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Take the Stage with Industry Leaders at the 2020 GFSI Conference

We are excited to be opening our Call for Proposals as we start building the conference programme for the next GFSI Conference, organised by the Global Food Safety Initiative.

We invite you to submit your proposal before Friday 7th June EOD for a chance to join industry leaders and innovators on the GFSI stage in Seattle, Washington from 25th-28th February 2020.

As the industry’s annual rendezvous to advance food safety globally, it is essential that the GFSI Conference continue to deliver real-world solutions to participants and bring together the most instrumental people to collectively shape the agenda on a global scale.

We hope you will assist us in this goal as we celebrate GFSI’s 20 Years in 2020 and set our sights higher yet than ever before.


The theme for the 2020 GFSI Conference is:
One Connected World. One Safe Food Supply.

The GFSI Conference Stage

Speaking at the GFSI Conference is a challenging and rewarding opportunity.

As previous speakers can attest, it offers extensive exposure on the international stage, helping you gain recognition in the industry, widen your network and position yourself as a key player in shaping the agenda.

Speakers and their organisations benefit from strong visibility throughout the event and beyond with GFSI’s dynamic communities.

What We’re Looking For


We are looking for innovative ideas and concepts to bring to the table in 2020. These can include inspiring and impactful storytelling, interactive workshops, out-of-the-box ideas that challenge the status quo, innovative ways to interact with the audience, current and relevant learnings and take-aways in food safety around the world. The Conference Committee will select proposals to build a programme which reflects diversity in content, industry representation and geography.

As part of the global programme, here are some of the topics around which we would like to receive proposals:

  • The future of food, futurist perspectives
  • Emerging technology, trends & innovations, novel foods, eating trends (ex. meat replacements), blockchain, whole genome sequencing, digital tools, IoT & Cloud, e-commerce, social media, consumer innovations
  • Food safety leadership
  • Links between science and food safety
  • Food safety culture/quality culture (success stories & how to overcome challenges), behaviour in food safety (organisational behaviour, behavior change)
  • Government/regulatory & academic perspectives, public-private partnerships
  • Food safety in emerging markets, capability building
  • GFSI-linked strategies (company case studies), certification, auditor competency
  • Latest incidents (ex. romaine)
  • Managing emerging risks, risk assessment, crisis management
  • Allergen management
  • Primary production

The deadline for all submissions is Friday 7th June (EOD). The Committee will review all proposals received by this date, in total independence.

How to Submit a Winning Proposal

The conference programme is comprised of plenary and breakout sessions. Please take into account the following details when preparing your proposal:

Plenary sessions

  • Speakers/topics should remain high level and strategic.
  • Please propose 1 speaker to talk as part of a plenary – these sessions involve speakers from different organisations. We are therefore unable to accept proposals with multiple speakers from the same organisation.
  • Topics should not be country specific but address issues relevant to various parts of the world.
  • Ideally, sessions should combine different sectors/topics (collaboration between retailers and manufacturers).


Breakout sessions

  • Please propose one speaker to talk as part of a breakout – these sessions involve speakers from different organisations. We are therefore unable to accept proposals with multiple speakers from the same organization.
  • Sessions should address specific topics, providing a more practical/technical case study or Research & Development angle.


Other points for consideration

  • Presentations should not be commercial in nature.
  • Speakers will be selected to reflect the diversity of the audience in terms of sector, type of organization and geographical representation.
  • The Conference Committee will not be subject to any type of external pressure or influence (any such conduct will lead to the automatic rejection of the proposal).


Selection Process

The selection process will take into account – but will not be limited to – the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the conference theme & topics and/or to current food safety concerns
  • Consistency and completeness of the proposal
  • Representativeness of the global food supply chain
  • Non-redundancy and variety among the selected proposals
  • Extent of collaboration between sectors/topics
Submit Your Proposal

If your proposal is successful, you will receive notification via email by no later than 1st October 2019. This will signal the end of a competitive process through which many other potentially deserving proposals will have been turned away due to space limitations on the programme. If you have not heard from us before this date, your proposal has unfortunately not been selected.