IFTSA Global Summit Virtual Conference

Bringing the world’s food science students together in one virtual meeting.

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November 1, 2017

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Mark Lynas

Mark Lynas is the author of three major popular science environmental books: High Tide (2004), Six Degrees (2008) and The God Species (2011), as well as the Kindle Single ebook Nuclear 2.0 (2012). Six Degrees won the 2008 Royal Society science books prize and was made into a documentary film voiced by Alec Baldwin by National Geographic channel. He was advisor to the President of the Maldives on climate change from 2009 until the coup in 2012. He has contributed extensively to global media, writing for the Guardian, New York Times, Washington Post, Bangkok Post, Philippines Inquirer, Daily Nation (Kenya) and numerous others. He is a visiting fellow at the Cornell Alliance for Science, Cornell University, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

12:00 – 12:15pm CT Welcome and Introductions

12:15 – 1:05pm CT Keynote Speaker, Mark Lynas

1:10 – 2:00pm CT Breakout Sessions and Announcement of Competition Winners

Food Fraud
Alternative Proteins
Communicating Food Science

Breakout Session #1: Alternative Proteins

Liz Specht

Liz Specht is a Senior Scientist with the Good Food Institute, a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance plant-based and cell cultured food technology to render animal agriculture obsolete. Liz has a bachelor’s degree in chemical and biomolecular engineering from Johns Hopkins University, a doctorate in biological sciences from the University of California, San Diego, and postdoctoral research experience from the University of Colorado Boulder. She firmly believes in the potential of food science, bioengineering, and synthetic biology to solve many of the planet’s most pressing concerns – starting with animal agriculture. At GFI, Liz works to identify and address areas of need for plant-based and cell culture-based scientific innovation and she works with academic researchers, grant funding agencies, entrepreneurs, and venture capital firms to prioritize work that advances this field.

Topic: Plant-based and cell cultured alternatives to animal products: a roadmap

As global protein demands rise, it is clear that more sustainable, healthier, and more humane alternatives to conventional animal products must be developed to meet this demand. Liz Specht, Senior Scientist at the Good Food Institute, will discuss opportunities for research and innovation to develop novel protein products that satisfy consumer requirements. The discussion will cover both plant-based food technology as well as cell culture and biotechnology-based approaches to make real animal products without animal slaughter.

Gabe Mott, Co-Founder and COO, Aspire Food Group
Gabe Mott

Education and operations executive with over 10 years of experience in management, human resources, and personnel development.

Winner of 2013 Hult Prize and named one of the top Impact Makers by McGill University Desautels Faculty of Management. Former strategy consultant on urban food security.

Breakout Session #2: Communicating Food Science

Alison L. Van Eenennaam

Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam is a Cooperative Extension Specialist in the field of Animal Genomics and Biotechnology in the Department of Animal Science at University of California, Davis.  She received a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne in Australia, and both an MS in Animal Science, and a PhD in Genetics from UC Davis. Her publicly-funded research and outreach program focuses on the use of animal genomics and biotechnology in livestock production systems. Her current research projects include the development of genomic approaches to select for cattle that are less susceptible to disease, the development of genome editing approaches for livestock, and applied uses of DNA-based information on commercial beef cattle operations.She has given over 400 invited presentations to audiences globally, and uses a variety of media to inform general public audiences about science and technology. She frequently provides a credentialed voice on controversial topics including cloning and genetically engineered plants and animals. Dr. Van Eenennaam was the recipient of the 2014 Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) Borlaug Communication Award, and the 2016 Beef Improvement Association (BIF) Continuing Service Award.

Breakout Session #3: Food Fraud – How Big of a Problem Is It?

Karen Everstine

Karen Everstine, Ph.D., Scientific Liaison, Science-Food Standards at US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP)

Karen is a Scientific Liaison with the Food Program at United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP). She joined USP in 2015 to advance the development of food fraud mitigation tools and resources, including serving as the technical lead for the re-design and expansion of USP’s Food Fraud Database. Karen is also the lead Scientific Liaison for USP’s Expert Panel on Food Adulterants Hazard Identification which is focused on identifying and classifying food fraud adulterants that pose a potential health threat to consumers. In her previous work, Karen led federally-funded food fraud research projects at a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence based at the University of Minnesota. She also spent many years working in the area of foodborne disease epidemiology as both a graduate student and epidemiologist with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). While at MDH, she conducted foodborne outbreak investigations and contributed to study design and statistical analysis for CDC-funded studies. She holds an M.P.H. and Ph.D. in public health from the University of Minnesota.

IFTSA Global Summit Task Force Members

Matt Teegarden

Matt Teegarden, task force chair
Matt is a PhD student at The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH, USA) where he studies the chemistry and metabolism of berry phytochemicals. He is currently serving as the IFTSA President, but outside of this and research, he enjoys cooking, exercising, and eating as many sweets as he can.

Stephen Kwaku Aduboffour

Stephen Kwaku Aduboffour
I am Stephen Kwaku Aduboffour, a postgraduate student of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana studying MSc Food Science and Technology. I am currently developing wine from Miracle Berries and evaluating the effect of pH and Inocula levels on antioxidant properties. I enjoy listening to music, reading story books and loves cooking.

John Gleeson

John Gleeson
John is a PhD research in the School of Veterinary Medicine and Conway Institute, University College Dublin (Ireland). John is investigating the application of pharmaceutical technologies to milk and meat derived antihypertensive peptides. He is currently the IFTSA VP of Membership Experiences and enjoys getting involved in all aspects of SciComms (so feel free to strike up a chat @JohnGleekson).

Deepali Jain

Deepali Jain
Deepali Jain is a PhD candidate at Washington State University. Born in India, she earned her Master’s degree in Material Science from FAU-Erlangen, Germany, and a Bachelor’s degree in Food Engineering and Technology from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India. Her current research interests include improving heating uniformity in microwave processes to produce better quality food products. She likes to travel, cook and read in other times.

Jaime Savitz

Jaime Savitz
Jaime recently graduated with a BS in nutrition from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and is in the process of applying for dietetic internships and graduate programs. She currently works as a diet assistant at a local hospital and a nutrition coach for AVA, and she is serving as the 2016-17 IFTSA VP of Competitions. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, reading, and doing all things artsy.

Devieka Gautam

Devieka Gautam
Unconventional and a minimalist is what defines Devieka Gautam who is in her senior year of her bachelors in Technology degree in Food Technology at Amity University, Noida, India. Being a huge food regulatory enthusiast, she enjoys exploring and appreciating the details of life and all its forms. On a lazy day, she can be found singing along to latest pop hits or just contemplating about theories on existentialism.

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