FPDI Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are now being accepted by the Food Protection and Defense Institute for the Food Defense Conference on May 22nd & 24th, 2018 in Minneapolis, MN. The deadline for abstract submission is 11:59CT on Friday, December 22nd, 2017.

With emerging and evolving food threats from terrorism, economically motivated adulteration, and disgruntled employees, we must remain vigilant to stay ahead of intelligent adversaries. Professionals in industry, academia and government are invited to attend this conference to discuss current threats and challenges, and to identify food defense solutions.

This abstract call is for oral presentations concerning food defense topics to be held during the conference breakout sessions. Oral presentations will be approximately 30 minutes in length, and may be incorporated into a panel-type session including other speakers. Presentation content can include a discussion of research, food defense tools, and/or education initiatives.

Abstracts are limited to 300 words and should address one of the topic areas below. A review committee will evaluate all abstracts submitted for acceptance based on relevance to program content.

Topic Areas

FPDI has identified the following topic areas of interest for this conference: 

  • Training
  • EMA
  • Cyber Security
  • Agent Detection
  • Emergency Response
  • Preparedness/Exercises
  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Mitigation Management
  • Miscellaneous

How to Apply

Please submit abstracts by using the abstract submission form below. Questions regarding abstract submission should be directed to FPDI at fpdi@umn.edu

Key Dates for Abstract Selection

September 14th, 2017
Online abstract submission opens

December 22nd, 2017
Information and the 300-word abstract are due through the submission form by 11:59pm CT. Abstracts will not be accepted after this date

January 12th, 2018
FPDI issues selection notification to all applicants


January 26th, 2018
Acceptance/Final information for program due

May 11th, 2018
Copy of slide deck is due to FPDI. Instructions on how to submit will be provided to selected speakers

 May 22nd - 24th, 2018
The Food Defense Conference 2018

Please Note

Portions of selected abstracts will be used in marketing or communications materials for the conference. Presenter information will be used as submitted for conference program and promotional materials. Upon selection, presenters will be asked to submit a headshot for the conference program and promotional materials.

Selected presenters will receive a discounted registration rate to attend the conference. Presentation equipment (laptop, projector, screen, microphone, etc.) will be provided by conference organizers. 

Abstract Submission Form

Submission deadline: Thursday- December 22nd, 2016 (11:59PM CT)

Name *
Presenter Information
Abstract Information
What topic area does your presentation address? *


Contact FPDI at fpdi@umn.edu