A new year brings new activities. To better keep in touch with our members and stakeholders, ICC is now also present on facebook. We will continuously use this as a platform to inform about ICC activities but also to present news from our members and news on cereals. We invite our members to share with us related news to reach a broader community.
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The World of Milling will be meeting in Hamburg, Germany, from 20 -21 April 2017. We most warmly invite you to the first Global Miller‘s Symposium “Exchange of knowledge between international wheat millers” 20 – 21 April 2017 in Hamburg, Germany!
This symposium is designed for professionals of the milling industry, scientists, members of ICC and cereal executives. Representatives from all continents will share their knowledge on trends in the global wheat market, flour treatment and fortification as well as new baking applications.
Selected Symposium topics will be:
Market: Risk reduction by hedging
Grain research & quality: The potential of growing wheat in sub-Saharan countries and other regions
Quality determination tools: At-line determination of flour fortificants
The 1st ICC Asia-Pacific Grains Conference (APGC) which is co-organised by ICC - The International Association for Cereal Science and Technology and CCOA - The Chinese Cereals and Oils Association, will take place in Xiamen, a beautiful coastal city in southeast China, May 21-24, 2017.
On the theme "Science and Innovations in Grains: From Asia-Pacific to the World", the 1st ICC APGC is designed to promote scientific and technological knowledge and innovations related to the processing, utilisation, green storage, quality and safety, health and nutrition, and consumer needs of grains, oil seeds, pulses, and foods to help shape their future in the Asia-Pacific region. The conference aims at attracting a diversified audience of researchers, product developers, industry representatives, legislators, and stakeholders from around the world, but especially the Asia-Pacific region.
The Scientific Committee, made up of well-known scientists and experts worldwide, will shape up a rich and interesting program and the APGC will therefore offer an excellent forum and networking opportunity for all disciplines and industrial sectors of grains and oils in the Asia-Pacific region. A rich exhibition of products, machinery and instruments will contribute to giving the participants a comprehensive overview of the state of the art in the field of grains, oils, and foods.
I am honoured to start serving as the new President of ICC for 2017-2018.
Over the last decade, ICC has continued healthy growth and overcoming challenges under the exceptional leadership of the Past Presidents and ICC’s Secretary Generals. I take this chance to thank the previous ICC Presidents, in particular Dr. Fengcheng Wang and Dr. Joel Abecassis who have offered their hard work to serve our Association. Special thanks should go to the Secretary General, Ms. Michaela Pichler, who has made outstanding contributions to the progress of ICC since she has started, and to the fantastic ICC team at the Headquarters in Vienna. I would also like to congratulate Dr. Stefan Wagener from Canada as the incoming ICC President Elect. ICC is looking forward to new accomplishments with this new team in 2017 and beyond.
For the near future in 2017-2018, ICC will continue to focus on the following priority areas to address future challenges effectively
Developing internationally accepted standard methods for grains and grain based products is still one of the primary objectives of the ICC. This will require speeding up the revision of some existing ICC standards and the development of new methods. A number of new working groups are already established. Additional working groups will be initiated soon, in which we will be committed to constituting an efficient international participation. We would like to include the best experts around the world and become more effective in terms of method standardization and validation. We will focus on standards for regional foods, whole grains, alternative grains, and new testing methods for all cereals, pseudo-cereals and pulses.
As a global organization responsible for all aspects of cereal foods, our Association will continue to take an active part in designing and coordinating research projects on cereal-based issues, similar to the highly successful MoniQA and HealthGrain projects. At the same time ICC will attempt to actively link various initiatives of international consortia, the European Commission, and other related bodies to ICC and its members. We wish ICC to strengthen its position as a widely respected leader in food quality, safety and security, as well as technology innovation within the next couple of years.
Whole Grain Summit 2017 “Targeting the future of whole grain”
We would like to draw your attention to the 6th International Whole Grain Summit (WGS 2017) in Vienna, Austria from 13-15 November 2017, organised by Healthgrain Forum and the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology in cooperation with the University of Minnesota! It is the only international conference on whole grains, and will use this global reach to establish networks and define action plans that will stimulate increased consumption of whole grains and other healthy cereal ingredients.
WGS 2017 will be a summit that makes a difference! Not only will WGS 2017 bring together world-renowned experts to present the latest insights into whole grains, there will be carefully prepared cross-disciplinary discussions on how to use these insights to help increase consumption of whole grains, and networks established that will be followed up after WGS 2017 to ensure that the discussions have a meaningful and lasting impact.
Come and be a part of WGS 2017 and play an important role in setting the agenda for whole grains in the future! More details about the topics that will be addressed and sponsorship opportunities underwww.wholegrainsummit.com
With finishing my presidency by now, I would like to thank you all for your help, support, and collaboration during this period with special thanks to all staff at ICC Headquarters who have worked hard to reach out to our members and realizing the Association's aims. Our objectives to develop an association that is represented globally as well as to bring more services to its members have been pursued during the past two years. Several new members have joined our association. We are pleased to welcome the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre as the new ICC country member organization for Australia, three new corporate members: International Industrial Academy, Russian Union of Flour Mills and Cereal Plants, and JSC "Ortus Malgrain" from Russia, one new corporate member Kastenmüller GmbH from Germany, and another new corporate member RBML Food Microbiology Labs from Lebanon. ICC also newly offers individual membership which is open for any natural person wishing to promote and contribute to the aims and activities of the Association.
The past two years were also an opportunity to make the international activities of our organization more visible by seeking to respond ever more to the needs of our members as well as to act as a partner involved in international and EU funded research projects (e.g. iFAAM, MycoSpec, Capsuled, MyNewGut, and MyToolBox). ICC has also contributed to the dissemination of scientific and technical knowledge by organizing international conferences in different regions of the world.....
In the elections for ICC Officials from 3 to 23 November 2016, Dr. Stefan Wagener from The Canadian Grain Commission, Canada received the majority of votes. Dr. Wagener will become ICC President Elect 2017-2018 and succeed Prof. Hamit Köksel from Turkey as ICC President in 2019-2020. Dr. Stefan Wagener has been connected with ICC as ICC National Delegate and member of the Executive Committee. With Dr. Wagener as incoming President ICC will benefit from his international, diplomatic and scientific experience.
To learn more about Dr. Wagener's motivation to serve as ICC's President, please read his election statement:
It is an honor and privilege to be nominated as a candidate for the upcoming ICC President Elect position. With Prof. Hamit Köksel starting his presidency in 2017 and Prof. Fengcheng Wang finishing his presidency this year, the ICC has and will see strong leadership and dedication allowing us as an organization to move forward. The ICC has a solid and effective organizational structure. Thanks to the experience and the dedication of the staff at the office in Vienna and the leadership provided by Michaela Pichler we are also well positioned in assisting the ICC officials and our committees in leading the ICC in the years to come.
Season’s Greetings and our best wishes for the New Year on behalf of all staff at ICC Headquarters in Vienna and all ICC Officials across the globe!
We can look back at another successful year in ICC, thanks to the great collaboration of the global ICC network of members and stakeholders. Thank you for your trust and collaboration in the past year!
• Do you join ICC meetings and events and would like to get discounts on registration? • Would you like to consult with experts in cereal science and technology? • Would you like to get more involved in ICC activities e.g. in the ICC Working Groups? • Do you want to showcase your professional skills to the international cereals community?
If you said yes to any of these questions, then an ICC Membership is the right thing for you! In addition to the ICC Country, Corporate and Institutional Membership, ICC now also offers a new ICC Individual Membership. See all the benefits and the link to online subscription under www.icc.or.at/members.
Join us for the 30th EFFoST International Conference "Targeted Technologies for Sustainable Food Systems" from 28-30 November 2016 in Vienna, Austria!
Sessions to watch out for:
ICC Special Session "Food security and sustainability in the perspective of cereals and grains" The special session endorsed by ICC within the EFFoST Conference will be held on Wednesday, 30 November. ICC Secretary General, Michaela Pichler and the ICC Immediate Past President, Dr. Joel Abecassis (INRA, France) will open this session with a talk on challenges and solutions for future food security and sustainability followed by selected presentations from the submitted abstracts. Visit the conference website for more details www.effostconference.com.
Recent activities and achievements, as well as upcoming events were announced. The luncheon was a unique opportunity to meet new colleagues and get reacquainted with old friends from our global cereal family!
The Editorial, written by Jan Willem van der Kamp, TNO and Joel Abecassis, INRA emphasizes the potential of novel approaches for improving safety, health benefits and sustainability of grain based foods. This issue of Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods includes a set of papers showing a range of novel approaches, that also may contribute to limit wastes and increase food security and sustainability.
ICC members benefit from free subscription to the ICC scientific journal QAS - Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods. Enjoy reading!
The global message for World Food Day 2016 is “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.” According to the FAO, one of the biggest issues related to climate change is food security. The world’s poorest - many of whom are farmers, fishers and pastoralists - are being hit hardest by higher temperatures and an increasing frequency in weather-related disasters.
ICC recognises the importance of food security being one of the great challenges of the 21st century. Together with the network partners of “FOODSECURITY.at“, ICC contributes in making some key topics a subject of discussion. In the event held in German language on 13 October „Mahlzeit - Gibt's auch morgen noch genug zu essen?”, some issues were addressed such as conditions for food security of the future - on a global and regional level; and food losses from the field to the plate.
Get more details in the press kit (German language)
According to its Statutes, ICC is electing every other year a new President Elect who will become the new ICC President after a two years term in this function. It's one of the rights of ICC Country Members to propose a suitable candidate for this function.
In case any ICC Member knows a suitable candidate, please get in contact with your ICC (Deputy) National Delegate(s) who are entitled to submit any nomination until Monday, 3 October 2016.
Furthermore ICC is looking for two new Auditors, who will supervise the management of the association's finances. These functions will become vacant end of 2016 and shall be elected for a four-year term.
Also here please contact your ICC (Deputy) National Delegate(s) in case you are interested or know a suitable candidate.
At the same time ICC Corporate Members are also asked to nominate their Representative 2017-2022 on the Executive Committee and who are entitled to vote in the ICC General Assembly.
The MyNewGut Project (Microbiome influence on energy balance and brain development/function put into action to tackle diet-related diseases and behaviour), investigates how the human gut microbiota and its genome (microbiome) influence diet-related diseases, such as obesity and metabolic syndrome, and behavioural disorders and vice versa. It also aims to identify specific dietary strategies to improve the long-term health of the population. ICC is task leader in WP11 and will be involved in the organisation of targeted public health workshops and will furthermore disseminate the project results (WP12). The MyNewGut consortium has worked on the scientific, technological, dissemination and managerial activities as scheduled for the 30 months reporting period for most of the tasks. Read more about the resulting achievements at www.icc.or.at/projects/mynewgut.
Within a new EU Horizon 2020 initiative, a group of scientists, engineers and IT specialists have teamed up to provide knowledge transfer to farmers and other decision makers in the food and feed chains. 23 partners from 11 countries will work on the shared goal for an integrated (My)ToolBox to reduce mycotoxin contamination along the food and feed chain.
ICC, as responsible for the dissemination of information on the project and its results to a wide audience, successfully launched at the end of June 2016 the new project's website www.mytoolbox.eu as well as the project's social media channel on Twitter. All relevant data as well as results will be published on the website during the duration of the project.
The 15th International Cereal and Bread Congress (ICBC) was organized by ICC - International Association for Cereal Science and Technology – and ICC's national representation in Turkey, Hacettepe University, on 18-21 April 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. The 15th ICBC connected the East and the West in Istanbul, right at the crossroad of different continents and cultures. It was the first International Cereal and Bread Congress organized in Turkey and its neighbouring countries. The congress was endorsed by the major international research institutions CIMMYT, ICARDA and IRRI.
The 15th ICBC attracted a large number of great researchers from various significant institutions despite the recent unfortunate incidents in Turkey and in Europe. We had 440 participants from around 50 countries, addressing researchers, policy makers, regulatory bodies, industries, SMEs, students and professionals. The event was an excellent opportunity for networking, getting up-to-date information and establishing international collaboration.
Distinguished Research Fellow at Rothamsted Research and Professor of Plants and Health at the University of Reading, United Kingdom, for his outstanding research on wheat and other cereal grains, ranging from grain structure and functionality to molecular genetics.
Harald Perten Prize - for outstanding achievements in science, research, teaching or transmission of knowledge, which serve cereal sciences and technology - primarily recognizing practical applications in the areas of starch, gluten and enzymes, was given to:
He has covered areas of gluten, starch and enzymes in his long ambitious list of scientific papers and appearances. Being an active professor in Turkey and worldwide has also lead to extensive transmission of knowledge.
It is a great pleasure to announce that our highly esteemed colleague Eng. Amine Jbeily was officially elected as new ICC Technical Director by the ICC Executive Committee during its meeting in Istanbul on 18 April 2016.
Among all applicants for this position Mr. Jbeily was considered the best choice for leading the Technical Committee as this is a very important representative body for ICC. Dr. Meinolf G. Lindhauer will furtheron share his valuable experience and support Mr. Jbeily and the Technical Committee as Technical Co-Director.
The Book of Proceedings of the 10th AISTEC Conference "Grains for feeding the world", organised by the Italian Association for Cereal Science and Technology (AISTEC) in collaboration with the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC) and held at the University of Milan, 1-3 July 2015, with a theme inspired by the broader EXPO theme, "Feeding the planet, energy for life" was published by AISTEC and is available as a digital version in the ICC Online Store.
The event brought together more than 180 participants from more than 20 countries from 5 continents and provided opportunities for both young and senior scientists and industry representatives for networking and exchanging knowledge about grains and derived products. It also marked the 20th anniversary of AISTEC which happened to be in conjunction with the 60th anniversary of ICC.
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From 21-23 September 2015, the 9th Flour Mill 2015 in Moscow (Russia) took place. ICC was invited to participate this conference, which was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, the Russian Union of Flour Mills and Cereal Plants and the International Industrial Academy.
Executives and experts of national and regional bodies of the flour mills and grain market as well as experts from research & educational institutes and representatives of international companies discussed a wide range of questions, including product quality and safety, market perspectives for grain, flour and cereals, latest technical developments for flour mills and grain producers, innovative tools and methods to implement and control quality management systems, new consumer demands etc.
In the frame of this conference ICC Secretary General, Ms. Michaela Pichler, was able to discuss new cooperation possibilities with the Russian representatives and to strengthen again the Russian engagement in the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology. As a result, the Russian Country Membership is currently again under discussion and the International Industrial Academy, the Russian Union of Flour Mills and Cereal Plants, Kirov's Mill and the Maltcev Alliance Group confirmed their ICC Membership from 2016 onwards.
Based on a number of recent studies, the related questions about the level of evidence and a very strong social media drive, to avoid the consumption of gluten-containing grains, there is an urgent need for well controlled studies. The latter is especially the case since in most published studies the types of grains used and the foods produced from them have been very poorly characterized and described, making many conclusions questionable. Future studies should address the detailed composition of different cereals used, the changes in composition that may occur as a result of food processing (dough making using yeast or sourdough culture, extrusion, time, temperature, etc.) as well as final baking, drying, etc.
The ultimate aim of such an approach is to have a full analytical picture of the actual food that will be supplied to individuals for the study of effects on metabolism, symptoms and well-being. When addressing the in vivo effects of wheat based foods, consumed "as part of a typical daily diet", only a known composition will help to obtain reliable data. The latter is of crucial importance to make evidence based recommendations for future product development in the context of "good food for a healthy life". Here we propose an international project of global importance to the cereal supply chain and food industry.
The HealthGrain Forum Europe, endorsed by ICC and AACC, is seeking for active participation of the cereal foods chain related academic and industrial partners. Read the attached PDF files for more information about the backgrounds and aims of this pre-competitive research project.
DF15 - a really stimulating event – this was the main opinion of the over 250 participants from all over the globe from industry, academia and regulatory bodies.
The 6th International Dietary Fibre Conference (DF15), organised in Paris in Les Salons de l'Aveyron from 1-3 June 2015 by INRA - the French National Institute for Agricultural Research – and ICC – the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology – highlighted in 8 sessions a range of new developments in fibre research, including the role of fibres, in:
modulating the human gut microbiome and its impact on health, going far beyond the old notions of just lactobacilli and bifidobacteria as beneficial species and selected fibres as prebiotics;
influencing cognitive functions and mental well-being, where recent research confirms earlier work on beneficial effects of cereal fibres and where mechanistic insights are emerging;
and reducing constipation - dietary changes towards a higher intake of fibre may result here in considerable health care costs savings (for the UK ~ GBP 125 million per year).
The final Round Table discussion brought up a series of remarks and recommendations:
Fibre is not fibre – the properties and physiological impact of fibres varies widely, even within a single type of fibre, such as pectin. Therefore a full description of the source, composition and further relevant physical and chemical properties of the fibres studied is essential.
Priority for research on fibre, the human microbiome and health – preferably in multi-disciplinary consortia of science and industry
Since 1 January 2015 Ms. Michaela Pichler is the new Secretary General of ICC Headquarters. Michaela Pichler has a degree in Economics from the University of Economics in Vienna and has worked more than 15 years in the Austrian agricultural administration, where - during the last 10 years - she was responsible for the implementation of various international projects mainly in the context of the EU enlargement. From 2012 to 2014 she was working as Resident Twinning Adviser at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development in Pristina, Kosovo where she actively supported the elaboration of the Agricultural and Rural Development Program for 2014-2020. She succeeded Roland Poms, who decided to leave ICC and take on a new professional challenge at the beginning of 2015.
ICC is looking forward to working with Michaela Pichler and thanks Roland Poms for nearly 11 years of serving the Association at the ICC Headquarters in Vienna.