On behalf of the organizing committee, we are pleased to announce the upcoming 2023 IFT-EFFoST international nonthermal processing workshop and short course. The event will be held on October 15, 16, and 17, 2023, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. and will bring together experts from around the world to discuss the latest developments, innovations, and challenges in the field. You may also attend a special event honoring the legacy of Professor Theodore P. Labuza the day before the short course.
The workshop and short course aim to address the challenges facing the food industry by focusing on the application of sustainable circular economy concepts through innovative nonthermal processing technologies. The workshop and short course will bring participants from academia, equipment providers, food processors and regulators together for sharing research progress and discuss how various nonthermal processing technologies help to conserve natural resources (energy, water, reduce waste), improve food safety, preserve health, and promote practices to meet sustainable development goals. Additionally, the workshop aims to identify emerging problems and needs, explore the potential for implementing new technologies specific to food processing, and provide networking and collaboration opportunities.
The workshop and short course are part of the annual IFT-EFFoST international non-thermal processing workshop that meets in North America, Europe and rest of the world (Australia, South America, China). Nonthermal processing technologies help to address the challenges faced by the global food industry including food safety, depletion of natural resources, climate change, and food waste. The United Nations estimates that one-third of the world's food is lost or wasted every year, resulting in the loss of resources worth around $1 trillion. Therefore, addressing these challenges and moving towards a more sustainable, circular economy approach is crucial.
In addition to the academic program, the conference will provide ample opportunities for networking and collaboration. Participants will have the chance to connect with colleagues from around the world, build new relationships, and explore potential collaborations.
We invite researchers, scholars, entrepreneurs, and students from all over the world to attend this important event. Abstract submission and attendee registration are available now. Please save the dates.
We look forward to welcoming you to Minneapolis for what promises to be an engaging and informative event. For more information and updates about the event, including registration and submission, please visit https://biorefining.cfans.umn.edu/2023-ift-effost-international-nonthermal-processing-workshop-short-course.
Roger Ruan, Professor, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering and Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota, USA
Kumar Mallikarjunan, Professor, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota, USA