Welcome to the new ift.org. Not only does our new site look different, it really is different.
On this new site, you’ll find the resources you’re used to accessing on the IFT website, plus a host of new resources and capabilities, all organized in a way that makes them easier for you to find and use.
If You’re Just Getting Started…
Be sure you’re logged in
If you’re currently a member of IFT, go to the IFT home page (ift.org) and you’ll see the Member Login box on the right side of your screen, just to the right of the Focus Areas & Core Sciences bar. Enter your username and password, check the “Remember me on this computer” box so you won’t have to do this every time you visit the site, click the orange Login button, and you’re all set.
Then take a look at some of the exciting new capabilities you now have…
From an entirely new Member Directory, to new discussion areas, there are lots of things for you to explore and take advantage of. Here are just a few to get you started…
Create your own more relevant profile so that others can more easily find you in the new
(member login required).
The new Member Directory offers a variety of new ways to connect with other members. Just one of those ways is by creating a more detailed personal profile for yourself. All of your basic information is already there, but here are a few steps you can take to build a stronger profile:
Update your education. Don’t forget to include both your undergraduate as well as any graduate work that you’ve done.
Add in your employment history. Be sure to check your current employment information as well as adding in former positions.
Select your interests and expertise, to help ensure that others with similar interests can find you.
Add a photograph of yourself. It’s a great way to personalize your profile.
Do you have your own website? Are you active in any other social networks? Add the information to your profile!
Find a colleague.
Now that you’ve updated your own profile, it’s time to find some colleagues in the Member Directory. You can search by educational institution to look for former classmates, search by interest area to see who else shares your particular food science passion, search by expertise to find someone who can help you address the food science challenge you’ve been working on, and so much more. Take a look…you’ll never know who you might find!
Take a look at the Focus Areas and Core Sciences sections of the site.
IFT’s website content is now organized around the topic areas that you’ve said were most important to you. They include eight applied food science topics called Focus Areas, and four core science topics called, cleverly, Core Sciences. In these sections you’ll find resources, news, and opportunities to share your thoughts and opinions. You can access these sections from the home page and from under the Knowledge Center in the main navigation.
Join a conversation.
If you’re an IFT member, you can join discussions focused on one of IFT’s Focus Areas or Core Sciences. Or, if you’re a member of a specific IFT group, you can join that group’s discussion.
To join the conversation of a group in which you are NOT yet a member…
To join a Focus Area or Core Sciences discussion or a discussion in another open group, you must first choose to join that group. First, click on My Community (in the upper-right corner navigation). Then, click on the Find a Group link on the right side of the screen to access the Groups Directory. In the Groups Directory, click on the Focus Area, Core Sciences, or other group of your choice. Finally, click the large orange Join this Group button in the upper-right corner of the screen. You’ll now be a member of that group and able to join in the discussion. To join the discussion, just click on the Discussions tab.
To join the conversation of a group in which you ARE already a member…
To join the discussion of a group in which you are already a member, go to My Community (in the upper-right corner navigation). Then, in the left-hand navigation, click on the My Groups link. In the main area of your screen, a list of all of the groups in which you are currently a member will display. Click on the Discussions link beneath the group of your choice, and join the discussion.
Explore upcoming events…and add one to your own calendar.
The new calendar not only makes it easier than ever to view scheduled events, but you can now add an event to your own Outlook calendar or iCal. Just go to the Calendar (in the main navigation under Meetings & Events), double-click on the event of your choice, and then click on the “Add to calendar” button on the bottom of that page. When prompted, choose “Open,” and then “Save and close” in the invitation window. It’s that simple!
Search for a Food Technology article…or something else on the site. And don’t forget to share!
The new search capabilities on ift.org make it easier than ever to find information and resources of interest. Search the entire site by using the search box in the upper-right corner of any page, or search specific publications, like Food Technology, by going to that section of the site and using the Food Technology search box.
You can also share Food Technology articles and other types of site content with other people via e-mail and through popular mainstream social networks. Just watch for the Share link in Story Tools box in the right-hand margin of specific articles or abstracts.
The general site search box in the upper-right corner of the screen also provides the ability for you to “filter” results. For example, if you searched on the term “food safety,” on the search results page for that term, you’ll have the opportunity to filter the results by a specific site or area of the website, such as the Journal of Food Science.
Stay connected with IFT.
If you’re interested in staying connected with IFT through social media such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, go to “Stay connected with IFT” at the bottom-right corner (footer) of pages on ift.org, and click on the icon for the social media outlet in which you’re interested.
Access key areas of the site quickly.
The Popular Links drop-down gives you quick access to areas of the site that members visit most often. You can find the Popular Links drop-down in the lower-right corner (footer) of pages on ift.org.