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.  Associates of IUFoST through institutional, corporate or government association do not vote in the General Assembly.

The Board of Directors 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 representative and the IUFoST Governing Council vote on IUFoST matters. Any other category of involvement in IUFoST is in a non-voting capacity.

The Board of Directors executes the policies as agreed by the Delegates of the National Scientific Bodies (Adhering 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 Board of Directors 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.

The Board of Directors implements strategies to achieve its objectives, 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.

Members of the Board, 2020 – 2022


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 Executive Director, 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, 2020-2022


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

Members of the Academy Council, 2020-2022

Learn more about the International Academy here.


Assisting the Board of Directors 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 40 international unions worldwide elected to membership in the International Science Council (ISC). 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.