Global Challenge

The 2018 application window is closed.

The IFTSA Global Challenge develops an intensive learning environment at the IFT annual meeting to  give students a real-life laboratory to discover solutions, apply theory to practice, and ultimately understand how global collaboration will advance innovation in the science of the food. Participants are organized into teams, presented with a case study that is representative of a pressing global food issue, and challenged to develop solutions using the vast knowledge available through the over 100 scientific educational sessions and 1,000 exhibitors at the food expo.  In addition to having access to the world’s largest conference on the science of food, you will have the opportunity to attend workshops specifically designed to help you get the most out of the event now and into the future. Teams will receive guidance from experienced mentors and will be composed of students from around the globe.

Are you passionate about food innovation? Do you like to think on your feet?  Eager to meet other students from around the globe? Apply today to participate in the Global Challenge at IFT18! IFTSA participants will receive*:

  • Complimentary IFT18 Registration
  • Complimentary hotel rooms (shared with another participant)
  • Travel stipends to assist with travel costs

*Students who are already receiving funding from IFT to attend IFT18 may still participate, but funding amounts may be reduced.

In 2017, IFTSA was awarded an Innovation Grant from the American Society of Association Executives to pilot The Go with Purpose Global Challenge as a novel method of student engagement by offering a forum for global innovation and collaboration. This program challenged students to think creatively and critically about global food issues throughout IFT17: GO WITH PURPOSE.

Go With Purpose

IFT17 Global Challenge Participants and Mentors posing with IFT Board and IFT Student Association Leadership


March 11, 2018

Kelsey Kanyuck

Nayara Luna Guzman