Invitation by the Chairman of the Scientific Committee

On behalf of the organizing committee, it is my great pleasure to invite you to attend the IUFOST XIIIth World Congress of Food Science and Technology "FOOD IS LIFE" which will take place in Nantes, France, from September 17th to September 21st, 2006.

The XIIIth IUFOST Congress is part of the series of regular IUFOST meetings, the most important events in the activities of food science and technology and by far the world largest gathering of food scientists. It is also the place where young scientists and more experienced researchers have the opportunity for close, friendly contacts with leading specialists in various fields of food science. The Conference will bring together scientists from the forefront of all sectors of the world food community, coming either from academia, governmental institutions or industrial companies.

"FOOD IS LIFE" is the theme of the congress. We feel that the cultural and social facets of food are as important as the physicochemical and biological features. Food must supply the needs of the whole planet in nutrients and calories. Food is also the vector of social relationships and happiness.

The conference will embrace fundamental and applied aspects of major frontier topics in Food Science. Emphasis will be placed on new concepts and developments in both basic research and industrial applications. But not only ! Consumers' behaviors and educational issues will also be an important part of the program. Special attention will be paid to the issues of African countries.

The active participation of younger scientists will be strongly encouraged by fee reductions for registered students.

We sincerely hope that you will be able to participate in the XIIIth World Congress of Food Science and Technology "FOOD IS LIFE" and look forward to welcoming you in Nantes in 2006 !

Chairman of the Scientific Committee