Developing Food Safety Professionals Professional Development Group

Mission Statement: To develop, connect, empower, and retain IAFP members who are in the early years of their food safety career.

Meeting Information

IAFP 2024

July 14, 2024

How to Join

Involvement in committees and professional development groups (PDGs) offers Members the opportunity to share a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Members of committees and PDGs are the architects of the Association structure. They plan, develop and institute many of the Association's projects, including workshops, publications and educational sessions. Technical challenges facing the food safety industry are discussed, examined and debated. Members may volunteer to serve on any number of committees or PDGs that plan and implement activities to meet the Association's mission.

Membership on a PDG is voluntary (not by appointment) and may vary from year to year.

IAFP Members can manage their PDG involvement by logging in to the IAFP Web site. At the Member Dashboard, click “Edit Profile.” Your profile has two tabs: Contact Info and Professional Info. Select the Professional Info tab and update the PDGs you would like to participate in. We highly recommend that you contact the PDG chairperson for each group to let them know you have joined their PDG.

Non-members can contact Dina Siedenburg, for more information.

Board Responses

2023 Board Response to Recommendations
  1. None.
2022 Board Response to Recommendations
  1. Appointment of Jill Stuber as Vice Chair of the Developing Professionals PDG

    Board Response: Agreed.

2021 Board Response to Recommendations
  1. None.
2020 Board Response to Recommendations
  1. The DFSP recommends to appoint Amit Morey as the new Vice Chair of the PDG.

    Board Response: Agree.

2019 Board Response to Recommendations
  1. A lower postdoc fee be considered for Membership and/or Annual Meeting registration to help alleviate financial pressures on postdocs

    Board Response: Agree. Staff will investigate lower registration fees. Membership fee is already affordable.

  2. Mentoring program specifically for the DFSP PDG similar to Student PDG to assist new members and new food safety professionals to adapt to the industry.

    Board Response: Agree. An IAFP-wide mentorship program is being investigated for release in 2020.

  3. Consider providing scholarships for students or postdocs to go to pre-conference workshops.

    Board Response: Agree. A request to the IAFP Foundation will be made to cover registration fees and $250 per extra day for hotel expenses for up to six postdocs to participate in IAFP workshops at Annual Meetings.

2018 Board Response to Recommendations
  1. Request to officially appoint Matthew Moore as the new Vice Chair (elected prior to meeting).

    Board Response: Agree.

  2. Start a 40 under 40 club.

    Board Response: The Board would prefer the PDG establish ways to engage young professionals and suggests exploring options that are more open to all to participate.