Monday, July 22, 2024

AIFST24 Convention to explore the role of food science and technology

Leaders and innovators in technology, sustainability, and academia will come together at the AIFST24, the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology’s annual convention. The 2024 Convention will be held in Sydney on 6-7 August at the Sydney International Convention Centre.

The theme for AIFST24, ‘FOOD SCIENCE: Navigating Our Future’, explores the challenges and opportunities ahead for the agri-food industry and the important role food science and technology will play.

AIFST24 will feature a comprehensive technical program and the networking opportunities offered by a face-to-face event.

Over two days with plenary and four concurrent session streams, the convention will feature over 50 scientific and food industry speakers from across the agri-food sector. Key areas covered will include food safety, advances in health and nutrition, sensory and consumer science, food security and resilience, advanced food manufacturing, AI, food policy and regulation, innovation, and sustainability.

“We are thrilled to bring together some of the brightest minds and most forward-thinking professionals in food science and technology for this year’s convention,” says AIFST CEO Fiona Fleming. “The convention serves as a pivotal platform to explore how the latest technologies and advances across multiple disciplines can drive sustainable practices and solutions.”

The are many benefits to attending AIFST24 including networking opportunities; knowledge enhancement; professional development; collaboration and partnership opportunities, plus staying ahead of industry trends. Participants can expect a diverse array of presentations, panel discussions and networking opportunities designed to inspire collaboration and innovation.

Key highlights of AIFST24 include:

  • Keynote addresses: Insights from renowned experts shaping the future of technology and sustainability, including Dr Chris Downs, Director, Food and Beverage Accelerator (FaBA), who will present the JR Vickery address on Day 1 of the convention.
  • Panel discussions: Engaging debates on pressing issues and emerging trends in the field.
  • Networking opportunities: Connections with peers, potential collaborators, and industry leaders. A key highlight of the AIFST Convention is the food and wine networking evening.

“The event is a great opportunity to create new connections and reconnect with industry colleagues.” Likewise, the Rise and Shine: Career Connect Breakfast on 7 August is an event open to all students, young members, and AIFST 2024 mentors and mentees.

“Whether you’re advancing your career or exploring new opportunities, AIFST24 offers unparalleled networking and learning opportunities.”

The conference is expected to draw attendees from across the agri-food sector, including professionals, researchers, policymakers, and students.

For registration and program details, visit

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