•    That the International Union of Food Science & Technology (IUFoST) is the premier organization of world food science and technology
    •    That lUFoST is a federation of national food science organizations
    •    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 organizations
    •    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 4a. 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 Follows 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.

Section 4b. As a section of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology, an Early Career Scientists Section (ECSS) is established.  The purpose of the section is to recognize Early Career Scientists. An Early Career Scientist is one who is under the age of 38 years and within ten years of receiving the PhD degree. An Early Career Scientist so selected can remain in the section for eight years. Such individuals may refer to this honor as “member of the Early Career Scientists’ Section of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology.” The initial cohort of members of the ECSS Class shall consist of the Young Scientists chosen to represent young science at the IUFoST World Food Congress since 2008 (maximum 32 early career scientists). Future inductees will consist of the class of Early Career Scientists who are nominated and selected for participation in future Congresses of IUFoST as Young Scientist Awardees.  Early Career Scientists can be nominated for induction into the Academy of Food Science and Technology whenever nominations are invited and go through the normal election process. There is no assurance that a member of the ECSS will become a Fellow of IAFoST. The ECS Section members may adopt activity and operating procedures that do not conflict with those activities and procedures currently adopted for IAFoST or IUFoST. (Section 4b Approved by the IUFoST General Assembly, September 2015) 

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.
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.
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 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. Before the World Congress the Secretary to the Executive Council shall call for nominations of 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.



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.