AQUALAB, the acclaimed leader in water activity and moisture control and measurement solutions for food and pharma companies, today announced that Lead Food Scientist, Zachary Cartwright, PhD, an active member of IFT’s Food & Safety committee, will assume a highly visible leadership role at the upcoming IFT FIRST Annual Event and Expo, July 14-17, 2024 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

Zachary Cartwright will host the Scientific and Technical Forum session, "What Technologies are Positively Impacting the Global Water Supply." Each of the esteemed panelists brings extensive experience in applying water technologies, science, digital tools, sustainability, reuse, standards, and ecosystem restoration.


What Tech Are Positively Impacting the Global Water Supply?


Tuesday, July 16, 2024


IFT First Annual Event & Expo


McCormick Place, Room S402


Chicago, IL 60616



The speakers will address the challenges and opportunities of water management in the context of the nexus between water, food and climate change, and how emerging food safety issues can be mitigated by innovative solutions. Attendees will gain insights into the diverse array of approaches being deployed to enhance global water quality, availability, and accessibility.

Panelists include: Ben Weaver, Market Segment Leader, Food Ingredients at Solecta, Inc.; Phyllis Posy, MS, President at Posy Global; Roman Lis, Senior Principal Engineer/Practice Leader (Wastewater, Water, Sustainability) at Stantec; Tatiana Koutchma, PhD, Scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; Vittorio Fattori, PhD, Agrifood Systems and Food Safety Division at Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations; and co-hosted with Kantha Shelke, PhD, CFS, Principal at Corvus Blue LLC and Senior Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University.


“As a purpose-driven scientific community that advances global science including food safety and quality, IFT connects global communities to advance the science of food safety and quality,” said IFT Food and Quality Safety Division Chair, Joele Atonfack.

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is a forum for passionate food professionals and students to collaborate, learn, and contribute, all with the goal of inspiring and transforming collective knowledge into innovative solutions for the benefit of all people around the world.

The IFT FIRST Annual Event and Expo is where advocacy for science and the power of collaboration and innovation take center stage.

“IFT’s commitment to DEIB drives innovation in the global food system. At IFT FIRST, our 12 DEIB-focused events, including the African, African American, Black Resource Group Networking Event, foster genuine community and respect, making the future of food brighter,” said Nina Steele, IFT Senior Manager, Membership Engagement and Inclusion. “By prioritizing visibility and inclusion, we create dynamic environments for meaningful connections and collaborations, which are essential for advancing the science of food and its application.”

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