The IAFP European Symposium Organising Committee invites interested individuals to submit a symposium proposal for presentation during the IAFP European Symposium on Food Safety, 25 - 27 April 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. Symposium proposals are due Tuesday, 3 October 2017 (no late submissions will be accepted).
A symposium is an organized, 1.5-hour session emphasizing a central theme relating to food safety and usually 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. Proposals may be prepared by individuals, groups of individuals, committees or IAFP Professional Development Groups (PDGs).
A roundtable is a discussion forum of 4 - 6 panelists that is 90 minutes in length with each panelist 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 (a projector will not be provided for roundtable sessions). Roundtable convenors cannot also be panelists. Proposals may be prepared by individuals or groups of individuals.
Proposals must be submitted using the Association's online submission program no later than 3 October 2017 (no late submissions will be accepted). Follow all instructions when making a submission. Your suggested presenters need not be confirmed at this time, only identified for review consideration.
Organizers will be notified of the status of their proposal by 22 November 2017.
The International Association for Food Protection does not routinely reimburse presenters for travel, hotel, or other expenses incurred during the European Symposium on Food Safety. However, presenters who are not IAFP members will receive a complimentary Symposium registration. IAFP members who are also presenters are expected to register and pay to attend the Symposium.
The International Association for Food Protection Foundation has limited funds for travel support of presenters. After final acceptance of the proposal (November 2017), organizers will receive an application form to apply for travel support for presenters. Requests are reviewed on an individual and first-come first-served basis. A maximum of €750 per presenter will be available per symposium. Organizers 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.
The primary focus of the proposal selection procedure is to provide a balanced educational program for attendees of the IAFP European Symposium on Food Safety. To achieve this goal, proposals may be 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.
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