IFEAT 2018 Cartagena, Colombia, South America Conference

9th to 13th September 2018, Cartagena

In 2018 the IFEAT Annual Conference will take place in Cartagena, Colombia from 9th to 13th September 2018 and IFEAT is excited to return to South America for the first time since its 2001 Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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I look forward to welcoming you all to our 2018 IFEAT Conference taking place in Cartagena, Colombia, from 9th to 13th September. After 17 years, the IFEAT Conference is finally returning to South America!

Cartagena, overlooking the Caribbean Sea, is the top tourist destination in Colombia, with a charming historic walled city that provides a fascinating insight into the city’s past, and due to its historical heritage, UNESCO declared the city a “World Heritage Site” in 1984. This is all within a five minute taxi journey from the Conference hotels.

The Conference will be held at the Estelar Cartagena de Indias Hotel & Convention Center and the Hyatt Regency Hotel, adjacent properties in the Bocagrande area of Cartagena and located just 10 minutes by taxi from the airport.

The theme for the 2018 Conference is “Las Americas” and it will focus on essential oils and F&F markets in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Mexico and the Amazon. It will also cover legislative and scientific issues. We have an interesting and varied speaker programme and there is more information on speakers who have already confirmed on the website.

The Conference programme will be similar to the past two years, running for two full days of plenary sessions on Monday and Tuesday whilst on Wednesday and Thursday, we will have the IFEAT Trade Exhibition, where delegates will have the opportunity to meet international companies from within the industry. I encourage companies to make their Exhibition Booth bookings as early as possible to avoid disappointment!

Short courses and a workshop on distillation processes are being organised for the Wednesday and Thursday and more information about these will be available on the website when they are finalised.

I would like to thank my colleagues on the IFEAT Cartagena Committee for their great support assisting me to organise this exciting Conference, as well as the Local Organising Committee; Aldemar Castaño, Germán Ronderos and Andres Tolosa. A big thanks also to the Events & Co team and to our IFEAT staff team: Louise, Ronit, Sarah & Tina.

Bienvenidos a Cartagena!

Raúl Amigo

Cartagena Conference Chairman

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About the Conference

The theme for the 2018 Conference is “Las Americas“ and the programme will focus on essential oils, legislative issues, Central & South America, the Caribbean, Mexico and the Amazon.

Companies can book sponsorship and advertising opportunities and reserve exhibition booths as well as individuals being able to register as delegates for the event.

The Venue and Destination

The IFEAT 2018 Conference will take place at the ocean front Hyatt Regency and Estelar Hotels

The City of Cartagena, is known as the “Jewel of Colombia” in South America, and has been described as “One of the Most Beautiful Cities in South America”. Cartagena is a vibrant and exciting city that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Colombia, with its many altitude levels, climates and natural elements is the world’s second most biodiverse country and has 10% of all the flora and fauna in the world, making this region of particular interest to the F&F industry.

Panel Discussions

Once again the IFEAT Conference will have a number of Panel Discussions. More information will be here once we have finalised the Conference programme. Visit the website regularly for updated information.

Courses & Workshops

We are finalising the courses for the 2018 Conference. More information will be available once we have finalised the Conference programme. Visit the website regularly for updated information.

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Pricing &  Registration

Early bird registration is from opening to 21st May, Stage 2 price is from 22nd May to 30th June, Stage 3 price is from 1st July to 15th August when online registration will close. Registration is open to members only until 30th April 2018. Registration is open to all from 1st May 2018. Please note that all all start and end dates are 12.00 midnight UK time.

Register Now!

To join us in September for the IFEAT Conference in Cartagena, click the button to register. We look forward to seeing you!

Click here to read the Terms & Conditions for the Conference. 

Enquiries: conference@ifeat.org

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