News Brief January 2024

AAU and IUFoST Roundtable, Leadership and Capacity Building in Food Science and Technology in Africa, 15 February, 2024

Association of African Universities (AAU) is the organization responsible for enhancing the quality and relevance of higher education in Africa and strengthen its contribution to Africa’s development. In achieving this goal, AAU remains the leading advocate for higher education in Africa, with the capacity to provide support for its member institutions in meeting national, continental, and global needs. IUFoST and AAU have entered into a long term work plan together to strengthen Education, Training and Capacity Building.

The first regional webinar on capacity development, coordinated by IUFoST-AAU, will be held 15 February 2024 via Zoom. The virtual workshop will feature plenary sessions with simultaneous interpretation (English, French and Arabic).

The Agenda includes the following speakers and participants (not in order): Professor O.B. Oyewole, Professor of Food Science and Technology and Secretary-General of the AAU introducing the African Research Innovation and Development Networks - Food Science and Technology Network in Africa;  Professor Charles Aworh, President of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IAFoST) speaking about mentoring.  Professor Ruth Oniang’o, IUFoST Lifetime Achievement Award Winner follows with a talk on promoting regional collaboration and partnerships in  Food Science and Technology. Digitalisation and Virtual Learning in Food Science and Technology is presented by Dr. Paul Singh, IAFoST Fellow and Distinguished Professor, University of California-Davis. This is followed by the IUFoST Focus on Africa, presented by IUFoST President,  reflecting on the purposes and objectives of the joint agreement with the Association of African Universities.

Last, this dynamic programme brings together a team of expert resource from IUFoST and IAFoST to join the other IUFoST and AAU leaders to formulate a plan of action regarding academic focus areas, strategies.  These distinguished experts include Mukund Karwe, PhD, Distinguished Professor (Food Engineering) Rutgers University; Syed S.H. Rizvi, PhD, International Professor, Food Process Engineering, Cornell University.

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Meet IUFoST Lifetime Achievement and Young Researcher Award Winners

IUFoST Lifetime Achievement Award Winner – Dr. Fereidoon Shahidi

Dr. Shahidi is University Research Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada; Founder and Director of the International Society of Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods (ISNFF), Disciplinary Group of IUFoST; Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Food Bioactives, and one of the most cited authors in Food Science and Technology. He is President Elect of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IAFoST).


IUFoST  Young Researcher Award Winner – Dr. Lutz Grossmann

Dr. Grossmann is Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science, Chenoweth Laboratory, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA; Postdoc, University of Hohenheim, Germany; International Stays, University of Guelph, Canada and CSIRO, Melbourne, Australia. Invited Professorship, Mae Fah Luang University, Thailand.

51 peer-reviewed publications and 7 in preparation.
Co-author with Dr. DJ McClements of Next-generation Plant-based Foods (2022).

Link to IUFoST Awards announcement :


Precision Nutrition and Food Science Strategies to Combat Persistent Metabolic Challenges Associated with Long-COVID,  subject of upcoming IUFoST SRD

The next IUFoST Scientific Roundtable Discussion (SRD) "Precision Nutrition and Food Science Strategies to Combat Persistent Metabolic Challenges Associated with Long-COVID" is scheduled for 29 February, from 07.30 ET (North America) GMT -5.

Nutritional intervention is an important aspect of recovery from and management of post-acute sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC), or long COVID,  that often concomitantly presents severe inflammation, malnutrition, and sarcopenia, especially in those with pre-existing health conditions, and typically at risk of adverse health events, such as among pediatric populations, the elderly, and women of childbearing age. An adequate food supply and availability of foods that contain an array of potential bioactives may be critical in reducing risks associated with PASC, the ongoing global health crisis. Expert speakers include Roger Clemens, DrPH, Adj Professor, USC School of Pharmacy: Narain Naidu, PhD, Director-General, Mission-COVID, Global Nutrition Healthcare Council, Pingfan Rao, PhD, Fuzhou University; Chin-Kun Wang, Chung Shan Medical University; Jailene de Sousa Aquino, PhD, Federal University of Paraiba; Jun Nishihira, MD, PhD, Hokkaido Information University.

Advance registration required:


Members News

Members Meeting, 25 January 2024

To receive the meeting notes, courtesy of Dr. Azis Boing Sitanggang, Member of the Council of Early Career Scientists, please write to the IUFoST Secretariat. Thank you to Boing for his excellent summary and thank you to all the distinguished speakers from our Adhering Bodies and Academy and Board of Directors. It was a packed programme with rich insights and clear scientific development plans that we will be moving forward together.

World Congress Opportunities for Members and Associates

Special Registration rate for IUFoST members, Groups of 10 or more  in member countries - find out more at - Members Congress Registration

Competitions, Competitions, Competitions!

  • Young  Scientists
  • Industry Awards
  • Food Safety
  • Food Sustainability
  • Rose Spiess Video Awards
  • Quiz Bowl

Find out more here and how to enter:

Fellows Election

Deadline date for ballot returns – 15 February.


World Congress News

Opportunities not to be missed

  1. Abstract submissions open – deadline is approaching
  2. Congress Competitions – open – watch for the deadlines
  3. Early Bird Registration – open – watch for the deadlines
  4. Opportunities to be published

 Congress website

Special events for Early Career, Young Scientists, Mid Career Scientists, Industry and multi-disciplinary forums, Dinners, Socials, networking and recognitions of global achievements


How to join IUFoST

Become the national scientific body for your country in IUFoST

Associations/Affiliations through institutes, commodity organizations, industry, government and non-governmental organisations, SMEs 

Let us know you want to get involved: Send us a note to, Subject: Membership


IUFoST scientific work outcomes published or in progress

Journal of Food Bioactives (JFB), Volume 23

Food Bi. Food Bioact. 2023;23:1–18oact. 2023;23:1–18
Building Self-Sustainable Basic Food Systems: Role of Bioactive Components and Beyond in Science and Innovation
M. Aman Wirakartakusumah, Indrawati Oey, Daryl Neng Wirakartakusumah, C. Hanny Wijaya, Liza Agustina Maureen Nelloh
J Food Bioact 23: 1-18 (2023)

JFB, Volume 22

A Commentary on Millets for Enhancing Agri-economy, Nutrition, Environmental, and Sustainable Development Goals
Roger Clemens, Paruchuri Gangadhar Rao, Ismahane Elouafi, Ruth Oniang’o, Anoma Chandrasekara, Peter Pressman, Jay Yadav
J Food Bioact 22, 1-4 (2023)

Science of Food (a Nature journal)

Scientific Paper on Long Covid, Post-Acute Sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC): Precision Nutrition to Reset SARS-CoV-2-Induced Human Metabolic Reprogramming/Dysregulation (HMR/D)
A Satyanarayan Naidu, Chin-Kun Wang, Pingfan Rao, Fabrizio Mancini, Roger A. Clemens, Aman Wirakartakusumah, Hui-Fan Chiu, Chi-Hua Yen, Sebastiano Porretta, Issac Mathai, Sreus AG Naidu
stemming from original Academy session focus at the IUFoST World Congress in Singapore.


Events coming up of interest to the global community

15 February 2024
Roundtable organised by Association of African Universities and IUFoST
09.00 - 10.30 ET (GMT-5)
Regional Webinar on Leadership and Capacity Building in Food Science and Technology in Africa
Advance Registration link:

29 February 2024
SRD on Precision Nutrition and Food Science Strategies to Combat Persistent Metabolic Challenges Associated with Long-COVID
07.30 - 09.00 ET (GMT-5)
Advance Registration required:

21 March 2024
SRD on Role of Processed Foods in Sustainable Development Goals - an interdisciplinary approach towards Food and Nutrition
07.00 - 09.00 ET (GMT-5)

24-26 April 2024
IUFoST/CIFST 15th International Forum on Food Safety, Beijing, China

11-13 June 2024
50th Anniversary Symposium of ISOPOW
(IUFoST Special Interest Group) Purdue University, USA
For Information:

8-12 September 2024
22nd World Congress of Food Science and Technology, IUFoST
Congress website