Call for Abstracts

Let your mentors and peers hear from you in Louisville! Showcase your original research on culinary arts, food science or Culinlology® by presenting at the RCA Conference. It’s the ideal time to highlight your expertise, engage key industry influencers and facilitate discussions for collaboration.

The deadline to submit an abstract has passed. If you submitted an abstract, please reference the instructions below. 


View the list of acceptable categories.

In 2019, RCA programming will focus on the following general areas. Abstract submissions and final abstracts should fit into one or more of these categories.

  • Alternative Ingredients
  • Food Waste
  • Functional Ingredients
  • Culinary Cuisines
  • Culinary Technologies
  • Food Science and Culinary Arts in Social Media
  • Food Safety
  • Beverage Development
  • Bakery Development
  • Proteins
  • Snacking
  • TrendsAnimal Welfare
  • Sensory

If further clarification is required regarding program categories, please contact the RCA program committee chair.


Learn more about the presentation formats.

15-Minute Presentation

Presentations will be during RCA Conference breakout sessions and the student abstract session (two times have been dedicated to the abstract sessions). Up to three professional abstracts will be selected to present on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 and a determined number by committee of student abstracts will be selected to present on Friday, March 15, 2019. Each presenter will get 10-15 minutes for their presentation.

9/15/2018 Call for abstracts opens — submission system online
12/7/2018 Deadline to submit abstracts
1/11/2019 Authors selected for presentations will be notified of selection to present; Those abstracts not selected for full presentations may still be published on RCA's website and conference app.


Check out more details on abstract presentations.

Those submitting an abstract should be an RCA Member at the time of submission. RCA appreciates the work, dedication and expertise required to prepare an abstract. RCA does not reimburse those submitting abstracts for travel, hotel or other expenses incurred during the 2019 RCA Conference. Those selected to present their abstract at the 2019 RCA Conference in Louisville, Kentucky will receive a complimentary registration to the conference, but this will not include travel, hotel or other expenses incurred during the conference.


Explore the guidelines.

Submission Deadline: December 7, 2018

Abstract submissions must be submitted to RCA Headquarters, no later than 11:59 p.m. Central Daylight time, December 7, 2018. Initial submission for the abstract should be no more than 3,500 keystrokes (includes spaces, punctuation and characters).

Full name, institution/company, address, postal/zip code, city, state, country, telephone and email of the presenting author is required. Title and body of the abstract are included in the 3,500 keystroke limit, but authors information is not included.

Abstracts should contain an objective statement, materials and methods, results with statistical interpretation, a conclusion statement, and references. (References are not included in the 3,500 keystroke limit.)

Acceptance/Rejection date: January 11, 2019

Authors will be notified of their selection to present their abstract at the 2019 RCA Conference.


Review the selection criteria.

RCA reserves the right to select or reject abstracts submitted for review to the RCA Programming Committee based on quality factors including, but not limited merit and relevancy to culinary arts, food science and Culinology®.


Read more about the review and acceptance process.

Abstracts will be peer-reviewed by members of the RCA Programming Committee. Possible reasons for abstract rejection:

  • Information has previously been published or presented and is not new
  • Information and Methodology is not appropriate or informative
  • The information is incomplete and appears to be ongoing
  • Information is to promote commercial products, not science, as the primary goal
  • Do not follow the format instructions
  • Numerous language errors
  • Topic not relevant to RCA members


See how to retract your abstract.

If your plans change and you are no longer able to attend the RCA Conference please notify the headquarters team as soon as possible. If you wish to withdrawal you abstract from the Conference agenda you must submit your request in writing to by February 1, 2019 to avoid publication.