Food Safety Education Professional Development Group
Mission Statement: To provide a forum for IAFP members to learn, network, and share information and resources about education, training and outreach for various audiences thereby advancing food safety knowledge, promoting behavior change and improving practices that mitigate food safety risks around the world.
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
How to Join
Involvement in committees and professional development groups (PDGs) offers Members the opportunity to share a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Members of committees and PDGs are the architects of the Association structure. They plan, develop and institute many of the Association's projects, including workshops, publications and educational sessions. Technical challenges facing the food safety industry are discussed, examined and debated. Members may volunteer to serve on any number of committees or PDGs that plan and implement activities to meet the Association's mission.
Membership on a PDG is voluntary (not by appointment) and may vary from year to year.
IAFP Members can manage their PDG involvement by logging in to the IAFP Web site. At the Member Dashboard, click “Edit Profile.” Your profile has two tabs: Contact Info and Professional Info. Select the Professional Info tab and update the PDGs you would like to participate in. We highly recommend that you contact the PDG chairperson for each group to let them know you have joined their PDG.
Non-members can contact Dina Siedenburg, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
Recommend Shauna Henley as Vice Chair of the Food Safety Education PDG.
Board Response: Agree.
Recommend the Board consider including elements of online/virtual contributors for the conference next year, for those that still might not be able to attend in person. For example: a symposium where the convenor and speakers are all at the conference in the USA, yet there may be one virtual contributor giving a live presentation online or a pre-recorded presentation and being present virtually to answer questions, etc.
Board Response: This will be discussed with the Program Committee.
Recommendation for approval of Wenqing (Wennie) Xu as the Vice Chair.
Board Response: Agree.
Recommend the Board to adopt the new mission statement for Food Safety Education PDG as follows: “To provide a forum for IAFP Members and interested others to learn, network, and share information and resources about education, training and outreach for various audiences thereby advancing food safety knowledge, promoting behavior change and improving practices that mitigate food safety risks around the world.”
Board Response: Agree with the new statement, but suggest removal of “and interested others” from the mission statement.
The Food Safety Education PDG recommends that the Board approve Francie Buck as Vice Chair to begin serving at the IAFP 2017 PDG meeting.
Board Response: Agree
Accessibility to information regarding symposium success/failure.
Board Response: This recommendation is not clear. The Program Committee provides notification to all symposium submitters. If questions remain, submitters may contact the IAFP office.
Provision of a key point sheet of items from the Board to PDG Chair would be helpful where the Board Liaison is unable to make the start of the meeting.
Board Response: It may be possible to distribute this information prior to the PDG meetings.
Recommendation for Roundtable and Symposium set up that water is provided in the room for all speakers and panel members. This was not available this year in Roundtable organized by the PDG.
Board Response: Agree. Water should be available in the session rooms.
A more efficient method of keeping lists of PDG members up to date is needed. Currently a roster list is generated by the IAFP office and any new member requests have to be manually input by the Chair/Vice Chair during the year. This relies on emails being picked up and actioned one-by-one. A method of automatic updating, perhaps linked to member choices of PDGs on the website, would be more efficient and would make sure that new members are not being missed.
Board Response: IAFP staff will look into making these changes.
It is recommended that a short break is included in the PDG meeting schedule to accommodate PDGs leaving a room and setting up for the next group before the next PDG is due to start.
Board Response: IAFP staff will work on schedule to allow for changeover of rooms from one group to another.
It is recommended that a static laptop be provided in the PDG rooms on PDG meeting day that is already linked to the projector and has WiFi Internet capability. This would save set-up time at the beginning and crossovers between meetings where laptops have to be switched.
Board Response: Computer, projector, and screen will be provided in each PDG meeting room beginning in 2016.
Recommends that each PDG be allowed ONE symposium or round table idea that they choose to be in the program since they have worked hard to put this idea together and have a community interested in the topic. The Program Committee will receive the one idea chosen from each of the PDGs and then build the rest of the program around these ideas from all other ideas submitted by Association members
Board Response: The Board will encourage the Program Committee to consider this request.