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2024 International Symposium on the Properties of Water (ISOPOW)

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The Purdue University Department of Food Science, in collaboration with the Departments of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Industrial and Molecular Pharmaceutics, is excited to host the 2024 ISOPOW XV (International Symposium on the Properties of Water) meeting in the Nelson Hall of Food Science and Purdue campus.  Co-organizers of the event also include the University of Minnesota’s Department of Food Science, Neutec Group, Inc., and Novasina. ISOPOW is a standing committee of IUFoST, the International Union of Food Science and Technology.

Dates of the ISOPOW XV event are June 11-13, 2024. This ISOPOW will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the gathering, acknowledging this milestone with contributions from former ISOPOW conference organizers and speakers, as well as focusing on the continued advancement of the understanding and exploitation of the properties of water in food, pharmaceutical, biological, and engineering materials.

The scientific program includes sessions on Day 1 dedicated to honoring the history of ISOPOW as well as the manifold contributions of professor Ted Labuza to the understanding of food materials science, water activity, and reaction kinetics. Day 2 features sessions on water in pharmaceutical materials, as well as water in food, biological, and engineered materials. The gala dinner will be held in a suite overlooking Purdue’s Ross-Ade football stadium. Day 3 features sessions on analytical techniques for water and water activity in complex systems, as well as emerging topics in understanding and exploiting the properties of water.

To enhance the conference experience, attendees are invited to attend a pre-conference social gathering the evening of June 10 and a post-conference tour of Fair Oaks Farms on June 14. Please indicate your interest in these activities when you register for the event.

Registration includes the pre-conference social gathering, as well as all meals and conference activities June 11-13. Standard registration is $500, and student registration is $250.

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Contributed talks & Poster presentations

Attendees are invited to submit abstracts for contributed talks or poster presentations that align with the programmatic session themes. Poster presentations will occur on Tuesday, June 11, 2024. The scientific committee will review and select abstracts on a rolling basis beginning December 1, 2023 and continuing through May 15, 2024. Please submit your abstracts to

When submitting an abstract, please submit a title, author names and affiliations, along with an abstract no longer than 300 words encompassing the purpose of the research/overview of the topic and its importance, principal approaches and results, and major conclusions.

Sponsored Opportunity for Student Poster Presentations at ISOPOW: 

Thank you to our sponsors for supporting student registration and lodging costs for a select number of students to present posters at ISOPOW. Students interested in having their work considered for presentation and sponsorship at ISOPOW XV are encouraged to submit abstracts to in copy to by May 1, 2024. Students should include in the subject line and body of email their interest in being considered for the ISOPOW student sponsorship opportunity. 

Thank you to our sponsors

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sponsorship opportunities

In order to provide an outstanding experience, we are seeking some help in making this event happen. 

There are several ways that you or your company can provide support for the ISOPOW XV Symposium.  Here are some of the opportunities:

Financial Donor Level Benefits:

  • $2,000 – 1 registration for the conference and your name in the program
  • $5,000 – 2 registrations and increased name recognition in the program and on other media at the event
  • $10,000 – 2 registrations and your company’s name featured on all programs, video boards and other materials, as well as space to feature analytical equipment and/or other company booth

Individual Events

  • There are also opportunities to sponsor individual events such as meals, snack breaks, etc.  You can contact us for more information for this level of sponsorship.
  • If you company produces a product that we could feature at a meal or snack time, we could also use product donations for these events!

Student Lodging and Registration

  • If you would like to sponsor a student’s lodging and registration, donations in increments of $500 can help students afford to be a part of the symposium.

If you are interested in any of these sponsorship opportunities, you can contact Mike Caffee,, or Lisa Mauer,, at the Purdue University Department of Food Science.

lodging information

A hotel block has been reserved at the Union Club Hotel on the Purdue University campus, located at 201 North Grant Street, West Lafayette, Indiana 47906. If you are interested in reserving a room in this block at the discounted rate, the deadline to book your reservation is May 15, 2024. We encourage interested individuals to reserve their room soon, as space may fill up quickly. Please use the link below to reserve your room.

ISOPOW Hotel Block

Student lodging: Student lodging will be available in one of the Purdue University dormitories at the following rates:







Single with Private Bath



Program Schedule

DAY 1 (June 11):

Conference opener: ISOPOW President Yrjo Roos will contribute a session on the history of ISOPOW and its contributions over the past 50 years.

Speakers for the session honoring Ted Labuza’s contributions to the field, including the impact of water activity on food shelf life, stability and phase transitions, reaction kinetics:

  1. Job Ubbink, University of Minnesota
  2. Lisa Mauer, Purdue University
  3. Rich Hartel, University of Wisconsin
  4. Pilar Buera, Universidad de Buenos Aires
  5. Hiroshi Nakagawa, Japan Atomic Energy Agency
  6. Mohammad Shafiur Rahman, Sultan Qaboos University
  7. Bhesh Bhandari, University of Queensland
  8. Dominique Champion, L'Institut Agro Dijon - University UBFC Bourgogne Franche Comté
  9. Laurent Forny, Nestlé Product Technology Centre Coffee
  10. Contributed talks & poster session

DAY 2 (June 12):

Water in pharmaceutical systems:

  1. Lynne Taylor, Purdue Industrial and Molecular Pharmaceutics, Amorphous solid dispersions
  2. Susan Reutzel-Edens, SuRE Pharma Consulting, Crystal Hydrates: Predicting structure-stability relationships under real-world conditions
  3. Jeremy M Merritt, Eli Lilly, Disproportionation
  4. Raj Suryanarayanan, University of Minnesota Department of Pharmaceutics 
  5. Karthik Nagapude, Genentech
  6. David Lechuga, Astra Zeneca
  7. Contributed talks & poster session

Water in Food, Biological, and Engineering Materials:

  1. Jose Maria Lagaron, IATA, Valencia, Spain - The Challenges and Counterintuitive Behaviour of Water Vapour Barrier in Plastic and Cellulose Based Food Packaging Materials
  2. Kurt Ristroph, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Purdue University - Spray dried nanoparticle powders exhibit good stability against drug crystallization under humid conditions
  3. Pedro J. Fito-Suñer, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain - Low energy spectrophotometric techniques to determine the interactions of water with biological tissue
  4. Gustavo F. Gutiérrez-López, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico City - Micro and nano-structuring and water control in food systems
  5. Edgar Chavez, Nestle, Orbe, Switzerland - Static agglomeration of food powder mixtures: influence of addition of an "inert" ingredient
  6. Tere Carvajal, Purdue University - Effect of Surface Chemistry and Humidity on Powder Interactions 
  7. Caitlin Proctor, Purdue University
  8. Dan Burnett, Surface Measurement Systems
  9. Contributed talks & poster session

Gala dinner in the Buchanan room at the Ross-Ade football stadium

DAY 3 (June 13):

Analytical techniques for water and water activity in complex systems:

  1. Brady Carter, Novasina, History of water activity testing instrumentation
  2. Brad Marks, Michigan State Univ., Water activity change at elevated temperatures
  3. Michael Lally, Lighthouse Instruments, Headspace analysis of water vapor pressure
  4. Mary Galloway, AquaLab, Developments in moisture sorption isotherm measurement
  5. Leanne Curaro, Neutec Group
  6. Eric Munson, KAS/Purdue Industrial and Molecular Pharmaceutics, NMR water content measurements in biologics
  7. Michael Carstenen, Videometer, Multi-spectral imaging to track moisture migration
  8. Contributed talks & poster session

Emerging topics:

  1. Sandro Mastevic, Cryopreservation of human cells
  2. Gebremedhin Gebremical, University of Bologna
  3. Junior Molina-Hernandez, University of Bologna
  4. Contributed talks & poster session
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