World Food Congress

The 17th IUFoST World Congress of Food Science and Technology
(World Food Congress)
Montreal, Canada
August, 2014

For the complete Congress Summary Report



The 9th Class of Outstanding Food Scientists and Technologists were inducted into the International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IAFoST) during the World Congress.

Nominations for each new roster are made by IUFoST Adhering Bodies and IAFoST Fellows. Fellows elected to IAFoST are acknowledged by their peers as outstanding representatives of international food science and technology. The International Academy of Food Science collectively forms a pool of scientific expertise in food science and technology from which IUFoST draws non-aligned expert advice on scientific matters. Fellows serve as independent persons to work and promote high standards of ethics and scientific endeavours.

For 2014 Fellows click here

Dr. Brian Keating, the IUFoST Distinguished Lecturer, was also elected to the Academy and he was inducted during the Academy Dinner on August 19th.


Lifetime Achievement

The Lifetime Achievements of four scientists were acknowledged with Awards for their outstanding service to
IUFoST and its mission over many years.

They are:

Professor J. Ralph Blanchfield
Dr. David Lineback
Dr. Vishweshwaraiah Prakash
Professor Dr. Ing. Dr. h.c. Walter Spiess

Lifetime Achievement Recognition Ceremony information is available here



Young Scientists

Eight Young Scientists were chosen by an international jury to speak to the world congress on their research findings:

Dr. George Ooko Abong’, University of Nairobi, Kenya

Dr. Ranga Rao Ambati, University of Malaya, Malaysia

Dr. Miguel Ãngelo Parente Ribeiro Cerqueira, University of Minho, Portugal

Dr. Pin Rou Christine Lee, Shiro Corporation Pte Ltd (A Subsidiary of Aztech Group Ltd), Singapore

Dr. Patrick Njage, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Dr. Amy Proulx, Canadian Food and Wine Institute Research Centre, Niagara College, Canada

Dr. Kai Reineke, Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering, Germany

Dr. Uthaiwan Suttisansanee, Mahidol University, Thailand


Each Young Scientist presented his or her research to a global audience of delegates from across academia, industry and government. They also inspired the next generation in a series of workshops on Leadership, Issues and Career Development, participated in other workshops addressing key issues relating to communication of food science and technology to the general public and on the use of the interface between the food science and nutrition professions to overcome public health problems related to dietary factors. As a group, the Young Scientists made a presentation on the the future of Food Science and Technology and a short presentation of findings arising from the Congress to the IUFoST General Assembly.



Global Food Industry Awards

The 4th Global Food Industry Awards showcased the creative work of food innovators from around the world nominated by members of the food industry and national institutes. Awards were presented to 11 finalists for excellence in three categories: food production, packaging and communication. Four finalists received Honourable Mention recognition.

 Winners in categories click here


Student Competitions Awards 

were presented in two new competitions aimed at food science students: the Food Science Students Fighting Hunger Product Development Competition, open to undergraduate students, and the Food Safety Without Borders Graduate Student Paper competition. Students at both levels from around the world entered their unique products and research papers. Nine teams were chosen as finalists in the Food Science Fighting Hunger category, while four graduate student papers were selected for consideration by an international panel of experts.

Originated as part of IUFoST’s aim to strengthen the role of food science and technology in securing the world’s food supply and eliminating world hunger, both competitions demonstrated the talent, creativity and dedication of the next generation of food science and technology professionals.

Please click on the links below to view a complete list of finalists and results for each competition:

Food Science Students Fighting Hunger Product Development competition

To view the Students Fighting Hunger Product Development Powerpoint

Food Safety Without Borders Graduate Student Paper competition

To view the Graduate Student Paper Competition Powerpoint

And last but not least, we urge you to read the Congress blog, prepared by three young teenaged sons of scientists, Filip Ahrne, Justin Campbell-Platt and Joel Rao who captured the spirit and excellence of the IUFoST events and people with photos, write ups and with a series of one on one interviews with some of the eminent scientists within
IUFoST Link here

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who contributed the scientific, organizational and social success of this IUFoST congress, held in Montreal Canada.

Mark your calendars as we will meet next in Dublin, Ireland, August 21 – 25, 2016 and then it is on to India as the IUFoST Governing Council has been pleased to accept the India’s bid to hold the 2018 IUFoST World Congress in Hyderabad,
August 2018.