2017 Call for Abstracts
The Food Safety Consortium is requesting abstracts for content to be presented during our upcoming conference Dec. 5-6, 2017 in Schaumburg, IL.Submit Abstract
2016 Featured Speakers
Opening Keynotes > Town Hall Meeting:
Stephen Ostroff, M.D.
Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Opening Keynotes > Town Hall Meeting:
Alfred V. Almanza
Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, Food Safety and Inspection Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
VP Food Safety, Walmart
NEW! Thursday Morning Plenary:
Special Agent Scott Mahloch
Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinator
About the Consortium
- Something for Everyone...
- Design Your Own Schedule...
- There's an App for that!
- Can't Travel to Schaumburg, IL?
- Compliance (FSMA and GFSI)
- Food Manufacturing Operations & Sanitation
- Food Safety Supply Chain Management
- Food Labs
During the registration process, attendees build their own schedule based on the current needs of their organization. While you are building the schedule now (which helps us with planning), you are not locked into the schedule and can attend any conference, workshop or training component of the Consortium.
Each day the Conference begins with a Plenary Presentation open to all attendees. Scheduled after are concurrent running sessions and “Ask the Experts” Discussion groups. Also, there are pre and post conference workshops for you to choose from.
On the agenda (see link on right side of page), the plenary presentations, concurrent running sessions, “Ask the Experts” Discussion groups and workshops are listed in chronological order.
Use the drop down menu to display the agenda by conference, workshops or by individual day. Click on the word “Go” to display.
During the registration process, you will build your own agenda. The plenary presentations are for everyone but you will select from the concurrent running presentations and workshops.
At the end of the registration process you will be able to print your customized agenda.
We strongly urge you to download the app (available in November) and become familiar with it before the conference. When you first go to download it, select Innovative Publishing Co, and then select Food Safety Consortium.
We have replaced the paper programs with this app. This means to access the speakers presentation slides, you need to download them from the app.
Once installed, you will have instant access to features, like:
- The full event schedule
- Your agenda that you built during registration
- Session materials (slide decks, handouts, etc.) at your fingertips.
- Contact info of other attendees
- Social sharing on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn
- Detailed info about speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors
- Room maps, exhibit maps, and local area maps
- Notifications of important updates, special offers, and more
The app is available for both Apple and Android devices
Attend part of the conference virtually.
The Compliance track (FSMA & GFSI) and plenary presentations components of the Consortium are broadcast live via WebEx so that you can watch and hear the presentations from your desktop, virtually. You will see the PowerPoint presentations and hear the audio on your PC. For the audio, we suggest external speakers. Headphones are ideal. If you would like to have multiple people from your organization attend the Consortium virtually, we offer a multi person option that you will see on the fee and registration pages. Please note, only the Compliance track and plenary presentations are offered virtually. We highly recommend attending in person. The experience is much better and allows for networking with FDA, speakers and peers. Which is extremely valuable, something you can not experience remotely. However, if you can not travel to the conference, attending it remotely is the next best thing!
We broadcast conference live using a WebEx platform. You will see the presentations on your monitor and hear the audio through your computer’s speakers.
We will email you log in instructions 24 hours prior to the start of the conference. Before you contact us in a panic that you do not have log in instructions, check your spam filter.
We strongly suggest you log on 20 minutes prior to the start to make sure your settings and connection is ok.
We will provide you an archive recording to the conference, with a Certificate of Attendance about 2 weeks after the conference.
Pros and Cons
If you miss the live broadcast, you can watch it all or any part of it later, On Demand.
Most of the feedback from our other virtual attendees has been very positive.
No networking with peers or the speakers during breaks or during the reception.
This is a live broadcast in which there are some variables that we can not control. While most speakers are good presenters, from time to time we find the presenter to be to soft spoken or they don’t speak directly into the microphone. This can impact the audio quality for the virtuals more so than on site attendees. We work very hard to correct this when it happens, but it happens!
The audio will come through your computer. Headphones, not earbuds are highly recommended. External speakers are ok too but the typical built in speakers do not work well.