Call For Abstracts

The deadline for abstract submissions is 31 January 2023.
Extended to 17 February 2023.

The scientific programme committee for the 25th Biennial SAAFoST Congress is pleased to announce that abstracts submissions are now open.  The Congress will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from 28 – 30 August 2023.  It will be an in-person Congress.

The theme for the SAAFoST Congress is “Future Foods: Smarter & More Sustainable Solutions” highlighting some of the global food science related challenges and the need for different approaches to solving them. Six Main Themes will form the focus to tie together all the supporting and crucial aspects of food science.

The committee’s approach to the programme structure is to ensure that the participants get most value for their money by including keynote addresses, plenary lectures, parallel sessions, posters, product theatre, demonstration sessions and open forums on the exhibition floor. We are committed to organizing and hosting a world-class Food Science and Technology event.

Please find important information below regarding guidelines for submissions.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

General Guidelines:

Abstract submissions must be submitted online.  Emailed submissions will not be accepted.

The official Congress language is English.

Abstracts can be submitted for oral or poster presentation.

Submissions can be of original research or commercial appeal.  See below for more information.

Abstract submissions should be original, topical, and current.

The title of your abstract should not exceed 50 words.

The body text of your abstract should not exceed 350 words.

The deadline for abstract submissions is 31 January 2023 (EXTENDED TO 17 FEBRUARY 2023).

Authors will be notified of acceptance by 17 March 2023.

If accepted, at least one of the listed authors must be registered and be in attendance to present your work.  Presenting authors should be registered by 30 April 2023.

The scientific programme committee will endeavour to schedule abstracts according to the author’s preferences but reserves the right to decide on the final form.

Abstract Guideline for Original Research Abstracts:

All original research submissions and should preferably not have been previously accepted for publication in a journal, presented in another conference or be under review at another conference. The abstract (maximum 350 words) should contain the following sections: Introduction, Methodology, Results and Discussion and Conclusions.

The introduction should give a brief background of the research topic, stating the problem and leading to the aim of the specific research.

A brief description of the methodology and techniques used in the research should be given.

The results and discussion section should give a concise presentation of experimental results obtained and highlight any trends or points of interest. Statements such as “results will be presented” or “will be discussed” are not acceptable and such abstracts will be rejected.

A brief explanation of the significance and implications of the work reported should conclude the abstract.

Abstract Guideline for Commercial Appeal Abstracts:

The abstract (maximum 350 words) should give a brief background to the topic that is being presented, highlight the main learnings/applications/trends etc. that going to be presented and highlight the relevance of the presentation to the food science community/food industry/consumers.  Commercial appeal submissions should not be advertisements but rather address commercial aspects.

Abstract Submission Topics

The Scientific programme will strive to address global food science and technology issues in the following topics in the plenary sessions, parallel sessions, poster sessions, specialist symposia, workshops, and sessions with commercial appeal:

Six Main Themes:

  1. Sustainability and Climate
  2. Innovation and Technology
  3. Smarter Food Systems
  4. Advances in Food Safety
  5. Food, Nutrition, Diet and Health
  6. Rise of the Consumers


  • Consumer Perceptions, Trends, Food Myths, Media Hype and Pseudoscience
  • Product Development
  • Sensory Science and Analysis
  • Environmental Sustainability, Water Use and Waste Management
  • Novel and Alternative Proteins
  • Food and Nutrition Security
  • Genetically Modified Foods
  • Food Microbiology
  • Food Chemistry
  • Food Analysis
  • Food Engineering
  • Food Logistics
  • 4th Industrial Revolution and AI
  • Novel Food Processing Technologies
  • Food Packaging & Labelling
  • Food Fraud, Traceability and Regulations
  • Food Ingredients, Additives, Functional Foods, Colourants and Flavours
  • Others

How to submit your abstract online

To submit an abstract for oral or poster presentation:

  1. Upon registering as a user on the online submission system you can login and start the submission process.
  2. The submission form is comprised of several questions which need to be completed, most are mandatory questions, and your submission will show as “incomplete” until such time that all mandatory questions have been answered.
  3. In the box provided for the abstract body text, do not include the title or the authors information.
  4. Your presentation title should not exceed 50 words and your body text should not exceed 350 words.
  5. Once all questions have been completed you will click on the submit button. A confirmation email will be sent to you.
  6. You will be able to amend a submission up until the deadline date. You will need to login and click on your existing submission. Complete the steps and click finish to confirm your changes. Again, a confirmation email will be sent to you with the abstract that was uploaded onto the system.
  7. To withdraw an abstract please contact Kerry Firmani – for assistance.

 Acceptance/Rejection of Abstracts

The scientific programme committee will review all submitted abstracts and reserves the right to accept or reject any abstract. Selected abstracts will be presented as oral or poster presentations. Authors of abstracts accepted will receive notification and information regarding their presentation by the 17th March 2023.

All authors will be kept informed in writing of the details concerning the exact time and date of their presentation. Poster presenters will be notified of the poster size and guideline in writing as well.

Important Dates:

Closing date for submission of abstracts: 31 January 2023 (EXTENDED TO 17 FEBRUARY 2023)
Notification of abstract acceptance: 17 March 2023
Presenting author registration: 30 April 2023
Congress dates: 28 – 30 August 2023


Call For Abstracts