Food Communicators Workshop

Whether it’s around the dinner table or on social media, people are talking about food. In the age of fear-mongering food bloggers and concerned consumers, these conversations can quickly become runaway trains of scientific misinformation. The purpose of the Food Communicators Workshop (FCW) is two-fold:

  • Empower students and new professionals with the knowledge and confidence to discuss food topics/issues in an effective way to communicate the science of food to a variety of audiences.
  • Develop a group of young food scientists who are actively engaged with educating the public about the importance and impact of food science and technology.

Sunday, July 15

Selected students and new professionals can participate in this three-hour Science Communication Fundamentals Workshop at IFT18 in Chicago for a small program fee. Participants will learn how to effectively communicate the science of food to multiple audiences. Participants will learn how to identify a public engagement goal, determine the relevant audience, craft tailored messages to achieve their goal, and rehearse their engagement scenario. This workshop features both facilitator presentations and attendee exercises.

Objectives for the Workshop:

  • why involvement in public communication of science is valuable, and options for participation in engagement and outreach activities
  • understanding and connecting with public audiences
  • selecting audiences and developing targeted engagement strategies
  • identifying individual strategic communications goals
  • handling interaction with stakeholder audiences
  • resources for communicating science and how to find outreach opportunities

Feeding Tomorrow Scholarships Available for Students - NOW CLOSED

IFTSA has partnered with Feeding Tomorrow to offer up to 8(eight) $700 scholarships for students to participate in the FCW @ IFT18. The scholarship will cover registration for IFT18, the FCW program fee, and a $600 travel scholarship. Interested applicants just have to indicate their interest in being considered on the general application. Students are only able to receive one scholarship for attendance at IFT18 from IFT/IFTSA. Additional responsibilities in partnership with Feeding Tomorrow, may be required upon completion of the course.  

Interested students and new professionals should complete the application ASAP - there are only 45 seats available. The application process includes completion of the application form along with uploading a current resume and responses to the following questions:

  • How will your participation in the 2018 Food Communicators Workshop contribute to your development as a science communicator? (Please limit response to 200 words or less.)
  • Please discuss a time when you had a positive or negative experience in food science communication. What did you learn from this experience? (Please limit response to 500 words or less)
  • Describe a current topic in the science of food, about which there is a lot of misinformation. Why are you passionate about communicating information to the general public on this topic? (Please limit response to 500 words or less)
  • (Optional) Include any additional information that you feel will enhance your application. (Please limit response to 200 words or less.)


Participants must:

  • Hold an active membership in IFT/IFTSA
  • Be currently enrolled in a collegiate level food science or related degree program (BS, MS or PhD) OR be a new professional currently employed in a food-related field (<10 years experience).
  • Be interested in Food Science Communication
  • Pay the Program fee. The fee is $25 for students and $75 for new professionals. Payment will be made following acceptance to the program; during the registration process.
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Interested students and new professionals should complete the application ASAP –only 45 seats available.

Matt Teegarden


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