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Discovery, Research and Utilization of Bioactive Compounds:

Development of Healthy and Functional Food Products


32nd International Conference & EXPO of FFC - 20th International Symposium of ASFFBC

        October 2-4, 2024, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Diego, CA, USA. (In-Person and Virtual/Live Online Event)

We anticipate over 5000 registered attendees, including both in-person and virtual participants, representing more than 125 countries.

FFC's 32nd International Conference

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Years of research has demonstrated the efficacy of the diet rich in functional foods with bioactive compounds in reducing the risk of developing chronic disease. Decreasing the risk of chronic disease can also reduce the risk of viral disease, as those with chronic disease are more vulnerable to contracting and perishing from viral diseases. Considering the impact of the diet on both chronic and viral disease, having a greater understanding the bioactive compounds that produce the beneficial effects of the diet with functional foods can lead to improved health of the global population and decrease vulnerability to disease. Once identified, these bioactive compounds can be used in the development of functional foods for certain conditions, diseases, and their symptoms. 

To facilitate and promote the discussion of how the functional foods and bioactive compounds can be used to reduce the risks of disease, the central theme for the Functional Food Center’s 32nd International Conference will be "Discovery, Research and Utilization of Bioactive Compounds: Development of Healthy and Functional Food Products". 

The conference is organized by Functional Food Center-FFC (Dallas, TX, USA), Functional Food Institute-FFI (San Diego, CA, USA), International Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds (ASFFBC), The Journal of "Functional Foods in Health and Disease" (FFHD), The Journal of "Bioactive Compounds in Health and Disease" (BCHD) and The Journal of Functional Food Science (FFS).

FFC's 32nd Conference will also examine all aspects of SARS CoV-2 infection prevention and management, including non-pharmaceutical interventions.

FFC32 - In-Person, as well as a Virtual Experience (LIVE Online Event): October 2nd - October 4th, 2023. For more than 25 years, the Functional Food Center has provided the functional and healthy food industry with outstanding education, training, exhibits and networking opportunities to a worldwide community of researchers, food scientists, and academics. 

For more details about conference sessions and topics, please visit conference Topics and Sessions page.

Please click the link to watch  YouTube video about the last FFC's conference.

Please click the link to learn more about DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Diego.

Call for Abstracts

Share your research with a global audience through the FFC 32nd International Conference! Abstract Submission Deadline is: April 30th, 2024 5 pm (PST). The entire abstract should have a maximum of 1000 words (including extra information about authors). Please use Times New Roman Font 12 for the entire abstract.

Submit your abstract to be considered for an opportunity to showcase your work along with other leaders from the fields of medicine and food science during this event in a short or regular presentation. You will also have the opportunity to answer audience questions in real-time. 

Short Presentations: 7 minutes

Regular Presentations: 20 Minutes

Special and Keynote Presentations: 25-30 Minutes

Decisions on selection will be promptly communicated to the authors via e-mail. All contributions will be reviewed by organizing committee members, and accepted abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings book. Please email your abstract as an attachment to Please review our sample abstract.  It is mandatory to make a payment within 7-10 days after you receive an abstract acceptance letter. 

Registration Fees and Deadlines

The registration fee will cover the Conference Proceedings book (Abstract book) and a 12-month membership to the Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds. It will provide access to all sessions as  well as free lunches and coffee. Each registration allows the registrant to present up to 3 accepted abstracts maximum. Registration includes access to the entire program and Expo, presentation materials, and networking with expert speakers and organizing committee members.

Cancellation Policy: Before February 28, 2024: 75% refund; before April 30t, 2024: 50% refund; after April 30th, 2024: No refund (but you can transfer your ticket to another co-worker). Reimbursements will be sent after the conference. Notice of cancellation of registration must be received in writing to the Conference Secretariat. All refunds will be provided after the conference within 14 days.

Conference registration fees are in USD . 

Registration Type

January 1st to April 30th, 2024 May 1st to July 30th, 2024 August 1st to September 30th, 2024
Registration Rate: M / N 495.00 */ 595.00** 595.00* / 695.00** 695.00* / 795.00**
Exhibitors *** 695.00  895.00  995.00
Abstract Publication Fee 49.00 99.00

*M: Members of Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds; **N: Nonmembers(N); ***If an exhibitor wants a larger space, they can rent bigger space; ****Conference is offering a 25% reduced registration fee to residents of developing countries; *** 50% discount for virtual participation for Regular Registration Rate

Venue and Accommodations:

Our venue will be located at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Diego, CA, USA.

Don't miss out on the many recreational opportunities, including an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a sauna. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.

Enjoy a meal at the restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's room service (during limited hours). Wrap up your day with a drink at the bar/lounge. Full breakfasts are available daily from 6:30 AM to 11:00 AM for a fee.

Featured amenities include complimentary wired internet access, a 24-hour business center, and dry cleaning/laundry services.  Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.

In the heart of San Diego, DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego Downtown is within a 5-minute drive of USS Midway Museum and San Diego Convention Center. This 4-star hotel is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Petco Park and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Balboa Park, near Port of San Diego and San Diego International Airport (2-3 miles only). 

Special price for registered conference attendees: 209.00 per day. 


  • Abstract Submission - Deadline April 30th, 2024: Late abstract publication fee is $99.00.
  • Full-text papers (full review or research articles) for oral presentations or posters will receive 75% discount for the article publication fee. Please note that the submission of full text papers are mandatory for oral presenters. Please review the author guidlenes before submitting your article. We will chose your article for publication in the following 3 open-access, peer-reviewed journals in accordance to your article content and other parameters: 1. The Journal of "Functional Foods in Health and Disease" (FFHD), is indexed in Scopus and Web of Science. 2. The Journal of "Bioactive Compounds in Health and Disease" (BCHD) is indexed in Scopus. 3. The Journal of Functional Food Science (FFS) will be submitted for Scopus indexing. Full-text paper submission deadline is June 30th, 2024.
  • Power Points for oral presentations should be submitted before September 21st, 2024

Please note that the program and sessions are subject to change. For more information about the conference, please contact us by e-mail at