AIFST 2020 Convention

Virtual conference: Tue 23, Thu 25, Tue 30 June, and Tue 2 July 2020; Virtual exhibition: Mon 22 June–Wed 3 July 2020

Post-pandemic, it will be even more important that we take approaches to food science that help us to build safe, secure and sustainable systems for food production and distribution. This is the theme of this year’s highly unusual Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) Convention, which will be staged as a virtual event.

Tagged ‘Embracing digital connectivity’, the four-day online conference component and accompanying online exhibition will focus on the tech-enabled future of food. Four interconnected themes will be explored over the four days: food safety (Day 1); health, nutrition and consumer science (Day 2); future food production (Day 3) and food security, sustainability and waste (Day 4).

Once again, it is expected that the convention will bring together a diverse, dynamic line-up of international and local speakers, experts in their respective fields, to share knowledge, insights and learnings on what the future could hold for the food industry, across Australia and further afield. While it is yet to be finalised, the speaker line-up will likely include Future Food System CRC participants.

Though the convention will be delivered virtually, attendees will be able to ask questions, join the discussion and interact with fellow participants from wherever they are in the world. And if you’re unable to attend a live session, you can listen to a recording of it at your convenience after the fact.

About the AIFST

Formed in 1967, The Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) represents thousands of food industry professionals working in all facets of the food industry: food science, technology, engineering and safety, sensory attributes, new product development, innovation, regulatory, QA, microbiology and nutrition, as well as those in leadership positions in the academic, industry and private sectors. Their mission: ‘advancing Australia’s position as a sustainable, world-leading food industry’.

A registered not-for-profit organisation, AIFST is independent of government, industry, lobby or special interest groups, supporting the contribution of Australia’s food industry professionals to the national and global food industry through various services.

More information and registration

For further information, contact the AIFST team on +61 447 066 324 or via For all partnership enquiries, contact Clive Russell on +61 407 666 188 or at

Register for the virtual convention – full convention

Register for the virtual convention – Day 1 only

Register for the virtual convention – Day 2 only

Register for the virtual convention – Day 3 only

Register for the virtual convention – Day 4 only

All registrations include attendance at the live event and access to all recordings post-convention.