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Upcoming Virtual Short Courses

IFT’s short courses are a great way to get in-depth knowledge in a condensed period of time. Whether you’re looking to brush up on a topic within your specific knowledge area or need to get a general understanding of food science, IFT’s short courses can help. And, short courses can be used towards CFS credit hours too!

Given recent COVID-19 developments, including companies restricting staff travel, IFT has updated its short courses to be offered virtually in order to meet the needs and safety of our community.

NEW: SHIFT20 Virtual Short Courses

Each year IFT offers a series of in-person short courses prior to its Annual Event and Food Expo. This year, IFT pre-event short courses will be held as a completely virtual experience. More details regarding registration and virtual format will be provided in coming weeks.

Currently scheduled courses include:

  • Certified Food Scientist Preparatory Course
    July 27-August 28, 2020 | Meet 2 times per week over 5 weeks


  • Labeling Requirements and Implications for Foods Marketed in the U.S.
    July 28-30, 2020 | 3 hours per day


  • IFTNEXT: Introduction to Machine Learning, AI, and Emerging Computational Tools
    July 28-30, 2020 | 3 hours per day


  • Starch Science Solutions
    July 28-30, 2020 | 3 hours per day


  • Survey of Flavor Technology: Applications and Interactions
    July 28-30, 2020 | 4 hours per day


  • Food Science for the Non-Food Scientist
    July 28-30, 2020 | 3 hours per day


  • Filtering the Future Consumer Trends in Food & Health
    Postponed | Course info

If you already registered for a short course after the change to the IFT20 virtual format, at, you do not need to re-register. Please email Maya Salazar ([email protected]) should you have any questions or concerns about your registration.

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