Overview & Highlights

The conference following the success of previous EFFoST Conferences emerged as a forum for the broader spectrum of food science research and innovation as well as a meeting point for an extended international audience of researchers, scientists, engineers, policy makers, professionals and young researchers. Nearly 600 participants from 60 countries enjoyed a stimulating three days of science and Greek hospitality in Athens, the birthplace of congresses.

Six hundred and forty presentations from key note and invited speakers, as well as original contributions from senior and young delegates from academia and industry were part of an exciting scientific program comprising 3 plenary and 33 oral thematic sessions of 235 oral presentations and 2 poster sessions of 405 posters.

The opening welcome addresses by Ι. Golias, Rector of National Technical University of Athens, A. Boudouvis, Dean of School of Chemical Engineering and S. Kintzios, Dean of School of Food, Biotechnology and Development AUA, were followed by two remarkable plenary lectures by Prof. John Floros and Brian McKenna summarizing the essence of the conference and setting the tone for the following program. The first “Science to Society” award was given by the EFFoST Governing Council to IUFoST represented by its President, Prof. Rickey Yada. The second day plenary session was dedicated to European horizon, strategy and tools in food research presented by representatives of the European Commission and Food Research Organizations. The parallel sessions that followed the plenary sessions of each day, covered the state of the art in all food science and technology fields with cutting edge opening invited lectures and presentations of high scientific excellence. The closing plenary lectures by Drs. Hongda Chen and Aman Wirakartakusumah of IUFoST were followed by the awards ceremony.