Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are the spark that power associations. IAFP offers a variety of ways for our Members to get involved.  With every new volunteer, IAFP grows more energized, more diverse and inclusive, and better equipped to carry out our goal of “Advancing Food Safety Worldwide®”.

We encourage you to strengthen your engagement with IAFP and grow your professional network. Below you will find a listing of volunteer opportunities in four topic areas: IAFP Membership, IAFP Annual Meeting, IAFP Publications and IAFP’s European Meeting.

To express your interest in one of these areas, simply login to your Member Profile at the top right of this page, select “Edit Profile” from within the “Manage Member Information” section of the Member Dashboard.  Once you are on the Edit Profile page, click on the “Professional Info/Volunteer Opportunities” tab and scroll down to select your volunteer choices.

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IAFP Membership Volunteer Opportunities

IAFP Mentor – This unique online networking and career development program connects you with others to share your experiences and help Members achieve their professional goals.  Whether you are a Ph.D. student, a newbie in an industry, or a professional with many years of experience, you have lessons that another person can draw on!

IAFP Mentee – As an IAFP Mentee, you will be matched with a Mentor based on your career goals and interest areas to help you pursue your professional goals.

IAFP Awards Selection Committee – Review and score submitted nominations for IAFP Awards.  You will receive instruction on how to review and score nominations during the first week of March and will be expected to complete the task within 2 – 3 weeks.

Foundation Committee – Fund programs which further the goals and objectives of the Foundation, solicit gifts to the Foundation and oversee IAFP Foundation monies.

Membership Committee – Promote IAFP membership to potential new members and assist in retaining current IAFP members.

Webinar Committee – Review and decide on proposals for IAFP Webinars and establish webinar topics and design webinar series.

IAFP Annual Meeting Volunteer Opportunities

Mentor at Annual Meeting  You will be matched with a Student or Travel Award Recipient to help them navigate the meeting, introduce them to other professionals and assist in their overall meeting experience.

Technical Session Convenor  Attend the Annual Meeting and perform specific duties during a technical session including reading session announcements, introducing speakers, and keeping speakers on the established time schedule.

Developing Scientist Awards Committee – Judge approximately 40 abstracts of student competitors prior to the meeting and judge the finalists onsite. 

Program Committee – Develop the scientific and technical content of the Annual Meeting program. This Committee meets in February, at each Annual Meeting and other times as deemed necessary.

IAFP Publications Volunteer Opportunities

Editorial Reviewer for JFP  Review manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Food Protection.

Editorial Reviewer for FPT  Review manuscripts submitted to Food Protection Trends for publication.

Food Protection Trends Management Committee  Meets at Annual Meeting and via virtual meetings throughout the year to provide guidance on matters concerning Food Protection Trends.

Journal of Food Protection Management Committee – Meets at Annual Meeting and via virtual meetings throughout the year to provide guidance on matters concerning Journal of Food Protection.

IAFP European Meeting Opportunities

European Symposium Organizing Committee  Develop the scientific and technical content of the European Symposium on Food Safety.  Committee Members will review submitted symposia and abstracts; identify convenors for symposia and technical sessions; establish the timetable for all symposia and technical sessions; meet at each European Symposium and other times as deemed necessary; and oversee competition(s) at the symposium.

Technical Session Convenor Attend the European Symposium and perform specific duties during a technical session including reading session announcements, introducing speakers, and keeping speakers on the established time schedule.

European Student Award Committee Review and score the submitted nominations for the European Student Award applicants.