News Brief 4 – 2017

NEWS BRIEF #4 – 2017  

European Members Discuss Merger of ICSU and International Social Science Council

IUFoST President Dietrich Knorr participated in the European National Members of the International Council for Science (ICSU) Annual Meeting earlier this month in Riga, hosted by the Latvian Academy of Sciences. As a key agenda item, consideration was given to the draft strategy proposal dated 31 March 2017 for the new Science Council that would result from the merger between the International Council for Science and the International Social Science Council.

In conclusion, the Annual Meeting produced a joint response to the draft strategy document, available online here.

Arab Taskforce on Food Safety and Regional Consultation for the Global Food Safety Curricula Initiative (GFSCI)

IUFoST was invited to present to the Arab Taskforce on Food Safety, a steering group of senior officials of the League of Arab States (LAS) (11 countries present); the Arab Industrial Development Mining Organization (AIDMO); the Arab Organization of Agricultural Development (AOAD); and senior representatives of organizations and agencies responsible for Food Safety and Food safety standards in countries of the LAS signatories of the agreement of the Greater Arab Free Trade Area (GAFTA). The ATF’ provides highlevel advice and guidance to LAS, AIDMO and AOAD for the enhancement of coordination and harmonization of food safety conformity, assessment and food control systems.

The meeting, held in Amman, Jordan, on May 4, comprised three parts: A regional consultation on the GFSCI and discussion of institutes potentially to be involved in the Centres for Excellence for the IUFoST Master’s Level, Leadership in Food Safety programme; a meeting with United Nations International Development Organisation (UNIDO) representatives regarding cooperation; and presentation to the Arab Taskforce on Food Safety of IUFoST work by IUFoST Governing Council member Dr. Lara Hanna Wakim; brief background by Dr. Gerry Moy, formerly of WHO; and a comprehensive review of the IUFoST GFSCI undergraduate and graduate Food Safety programming with particular emphasis on the Master’s programme and Centres of Excellence by Dr. Mansel Griffiths, co-chair of the IUFoST Initiative.

International Forum on Food Safety 2017

On April 20 and 21, the 8th International Forum on Food Safety under the theme of Food Safety and Health was co-organised by the Chinese Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST) and IUFoST, and held in Beijing, China.

The China Food and Drug Administration, China Association for Science and Technology; Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China ((PRC); Ministry of Science and Technology (PRC); Ministry of Agriculture (PRC); Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (PRC); China National Leaders from the China Food and Drug Administration, China Association for Science and Technology; Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China ((PRC); Ministry of Science and Technology (PRC); Ministry of Agriculture (PRC); Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (PRC); China National Light Industry Council spoke to delegates during the Opening Ceremony; attended by other supporting Ministries and Government departments, and the more than 500 representative from over 20 countries and regions.

Sixty-seven internationally renowned experts spoke at the Forum, which also featured two Industry Forums and special awards ceremonies included recognition of members of the Press delivering sound science and the leadership of Peter Ben Embarek, World Health Organisation (and Academy Fellow), in his work for promoting Food Safety globally.

IFST Honorary Fellowship Awarded 

Colin Dennis, Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IAFoST), has been awarded Honorary Fellowship by the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST). The Honorary Fellowship is awarded to IFST Members and Fellows who have made an extensive personal contribution to the working and progress of the Institute and to the food science and technology profession. Learn more here.

NEW IUFoST Website

The new IUFoST website has been completed. Explore it here. Comments are welcome here.

Upcoming Events 

MAY

May 22-24 – SOCHITAL Congress, Santiago, Chile. Learn more here.

JUNE                                                                             

June 6-15 – Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), Rome, Italy. Learn more here.

June 8-13 – IUFoST Global Food Safety Curricula Regional Consultation, Bangkok, Thailand.

June 15-17 – Food Innovation Asian Conference 2017: Innovative Food Science and Technology for Mankind – Empowering Research for Health and Aging Society – FOSTAT, Bangkok, Thailand. Learn more here.

June 20 – 22 – Global Soil Partnership – Plenary Assembly, Rome, Italy. Learn more here. 

June 20-22 – Hi China, Fi Asia-China, SNIEC, Shanghai, China. Learn more here.

June 25-28 – Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Learn more here.

June 25-29 – Fourth International Congress on Cocoa Coffee and Tea 2017, Turin, Italy. Learn more here.

JULY

July 1 -8 – FAO Conference, 40th Session, Rome  Italy. Learn more here.

July 4 -6 NZIFST Conference: Produced Locally Consumed Globally – Shaping the Future –  Nelson, New Zealand. Learn more here.

July 9-10 – International Association for Food Protection, Tampa, Florida, USA. Learn more here.

July 10-13 – Executive Committee of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, Geneva, Switzerland. Learn more here.

July 17-22 – CODEX Alimentarius Commission, Geneva, Switzerland. Learn more here.

AUGUST       

August 7-9 – 2nd International Functional Food Conference (IFFC2017): Functional Food: Taking Invention and Innovation from Concepts to Marketplace, Selangor, Malaysia. Learn more here.

August 13-18 – Meat Science and Technology, International Congress (63rd), Cork, Ireland. Learn more here.

August 22-24 – FI South America, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Learn more here.

August 22-24 – HI Korea, Seoul, Korea. Learn more here.

SEPTEMBER                                                    

September 3-6 – SAAFoST 22nd Biennial International Congress and Exhibition – A Hunger for Change: Innovations, Solutions and Emerging Technologies, Cape Town, South Africa. Learn more here.

September 11-14 – WHO Regional Meeting Europe, Budapest, Hungary. Learn more here. 

September 13-15 – Fi Asia, Bangkok, Thailand. Learn more here.

September 19-20 – European Commission on Agriculture (ECA), Budapest, Hungary. Learn more here.

September 24-29 – 2nd World Congress on Electroporation and Pulsed Electric Fields, Norfolk, Virginia, USA. Learn more here.

September 25-October 4 – International Course on Reverse Engineering of Processed Foods,        School of Food Engineering, University of Campinas, Brazil. Learn more here.

September 27-29 – Food: Evolution, Myths and Trends – Innova 2017, Montevideo, Uruguay. Learn more here.

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Please note – DATE MOVED to October 23-27, 2018:

IUFoST World Congress of Food Science and Technology, Mumbai, India 

The dates for the 2018 World Food Congress have moved. Pre-Congress Working Group and Workshops and associated Adhering Body events are scheduled for October 23, with Congress opening ceremonies taking place on October 24. The Congress ends with the IUFoST General Assembly on October 27. Plans for the programme are well underway and details will be provided as they progress.

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News Brief  Submissions

IUFoST Adhering Body Members, Fellows and Associates are invited to send events and activities to be considered for inclusion in the IUFoST News Brief before the 10th of each month to secretariat@iufost.org, Subject: News Brief.

 

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