The International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IAFoST) at the IUFoST World Congress, Shanghai, October 2008.
At the meeting of the Governing Council that preceded the Congress, the IAFoST Report for 2006-2008 was received and accepted.
the morning of Sunday, 19 October, the IAFoST Executive Council met,
including the incoming new Councillor, Prof Delia Rodriguez Amaya
(Brazil). Arrangements for activities during the Congress were reviewed,
and tasks for the future were considered, including updating the
Executive Council and Fellows listservs, and updating the Fellows
the World Congress Opening Ceremony on Monday, 20 October, the
International Academy Fellows present and their partners were seated
together in reserved seats at the front, and were recognised.
Immediately following the opening addresses, the new Fellows of the
International Academy who had previously been elected by postal ballot,
to join the existing 120, were publicly inducted into the Academy by
the President, Prof J Ralph Blanchfield. The 16 who attended were
presented with their Certificates and the names of the 9 unable to be
present were announced and would be sent their Certificates by post.
Wednesday, 22 October, a joint Symposium of IAFoST with the French
Academy of Technology and the Chinese Academy of Engineering was
co-chaired by Prof J Ralph Blanchfield and Dr Junshi Chen (National
Institute of Nutrition and Food Safety of the Chinese Center for
Disease Control and Prevention). Entitled â€œVision on the future Â¡V
Impacts of science and technology advances on the food chain on
2030, the purpose of the symposium was to identify and discuss how
the food chain (farm production, industrial manufacture, retail
distribution, consumer behaviour) could be possibly influenced during
the next 22 years by scientific and technological breakthroughs
(biotechnology, nanotechnology, information and communication
technology). The symposium was opened by Dr Pierre Feillet and closed
by Prof J Ralph Blanchfield. Papers were given by IAFoST Fellows, Prof
Sakarindr Bhumiratana, Prof Vic Morris, Dr Dennis Heldman and Dr V
Prakash. A paper on Healthy Food was given by Dr Junshi Chen.
the morning of Thursday, 23 October, following the Distinguished
Lecture by Prof M S Swaminathan, the President presented him with his
Academy Fellows Certificate.
5th Meeting and Luncheon of Fellows took place on Thursday, 23
October. Outgoing President, J Ralph Blanchfield, presented his Report.
The new Fellows attending were presented with their Fellow lapel pins.
outgoing President then invested the incoming President, Dr V Prakash,
with the Presidents Jewel and lapel pin, and was in turn presented
with a Past Presidents lapel pin.
the International Academy Executive Council 2008-2010, the previous
President Elect, Dr Vishweshwariah Prakash (India), automatically
succeeds as President, and Prof J Ralph Blanchfield becomes Immediate
Past President. As a result of election by the Fellows earlier in the
year, Prof Daryl Lund (USA) becomes President Elect. The two additional
elected members of the Academy Executive Council are Prof Dr-Ing
Walter Spiess (Germany) (re-elected for a second term) and Prof Delia
Rodriguez Amaya (Brazil). Ms Judith Meech is Secretary General to the
Executive Council meets face-to-face during World Congresses but
business is progressed by listserv and telephone conference calls.
the IUFoST General Assembly on 23 October the outgoing IAFoST
President presented the IAFoST Report for 2006-2008. A copy of the
Report can be accessed at J Ralph Blanchfield.