Student Professional Development Group

Mission Statement: To provide students of food safety with a platform to enrich their experience as Members of IAFP.What are our goals?- To provide the opportunity for students to network with peers- To serve as a resource for food safety employers to seek qualified applicants- To encourage effective exchange of information on protecting the food supply by fostering relationships at the student level- To maintain high Membership in IAFP by encouraging students to join the Association- To serve the interests and needs of students- To incorporate change according to the interests and needs of students

Next Meeting

July 8, 2018
Salt Palace Convention Center | Salt Lake City, Utah

In conjunction with IAFP 2018

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 Didi Loynachan,, for more information.

What can you do?
The Student PDG asks that you let us know how your Membership in IAFP can be enhanced, as well as your ideas for future events. Active involvement, dedication, and creativity are fundamental for launching and maintaining a successful organization, and we appreciate your interest and support.


2017 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. We recommend the inclusion of a Student Liaison for the Program Committee. The Liaison will serve as an extra resource for this group to help with information collection and distribution to PDGs (i.e., symposia acceptance and rejection with sponsored and co-sponsored PDGs). The Liaison will also serve in any capacity that this group deems appropriate.

    Board Response: The Board will discuss with the Program Committee at its February 2018 meeting.

  2. We recommend the incorporation of a Student Liaison for all PDGs. The Liaison position will connect students with professionals in their respective areas of interest. The PDGs will gain a representative that will be able to help in a variety of capacities and this position will provide a direct outlet for awarding student achievement.

    Board Response: Agree, in discussion with PDG Chairs and Vice Chairs, it was determined that the Student PDG should select or appoint a Student Liaison to each PDG and inform the IAFP staff so they can inform the specific PDG.

  3. We thank the Executive Board for providing students with a space in the exhibit hall for students to interact and sell t-shirts. We recommend that the Executive Board continues to provide a space in the exhibit hall in the coming year.

    Board Response: Agree.

2016 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. We thank the Executive Board for providing the students a space within the exhibit hall. We would recommend that you continue this in the coming year.

    Board Response: We will continue this for IAFP 2017.

2015 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. Allow students to have student-based/led symposia, roundtables, etc.

    Board Response: There have been student-led symposia in the past and the Board encourages the Student PDG to continue this effort.



  • Making the Most of Your IAFP Annual Meeting: Tips for Students and First-Timers

    Scientific conferences can be overwhelming, especially for individuals attending for their first time. With all of the opportunities for learning, networking, and socializing available at IAFP 2012, how can anyone make sense of it all?

    This webinar shares tips on how to make the most out of the IAFP annual meeting for students and new attendees. Topics include tips on getting involved with committees and professional development groups, social hours and informal networking, and choosing which symposia to attend. After viewing this webinar, students and new IAFP attendees will be well equipped to make the IAFP annual meeting experience as rewarding as possible.

    Organized by the Student PDG


    • Don Schaffner IAFP Vice President and Professor, Rutgers University