The Conference builds upon the state-of-the-art of the interdisciplinary literature on food ecosystem, and addresses the trade-offs and synergies underlying the design, planning, management and optimisation of food industries and systems.

Contributions which bridge disciplines (i.e. Industrial Systems Engineering, Food Science, Packaging Science, Decision Science, Logistics and Facility Management, Supply Chain Management, Agriculture and Land-use Planning, Thermal Engineering) and foster collaborations for decision-making throughout different stages of the food supply chain are particularly encouraged. Furthermore, single discipline or specific studies on food products, processes, and systems, technologies or design/planning methodologies will find room in parallel sessions.


Topics for Sessions and Abstracts

The conference emphasizes integrated analyses and studies on advanced technologies and strategies toward sustainable food supply chain processes and welcomes contributions on the following topics:

  • Advanced irrigation, harvesting, farming and post-harvesting strategies
  • Resources optimization and management in primary growing/farming;
  • Remote sensing and machine learning in agriculture
  • Emerging non-thermal processing systems
  • Novel mild processing technologies
  • Food production scheduling and innovative facility/equipment design
  • Design of smart and eco-friendly food packaging solutions
  • Food packaging network design and management strategies
  • Energy-effective processing and conservation technologies and strategies
  • Automation in food industry
  • Tailored technologies and bio-technologies for by-products valorization
  • Traceability systems and smart sensors for food safety management
  • Digital twins in food processing, storage and distribution
  • IoT in agriculture and food industry
  • Cold chain management practices and technologies
  • Food operations management: optimization and simulation
  • Design, planning and management of sustainable food production/storage/distribution operations
  • Improved food safety management to respond to climate change stresses
  • Consumer-focused innovations
  • Novel technological and strategic approaches for waste management
  • By-products valorization and food circular economy.

Submit Abstract

New Abstract submission deadline: 18 December 2020

Oral and poster abstracts are now invited on the conference topics and should be submitted using the online abstract submission system.

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