ABOUT ORGANIZERS

Association of Food Scientists and Technologists-India; AFST(I): AFST(I), established in 1957, is one of the largest professional bodies in the country with its varied membership numbering around 3500. The esteemed members include eminent personalities form Research Institutes, Academia, Industry and Government Organizations. The Association has around 40 chapters spread across the country. It publishes two journals- Journal of Food Science and Technology ( with Springer) and Indian Food Industry – Mag, a bi-monthly. One of the major activities of AFST(I) is to conduct Indian Convention of Food Scientists and Technologists (ICFOST) every year and International Food Convention (IFCoN) once in every five years, which provides an ideal platform for the deliberation and the exchange of knowledge and partnerships between global stake holders. AFST(I) Education & Publication Trust (E&PT): AFST(I) E&PT was formed in 1988 as a sister organization of AFST(I) with its office located at AFST (I) office CSIR-CFTRI Campus, Mysore. The major activities & Objectives of the Trust are to stimulate research on various aspects of Food Science and Technology. The organization has made commendable progress in awarding yearly scholarships to merited students in the field of Food Science and Technology, from the interest accrued on its corpus fund. The Trust also supports assisted scientists with financial grants for writing books and monographs in the field.

CSIR−Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI),CSIR-CFTRI: (CFTRI), CSIR-CFTRI: Mysore (A constituent laboratory of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi) came into existence during 1950 with the great vision of its founders and a network of inspiring as well as dedicated scientists who had a fascination to pursue in­depth research and development in the areas of food science and technology. CSIR-CFTRI is a pioneering Research and Development Organization working in the area of Food science and Technology and Human Resource Development. The institute is also certified as an ISO 900 I :2008 & ISO 1400 I :2004 Organization apart from being an ISO 17025:2005 Accredited Laboratory. The Mandate of the Institute includes ensuring food and nutritional security of the country through S& T interventions. The Institute has been in the forefront in generating quality human resource for the development of food industry. The spectrum of programs offered include post-graduation in Food Technology, Integrated M.Sc-Ph.D. in Nutrition Biology, Certificate Course in Flour Milling and Short Term Training for Entrepreneurs & Industry personnel and innovative programs for start­ups and farmers. Over 250 students are pursuing their doctoral studies in food and allied subjects. Over the years, CSIR-CFTRI has brought out many innovative products and processes into the market in tune with the state-of-the-art R&D practices of the institute and the changing lifestyles of the consumers. Some of the pioneering efforts include development of infant foods, instant ready-mixes, parboiling of paddy, cultivation of spirulina, health and wellness food products. Societal interventions have been the hallmark of CSIR-CFTRI and large numbers of farmers have been empowered on affordable and sustainable methods for value addition to agri-commodities contributing to rural economy and testing of samples. CSIR-CFTRI has also established an Incubation Centre for nurturing start-ups and innovative ideas in the area of food and nutraceuticals.

The Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL): The Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL) was established on 28th December, 1961 under the aegis of Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Ministry of Defence, Government of India, at Mysore especially to cater to the strategic operational requirements of our Services and to provide logistical support in the area of food supplies and varied food challenges of Indian Army, Navy, Air force and other Paramilitary Forces. In operational situations, the soldiers are deprived of the fresh produce needed to sustain life processes. Even normal regime of cooking becomes extremely cumbersome and difficult. The R & D efforts at DFRL are aimed at designing and engineering lightweight, convenience pack rations for Army, Navy, Air Force and other Paramilitary Forces, which do not require any elaborate cooking or preparation at the consumer's end and remain shelf-stable under varying climatic conditions for periods ranging from 6 months to I year. This is the only Laboratory, which is exclusively engaged in Research and Development in the field of Food Science and Technology for Defence Forces. Prior to the inception of DFRL, the laboratory functioned as a Food Group within the precincts of Defence Science Laboratory, Delhi. DFRL, through the dedicated efforts of its scientists and technologists, over the last five and half decades, has been able to conserve, preserve, stabilize, design, fabricate and engineer a vast array of food products of Indian dietary which are not only shelf stable under all weather conditions but also deliver adequate nutrition and energy to keep the morale of our Service personnel high at all times. Through enormous and substantive contributions, DFRL has developed a wide variety of food products of Indian dietary matching the mainframe palate/tastes of the country. Many of the DFRL foods, born out of innovative state-of-the-art technologies, lend themselves eminently suitable to industrial scale commercial exploitation by enterprising entrepreneurs of different genre. DFRL also has products which are export worthy. DFRL is also engaged in the development and evaluation of food products, packaging materials and field test kits to meet the requirements of Service Forces. To fulfil this mandate, the laboratory is closely working with academic institutions, R&D centres and other Govt agencies. DFRL has more than 500 To T's to its credit thus contributing to employment generation, vendor generation for armed forces, and make in India initiative of the GOI in Food Sector. DFRL can be reckoned as the leader in convenience foods and packed ration developments in this country. Indigenous ingenuity is the hallmark of most of the technologies developed at DFRL. The laboratory is ISO 900I:2015 and ISO 22000 certified.