The Delegates of IUFoST from the national scientific bodies (Adhering Bodies) advise IUFoST policies and actions through matters referred to them and/or by electronic vote. Resolutions are adopted by a majority of the delegates voting. Resolutions are advisory to the Adhering Bodies, and may be adjusted to comply with the laws and conditions of the nations involved. Each member nation is allocated a number of voting delegates to the General Assembly on the basis of its annual fee assessment to a maximum of three.

The Governing Council has the power to admit an adhering body to non-voting membership without fee.  Voting Delegates can be involved in an electronic General Assembly at any time during each term (congress to congress) according to issues presented to it for consultation. Adhering Bodies of IUFoST designate their voting representatives and the IUFoST Governing Council vote on IUFoST matters. Any other category of involvement in IUFoST is in a non-voting capacity.

The Governing Council executes the policies as agreed by the Delegates of the National Scientific Bodies. Its responsibilities include authorization to decide on time and place of the world food congresses and other events sponsored by IUFoST and to assist host nations in the planning of such events. It acts on IUFoST membership applications. The Governing Council is elected by the voting delegates of the national scientific bodies (Adhering Bodies) to direct the affairs of the Union and to work in the best interests of all members of IUFoST, not an individual regional or adhering body.

The 2010 Cape Town Declaration is the blueprint for the work of the Union. Delegates meet to review progress on the work of the Union according to the Cape Town Declaration at each world congress.

Read IUFoST’s Terms of Reference here.

The Board implements strategies to achieve the objectives set by the Governing Council, approving or modifying working groups, task forces and committee membership, preparing for approval and release the activities of the working groups, scientific commissions, and other Union bodies and approving country membership applications.   The Board provides general oversight for the Secretariat.  The Board’s work is completed with agreement of the Governing Council.

Members of the Governing Council, 2016-2018

Method of Operations and Communications for the Governing Council

The Scientific Council‘s responsibilities include maintenance of the scientific standard and integrity of all IUFoST activities. It is also responsible for recommendations, as requested, to the Secretary-General, with the advice from the designated Fellows of the Academy, chairs and members of working groups, task forces to carry out specific tasks such as preparation of position papers and offering of expert advice as requested.  The Scientific Council does not play a role in the Union’s financial affairs.  The Scientific Council is an elected body.  Members of the Scientific Council are all Fellows who are nominated by other Academy Fellows and elected by the voting delegates of the National Scientific Bodies (Adhering Bodies).

Members of the Scientific Council, 2016-2018

Scientific Council Terms of Reference

The International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IAFoST) is an elected
group of distinguished food scientists, technologists and engineers who serve as Fellows of the Academy. Academy Fellows represent no organisation and serve as independent persons. The Academy collectively forms a pool of scientific expertise from which the Union may draw non-aligned expert advice on scientific matters. The Academy nominates candidates for the Scientific Council for General Assembly approval. The Academy nominates the Distinguished Lecturer for each IUFoST world congress.

The Executive Council of the Academy (AEC) directs the work of the Academy. The Academy Executive Council is elected from amongst the Academy Fellows and by the Academy Fellows.

Members of the Academy Executive Council, 2016-2018

Learn more about the International Academy here.

Assisting the Governing Council are numerous policy and ad hoc committees, working groups and task forces that address research and policy objectives.

IUFoST also works with other international organization to achieve its policy objectives.  IUFoST is one of only 31 Unions worldwide elected to membership in the International Council for Science (ICSU).  In addition, IUFoST works with FAO, WHO, and many other UN bodies and scientific unions and international bodies to strengthen food science and technology for humanity.

Administration and daily operations of IUFoST are carried out by the General Secretariat, which is the official address of the Union:

IUFoST, University of Guelph, Department of Food Science, Room 106 50 Stone Road E, Guelph Ontario N1G 2M

Email:, tel: +1.612.801.8315.