The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is a non-profit association comprised of 12,000+ science and food professionals from 95 countries, representing multiple disciplines, innumerable viewpoints, and a shared commitment to science. IFT’s Achievement Awards and Fellows designation are intended to recognize and celebrate our diverse group of individuals and teams making significant contributions to research, applications, and service across all areas of the science of food professions. Following the evaluation of our current selection process, the IFT Board of Directors concluded there is a need to revise our processes and criteria related to awardees and Fellows to ensure equitable representation of all perspectives, backgrounds, and science of food professions.
IFT is engaging a task force of members to review and revise the process and will roll out updated nomination and selection processes for 2023. To allow for the time and discussion needed to thoughtfully evolve these processes, IFT will not name a 2022 class of IFT Fellows or recipients of the Food Ingredient Safety Award in Honor of Bernard L. Oser, Public Health Award in Honor of Babcock-Hart & Gilbert A. Leveille, and the Distinguished Service Award in Honor of Calvert L. Willey in 2022.
Inclusion is one of IFT’s core values. We believe inclusive debate and discussion are critical to advancing the science of food and are proud to take this step towards fostering equity and transparency. Please share any additional questions or comments on this matter to [email protected].