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    • 9 Feb 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • 10 Feb 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • Via Zoom
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    2022 AIFST Summer School - Virtual Event

    The AIFST 2022 Summer school will be held on February 9 & 10 as a virtual event for all students. This year USQ is our virtual host university.

    The theme for this year is Food Scientists – inventing the future – collaboration & innovation  and aims to teach students about how the many disciplines of food science in the agrifood industry of the future and how to prepare to play a role in the enormous growth opportunities of Australia’s food manufacturing sector. 

    More than 800 students over the past 10 years have attended the AIFST Summer School, coming together for an event that provides an avenue to grow, learn and connect with the Australian food industry.

    Visit the Summer School WEBPAGE HERE for the program overview and further information on this event.

    Thank you to our event sponsors:                                                                     

                         

    CPD Points = 10

          

    Please note this event is targeted towards Students and Graduates.

    • 15 Feb 2022
    • 17 Feb 2022
    • Virtual
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    The 16th NZOZ Sensory and Consumer Science Symposium is designed to provide new inspiration and knowledge for sensory and consumer professionals.

    In 2022, we are excited to announce that, for the first time, we will also invite our colleagues from the Asian Sensory Network to participate in our symposium.

    The Symposium will be virtual, hosted by QAAFI, The University of Queensland on 15th, 16th and 17th February 2022.

    The Symposium is an excellent platform for New Zealand, Australian and Asian sensory and consumer researchers and professionals to:

    • Interact with international science leaders in this field
    • Learn about the latest developments in research methods
    • Network and exchange ideas

    We will again enjoy a full program of speakers and poster presentations.  We encourage everyone to participate, including students. 

    Visit the symposium webpage for more information on the program and speakers 

    • 23 Feb 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Via Zoom
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    Online Workshop: The Art of using LinkedIn – Going Deeper 

    Wednesday 23rd February, 2022, 1.00 – 4.00pm (AEDT)

    In this 3 hour workshop LinkedIn expert Jo Saunders, will share some of the latest features, frameworks and strategies to help you network, engage and build relationships more effectively using LinkedIn through the art of 'Connectfluence'.

    Discover how LinkedIn can be used to;

    • Energise your brand presence and increase visibility 
    • Enhance your credibility and thought leadership
    • Earn influence, build relationships and generate leads

    Attend this session live to have the chance to have your LinkedIn Profile reviewed by Jo.   

    If you want to make a difference and you want clarity and confidence to take advantage of this free powerful tool, attend this session to have LinkedIn demystified and working effectively.

    Presenter:

    Jo Saunders - Wildfire Social Marketing


    Jo Saunders is a leading independent LinkedIn expert, marketing strategist and social media educator who has been helping people connect since the early 90s.  Known as the LinkedIn Demystifier, she guides specialists, experts, thought leaders and organisations through the complexities of LinkedIn and social marketing tools to energise their brand, establish credibility and earn influence through the power of ConnectfluenceTM.

    She is the co-author of 'Get Good or Get Off - A guide to getting it right on social media', was named #2 LinkedIn Expert in Asia Pacific for 2018 and is a finalist in 3 categories of the 2021 Social Media Marketing Institute Awards.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/josaunders/

    Cost:

    AIFST Members: $65

    Non-Members: $99

    Not a member? Join online today!


    • 2 Mar 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    AIFST invites all of our members along to our Virtual Town Hall event. Catch up with the Institute and have your say! 

    The AIFST Board has recently reviewed and updated the AIFST 2021 – 2023 Strategic Plan.

    This Town Hall member will be an opportunity to hear about the strategic plan for 2022 – the priorities and focus for the year ahead.

    This will also be an opportunity to meet the AIFST Board and to ask questions of the Board and the AIFST team.

    The meeting will be open to all AIFST members and will be free of charge. We look forward to seeing you at this event.

    Presented by

    Duncan McDonald - President AIFST

    Fiona Fleming  - CEO AIFST

    • 24 Mar 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Via Zoom
    • 32
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    Food Recall Workshop - online interactive webinar

    Having policies and procedures in place for a food or beverage product recall is one thing, executing them is another.

    AIFST is pleased to be hosting a comprehensive workshop to help you develop the skills necessary to implement a program to evaluate and test the recall policies and procedures in place in your business.

    This workshop will help you to understand how even the simplest oversights can derail an otherwise sound procedure. You will learn to evaluate the who, what, where, when and why of recalls and how a properly handled recall not only effectively protects the consumer, but also allows for the public image of a company to improve.

    Find out:

    • How to maintain a recall plan that is relevant to your business
    • That a mock recall is more than just a traceability exercise
    • Whether you have the resources to manage a recall
    • The common pitfalls of recall execution
    • What to look for in a product recall insurance policy

    The workshop will also feature a recall simulation exercise designed to challenge and provide opportunities to learn.

    This workshop is suitable for food and beverage business owners, Managers, Food Safety and Quality Assurance Managers, Technical Managers, Food Recall Coordinators and Recall team members.

    Presenters:

    Fiona Fleming - AIFST

    Fiona is Managing Director of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST). She is an experienced Corporate and Regulatory Affairs professional who has been involved in leading and facilitating change and developing management strategies across a portfolio of food policy and regulatory matters in global FMCG and NGO environments.

    Fiona has more than 30 years’ experience in the food industry in the areas of dairy, seafood, cereal-based foods, smallgoods, tea, simmer sauces and pastes, ingredients and infant formula. 

    Peter McGee - Victual 

    Victual are market leaders in the delivery of tailored risk management strategies for the unique risks faced by the food industry, and will lead the workshop team, which includes experts in product recall preparedness, public relations, policy and regulation, risk management and product recall insurance.

    Peter has twenty years’ experience in the risk and insurance industries. He has multiple post-graduate qualifications that combine to provide a unique knowledge base of technical risk understanding complemented with commercial business acumen.

    Andrew Brown, GS1 Australia (MBA)

    Andrew is an expert in the management of product recalls and withdrawals. For the past seven years, Andrew has provided specialist advice for product safety professionals enabling them to plan and implement an efficient product recall management system.

    He played a key role in the development and adoption of the GS1 Australia Recall portal, currently used by 700 Australian companies across the food, general merchandise and health industries.

    Tickets:

    AIFST Members: $95.00

    Student/Graduate Members: $55.00

    Non-Members: $160.00

    Not a member? Join online today!


    • 5 Apr 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Via Zoom
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    2022 Virtual Food Microbiology Conference 

    Advancing the food microbiology domain

    AIFST is pleased to present the 2022 Food microbiology conference on 5 April 2022.

    Reducing the burden of foodborne illness and harnessing the potential of microorganisms are vital issues for everyone involved along the food supply chain. This conference will speak to the challenges, complexity, and opportunities posed by microorganisms in our food supply. In doing so we seek to raise the profile of food microbiology and the importance of ongoing research and development activities in the field.

    The conference will be presented as a virtual event offering a content-rich, day-long program focusing on the Australian food safety landscape.

    The program hosts an excellent selection of speakers addressing topics from the burden of foodborne illness to factors impacting the supply of safe and trusted food. Plus, there will a series of moderated question and answer sessions where you can engage with the speakers.

    Our goal is to deliver a professionally rewarding experience, which will provide a platform to make professional contacts, and takeaways that will elevate your knowledge of current issues in food microbiology.

    The Food microbiology conference will be of interest and relevance to personnel across the entire food industry, as well as food regulators, academics, researchers, and Government officials.

    CPD = 7 points


Past events

2 Dec 2021 AIFST VIC Branch Christmas Party
1 Dec 2021 WA Food For Thought Workshop (face to face)
30 Nov 2021 AIFST Fellows - Virtual Drinks
25 Nov 2021 AIFST Queensland Branch Christmas Party
18 Nov 2021 FiE Course: HMEC (Extrusion of Plant-Based Meats)
15 Nov 2021 Food Safety Week 2021 - Food Safety - Be Prepared - Panel Q&A
10 Nov 2021 Food Safety Week - Live Q & A and Webinar: Food Microbiology - Be Prepared
22 Oct 2021 AIFST 2021 Virtual Convention Session: Australian Institute of Packaging
21 Oct 2021 Food and Nutrition Science Career Evening
21 Oct 2021 2021 AIFST Virtual Convention - Day 4 Only - Sustainability, resilience and food security in a changing world
20 Oct 2021 AIFST 2021 Virtual Annual Awards Ceremony
20 Oct 2021 AIFST 2021 Virtual Convention Session: Traceability
19 Oct 2021 2021 AIFST Virtual Convention - Day 3 Only - Innovation & Future Food Production & Processing Systems
14 Oct 2021 Young Professionals & Mentoring Networking Lunch
12 Oct 2021 2021 AIFST Virtual Convention - Day 2 Only - Health, Nutrition and Consumer Science
11 Oct 2021 2021 AIFST Virtual Convention - Day 1 Only - Food Safety
11 Oct 2021 AIFST21 Virtual Convention Registration
30 Sep 2021 AIFST Consultants – Update and Launch of Guide
30 Sep 2021 Packaging Sustainability and the Australian Packaging Covenant Background and Case Study
29 Sep 2021 Driving Improved Sustainability and Quality Through Innovative Cold Chain Technology
28 Sep 2021 Allergen Lateral Flow Devices – How they work and when to use them
23 Sep 2021 ACU Webinar -Dietetic Practice and Culinary Nutrition
16 Sep 2021 Food Recall Workshop - Interactive Webinar
15 Sep 2021 Webinar: Navigating the novel food & nutritive substance regulatory maze
14 Sep 2021 LinkedIn Refresher – An Overview of the Power of this Professional Network
8 Sep 2021 Aquaworks – virtual factory tour
8 Sep 2021 A Seedlab Tasmania Masterclass: Health and Nutritional Claims for Food and Drink Products
7 Sep 2021 Webinar: Organic Certification – trends, challenges & opportunities
1 Sep 2021 AIFST Virtual Workshop: Navigating the Food Regulation Maze
31 Aug 2021 Webinar: Food Irradiation - an underutilised technology
24 Aug 2021 Leveraging Real-time Data to Improve End-to-end Traceability and Sustainability
17 Aug 2021 Webinar - Microwave Assisted Thermal Sterilisation (MATS): Australia’s shelf-stable food manufacturing opportunity
11 Aug 2021 Webinar: AIFST Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program
3 Aug 2021 WA: Allergens and Food Labelling AIFST Technical Event
29 Jul 2021 Webinar - AIFST Student & Graduate catch up
14 Jul 2021 AIFST - Virtual Talk ‘n’ Trivia Night
13 Jul 2021 Webinar: Insect Allergy Research Update
8 Jul 2021 AIFST Webinar: Why businesses struggle to ADVANCE Productivity, Performance and Profitability Consistently
7 Jul 2021 Webinar: Exploring Hemp Gin & Vodka with Natural Distilling Co
1 Jul 2021 Webinar - Food Safety – Crisis Proof Quality Systems
25 Jun 2021 UoN Sustainable Food Future Conference Dinner
24 Jun 2021 AIFST Virtual Workshop: Navigating the Food Regulation Maze
22 Jun 2021 Webinar - PIF V6.0 Implementation Roadmap: “Things I wish I knew or had access to before implementing this”
17 Jun 2021 UoN - Sustainable Food Future Conference 2021
15 Jun 2021 FiE Course: Retort Supervisors Course - Thermal Processing
8 Jun 2021 Webinar - World Food Safety Day 2021
26 May 2021 AIFST 2021 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
26 May 2021 Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis – a fact of life for many Australians
25 May 2021 Careers Night - WA
20 May 2021 AIFST Webinar: The need for plant based meat alternatives
12 May 2021 Humanitarian Food Science & Technology - Webinar
6 May 2021 Food Recall Workshop - Interactive Webinar
29 Apr 2021 That’s Amore Virtual Cheese Making Tour
28 Apr 2021 AIFST SA Branch – In Person Site Tour – Openbook Howden
28 Apr 2021 AIFST Webinar: Demystifying statistical process control
27 Apr 2021 Plain English Allergen Labelling – Webinar #2 PEAL updates to your essential industry allergen guidance
21 Apr 2021 AIFST Student and Graduate Member Catch Up
25 Mar 2021 Webinar - Food and Mood - Use of nutraceuticals and adherence to dietary patterns in the management of mental health
23 Mar 2021 Plain English Allergen Labelling – Webinar #1 PEAL updates – what you need to know
18 Mar 2021 AIFST Webinar: Coeliac Awareness Week
15 Mar 2021 AIFST Pre-mentoring information webinar for Mentees
9 Mar 2021 International Women’s Day 2021 – Choose to Challenge
9 Mar 2021 Technical Webinar: Microbes, the third pillar in the alternative protein industry
4 Mar 2021 AIFST Student and Graduate Member Networking session
3 Mar 2021 AIFST Virtual Member Update
24 Feb 2021 Sharon Natoli: Communication Insights for Connecting with Consumers in 2021
16 Feb 2021 Technical Webinar: Allergen management insights and industry guidance
16 Feb 2021 FiE Webinar Series: Principles of Food Preservation
9 Feb 2021 NZOZ Sensory and Consumer Science Symposium
4 Feb 2021 AIFST Webinar: Codex HACCP Update 2020
2 Feb 2021 2021 AIFST Summer School - Virtual Event
3 Dec 2020 AIFST Virtual Christmas Party - Trivia Night
1 Dec 2020 Technical Webinar: SQF Edition 9 - Update
26 Nov 2020 AIFST 2020 Food Microbiology Conference
24 Nov 2020 WA EVENT - High Pressure Processing Technology: An Industry Insight
17 Nov 2020 Webinar - Food Safety Week: Food Safety – it’s in your hands
5 Nov 2020 Online Event: Vegan Trends, Challenges and Opportunities
29 Oct 2020 Whole Genome Sequencing for Better Public Health and Food Safety Outcomes - Session 2
28 Oct 2020 AIFST Members Event - Virtual Town Hall
28 Oct 2020 Whole Genome Sequencing for Better Public Health and Food Safety Outcomes BOTH SESSIONS
28 Oct 2020 Whole Genome Sequencing for Better Public Health and Food Safety Outcomes - Session 1
27 Oct 2020 Technical Webinar: Food Safety culture - what actually works?
22 Oct 2020 Technical Webinar: The Value of using Design of Experiments (DOE) in Food Product Development and Manufacturing
21 Oct 2020 Food Recall Workshop - Interactive Webinar
15 Oct 2020 AIFST Virtual Networking Event
14 Oct 2020 Webinar: High Moisture Extrusion Cooking (HMEC) Plant-Based Meat Extrusion
8 Oct 2020 Food and Nutrition Science Career Evening
8 Oct 2020 FTAA Event: FTAA Hot Topics Webinar - Innovation Reset beyond COVID – Consumers, Science, SME’s and Processing
6 Oct 2020 AIFST/FIAL Webinar: COVID-19 and your workforce – Guidelines for the food processing industry
1 Oct 2020 Webinar: Fighting food waste for a sustainable food future- how is Australia performing?
29 Sep 2020 Webinar: Fighting Food Waste using the Circular Economy
29 Sep 2020 FiE Webinar Series: Principles of Food Preservation
18 Sep 2020 Careers Webinar: Career Paths in the Food Industry
17 Sep 2020 Webinar: Sharon Natoli - How to make immunity related health claims
16 Sep 2020 Webinar: Codex HACCP Refreshed 2020
10 Sep 2020 FSANZ Webinar: 2020 Hindsight - Lessons Learned and Opportunities for Better Food Regulation
9 Sep 2020 Technical Webinar: Practical real-world food fraud control measures
2 Sep 2020 Food Recall Workshop - Interactive Webinar
1 Sep 2020 Webinar: AFGC PIF V6.0 - #5 Q&A Open House
27 Aug 2020 AIFST General Meeting
21 Aug 2020 National Science Week Webinar: #6 FSANZ Regulatory Science Strategy
20 Aug 2020 National Science Week Webinar: #5 Celebrating Food Science & Technology as a Career
19 Aug 2020 National Science Week Webinar: #4 Celebrating Food Science & Technology as a Career
18 Aug 2020 National Science Week Webinar: #3 Celebrating Food Science & Technology as a Career
18 Aug 2020 National Science Week Webinar: #2 - Celebrating Food Science & Technology as a Career
17 Aug 2020 National Science Week Webinar: #1 Food Science Career Journey and the Future
17 Aug 2020 National Science Week Webinar Series - Full Registration for all 6 webinars
6 Aug 2020 AIFST Student Member's Get Together #4
5 Aug 2020 Careers Webinar: Getting Started With LinkedIn
30 Jul 2020 ILSI Webinar: Food System Resilience & Sustainability – Impact, Learnings & the Future Post-COVID-19 Pandemic
8 Jul 2020 AIFST 2020 Annual Awards Ceremony
8 Jul 2020 Webinar: Tasmanian Food Cluster Food Waste Report
2 Jul 2020 2020 AIFST Virtual Convention - Day 4 Only (Food Security, Sustainability and Food Waste)
25 Jun 2020 2020 AIFST Virtual Convention - Day 2 Only (Health, Nutrition and Consumer Science)
24 Jun 2020 AIFST Virtual Wine and Cheese Trivia Night
24 Jun 2020 AIFST 2020 Young Members and Mentors Virtual Breakfast
23 Jun 2020 2020 AIFST Virtual Convention - Full Convention Registration
23 Jun 2020 2020 AIFST Virtual Convention - Day 1 Only (Food Safety)
22 Jun 2020 2020 AIFST Virtual Exhibition
16 Jun 2020 AIFST Student Member's Get Together #3
16 Jun 2020 Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) On-line Training Courses
10 Jun 2020 Webinar: AFGC PIF V6.0 - #4 Q&A Open House
4 Jun 2020 Technical Webinar: World Food Safety Day – Food safety, everyone’s business
2 Jun 2020 Technical Webinar: COVID-19 – Food Supply Chain Resilience
28 May 2020 Careers Webinar: Mapping your Career as a Food Safety Professional
27 May 2020 Metiisto Artisan Chocolate – Virtual Factory Tour
26 May 2020 FTAA Event: FTAA Hot Topics 2020 Online Event
21 May 2020 AIFST Student Member's Get Together #2
21 May 2020 Technical Webinar: VIRSeek SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus Environmental Testing Solution
20 May 2020 2020 AIFST Annual General Meeting
14 May 2020 Technical Webinar: Food Security in a Novel World – Food Availability
13 May 2020 Technical Webinar: COVID-19: Risk Assessment in Reverse
8 May 2020 Webinar - AFGC PIF V6.0 - #3 Allergen Information (Section 3.2)
6 May 2020 AIFST Virtual Trivia Night
5 May 2020 Online Event: Food Labelling & Consumer Law
5 May 2020 AIFST Event: AIFST Virtual Exhibition Online Demonstration
30 Apr 2020 Technical Webinar: The Virtues of Remote Audits
29 Apr 2020 Technical Webinar: How to capture learnings and draw meaning from COVID-19
22 Apr 2020 AIFST Student Member's Get Together
20 Apr 2020 Technical Webinar: Food Security in the Novel World – Safeguarding Food
15 Apr 2020 Technical Webinar: COVID-19: FMCG trends & tips to gain a competitive edge during a crisis
14 Apr 2020 AIFST Webinar - The Food Industry Guide to Allergen Management and Labelling
6 Apr 2020 Technical Webinar: Food Security in the Novel World
3 Apr 2020 Webinar - AFGC PIF V6.0 - #2 Country of Origin (Section 2.2)
2 Apr 2020 WEBINAR: CLEAN LABEL – SIMPLE INGREDIENTS
30 Mar 2020 AIFST Webinar: COVID-19 - How to deal with such an Unchosen Change
26 Mar 2020 Food Recall Workshop - Webinar
25 Mar 2020 The Virtual Lunch Room
23 Mar 2020 AIFST Webinar - Personal Food Safety in the time of COVID19
20 Mar 2020 Webinar - AFGC PIF V6.0 - #1 Ingredient Declaration (Section 2.1)
19 Mar 2020 Food and Beverage Processing Consultation Webinars
16 Mar 2020 AIFST Webinar - Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) should food businesses and consumers be worried?
11 Mar 2020 AIFST Networking Night - SA
11 Mar 2020 Food Recall Workshop- SA
10 Feb 2020 2020 NZOZ Sensory and Consumer Science Symposium

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