IFT17 Scientific & Applied Sessions Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities

Scientific & Applied Sessions are developed by experts to reflect the latest thinking in both the science of food and its applications. Help shape the session offerings by volunteering one or more of our available groups.

Track Review Team Volunteers

Volunteer as a track reviewer to review proposals submitted under the scientific and applied session tracks for IFT16.  Review team volunteers are IFT members who are subject matter experts within the track subject area and review all proposals submitted for the track(s) you selected. For a list of tracks and descriptions, click here. Volunteers can review multiple tracks, however please keep in mind that if you select more than one track to review, you will be required to review each proposal (unless there is a conflict of interest) in all tracks selected. It takes approximately 15 minutes to review and score each proposal and on average there are 20 proposals submitted for each track (however some tracks could have more than 30 proposals), so you will need to plan your time accordingly. Review team volunteers will:

  • Complete an online review for each proposal submitted (unless there is a conflict of interest) for the tracks you have selected to review
  • Score each proposal within the online review site and provide comments when necessary

Time commitment – October, 2016 through January, 2017:

  • 30 minutes for online reviewer training (optional for volunteers who have previously reviewed proposals)
  • 5= hours for reviewing submissions within one track depending on the number of submissions (multiply number of hours if reviewing more than one track - review of all proposals in track(s) does not need to take place at one time)
    • Main proposal review (completed online) will take place October-November, 2016, but AMSPAP may need more feedback or clarification from reviewers through January, 2017.

Annual Meeting Scientific Program Advisory Panel Volunteers

Advisory Panel Members (10 volunteer positions)

The Annual Meeting Advisory Panel (AMSPAP) is charged with developing a cutting edge, high-quality scientific program for the IFT annual event.  AMSPAP serves as the ultimate decision making body positioned not only to review all recommended sessions, evaluate synergies and overlap, and identify key gaps in programming, but to also develop sessions which fill key gaps in programming. Each AMSPAP member is appointed by the IFT Office of the President.  The Advisory Panel is composed of 11 members with one member assigned as the track lead for each of the core focus and key topical areas, along with the AMSPAP chair. In addition, the Hot Topics Workgroup Chair and Teaching & Learning Workgroup Chair will serve on AMSPAP.

The advisory panel will:

  • Oversee selection and development of sessions in assigned track
  • Promote the IFT17 Call for Proposals
  • Recruit submissions/develop submissions based on the IFT17 Tracks
  • Review all session submissions in assigned track submitted through the Call for Proposals and select sessions to accept based on Track Review Team scores and comments
  • Identify content gaps in assigned track given submissions received through the Call for Proposals and ultimately accepted
  • Schedule accepted sessions for assigned track

Time commitment – September, 2016 through July, 2018:

  • Participate in 12 to 16 one-hour conference calls
  • Approximately 5-8 hours (per year) to review all submissions in assigned track and reviewer comments and scores in preparation for selecting accepted sessions
  • 3 day scheduling meeting in Chicago, IL (December, 2016)
  • Miscellaneous conference calls and work as needed with volunteers and presenters as sessions are developed
  • Remain on AMSPAP for a second term (August 2017 – July 2018) to lead new AMSPAP members

Hot Topics Workgroup Volunteers

Workgroup Members (10 volunteer positions)

The IFT17 Hot Topics workgroup is charged with developing 5-7 sessions as part of the scientific and applied sessions, focused on cutting-edge technology and science research, as well as future trends and innovations. These sessions offer global perspectives and insight into the future of food science. These sessions are critical to providing applicable, scientific education to professionals in the food industry. The Workgroup will:

  • Develop 5-7 Hot Topic sessions as part to the scientific and applied sessions
  • Promote the IFT17 Call for Proposals
  • Identify and set Hot Topic priorities for session development
  • Review all accepted sessions put forth by AMSPAP to identify additional content gaps which fit within the Hot Topic priorities
  • Identify industry experts to help develop content and present
  • Review and put forth recommendations for priorities to consider for IFT18

Time commitment – December, 2016 through July 2017:

  • 6 to 8 one-hour conference calls to be scheduled for the Hot Topics Workgroup
  • 30 minute prep call with IFT staff prior to each Hot Topics Workgroup conference call
  • Approximately 5-8 hours reviewing and researching topics and experts appropriate for Hot Topics sessions
  • Miscellaneous conference calls and work as needed for updates with volunteers, session organizers and presenters

Chair Position

The IFT17 Hot Topics workgroup is comprised of mid-senior level industry, academic, and government experts, responsible to identify critical issues, cutting edge technology and research appropriate for the development of 5-7 sessions as part of the scientific and applied sessions.  The Hot Topics Workgroup Chair will lead workgroup members to engage division leaders and other industry experts to develop these sessions for IFT17, and must be comfortable motivating workgroup members. The Hot Topics Workgroup Chair will also serve on AMSPAP and report on progress of session development throughout the year.

Time commitment – December, 2016 through July, 2017:

  • Participate in 6 to 8 one-hour conference calls to be scheduled for AMSPAP
  • Lead and facilitate 6 to 8 one-hour conference calls to be scheduled for the Hot Topics Workgroup
  • 30 minute prep call with IFT staff prior to each Hot Topics Workgroup conference call
  • Approximately 5-8 hours reviewing and researching topics and experts appropriate for Hot Topics sessions
  • Miscellaneous conference calls and work as needed for updates with AMSPAP, volunteers, session organizers and presenters

Teaching & Learning Workgroup Volunteers

Workgroup Members (10 volunteer positions)

The IFT17 Teaching & Learning Workgroup is charged with reviewing session proposals submitted through the IFT17 Call for Proposals, and selecting and/or developing 7-10 sessions featuring pivotal best practices and resources to academics in food science.  These sessions focus on best practices, current research, networking, case studies and practical, skill-building resources for food science academics.  The Workgroup will:

  • Oversee development of sessions in the Teaching & Learning track
  • Promote the IFT17 Call for Proposals
  • Recruit submissions/develop submissions based on the IFT17 Teaching & Learning Track Topical Priorities
  • Review all session submissions for the Teaching & Learning track submitted through the Call for Proposals and select sessions to accept based on Track Review Team scores and comments
  • Identify content gaps in Teaching & Learning track given submissions received through the Call for Proposals and ultimately accepted and develop additional sessions as needed
  • Schedule accepted sessions for the Teaching & Learning track
  • Review and update the Teaching & Learning Track Topical Priorities for IFT18

Time commitment – November, 2016 through July, 2017:

  • Participate in 6 to 8 one-hour conference calls to be scheduled for the Teaching & Learning Workgroup
  • Approximately 5-8 hours reviewing and researching topics and experts appropriate for Teaching & Learning track sessions
  • Miscellaneous conference calls and work as needed for updates with volunteers, session organizers and presenters

Chair Position

The Teaching & Learning Workgroup Chair will lead the workgroup in the development of 7-10 sessions focused on best practices, current research, networking, case studies and practical, skill-building resources for food science academics. The Teaching & Learning Workgroup Chair will lead workgroup members in identifying topics and experts, and developing sessions and must be comfortable motivating workgroup members. The Teaching & Learning Workgroup Chair will also serve on AMSPAP and report on progress of session development throughout the year.

Time commitment – September, 2016 through July, 2017:

  • Participate in 6 to 8 one-hour conference calls to be scheduled for AMSPAP
  • Lead and facilitate 6 to 8 one-hour conference calls to be scheduled for the Teaching & Learning Workgroup
  • 30 minute prep call with IFT staff prior to each Teaching & Learning Workgroup conference call
  • Approximately 5-8 hours reviewing and researching topics and experts appropriate for Teaching & Learning sessions
  • Miscellaneous conference calls and work as needed for updates with AMSPAP, volunteers, session organizers and presenters