GFSI Conference 2019: Emerging Challenges & The Future of Food Safety
We are opening our call for proposals for the GFSI Conference 2019 under the theme of Emerging Challenges & The Future of Food Safety.
We are looking for innovative ideas and disruptive concepts to bring to the table in 2019. These can take various forms, from inspiring storytelling to concrete case studies, and from shared learnings based on recent events to out-of-the-box ideas that challenge the status quo.
The GFSI Conference committee will select proposals to build a programme which reflects diversity in both content and geography.The deadline for all submissions is Friday, 25th May EOD.
Thank you for your interest in contributing to the agenda of the next GFSI Conference!
Topics of Interest
As part of the global agenda we would like to receive proposals under the above theme and spanning a variety of topics.
Emerging Trends, Innovations and Challenges
- changing consumer trends, novel foods, consumer innovation, communicating with customers
- blockchain, whole genome sequencing, digital tools, IoT & Cloud, e-commerce and social media
- increasing concerns about intentional and unintentional adulteration, environmental contamination and cross-contamination risks, antimicrobial resistance, pathogens, allergen management etc.
- new evidence and perceptions - technological breakthroughs and food testing, lowering detection limits, nanoscale, etc.
- transparency and traceability
- food fraud and food defense, the retail perspective, cybersecurity
Processing of the Future
- perspectives challenging the classic approach to food safety and HACCP
- oxygen-free, human-free (robotics), contact-free (encapsulated suits), bug-free (aseptic), dust-free (electronic-like environments), oil-free (green NRJ and plastics)
- primary production with hydroponic production, vertical growing
- auditing & auditor competency
Capability Building and Food Safety Culture
- food safety in emerging markets
- GFSI’s Global Markets Programme
- food safety culture, stories of success and overcoming challenges, change management in organisational behaviour
- improved food safety facilitating international trade
Collaboration for the Future of Food Safety
- GFSI tools, implementation strategies and case studies
- risk assessment and management, packaging risk management
- public-private partnerships
- government regulatory perspectives
- academic perspectives
How to Submit a Winning Proposal
The conference programme is comprised of plenary and breakout sessions. Please take into account the following details when preparing your proposal:
- Speakers and topics should remain high level and strategic.
- Topics should not be country specific but address issues relevant to various parts of the world.
- Ideally, sessions should combine different sectors/topics (collaboration between retailers and manufacturers).
- Please propose 1 speaker to talk as part of a breakout - these sessions involve speakers from different organisations - we are therefore unable to accept proposals with multiple speakers from the same organisation.
- Sessions should address specific topics, providing a more practical and technical case study or research and development angle.
- Presentations should not be commercial in nature.
- Speakers will be selected to reflect the diversity of the audience in terms of sector, type of organization and geographical representation.
- The programme committee will not be subject to any type of external pressure or influence (any such conduct will lead to the automatic rejection of your proposal).
The selection process will take into account – but will not be limited to – the following criteria:
- Consistency and completeness of the proposal
- Relevance to the conference theme & topics and/or to current food safety concerns
- Representativeness of the global food supply chain
- Non-redundancy and variety among the selected proposals
- Extent of collaboration between sectors/topics
Thank you for your contribution to the programme of the next GFSI Conference!