Our Purpose

Our Vision

A world where science and innovation are universally accepted as essential to a safe, nutritious, and sustainable food supply for everyone.

Our Mission

To advance the science of food and its application across the global food system.

Our Promises

As a global organization, we are committed to our community of members, volunteers, and partners. That commitment is reflected in the strategic priorities that guide us, with the objective of increasing member value, driving organizational accountability and, ultimately, helping us to achieve our mission and vision.

Develop: Advance and Promote Careers in the Science of Food
Enhance and promote the knowledge of IFT members and prospective members worldwide.

Network: Establish Productive and Interactive Global Networks
Engage and convene relevant stakeholders to debate, create and transfer knowledge, and communicate the latest information affecting the science of food.

Innovate: Promote Science, Technology and Their Application
Be a source of influence and thought leadership for the development, application and communication of the science of food.

Advocate: Address Issues and Influence Outcomes
Be the objective voice of the science of food by leveraging IFT’s members to proactively contribute evidence-based science to the public dialogue on food issues.

Include: Enable Diversity, Inclusion and Equity
Leverage D&I within IFT to advance our mission and the science of food.

Our Values

We believe in the power of community. We collaborate across borders and scientific disciplines with public and private institutions. We are a convener of people and ideas. Teamwork is essential to our success.

We want our scientific and operational integrity to be renowned. We honor the diversity of people and ideas in our community. We adhere to the highest level of professionalism and professional ethics.

We are passionate about the science of food. We are dedicated to expanding knowledge and advancing careers. We commit ourselves to finding solutions to the food challenges facing humanity.

We are dedicated to supporting the changing needs of our members and our community. We are committed to continuous improvement and to championing innovation.

We respect the scientific process and our peers. We are guided by the needs and demands of our members. We are committed to clear communication and responsiveness.

Questions? Ideas?

If you have a question or a suggestion for a program that would support one of our promises, please take a moment to share it with us through a Member Suggestion Form. Any member of IFT can submit a form at any time. A confirmation email will be sent to the author, and all forms will be reviewed for consideration. Please complete the form and submit to the Office of the President via executiveoffices@ift.org.

Learn more about IFT's Promises

Colin Dennis Promises

IFT has always been my foundation for food science and continuing professional friendships.

Martha Rhodes Roberts, PhD
Special Assistant to Dean for Research
Martha Roberts