Its Important to Stay Involved!! My two favorite organizations are IFT and RCA. There are tons of other organizations, but these two best represent what I do and what I know.
IFT -Institute of Food Technologists (Member since 1992)
“Founded in 1939, the Institute of Food Technologists is a nonprofit scientific society with 22,000 members working in food science, food technology, and related professions in industry, academia, and government. “
Research Chef Association (Member since 2000)
“The Research Chefs Association is the leading professional community for food research and development. Its members are the pioneers of the discipline of Culinology® — the blending of culinary arts and the science of food.”