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Scientific Leadership Council

What Is SLC?

The NCA Scientific Leadership Council (SLC) is a preeminent authority on coffee science and caffeine — one of only a few highly respected organizations worldwide devoted to this specialized field.

Comprised of top industry experts, SLC members hold decades of experience in a wide spectrum of disciplines, including:

  • Epidemiology
  • Toxicology
  • Biochemistry
  • Medicine
  • Food safety
  • Quality assurance

As the core of the NCA Scientific Affairs Program, the council’s primary responsibilities include:

  • Follow and analyze emerging scientific developments
  • Alert NCA leadership to any potential consequences for the coffee industry
  • Review new research on coffee and its constituent compounds, including caffeine
  • Advise on regulatory challenges that hinge on their expertise

SLC Members

SLC members review all of the latest research, analyses and opinions from institutions across the world. They rely on resources including their professional networks, the council’s aggregated institutional memory, and the comprehensive NCA-SLC Scientific Database.

The database builds on the online search platform of the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC). It also incorporates input from SLC members, making it an unparalleled resource that supports the NCA Scientific Affairs program and the resulting NCA member benefits.

Accuracy & Advocacy

SLC’s contributions are critical to the coffee industry’s bottom line. Key issues include food safety, environmental exposures, and ingredient and nutritional information.

The NCA relies on SLC’s expertise when responding to regulations emerging from a variety of government and quasi-governmental agencies, including:

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • Health Canada
  • The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • Codex Alimentarius (CODEX), the United Nations’ and World Health Organization’s food safety organization

5 Reasons to Attend the NCA Convention

Here are 5 (of the many) great reasons to attend the NCA 2020 Convention:

1. Networking that's worth your time

One conversation with the right person can change everything.

We've designed our programming for 2020 to ensure that you'll have maximum opportunities to connect with the people you want to meet -- including a networking lunch for everyone, coffee breaks, and nightly social events like our industry happy hour and "Welcome to Texas" kickoff party.

2. Education for the real world

Coffee is complicated -- from market price fluctuation to understanding the latest food science and coffee trends. And, like most things, the best way to learn is to dive in headfirst. This year we've packed our program with dozens of speakers, panels, and educational breakout sessions to help you gain the knowledge and insights that are most relevant to you.

3. Professional development

Developing strong industry leadership is critical for the future of coffee.

Whether you're looking to grow your own career or develop talent within your organization, our Convention provides opportunities to strengthen leadership skills and learn more about the business of coffee - from the Next Generation Council to events where you could meet your next business partner.

4. Industry innovation

Ideas are like coffee - fresh is better.

Find new inspiration to bring back to the office, whether it's from a keynote speaker or exhibitor. Maybe you'll discover the next big thing in coffee - or come up with your own.

5. Get involved

Tap into the (well-caffeinated) energy of the NCA coffee community! Convention offers many opportunities to give back to the industry or local community, make new connections, and discover new ways to collaborate.

Consider signing up for the local Coffee Gives Back day of service, contributing a blog post on your experience, or join the conversation at a breakout session.


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