On 15-17 November 2018, the School of Agro-Industry held the 3rd International Conference on Agriculture and Agro-Industry 2018 (ICAAI2018) under the theme of “Food and Agriculture: Innovation and Sustainability” as a part of the celebration of MFU’s 20th anniversary.
The aim of this quadrennial conference was to provide a stage for over 200 scientists, experts, researchers, students and entrepreneurs from all over the world to discuss the latest research and innovations in postharvest technology, food processing technology, nutraceutical and functional food as well as food security and sustainability. In addition, this forum sought to provide an opportunity for national and international communities to exchange ideas and develop a common vision in promoting innovation and sustainability of food and agricultural products.
The forum also bought in four keynote speakers and eleven invited speakers to address the cutting edge topics in the innovations and sustainability of food and agriculture on a global level. The keynote speakers included Director of the Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition and the Deputy Director of the Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research at the University of Reading, England, Prof. Dr. Julie A. Lovegrove; Professor of the Department of Food Science at Rutgers University, Canada, Prof. Dr. Qingrong Huang; Professor of Food Science and Technology at Universita’ degli Studi di Milano, Italy, Prof. Dr. Luciano Piergiovanni; and Professor of the Department of Horticulture, Faculty of Agriculture at Kasetsart University, Thailand, Prof. Dr. Jingtair Siriphanich. In addition, there were 138 presentations which consisted of 46 oral presentations and 92 posters.
All in all, the conference was a great platform for building a network and developing further collaboration in the field of Agriculture and Agro-industry. The constructive discussion and knowledge sharing contributed to research and innovation development as well as offering solutions to agricultural challenges.