is a non-profit scientific organisation whose activities aim at
progressing the understanding of the properties of water in food and
related biological systems, and the exploitation of this understanding
in improved raw materials, products and processes in the food, agrofood
or related industries.
Articles of Association
"Water in food is such an interesting subject that
there is room for many more ISOPOWs"
Ing.Dr.h.c. Walter Spiess, IUFoST Past President
first Symposium was organised in
in 1974, with the pioneering initiative of the late Pr. Ron B.
Duckworth and of Dr. Lou Rockland. Since then, ISOPOW
meetings promoted the exchange of knowledge between scientists involved
in the study of food materials and scientists interested in water from a
more basic point of view and the dialogue between academic and
industrial scientists/technologists. The comprehension of the properties
of water in foods, enriched by approaches from polymer and materials
sciences, and by the advances of analytical techniques, made us to
detect unsolved questions and the need to go deeply into them. Food
materials, biological and pharmaceutical scientists have recognised that
water plays an important role on the structure, functionality and
stability of biomaterials. The ubiquitous water molecules are small and
simple, but they develop complex interactions and present unusual
properties for unprepared observers. We thus aim to overlap areas of
different fields of research, which have in common problems faced by how
and why water behaves as it does.
The History of
All organized under the auspices of IUFoST,
11 previous meetings have been held in various locations reflecting the
world-wide dimension of ISOPOW. Most of them have resulted in the
publication of books.
The symposia are organized so as to bring the participants under
conditions conducive to the greatest possible degree of intellectual
-all people (speakers and attendees) under the same roof,
-speakers invited to stay for the whole symposium duration,
-limited nuber of attendees,
-limited number of oral presentations.
Exhibitions of posters are organized. Sessions are dedicated to the
presentation and discussion of posters selected from the submitted