflect, as much as possible, the global distribution by country of eligible scientists. For each period between IUFoST World Congresses no more than 30 persons may be elected as Fellows. At the time of election all must be professionally active (not necessarily employed).

Section 4. To be eligible for election as a Fellow, a person must be generally recognized as having established an outstanding reputation for scientific accomplishments and/or leadership in the area of food science and technology.

Nominations for election as Fellows shall be invited by the Secretary to the Executive Council during the twelve months leading up to an IUFoST World Congress, and may be made by

•    Adhering Bodies
•    The IUFoST Governing Council or
•    Individual Fellows of the Academy

Election shall be carried out by the Fellows of the Academy. Election shall require a two thirds (2/3) vote by postal or electronic mail ballot of those Fellows voting in the election.

Newly elected Fellows shall be announced and duly published in advance of each IUFoST World Congress.

The Direction of the Academy

Section 5. The Executive Council of the Academy (ECA) directs the work of the Academy. It consists of a Past President, a President, a President Elect, and two further Fellows as Executive Councillors. The Secretary General of IUFoST shall act as Secretary to the Executive Council, and shall attend its meetings in a non-voting capacity.

Section 6. Members of the Executive Council are elected for the period between World Congresses.
The President and President Elect serve in those capacities for a single term. The two Executive Councillors can be re-elected once consecutively.

Not later than 9 (nine) months before each IUFoST World Congress, the Secretary to the Executive Council shall invite nominations for Academy President Elect from Fellows. A postal/electronic ballot of Fellows shall ensue resulting in the declaration by the Secretary of the President Elect for the ensuing period.

Not later that 6 (six) months before each World Congress, the Secretary to the Executive Council shall invite nominations from Fellows for two Fellows as Executive Councillors. Any unsuccessful candidate for President Elect may be included among the nominations, provided that s (he) is not at that time serving a second consecutive term as an Executive Councillor. A secret postal/electronic ballot of Fellows shall ensue resulting in the declaration by the Secretary of the two successful Executive Councillors for the ensuing period.

Section 7. The President presides over the meetings of the Academy and the Executive Council.


Section 8. The Academy meets In conjunction with the World Congresses of IUFoST. The Executive Council meets in conjunction with the meetings of the Governing Council of IUFoST. Other meetings may also be arranged when necessary, desirable and possible at the call of the President of IUFoST, or the Academy President or the Secretary to the Executive Council.

An important statutory activity is to make nominations of Fellows for election by the IUFoST General Assembly of a Fellow as Chair Elect of the Scientific Council, and for election of two Executive Councillors of the Scientific Council. No later than 6 (six) months before the World Congress the Secretary to the Executive Council shall call for nominations of new Fellows by Fellows, and in doing so advise on the current composition of the Scientific Council including the countries of citizenship of the current Chair and Chair Elect so that consideration may be given to nominees from other countries.

Section 9. The Academy takes Its own initiatives regarding how best to achieve its Objectives.


Any proposal for amendment of these Statutes may be put forward by the Governing Council of IUFoST, or by the Executive Council of the Academy, or by any five members of the Academy or by any five members of the IUFoST General Assembly. Such proposals shall be notified no later than four months prior to the next General Assembly, to the Secretary, who shall circulate them to delegates of the General Assembly. Proposals shall be voted on by the General Assembly and to be adopted shall require at least a 2/3 (two-thirds) majority of those voting in person, or by mail or electronic ballot.