22nd SAAFoST International Congress and Exhibition


The South African Association for Food Science & Technology (SAAFoST) will be holding its 22nd Biennial International Congress and Exhibition from 3-6 September 2017 at the state of the art Century City Convention Centre, Cape Town.

Photo credit: "Cape town" by Kemal Kestelli - licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.

Congress theme

The theme of the congress, "A hunger for change: innovations, solutions and emerging technologies" will form a framework to explore solutions to the many challenges that food professionals face in the mission to provide a sustainable supply of safe, satisfying and healthy food.

Scientific programme and trade show

The programme is designed to cover topical and important issues affecting our profession and will provide a platform for young and established researchers to present their work. In addition to plenary sessions, themed parallel sessions will ensure a broad programme that will appeal to marketing and technical personnel. Speakers will include captains of industry and distinguished invited international food scientists. A trade show will run concurrently.


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. 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. Click here for more information on abstracts.

Who will attend?

The congress aims to attract over 600 delegates - not only from SAAFoST membership but also from the wider food industry locally, regionally and internationally. It affords a unique opportunity to network and the entertainment programme will ensure opportunities to make new acquaintances and catch up with old friends.

Opportunity to cement relationships

We invite you to participate in this, the most significant food event of 2017. There is no doubt that this congress will provide a unique opportunity to promote interaction and cement the relationships between industry, academic think-tanks and professionals. SAAFoST relies on your participation and we look forward to welcoming you to the Mother City.

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