Upcoming events

    • 8 Mar 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Via Zoom
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    AIFST Pre-mentoring information webinar for Mentees

    Interested in joining the 2021 mentoring program? Join us for a brief information session about the program and what we expect from our mentees before you apply. 

    We will also answer any questions you may have on the program.



    • 9 Mar 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Via Zoom
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    Technical Webinar: Microbes, the third pillar in the alternative protein industry

    Date: Tuesday March 9, 2021

    Time: 1pm AEDT

    CPD Points: 1

    Presenter: Belinda Chapman, Director, Quantal Bioscience

    Dr Belinda Chapman is co-founder and Director of Quantal Bioscience, a private company based in Sydney and specialising in microbiology research, including fermentation and microbiomics, as well as in science engagement and education. In collaboration with others, Quantal Bioscience has recently worked to establish a commercial co-manufacturing fermentation facility in Sydney. During her 25 year career Belinda has worked in microbiology research roles across industry and academia, including for The Sanitarium Health Food Company, Burns Philp, Arnotts, Macquarie University, the CSIRO, The Sydney Catchment Authority, Vitramed and The Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research, as well as for KPMG and the University of Tasmania. 



    • 9 Mar 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Zoom
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    International Women’s Day 2021 – Choose to Challenge


    International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

    Marked annually on March 8th, International Women's Day (IWD) is one of the most important days of the year to:

    • celebrate women's achievements
    • raise awareness about women's equality
    • lobby for accelerated gender parity

    This year the theme is “choose to challenge”

    A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day.

    We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.

    From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge.

    We are holding a panel session with a lineup of great women to share their “choose to challenge” moment.

    Join us to hear their stories – to grow, learn and connect.

    Speakers:

    Angeline Achariya - Executive Director Innovation & Growth, Simplot Australia

    Jo Davey - Director at Pirrama Consulting

    Sandra Loader - Non-Executive Director at AIFST at The Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology - AIFST

    Maria Said - CEO Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia

    Kate Howell - Research and teaching academic at University of Melbourne

    View full speaker bios and photos HERE

    • 23 Mar 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Via Zoom
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    Plain English Allergen Labelling – Webinar #1

    PEAL updates – what you need to know

    On February 25th Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) announced new requirements for allergen labelling on packaged foods. 

    The changes to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code) will help ensure mandatory food allergen declarations are clear and consistent so that consumers have the information they need to make safe food choices. 

    The requirements include:

    • the declaration of allergen information in a specific format and location on food labels
    • the use of simple, plain English terms for allergen declarations.   

    Join AIFST, the Allergen Bureau and the AFGC for the first of a 2-part webinar series on PEAL.

    This first webinar will cover the changes with presentations from FSANZ and Provenance Legal.

    Join us to grow, learn and connect.

    Presenters:

    Derek Castles, Labelling and Information Standards, FSANZ 

    Derek Castles is a member of the Labelling and Information Standards Section at Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) and has worked for the agency for 19 years. Derek has been actively working on allergen labelling regulations at FSANZ for the last six years. Derek is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and has also worked on nutrition-related regulations prior his allergen labelling activities.


    Julie Cox, Provenance Legal

    Julie Cox is the founder and director of Provenance, a specialist legal consultancy for the food and beverage industry.  She has nearly 20 years’ experience advising a range of food businesses from multinationals to start ups on all aspects of advertising, labelling, product safety, IP and commercial matters across the product lifecycle.

    • 25 Mar 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
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    Webinar - Food and Mood - Use of nutraceuticals and adherence to dietary patterns in the management of mental health

    Date: Thursday March 25th 

    Time: 1:00pm - 2pm (AEDT)

    CPD Points: 1

    OVERVIEW: 

    This presentation will include the findings from current studies relating to some of the nutraceuticals and bioactives as well as adherence to different dietary patterns that are used in the management of mental health. Some of the common nutraceutical approaches include green tea components (e.g. theanine and EGCG), curcuminoids and main anthocyanins found in blueberries. In addition, this presentation will also focus on the adherence to different dietary interventions (e.g. Mediterranean diet), their successes and pitfalls related to the improvements in the cognition and gut-brain axis.

    About Dr Nenad Naumovski (PhD, MAIFST)

    Dr Nenad Naumovski (PhD) is a Chef, Food Scientist and Molecular Nutritionist and works at the University of Canberra (Canberra, Australia) as Associate Professor in Food Science and Human Nutrition. He leads a Functional Foods and Nutrition Research Laboratory (FFNR Laboratory) and holds academic conjoint positions as the Visiting Professor at the Harokopio University of Athens (Athens, Greece), Abertay University (Scotland) and University of Newcastle (Australia). Nenad has a strong research interest in the effects of food and nutrients on psycho-cardiological markers associated with healthy ageing.


    • 27 Apr 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Via Zoom
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    Plain English Allergen Labelling – Webinar Part 2

    PEAL updates to your essential industry allergen guidance

    Join AIFST, the Allergen Bureau and the AFGC for the second part of our webinar series on PEAL.

    Our industry best practice guidance resources are designed to help food industry to approach allergen management and labelling in a consistent manner. In these three talks, we will take you through our new updates to these resources that address Plain English Allergen Labelling.

    • Food Industry Guide to Allergen Management and Labelling – Lisa Warren, Allergen Bureau
    • The VITAL Program & VITAL Online – Georgina Christensen, Allergen Bureau
    • Product Information Form - Fiona Fleming, AFGC

    Presenters:

    Lisa Warren, Allergen Bureau

    With a background in Food Science and Technology, and with a 20 year career in the food industry, working alongside a great number of inspirational people, Lisa’s passion is to help food manufacturers navigate through the challenges of allergen management. In her VITAL Support role at the Allergen Bureau, Lisa is involved in a variety of projects that address the food industry’s growing demand for information about allergen management and the VITAL Program.


    Georgina Christensen, VITAL® CoordinatorAllergen Bureau

    Georgina Christensen is the VITAL® Coordinator for the Allergen Bureau and has been in this part-time role for over twelve years. Georgina answers enquiries from the local and international food industry about implementing the VITAL Program, provides support for and develops VITAL® Online and develops support materials for the VITAL Program.  Georgina has extensive experience in the food industry in positions with multi-national food companies. Georgina is passionate about allergen management and encouraging clear and consistent allergen labelling on food products to assist those with a food allergy to make informed food choices


    Fiona Fleming, PIF Manager, AFGC

    Fiona is currently the PIF Manager supporting the development and implementation of PIF V6.0 with the AFGC.  She is also the CEO of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST).

    Fiona is an experienced Corporate and Regulatory Affairs professional who has been involved in leading and facilitating change and developing management strategies across a portfolio of food policy and regulation matters in global FMCG and NGO environments.

    Fiona has more than 30 years’ experience in the food industry in the areas of dairy, seafood, cereal based foods, smallgoods, tea, simmer sauces and pastes, ingredients, and infant formula. Fiona has previously worked for a large FMCG company in the role of Group Quality and Corporate Affairs Manager.  In this role she was responsible for providing leadership across Australia and New Zealand in the areas of food policy and regulation; consumer affairs and communication; issues and crisis management and food quality and safety.

    • 6 May 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Via Zoom
    • 24
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    Food Recall Workshop - Online interactive webinar

    Having policies and procedures in place for a food or beverage product recall is one thing, executing them is another.

    AIFST is pleased to be hosting a comprehensive workshop to help you develop the skills necessary to implement a program to evaluate and test the recall policies and procedures in place in your business.

    This workshop will help you to understand how even the simplest oversights can derail an otherwise sound procedure. You will learn to evaluate the who, what, where, when and why of recalls and how a properly handled recall not only effectively protects the consumer, but also allows for the public image of a company to improve.

    Find out:

    • How to maintain a recall plan that is relevant to your business
    • That a mock recall is more than just a traceability exercise
    • Whether you have the resources to manage a recall
    • The common pitfalls of recall execution
    • What to look for in a product recall insurance policy

    The workshop will also feature a recall simulation exercise designed to challenge and provide opportunities to learn.

    This workshop is suitable for food and beverage business owners, Managers, Food Safety and Quality Assurance Managers, Technical Managers, Food Recall Coordinators and Recall team members.

    Presenters:

    Fiona Fleming - AIFST

    Fiona is Managing Director of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST). She is an experienced Corporate and Regulatory Affairs professional who has been involved in leading and facilitating change and developing management strategies across a portfolio of food policy and regulatory matters in global FMCG and NGO environments.

    Fiona has more than 30 years’ experience in the food industry in the areas of dairy, seafood, cereal-based foods, smallgoods, tea, simmer sauces and pastes, ingredients and infant formula. 

    Peter McGee - Victual 

    Victual are market leaders in the delivery of tailored risk management strategies for the unique risks faced by the food industry, and will lead the workshop team, which includes experts in product recall preparedness, public relations, policy and regulation, risk management and product recall insurance.

    Peter has twenty years’ experience in the risk and insurance industries. He has multiple post-graduate qualifications that combine to provide a unique knowledge base of technical risk understanding complemented with commercial business acumen.

    Andrew Brown, GS1 Australia (MBA)

    Andrew is an expert in the management of product recalls and withdrawals. For the past seven years, Andrew has provided specialist advice for product safety professionals enabling them to plan and implement an efficient product recall management system.

    He played a key role in the development and adoption of the GS1 Australia Recall portal, currently used by 700 Australian companies across the food, general merchandise and health industries.

    Tickets:

    AIFST Members: $95.00

    Student/Graduate Members: $55.00

    Non-Members: $160.00

    Not a member? Join online today!


    • 20 May 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Zoom
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    AIFST Webinar: The need for plant based meat alternatives

    Date: Thursday 20th May

    Time: 1:00pm - 2pm (AEST)

    CPD Points: 1

    OVERVIEW: Coming soon!

    Speaker: Helen Morris, University of Adelaide

    Helen is the Program Coordinator for the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science at the University of Adelaide and coordinates and teaches several of the nutrition science courses within this program.

    She is an Education Specialist and a member of the University’s Education Academy, also an Accredited Practising Dietitian with 35 years of experience covering clinical nutrition and dietetics across the life cycle (neonatal to geriatrics), community and public health nutrition, food service and education across a wide variety of audiences.

    She contributed at a state-level to the development and implementation of the South Australian healthy food and nutrition policy for schools and pre-schools, in particular the development and delivery of training workshops and resources. Her contribution was recognised in 2012 with an Order of Australia Medal.


    • 17 Jun 2021
    • 9:00 AM (UTC+10:00)
    • 18 Jun 2021
    • 4:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • University of Newcastle Central Coast Campus
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    University of Newcastle Central Coast Campus presents

    Sustainable Food Future Conference 2021

    Connecting community, industry and academia to create a sustainable food future.


    This conference will bring together researchers, students, and local industry professionals in the food science and nutrition space to showcase current research efforts developing the next generation of sustainable food and nutrition services. The conference will feature presentations from leading experts in food science and nutrition research, with topics including nutrition and consumer science, food waste and sustainability, functional foods, postharvest technology, and nutrition and food science education.

    The organising Committee:

    Dr Tamara Bucher, Dr Patrice Jones, Dr Soumi Paul Mukhopadhyay, Dr Emma Beckett, Dr Tim Kirkman, Dr Taiwo Akanbi, Dr Penta Pristijono, Dr Quan Vuong, Dr SP Singh, Prof Chris Scarlett.

    Call for Abstracts:

    The call for abstracts and EOI for themes are now open.

    To view the abstract submission requirements click here

    To submit your abstract or theme for consideration please click here.

    The call for abstracts will close on the 30th of April 2021 at 11.59pm. The call for themes will close on the 10th of March

    Contribution Formats: Oral presentation or poster/e-poster

    Themes may include but are not limited to:

    • Sensory and consumer science
    • Functional food ingredients
    • Sustainable food production
    • Nutrition science
    • Postharvest and food innovations
    • Food waste reduction and circular economy
    • Wine innovations

    Program: A detailed program will be announced in April 2021

    Tickets: Both Virtual and In-Person attendance options available

    • Standard In-Person Attendance – $195
    • Student In-Person Attendance – $90
    • Standard Virtual Attendance – $60
    • Student Virtual Attendance  $30

    Face to face registrations are limited to a total of 100 at this stage.

Past events

4 Mar 2021 AIFST Student and Graduate Member Networking session
3 Mar 2021 AIFST Virtual Member Update
24 Feb 2021 Sharon Natoli: Communication Insights for Connecting with Consumers in 2021
16 Feb 2021 Technical Webinar: Allergen management insights and industry guidance
16 Feb 2021 FiE Webinar Series: Principles of Food Preservation
9 Feb 2021 NZOZ Sensory and Consumer Science Symposium
4 Feb 2021 AIFST Webinar: Codex HACCP Update 2020
2 Feb 2021 2021 AIFST Summer School - Virtual Event
3 Dec 2020 AIFST Virtual Christmas Party - Trivia Night
1 Dec 2020 Technical Webinar: SQF Edition 9 - Update
26 Nov 2020 AIFST 2020 Food Microbiology Conference
24 Nov 2020 WA EVENT - High Pressure Processing Technology: An Industry Insight
17 Nov 2020 Webinar - Food Safety Week: Food Safety – it’s in your hands
5 Nov 2020 Online Event: Vegan Trends, Challenges and Opportunities
29 Oct 2020 Whole Genome Sequencing for Better Public Health and Food Safety Outcomes - Session 2
28 Oct 2020 AIFST Members Event - Virtual Town Hall
28 Oct 2020 Whole Genome Sequencing for Better Public Health and Food Safety Outcomes BOTH SESSIONS
28 Oct 2020 Whole Genome Sequencing for Better Public Health and Food Safety Outcomes - Session 1
27 Oct 2020 Technical Webinar: Food Safety culture - what actually works?
22 Oct 2020 Technical Webinar: The Value of using Design of Experiments (DOE) in Food Product Development and Manufacturing
21 Oct 2020 Food Recall Workshop - Interactive Webinar
15 Oct 2020 AIFST Virtual Networking Event
14 Oct 2020 Webinar: High Moisture Extrusion Cooking (HMEC) Plant-Based Meat Extrusion
8 Oct 2020 Food and Nutrition Science Career Evening
8 Oct 2020 FTAA Event: FTAA Hot Topics Webinar - Innovation Reset beyond COVID – Consumers, Science, SME’s and Processing
6 Oct 2020 AIFST/FIAL Webinar: COVID-19 and your workforce – Guidelines for the food processing industry
1 Oct 2020 Webinar: Fighting food waste for a sustainable food future- how is Australia performing?
29 Sep 2020 Webinar: Fighting Food Waste using the Circular Economy
29 Sep 2020 FiE Webinar Series: Principles of Food Preservation
18 Sep 2020 Careers Webinar: Career Paths in the Food Industry
17 Sep 2020 Webinar: Sharon Natoli - How to make immunity related health claims
16 Sep 2020 Webinar: Codex HACCP Refreshed 2020
10 Sep 2020 FSANZ Webinar: 2020 Hindsight - Lessons Learned and Opportunities for Better Food Regulation
9 Sep 2020 Technical Webinar: Practical real-world food fraud control measures
2 Sep 2020 Food Recall Workshop - Interactive Webinar
1 Sep 2020 Webinar: AFGC PIF V6.0 - #5 Q&A Open House
27 Aug 2020 AIFST General Meeting
21 Aug 2020 National Science Week Webinar: #6 FSANZ Regulatory Science Strategy
20 Aug 2020 National Science Week Webinar: #5 Celebrating Food Science & Technology as a Career
19 Aug 2020 National Science Week Webinar: #4 Celebrating Food Science & Technology as a Career
18 Aug 2020 National Science Week Webinar: #3 Celebrating Food Science & Technology as a Career
18 Aug 2020 National Science Week Webinar: #2 - Celebrating Food Science & Technology as a Career
17 Aug 2020 National Science Week Webinar: #1 Food Science Career Journey and the Future
17 Aug 2020 National Science Week Webinar Series - Full Registration for all 6 webinars
6 Aug 2020 AIFST Student Member's Get Together #4
5 Aug 2020 Careers Webinar: Getting Started With LinkedIn
30 Jul 2020 ILSI Webinar: Food System Resilience & Sustainability – Impact, Learnings & the Future Post-COVID-19 Pandemic
8 Jul 2020 AIFST 2020 Annual Awards Ceremony
8 Jul 2020 Webinar: Tasmanian Food Cluster Food Waste Report
2 Jul 2020 2020 AIFST Virtual Convention - Day 4 Only (Food Security, Sustainability and Food Waste)
30 Jun 2020 2020 AIFST Virtual Convention - Day 3 Only (Future Food Production)
25 Jun 2020 2020 AIFST Virtual Convention - Day 2 Only (Health, Nutrition and Consumer Science)
24 Jun 2020 AIFST Virtual Wine and Cheese Trivia Night
24 Jun 2020 AIFST 2020 Young Members and Mentors Virtual Breakfast
23 Jun 2020 2020 AIFST Virtual Convention - Full Convention Registration
23 Jun 2020 2020 AIFST Virtual Convention - Day 1 Only (Food Safety)
22 Jun 2020 2020 AIFST Virtual Exhibition
16 Jun 2020 AIFST Student Member's Get Together #3
16 Jun 2020 Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) On-line Training Courses
10 Jun 2020 Webinar: AFGC PIF V6.0 - #4 Q&A Open House
4 Jun 2020 Technical Webinar: World Food Safety Day – Food safety, everyone’s business
2 Jun 2020 Technical Webinar: COVID-19 – Food Supply Chain Resilience
28 May 2020 Careers Webinar: Mapping your Career as a Food Safety Professional
27 May 2020 Metiisto Artisan Chocolate – Virtual Factory Tour
26 May 2020 FTAA Event: FTAA Hot Topics 2020 Online Event
21 May 2020 AIFST Student Member's Get Together #2
21 May 2020 Technical Webinar: VIRSeek SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus Environmental Testing Solution
20 May 2020 2020 AIFST Annual General Meeting
14 May 2020 Technical Webinar: Food Security in a Novel World – Food Availability
13 May 2020 Technical Webinar: COVID-19: Risk Assessment in Reverse
8 May 2020 Webinar - AFGC PIF V6.0 - #3 Allergen Information (Section 3.2)
6 May 2020 AIFST Virtual Trivia Night
5 May 2020 Online Event: Food Labelling & Consumer Law
5 May 2020 AIFST Event: AIFST Virtual Exhibition Online Demonstration
30 Apr 2020 Technical Webinar: The Virtues of Remote Audits
29 Apr 2020 Technical Webinar: How to capture learnings and draw meaning from COVID-19
22 Apr 2020 AIFST Student Member's Get Together
20 Apr 2020 Technical Webinar: Food Security in the Novel World – Safeguarding Food
15 Apr 2020 Technical Webinar: COVID-19: FMCG trends & tips to gain a competitive edge during a crisis
14 Apr 2020 AIFST Webinar - The Food Industry Guide to Allergen Management and Labelling
6 Apr 2020 Technical Webinar: Food Security in the Novel World
3 Apr 2020 Webinar - AFGC PIF V6.0 - #2 Country of Origin (Section 2.2)
2 Apr 2020 WEBINAR: CLEAN LABEL – SIMPLE INGREDIENTS
30 Mar 2020 AIFST Webinar: COVID-19 - How to deal with such an Unchosen Change
26 Mar 2020 Food Recall Workshop - Webinar
25 Mar 2020 The Virtual Lunch Room
23 Mar 2020 AIFST Webinar - Personal Food Safety in the time of COVID19
20 Mar 2020 Webinar - AFGC PIF V6.0 - #1 Ingredient Declaration (Section 2.1)
19 Mar 2020 Food and Beverage Processing Consultation Webinars
16 Mar 2020 AIFST Webinar - Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) should food businesses and consumers be worried?
11 Mar 2020 AIFST Networking Night - SA
11 Mar 2020 Food Recall Workshop- SA
10 Feb 2020 2020 NZOZ Sensory and Consumer Science Symposium

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