Food Sustainability Idea/Concept Development Competition


  • Announcement of Nomination & Guideline – December 2023
  • Close of Nomination – 31 March 2024
  • Jury Selection of Finalists 
  • Notification of Finalists – 20 April 2024
  • Final Judging – Congress date for judging TBD


IUFoST considers sustainability issues for food and drinking water as one of the key topics of its current and future agenda. This is emphasized by its involvement in the Future Earth project as well as the IUFoST Sustainability Working Groups. As sustainability of our planet is directly affecting your future and related health and quality of life, we invite each of you to participate in a "Food Sustainability Idea/concept development Competition" at the IUFoST Congress 2024 in Rimini, Italy.

Criteria for Consideration

Interested participant is expected to submit a brief description of the idea (up to 2 pages) and the concept development (up to 5 pages, including drawings, introduction, results etc).
Suggested, but not to be limiting your creativity, topics can include:

  • Food losses (postharvest, storage, processing, transport and home preparation)
  • Food waste (processing, post processing, household levels including consumption as well as technologies dealing with sustainable postharvest and processing condition to increase food safety and food security)
  • Energy conserving methods along the entire food chain; and
  • Water purification, sanitation and recovery methods


If this is of interest to you please submit your application(s) by 15 March 2024. You must register as a delegate to the congress to enter this competition.

Judging Process

The selected top five proposals will be formally acknowledged with a certificate and a cash award to be announced later and the sustainability champions will be invited to briefly present their contributions during the congress as a registered delegate.

Important: Please submit your Idea proposal document & Concept Development document as attachment:

  • Brief description of the idea (up to 2 pages)
  • Concept development (up to 5 pages, including drawings, introduction, results etc) in Word or Word-compatible document, double-spaced only, Times New Roman, letter size 11 and 2 cm margins.

Idea & Concept Development Proposals that don't follow this document format will be excluded from selection!