IFTSA Global Summit Virtual Conference

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

The IFTSA Global Summit will bring all the fun of an in-person conference right to your computer. You can participate from wherever you are in the world!

This virtual event gives participants the ability to live chat, ask questions, view live video streams, and more. This will not be your average webinar. Login from your computer or call in from your phone if you are on the go.

SAVE THE DATE - 2018 IFTSA GLOBAL SUMMIT is Wednesday, November 7, 2018

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Vickie Kloeris

Vickie L. Kloeris, M.S., CFS
Vickie Kloeris has a bachelor’s of science in microbiology and a master’s degree in food science and technology, both from Texas A&M University. Kloeris came to work at Johnson Space Center as a food scientist in 1985. From 1985 through 1989, she was employed by NASA contractors in positions related to space food processing and provisioning. Since 1989, Ms. Kloeris has been employed by NASA as the Subsystem Manager for the Shuttle Food System. In January of 2000, Ms. Kloeris assumed the additional duties of managing the Space Station food system and the Space Food Systems Laboratory. In her current position as Manager of Flight Food Systems she is responsible for the operation and continuing development of the Shuttle and International Space Station food systems. Kloeris is an active member of the Institute of Food Technologists and currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Institute of Food Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University.

Formal Group

The Go With Purpose Global Challenge debuted at IFT17 with support from the ASAE Foundation Innovation Grant. Participants were broken into three teams and given a case study to work through during the Event. Each of the teams are here to share their experiences and provide advice for “how to navigate the IFT Annual Meeting”. Including: Talking to Vendors/Exploring the Expo; Selecting and Leveraging Sessions and posters; and Networking and Utilizing Mentors.

  1. Introduction
  2. NovaFoodies: Talking to Vendors/Exploring the Expo
  3. Soy Sweet: Selecting and Leveraging Sessions and Posters
  4. Not Soy,Good: Networking and Utilizing Mentors
  5. Questions

Breakout Session #1: Startup panel

Aaron T Dossey

Dr. Aaron T. Dossey, All Things Bugs
Dr. Dossey is President, Founder and Owner of All Things Bugs LLC (since 2011). He has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2006) and is a professional Entomologist with a life-long passion for Entomology. He was a 2006-2010 postdoctoral associate at the University of Florida, and in 2010-2012 was a postdoctoral Research Entomologist with USDA. All Things Bugs LLC develops sustainable technologies from insects to improve agriculture and health.

The company has received over $1.9 million in research funding including: 2012-2013 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Phase I Grand Challenges grant, as well as 3 Phase I and 2 Phase II USDA SBIR grant projects on cricket processing, cricket based food development and improved cricket farming technologies and additional funding from the DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) SBIR program and OCAST (Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science & Technology).

As a world leader in the field, Dr. Dossey recently published a critical comprehensive foundational reference text book, "Insects as Sustainable Food Ingredients" covering all aspects of insects as food (historic and current) and the emerging insect based food industry. He has invented patent pending technology for production of insect based food ingredients (such as Griopro® brand cricket powder) and his company has commercial success in selling to numerous food companies. He is also founder and president of Invertebrate Studies Institute, a non-profit for invertebrate themed education and outreach.

Swati Sharma

Swati Sharma, Quigistics
Swati and Vivek started Quigistics in 2014 with the goal of providing an affordable cloud-based IT solution for food traceability, inventory control and production management for small to medium sized food companies. Quigistics helps food companies achieve FSMA compliance and improve operations. Swati is passionate about locally grown and food sourced from small companies. She has M.S. in food and nutrition from MPUAT, India and Dietetics  certification  from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She can be reached at ssharma@quigistics.com.

Shireen Yates

Shireen Yates, Co-Founder/CEO
Shireen Yates is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Nima. After pursuing an MBA from MIT Sloan, she decided to pursue her passion for helping people lead healthier lifestyles by starting Nima. Founded in 2013, Nima is a science-driven technology company making the world safer for people who want and need to know what’s in their food. Through people-friendly products that identify individual ingredients in food, and a growing community of users and data, every day Nima enables people to enjoy what’s on their plates. Nima has been recognized by many prestigious awards, including Time Magazine's Best Inventions, Fast Company's Innovation by Design Awards, Popular Science Best of What's New and won TechCrunch Hardware Battlefield at CES 2016.


Breakout Session #2: Nutritional quackery: Debunking Nutritional Myths of the Food Industry

Leah McGrath

Leah McGrath, Corporate Supermarket Dietitian and Founder of BuildUP Dietitians
Leah McGrath is a Corporate Supermarket Dietitian whose background also includes work as a public health dietitian and dietitian in the U.S. Army.  She has undergraduate degrees in Speech Communication and Human Nutrition and has done work towards a Master's in Marketing.  She is the founder of BuildUp Dietitians to promote communicating science.  For the past 5 years Leah has worked to learn more about farming and agriculture and has visited over 30 farms and ranches, often writing articles about her experiences in local and regional publications. 


Breakout Session #3: Working Internationally

Tim Foster

Prof. Tim Foster, University of Nottingham
Tim Foster graduated majoring in Plant Physiology before undertaking a PhD in the ‘Conformation and Properties of Xanthan Variants’. In 1992 he joined the Unilever and worked in a variety of capacities until 2007.

In 2007, he joined the University of Nottingham as Reader in Food Structure and in 2014 was promoted to Professor. He is currently Head of the Division of Food Sciences, the Director of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Food (2013-2018) and is Associate Editor of RSC’s Food & Function. The conversion of nutritious raw materials into food microstructures designed for optimal performance is his major driver.

Sterling Crew

Sterling Crew, Shield Safety Group
Sterling is MD of SQS Ltd and Strategic Advisor at the Shield Safety Group. He has 35 years’ experience of working in the fields of food safety, governance, communication and culture. He started his career in government before a successful track history in retailing with Marks and Spencer and Tesco. He has also worked in the branded environment for Coca Cola and Disney and in two manufacturers. His experience as a regulator, retailer, brand owner and manufacturer has given him a unique industry perspective of food safety culture and the communication of risk. Sterling is Vice President of the Institute of Food Science and Technology and Chairs its Food Safety Group. He was recently Food and Drink Federation Food Scientist of the year and  has also just been awarded Food Industry Safety and Governance Spokesperson of the Year – UK. He is a regular public health commentator and presenter.

Steven Walker

Prof. Steven Walker, Campden BRI
Steven Walker has been Director-General of Campden BRI since June 2009.  He has been with the Company for over 30 years in a variety of roles and a Director with over 22 years of operating at the highest levels of managerial accountability at the organization interacting with senior technical, operational, financial and political representatives from the agri-food and allied industries and funding bodies.

Steven grew up in Hollywood, Co. Down and went to Queens University, Belfast where he obtained his first degree in Food Science and a PhD in Microbiology. He then moved to England and joined Campden in the Microbiology Department of the Company in 1986.  In this role he worked extensively on predictive microbiology and chilled foods microbiology.

He was appointed Visiting Professor at Harper Adams University College, May 2010.

In addition to his roles at Campden BRI, Steven is also a Board Director at the Institute of Food Research and AIRTO. He sits on a number of BBSRC and government committees as was recently appointed to the DEFRA Agri-Food Tech Council. Steven has been actively involved in the evaluation of other research organizations in N. Ireland, England, Scotland, Ireland and Australia.

IFTSA Global Summit Task Force Members

Seth Ellsworth

Seth Ellsworth, Chair, University of Arkansas

James Huscroft

James Huscroft, University of Nottingham

Deepali Jain

Deepali Jain, Washington State University

Jaime Savitz

Jaime Savitz, CSU Long Beach

Wing Shun Lam

Wing Shun Lam, University of Arkansas