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Emeritus Membership

Stay connected to your science of food community in retirement.

Your love of the science of food doesn’t retire when you do. Neither should your access to the latest research, innovation, and trends or your connection to the science of food community! With an IFT Emeritus Membership, you'll retain many of the benefits you've enjoyed over the years as an IFT member at a fraction of the price.


$25/year. Section dues, where applicable, are additional and vary by Section.

Who Qualifies?

Emeritus Membership is open to any current IFT member who has fully retired from their professional life in a remunerative capacity, including consulting services, and has been a member of IFT for at least 20 years.

Emeritus Membership Benefits

IFT is the place to stay connected and give back to the science of food community during your retirement years.

Want to use your knowledge and expertise to help others quickly and efficiently solve problems and advance their work? An IFT Emeritus Membership gives you:

  • Exclusive access to IFT Member Connect, our members-only online community where you can participate in discussion threads and offer advice or recommendations to help people address challenges
  • Unlimited free access to live and on-demand webcasts, enabling you to stay informed and share your knowledge and skills on hot topics impacting the profession.

Want to maintain meaningful relationships with other thought leaders and mentor our profession’s rising stars? An IFT Emeritus Membership enables you to: 

  • Participate in IFT Divisions, our discipline-specific special interest groups
  • Stay connected with individuals living and working near you with your regional IFT Section
  • Engage in IFT’s member-led, identity-based Resource Groups
  • Connect with anyone and everyone in the science of food at IFT FIRST: Annual Event and Expo with a substantial discount on registration.
  • Access the “Find a Member” feature on IFT Member Connect as often as you’d like.

Want to stay informed about the latest research, insights, and trends? An IFT Emeritus Membership provides: 

  • The latest industry news, consumer trends, and product innovations with your digital subscription to Food Technology magazine (a $160 value)
  • Unlimited access to in-depth food science and food safety research reviews in Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety
  • Reduced cost of a subscription to Journal of Food Science 
  • Informative and thought-provoking discussions on IFT’s Omnivore and Sci Dish podcasts
  • Curated content collections and special reports, like our 2022 IFT Compensation & Career Path Report (a $179 value)

Want to amplify your impact on IFT? With an IFT Emeritus Membership you’ll be able to:

  • Volunteer to play a key leadership role in IFT Divisions, Sections, and Resource Groups
  • Participate in volunteer opportunities related to the IFT FIRST: Annual Event and Expo
  • Please note: Emeritus members are not eligible to vote in IFT or IFTSA-related matters. Voting rights can be found in Article III, Section 3.2 in IFT’s Bylaws.

Transition to an Emeritus Membership Today

Members who may qualify for Emeritus status must send a request by email, mail, or fax to:

Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) 
Attn: Emeritus Membership
525 W. Van Buren, Suite 1000 
Chicago, IL 60607 USA 
Fax: +1.312.782.8348 
Email: [email protected]

Retired, But Don’t Yet Qualify for an Emeritus Membership?

Consider IFT’s Networking & Engagement Membership, which allows you to stay engaged with many of the benefits you currently enjoy, at a lower price point.

Have questions or need assistance? Contact us at [email protected] or by phone at +1.312.782.8424.