GMA Science Forum 2016

Connecting Sound Science
With Sound Policy

The GMA Science Forum has consistently educated scientists and decision makers within the food, beverage and consumer products industry for nearly a decade. During this unique event, we'll examine the most newsworthy regulatory and legislative issues affecting manufacturers across the globe. In 2016, the GMA Science Forum will provide attendees with multiple views and actions to be taken in order to ensure policies, laws and regulations are based on sound, up-to-date science, and achieve compliance with the ever changing regulatory environment.

This event brings together a roster of acclaimed individuals to keep the science community abreast and ahead of emerging science, innovation, safety and legal requirements in a wide array of areas. We'll explore themes including food safety, government regulations, global issues, chemical ingredients, nutrition and labeling, biotechnology and more.


  • More Content. More Value.

    Attendees will gain the unique opportunity to engage top-tier scientific, manufacturing and regulatory experts from the industry and government in a wide array of learning forums, from pre-conference group sessions to keynote presentations from highly acclaimed visionaries. We'll discuss some of the most popular topics of today including:
    • Food Safety Training
    • Communication Skills for Industry Scientists
    • Global Nutrition, Health and Labeling
    • Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and Biotechnology
    • Emerging Ingredient and CPG Issues
    • FSMA Implementation
    • TSCA Reform
    • Sanitary Transportation
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Nanotechnology
    • Whole Genome Sequencing
    • Healthy Living & Nutrition
  • Who Should Attend?

    The GMA Science Forum was designed to specifically address the needs of food, beverage, consumer products, government and NGO professionals within, but not limited to the following disciplines:

    • Food & Ingredient Safety
    • Nutrition
    • Research & Development
    • Regulatory Affairs
    • Labeling
    • Quality Assurance
    • International Trade
    • Microbiology
    • Health & Wellbeing
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Global Affairs
    • Toxicology
  • What's in It For Me?

    Nowhere else does the breadth and depth of science and regulatory affairs professionals from across the CPG industry gather to hear the latest developments in product safety, health and wellness, global trade and emerging science and technologies. Every year the GMA Science Forum brings you greater content and value. Additionally, the event will conveniently take place in the heart of the nation's capital, at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC. Simply put, the GMA Science Forum is the go-to source for the latest government and industry intelligence on the regulatory, science policy and health issues that will shape the CPG industry today and for years to come.

    Back By Popular Demand
    What matters to you, matters to us. Join us for the highly rated Idea Exchange, an exclusive setting to dialogue with industry peers about emerging topics in the food, safety, legal and regulatory landscape, while helping to inform GMA's areas of focus. Attendees will be able to engage directly with one another during this session, selecting one of four subject matter areas to attend based on their specific interest.

    Silent Auction
    GMA Science and Education Foundation is holding its first annual Silent Auction at this year’s Science Forum!  All proceeds from the auction will go to support state-of-the-art research, middle food science education and high impact domestic and international training programs for the food, beverage and consumer products industry.  Be sure to stop by the Foundation’s booth April 19-20 during the meeting!

Contact Information

Shannon Cooksey
Vice President, Science Policy and Program Management
(202) 639-5979

Evie Owens
Senior Manager of Operations and Meetings Registrar
(202) 639-5918

Hotel Accommodations and General Information:
Debbie DeJacques
Director, Meeting Services
(202) 639-5904

Jonathan Downey
Senior Director, Member Recruiting and Associate Member Value Creation
(202) 295-3945