Member Roles and Responsibilities
The Functional Foods Center (FFC) holds major international
conferences every year. Scientists, researchers and food industry
professionals can present their latest research and discoveries about
functional foods and bioactive compounds for the management of chronic diseases
such as diabetes, CVD, obesity and cancer.
Involvement with our conferences is the best way to connect
with other members, build relationships, showcase your talents and acquire new
skills. Above all, you will help the FFC achieve its
- To increase global awareness of functional foods
and their ability to improve overall health and wellness
- To inspire cross-discipline collaborations and
educate a diverse professional population including scientists, medical
doctors, dietitians and other food industry professionals. In addition, to help them direct
their research towards the development of a wide variety of alternative
practical applications (such as functional and medical food products), where it
can have the most impact to improve health and save lives.
- To create a strong network of support among an internationally diverse spectrum of health
professionals attracted to membership in our organization
Much of the success of the conference rests on the efficient
and consistent execution by our Conference Committee Members and we thank you
for agreeing to assume such high responsibility.
We include general information about roles and
responsibilities below. Additional duties, specific to each conference, will
be delegated by the Conference Chair.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Conference Chair is responsible for overseeing and
ensuring the execution of all aspects relating to the
conference. Although a great responsibility, the Conference Chair role is highly
respected, and a valuable service to the research community. The Chair has
different responsibilities beginning before the actual
conference and ending with assisting the event. He/she selects the conference committees' members and coordinates the activities
of the committees, encouraging abstract/manuscript submission,
expediting reviewing processes, presiding over conference sessions, and
providing a post-conference report.
Conference Chairs are expected to demonstrate the highest
level of professionalism, as they are the primary source of information
for the conference operations.
The Scientific Program Committee is responsible for planning
a conference program built around a theme agreed upon by the Conference
- Determining conference themes and session topics
- Assisting Conference Chairs in soliciting abstracts
- Participating in the abstract/manuscript review
- Nominating speakers/presenters to be invited
- Minimizing subject overlap
The ideal Ccientific Program Committee includes a range of well-established and recognized experts in the field of prevention
and management of chronic diseases from academia, governmental agencies, nonprofit
organizations and private industries.
New committee members will replace inactive committee
members as well as those who are rotating off.
An attentive, well-prepared Session Chair helps make certain that the speakers give high quality presentations and ensure their sessions are managed properly and remain on schedule. Session chairs will evaluate and
recommend presentation proposals for their session, introduce the session topic
and presenter, moderate the open discussion period at the end of the session, and
fill in an open time slot with a fallback paper or open forum if a presenter
cancels last minute. The Session Chair will need also need to submit a written
session summary covering the main points and themes brought out in the papers
and discussions, along with any subsequent questions.
The Conference Chair or Program Committee will contact oral
presenters and indicate whether they will be serving as a general session
speaker or as a keynote speaker. For every conference, specialist speakers will
be selected to present papers on themes within the scope of the conference. All efforts should be made to select renowned
experts who are well-established within their fields. The Conference Chair or Program
Committee will contact oral presenters and provide them with relevant details
of the session topic.
Guidelines for Oral Presenters:
- Stick to the agreed theme
- Try to stimulate and generate discussion
- To facilitate understanding (especially for
international attendees) -speak slowly and clearly
We do not finance travel expenses for invited presenters;
however, we offer discounts or waivers on the conference registration fee
for keynote speakers. Waiver requests will be approved on a case by case basis.
FFC provides a high level of staff support to everyone involved
in our conferences. Our staff will work
closely with all members and provide guidance to ensure a successful event. Questions and concerns may be directed to our
Conference Chairs, as they are the best resource for information pertaining to
the entire conference. We encourage you to provide feedback on how we can make
your experience organizing an FFC conference a rewarding one.
We offer a special discount on the conference registration
fee for all Organizing Committee Members. Your participation is vital to FFC’s
success. Thank you again for your help.