SAAFoST 2017


The theme for the SAAFoST Congress is "A hunger for change: innovations, solutions and emerging technologies" highlighting some of the global food science related challenges and the need for different approaches to solving them. Two main themes, to some extent linked, will form the focus to tie together all the supporting and crucial aspects of food science. These two core themes are, firstly around food, nutrition and health and a consumer focus (marketing, information, education, trends, the role of media and pseudoscience) and secondly, the fact that all these demands have to be met while ensuring sustainability of the food supply, the environment, resources and a growing world population that needs to be fed nutritiously.

The committee's approach to the programme structure is to ensure that the participants get most value for their money by including keynote addresses, plenary lectures and parallel sessions. We are committed to organizing and hosting a world-class Food Science and Technology event.

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Please read the guidelines below before submitting an abstract

Abstract Submissions

Original Research Abstract Submissions:
Abstracts of original research, for presentation as orals or posters, or covering topics of commercial appeal are invited to be presented at the above Congress. Submitted abstracts should be original, topical and current.
Original research papers are defined as those that cover specific, new and original research that have not been previously accepted for publication in a journal, presented in another conference or be under review at another conference.

Commercial Appeal Abstract Submissions:
Commercial appeal abstracts can be defined as abstracts not covering original research, but rather focusing on new applications of scientific research, review type papers, market research, consumer trends, regulatory guidelines or papers with a generic appeal to food industries, academia or consumers but still based on sound science. These abstracts are not intended for advertising specific products, companies or services.

Participants wishing to contribute to the scientific programme of the congress are kindly requested to submit their abstracts before the deadline date of 13 March 2017.

All abstracts to be submitted on line through the online submission system
Abstracts submitted by email, post or fax will not be accepted. The scientific programme committee will endeavour to schedule abstracts according to the author's preferences but reserves the right to decide on the final form.

Abstract Topics:

The scientific programme will strive to address global food science and technology issues in the following topics in the plenary sessions, parallel sessions, poster sessions, specialist symposia, workshops and sessions with commercial appeal:
  1. Food, Nutrition, Diet & Health
  2. Global and Regional Consumer Trends
  3. Food Myths, Media Hype and Pseudoscience
  4. Food Information (incl. Labelling and Regulations), Consumer Education and Marketing to Consumers
  5. Functional Foods
  6. Innovation and Product Development
  7. Sensory Science and Analysis
  8. Environmental Sustainability and Waste Management
  9. Novel and Alternative Proteins
  10. Food and Nutrition Security
  11. Genetically Modified Foods
  12. Agricultural Production and Food Systems
  13. Traditional Foods
  14. Food Safety
  15. Food Microbiology
  16. Food Chemistry
  17. Food Analysis
  18. Food Engineering
  19. Food Processing and Novel Technologies
  20. Food Packaging
  21. Food Fraud and Traceability
  22. Food Ingredients, Additives, Colourants and Flavours
  23. Others

How to submit an abstract:

The congress offers a text-based submission form where you will be required to enter the information regarding your abstract, such as title, authors, biography, etc. Submitting an abstract is a multi-step process and each step asks several questions:
  1. Log in to the submission system when you have prepared your abstract - enter your email address and the password you chose when you registered with the system.
  2. You will be taken to a screen from which the submission process starts. Please read the instructions on this screen carefully. If you want to submit a new abstract you should click the link that says 'Click here to submit a new abstract'.
  3. Submitting an abstract is a multi-step process. Each step asks several questions. Some questions are marked 'required' and you will not be able to complete your submission until these questions have been answered.
  4. If you have to stop part way through the process your submission will be held in a temporary storage until you return later and complete all of the questions. When you log in again you can click on your incomplete abstract and resume submission.
  5. You will be able to amend a submission up until the deadline date. You will need to login and click on your existing submission. Complete the steps and click finish to confirm your changes. Again a confirmation email will be sent to you with the abstract that was uploaded onto the system.
  6. To withdraw an abstract please contact Lethisha Narayan for assistance.

Abstract Guidelines:

All submissions should be of original research and should preferably not have been previously accepted for publication in a journal, presented in another conference or be under review at another conference. The abstract (maximum 350 words) should contain the following sections: Introduction, Methodology, Results and Discussion and Conclusions.

The introduction should give a brief background of the research topic, stating the problem and leading to the aim of the specific research.

A brief description of the methodology and techniques used in the research should be given.

The results and discussion section should give a concise presentation of experimental results obtained and highlight any trends or points of interest. Statements such as "results will be presented" or "will be discussed" are not acceptable and such abstracts will be rejected.

A brief explanation of the significance and implications of the work reported should conclude the abstract.

At least one author of the paper must register in full to attend the congress and present the paper/poster if the submission is accepted. Failure to do so will result in the paper being withdrawn from the programme.

Acceptance / Rejection of Abstracts:

The scientific programme committee will review all submitted abstracts and reserves the right to accept or reject any abstract. Selected abstracts will be presented as oral or poster presentations. Authors of abstracts accepted will receive notification and information regarding their presentation by the 15th May 2017. All authors will be informed in writing of the details concerning the exact time and date of their presentation. Poster presenters will be notified of the poster size and guideline in writing as well.

Important Dates:

Closing date for submission of abstracts: 13 March 2017

Notification of abstract acceptance: 15 May 2017

Early Bird registration deadline: 31 May 2017