Dr. V. Prakash
On behalf of Team India and Team IUFoST, it is a great pleasure and privilege to invite you and the fraternity of Food Scientists and Technologists from your country, region and the segment of industry to this 19th World Congress of Food Science and Technology which will be held at CIDCO International Convention Centre, Mumbai, India during October 23 to 27, 2018. The International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) (a member of ICSU) is a global Scientific Organisation for Food Science and Technology representing over 3,00,000 members from more than 75 Countries along with the many regional groups, disciplinary groups and affiliated bodies and reflects the latest scientific status of Food Science and Technology every two years from around the globe. Even though the IUFoST Congress was held in many Countries several times this is the first time IUFoST is having its global congress in India. In fact, it is coming back to Asia after ten years from Shanghai through Capetown, Iguazu, Montreal and Dublin in 2016.
The Team Global IUFoST, India Congress 2018 Team with experts representing the global and the local food science and technology Fraternity have selected the focal theme "25 Billion Meals a Day by 2025 with Healthy, Nutritious, Safe and Diverse Foods" which is important in the Current Context of Food and Health. This theme shall integrate from Farm to Folk by interfacing and interjecting as well as networking with a plethora of several areas related to Food Science and Technology in the congress.
The target highlights about 250 plus speakers of high repute and internationally well known along with are special Plenary talks and 60 plus Scientific sessions and more than 800 poster presentations with a spectrum of about 3000 plus delegates and about 10,000 business visitors to nurture more than 150 industries participating in the expo with 500 booths are the minimum Goal in the sprawling CIDCO Center in Mumbai.
The First day will be having workshops and a welcome get together in the evening and second day will have the Gala opening and sessions and Posters and EXPO which is on October 24, 2018, followed by three more interesting days of Science and Technology which is the focus of this Congress. I as the Chairman of the Congress am very confident that the Event Knowledge and Managing Partner of the Congress is ably in the hands of world renowned Company M/s MM Activ Sci-Tech Communications Pvt. Ltd. with the help of all the committees will leave no stone unturned to make it one of the best Scientific and Business endeavours food Academia and Industries on behalf of IUFoST Congress and at the same time give opportunity for the aspiring participants from the entire Asia, from the entire Africa and the mid-Western region along with the prime institutions of Food Science and Technology for both R&D, Academia and Industry (including IAFoST, the academy arm of IUFoST), and 76 plus adhering bodies of state of art knowledge from all over the globe which will make this event perhaps a more successful IUFoST event than expected!
Such an event will not be complete, if you don't hear the latest Innovations from industry and in turn interact closely with the industry. I also welcome all the CEO's of the Food industries globally and locally to be present for conference at least for one day in his epoch making Congress to not only lead from the front in this congress, but also to inspire IUFoST in future as well also to have intense discussions with the leaders in Science and Technology globally with B to B interactions and taking the agenda of this global congress truly living to the theme of "25 Billion Meals a Day by 2025 with Healthy, Nutritious, Safe and Diverse Foods".
Your mind must be already in India and by coming to the congress with well ahead planning you would experience the unique Incredible India and the expose of not only from IUFoST congress, but also the cultural heritage, the traditional knowledge and wisdom following 6000 years of documented culture is something which makes an impact, only if you see and travel around India and therefore this congress may be the five day congress, but also make an additional couple of 5 days to touch India more! One would experience India through the passion, the compassion and the fashion (perhaps Bollywood!) as well as the art of sculpture, topography, people, language and 3000 plus traditional foods is something that will take you beyond IUFoST Congress 2018. Any help and clarifications you need please do not hesitate to contact us and I am confident that you will enjoy this Congress more than your expectation of Science and Business and by adding to it, the Art, Culture and Cuisine.
See you at Mumbai with your family and friends next year during October end. Therefore you might want to contact the Organizers way ahead in advance to make sure that we know your programme and you know IUFoST programme in all its detail.
Together, it is important that it is as much of your IUFoST, as much as anybody else and you will make the difference in this Congress by your esteemed presence. Please ensure you will make this congress wider and deeper by communicating with your respective Governments, and Friends in the Profession. Look forward to see you in the Congress.
V. PRAKASH, Ph.D., FRSC
Chairman, 19th IUFoST World Congress of Food Science & Technology 2018, Mumbai, India
Former Director of CFTRI, Mysore, India
Distinguished Scientist of CSIR, India