The IAFP European Symposium Organising Committee invites interested individuals to submit a symposium proposal for presentation during the IAFP European Symposium on Food Safety, 29 - 31 March 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. Symposium proposals are due Tuesday, 4 October 2016 (no late submissions will be accepted).
A symposium is an organized, 90 minute session emphasizing a central theme relating to food safety and consists of three presenters each giving 30-minute presentations.
Symposia may include a discussion emphasizing a scientific aspect of a common food safety and quality topic, issues of general interest relating to food safety and microbiological quality, a report of recent developments, an update of state-of-the-art methodologies, or a discussion of basic and applied research in a given area. The material covered should include current work and the newest findings. Symposia will be evaluated by the Organising Committee for relevance to current science and to Association Members and attendees.
A roundtable is a discussion forum that is 90 minutes in length with 4-6 panelists, each giving a 2-3 minute introduction, followed by time for a discussion that includes audience participation. Panelists are not allowed to give presentations and should have no slides (no data projector will be provided for roundtable sessions). Roundtable convenors cannot also be panelists.
Proposals must be submitted using the Association's online submission program. Suggested presenters or panelists do not need to be confirmed at this stage, only identified. Proposals are due 4 October, 2016. No late submissions will be accepted.
The International Association for Food Protection does not reimburse invited presenters for travel, hotel, or other expenses incurred during the European Symposium. However, invited presenters will receive a complimentary European Symposium registration.
The International Association for Food Protection Foundation has offered limited funds for travel support of presenters. After final acceptance of the proposal (November 2016), organizers may submit an application to apply for travel support for speakers(s). REQUESTS SHOULD ONLY BE SUBMITTED WHERE A SINCERE NEED IS DEMONSTRATED BY THE SPEAKER. This travel support is not intended to fully pay travel expenses for speakers, but is intended to defray the total travel expense. Only speakers are eligible to receive travel support.
Requests are reviewed on an individual and on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds are depleted. A maximum of €650 per presenter will be available per symposium. Organisers are welcome to seek funding from other sources and the Association will provide recognition for these supporters in our program materials. Organizers are asked to inform the Association if they obtain outside funding for speaker travel.
The primary focus of the proposal selection procedure is to provide a balanced educational program for attendees of the IAFP European Symposium. To achieve this goal, proposals may be combined or modified by the Organising Committee during their initial or final review, as appropriate, to prevent overlap of topics among competing sessions. The Organising Committee also reserves the right to suggest alternative speakers and/or topics in an effort to round out the program. During the selection process, only the most relevant and promising proposals will be selected for further development.
4 October 2016 - Proposal Submission Deadline. No late submissions will be accepted.
17 November 2016 - Organizers notified of final decisions regarding session proposals.
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