Postgraduate Students – Food Safety Without Borders


  • Announcement of Nomination & Guideline – December 2023
  • Close of Nomination – 31 March 2024
  • Jury Selection of Finalists – 16-21 March 2024
  • Notification of Finalists – 30 March 2024
  • Submission of Final Paper - 30 June 2024
  • Final Judging – during world congress – date tbd


Food Safety has been identified as a key focus area for IUFoST that requires local solutions based on globally applicable principles. In keeping with the IUFoST vision to Strengthen Global Food Science and Technology for Humanity, the Food Safety Without Borders IUFoST Graduate Student Paper Competition was first introduced in 2014. The Competition is designed to allow Food Science and Technology students to make a difference to food safety in their country or region.


Food science and technology students enrolled in a M.Sc. or Ph.D. programme are invited to submit an academic paper with the objective of enhancing global food safety. The paper should address a food safety issue arising from an indigenous food from their home country or region in a practical way. The finalists will be invited to participate in the 22nd IUFoST World Congress of Food Science and Technology to be held in Rimini, Italy 08 – 12 September 2024.

Papers with senior co-authors are acceptable; however, most of the substantive work and contribution of the paper must be directly attributable to an author who meets the eligibility criteria. Each graduate student must submit an abstract and an academic paper prepared under the guidance of an academic supervisor.

To be considered for the Competition, the paper must include sufficient data to support claims and/or conclusions; not have been published elsewhere; and not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. The paper should be no more than 2500 words or six printed pages (Times New Roman, letter size 11, double spacing, 2 cm margins), including text, figures, tables, and references. See below for specific submission requirements.

Finalists are invited to attend the World Food Congress to maximize this unique experience through contact with attendees. Some funding support may be available through IUFoST or Adhering Bodies, but this cannot be guaranteed. Cash prizes of $500, $250 and $100 will be awarded to three best papers/presentations and the winning paper(s) will be considered for publication in IUFoST-approved journals, subject to standard publication review procedures.

Full Paper Submission Requirements Upon Being Selected as Finalist

The paper must be in a Word or Word-compatible document, double-spaced only, Times New Roman, letter size 11, 2 cm margins in the following format: title page, text, references, acknowledgments, tables, figure captions, and figures. Papers that don't follow this document format will be excluded from selection.

Title Page

  • Title - Title to accurately describe the contents and be useful for information retrieval.
  • Abstract - Briefly describe the article (200 words).
  • Authors - Include the names of all the authors, capitalizing only the initial letters. Spell out first names, if desired.
  • Authors' Affiliation/Title and Address
  • Telephone numbers and Email addresses
  • Text
    Divide the article into sections and suggest headings ("subheads") that briefly describe the contents of each section. Capitalize only the first letter of each word in the subheads except articles and prepositions. Begin the subheads at the left margin. Do not underline the subheads.

    Indicate subsections, if any, within these sections by numbers, letters, bullets (dots), or bullets followed by one or more words. These subsections should be preceded by a paragraph indent, and subsequent lines should begin at the left margin (as in this paragraph). Use only left justification.

    Enumerate items within a paragraph with numbers (or lowercase letters) within parentheses

  • References in Text
    Cite references in the text in the following ways:
    With the last name of the author as part of the sentence, immediately followed by the year of publication in parenthesis. With last name of author and year of publication in parentheses, usually at the end of a sentence.
  • Trade Names

Trade names may be cited in the text of the article but not in the title. They should only be used the first time the item is mentioned. Place the appropriate trademark symbol (TM or ®) as a superscript following the name. Capitalize only the first letter of the trade name unless it is an acronym. Place the name and location (city and state) of the manufacturer in parentheses following the first mention of the trade name. Capitalize only the first letter of each word in the company name, unless it is an acronym.

  • List of References
    Type "References" at the left margin, capitalizing only the R; do not underline the word. Begin each reference at the left margin, and indent subsequent lines. Type all references double-spaced. Each reference cited in the text must be included in the reference list and vice-versa.

    Include personal communications, unpublished manuscripts, and unpublished data in the list of references, with the author's affiliation and location.

    Arrange the references in alphabetical order. More than one paper by the same author (or authors) should be arranged in chronological order, except that papers by a single author should precede papers by two authors, which should in turn precede papers by three or more authors. Papers by three or more authors should be listed chronologically as though the authors were "Smith et al.," regardless of the first author's first initial.

    Type each reference in the following order: author(s), year, title, and bibliographic citation. See examples at end of this style guide.

  • Author - List all authors for each reference; do not use "et al." Surnames should precede initials; given names should not be spelled out. When the author is not indicated, "Anonymous" (not abbreviated) should be used. Organizations and government agencies may be cited as authors: e.g., IFT, ACS, FDA, USDA.
  • Year - Use lowercase letters a, b, c, etc., following the year to distinguish among different publications by the same author(s) in any one year.
  • Title and Bibliographic Information - Titles of publications in languages other than English should be given in the original language, where possible, using the English alphabet; transliterations or translations are acceptable for references originally in other alphabets.

    For article and chapter titles, capitalize only the first word and any proper nouns. For book titles, capitalize all nouns and put the title within quotation marks. Do not underline the title. Italicize only those words that were underlined or italicized in the original, such as names of microorganisms.

    A book title should be followed by the names of the editors, if any, and the name and location of the publisher.

    A chapter title should be followed by "Chpt. in" and the book title, names of editors, inclusive page numbers of the chapter, and the name and location of the publisher.

    A journal article title should be followed by the name of the journal, volume number, issue number in parentheses, colon, space, and all page numbers of the referenced item, not just the first page (e.g., Food Technol. 45(10): 86-88, 90). If the pages in the journal are numbered consecutively throughout the volume, omit the issue number. The name of the journal should be abbreviated. Retain the original word order when abbreviating, but omit articles, conjunctions, and prepositions, unless they are necessary for clarity. Do not abbreviate journal names consisting of a single word, or personal names when they begin a journal name. Do not underline or italicize the name of the journal.

    Papers accepted for publication but not yet published should show the journal name followed by "In press." Do not list articles as "Submitted for publication" to a particular journal, because they might not be accepted by that journal; instead, list them as "Unpublished manuscript" and give the affiliation and location of the author.

    Papers presented at scientific meetings but not published should indicate the date and location of the meeting and name of the sponsoring organization or the organization from which a copy can be obtained.

    Acknowledgments to others for assistance, etc., should be brief. Place acknowledgments after the list of references. Do not include a heading.

    If the article was based on a paper presented during a meeting, cite the meeting name, location, date, and sponsoring organization.

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Judging Process

Each academic paper will be reviewed by a panel of judges prior to the World Food Congress, and winners will be announced during the session.