International Committee on Food Microbiology and Hygiene
The International Committee on Food Microbiology and Hygiene, was founded at the IAMS World Congress on Microbiology in Rome, 1953. The Original Mission Statement was to draw together small groups of leading experts in particular fields of food microbiology and thereby to arrive at a consensus document on subjects of primary interest to the discipline.
The ICFMH officially represents international family of microbiological societies in all issues related to foods and beverages, and has observer and/or advisory status in activities of FAO and WHO (e.g. Codex Alimentarius), ISO working groups related to the detection and enumeration of microorganisms in foods and beverages.
The major scope of ICFMH is to contribute to food safety and controlling food spoilage internationally, by means of organising conferences (e.g. FOODMICRO), symposia and workshops, supporting of international bodies in food microbiology issues, publications (e.g. the International Journal of Food Microbiology), and initiation of education and training in food microbiology (https://icfmh.org/en).
Rules for developing scientist poster award competition
The International Committee on Food Microbiology and Hygiene (ICFMH) of the International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS) will sponsor a Developing Scientist Poster Competition at the 5th International Conference on Microbial Diversity 2019, 25th-27th September 2019, Catania-Italy.
To encourage students and recent graduates to present their original research in the field of Food Microbiology.
To foster professionalism in students and recent graduates through contact with peers who attend the Microbial Diversity 2019.
This competition is open to undergraduate or postgraduate students, including those who have graduated not more than one year prior to the deadline for submitting abstracts
The entrant must be the first author of the poster and be present to answer questions for a specified time during the assigned session
The work must represent original research completed and presented by the entrant
Students may enter only one poster in the competition
Acceptance of an abstract for presentation is independent of acceptance as a competition finalist
In addition to following the instructions in the “Call for Abstracts,” competition entrants must indicate if the poster is to be entered in this competition
A panel of judges will evaluate the abstracts for the poster competition
Competition entrants chosen as finalists will be notified of their status by the chairperson of the Developing Scientist Poster Award Committee
Entrants must be registered for the Microbial Diversity 2019.
All abstracts accepted for presentation and entered in the Developing Scientist Poster Award competition at Microbial Diversity 2019 will be reviewed by the Award Committee. Only eligible abstracts accepted for presentation as posters and entered in the competition will be judged.
Abstract – Clarity, comprehensiveness, and conciseness
Scientific Quality – Adequacy of experimental design (methodology, controls, replication), extent to which objectives were met, difficulty and thoroughness of research, validity of conclusions based upon data, technical merit, and contribution to science
Poster – Organization (clarity of introduction, objectives, methods, results, conclusions), quality of illustrations, ability to answer questions, and knowledge of subject
Criteria 2 and 3 will be evaluated during the conference
Announcement of Awards
The names of finalists will be announced and an award will be presented at the closing session of the Microbial Diversity 2019. The winners of first, second, and third place awards will be presented with prizes of 250, 150, and 100 euros, respectively, and framed certificates. All finalists are expected to be present at the closing session.