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2016-12-19:

Dear Colleagues, Dear Members, Dear Friends:

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.....(15th ICC Cereal and Bread Congress in Istanbul Turkey, 3rd ICC Latin American Cereal Conference in Curitiba Brazil, ICC/AISTEC Conference "Grains for Feeding the World" in Milan Italy, 6th International Dietary Fiber Conference in Paris France, 9th International Symposium of Food Science in Shenyang China, and 30th EFFoST International Conference in Vienna Austria). On 31 March 2015, we held the 60th Anniversary of ICC on the occasion of the 3rd ICC Latin American Cereal Conference in Curitiba Brazil. It is a great pleasure that so many ICC Members including six ICC Past Presidents attended the celebration with us where the ICC 60 Years Brochure was published and distributed. Moreover, ICC has offered new membership services with increased benefits and involvement such as an improved free online access to QAS Journal, a free online access to ICC Standards and Regulatory Updates for Country Members, National Delegates and Deputies, and having greater named person representation involved in ICC activities and working groups. The ICC website has been updated and the ICC online store is extended with all electronic and printed publications available.

This period was also marked by an in-depth reflection within ICC to better share our vision for the future and to better involve every member of ICC in both strategic activities and dissemination. The missions of ICC Governing Committee and Executive Committee as well as the ICC Statutes and By-Laws have been revised in order to improve efficiency of our organization by providing a clear and easy to follow structure. To strengthen the ICC standardization work, the ICC Technical Committee, an important representative body for ICC, was also restructured with a wide range of expert representatives of the various ICC members. Eng. Amine Jbeily was elected as new Technical Director and the former Technical Director, Dr. Meinolf Lindhauer continues to share his valuable experience and support Amine and the new Technical Committee as Technical Co-Director. We highly appreciate Dr. Lindhauer’s contribution to leading ICC standardization for more than 10 years and they have been ready to lead the new Technical Committee working better on developing and updating cereal related standard methods. Other projects have been initiated in the form of working groups (Membership and benefits, Conference models, Trainings and workshops, Standardization and validation, and ICC-AACCI collaboration, etc.).

All this work would not have been possible without the help of the whole ICC team and the wise advice of the Governing Committee members. It was a pleasure working with all of them forming a friendly and efficient team. It is also time to thank Michaela Pichler who ensured her mission as a new Secretary General of ICC having worked with us since January 2015.

As my role will move to that of Immediate Past President I would like to wish my successor Dr. Hamit Köksel from Turkey to succeed in finalizing all these projects. I would also like to congratulate Dr. Stefan Wagener from Canadian Grain Commission, Canada as incoming ICC President Elect. The new period ahead will see the arrival of new Presidents. I assure them both of my personal support for the coming years and I express my best wishes for them to lead ICC closer to our goals and to satisfy the Association's expectations.

On behalf of ICC, I would like to wish you a blessed holiday season and a successful new year!

Fengcheng Wang,

Henan University of Technology
Zhengzhou, Henan, China
December 2016

 
2016-12-19:

 

The 1st ICC Asia-Pacific Grains Conference (APGC) which was co-organised by ICC - The International Association for Cereal Science and Technology and CCOA - The Chinese Cereals and Oils Association,  took place in Xiamen, a beautiful coastal city in southeast China, May 21-24, 2017 and attracted over 500 participants. Thank you to all speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and participants for making this event premiere such a success!

ICC members benefited from discounted registration rates! Several attractive Sponsorship packages were offered to ensure an effective showcasing to an international audience as well as stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific-Region.

On the theme "Science and Innovations in Grains: From Asia-Pacific to the World" Some of the interdisciplinary plenary speech topics were:

  • Main Challenges for a Sustainable Cereal Sector
  • New pathways for healthy food innovation and their support by regulations
  • The industry of edible vegetable oils in China: Current development and future trends
  • Food Security Strategy in China: Towards 2030
  • The Role of Grain Storage in Global Food Security
  • The Development of Food Industry and Application of Information Technology in China
  • The meaning of development of grain industry and whole grain foods to the structural reforms on the grains supply side

The 1st ICC APGC was 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 aimed at attracting a diversified audience of researchers, product developers, industry representatives, legislators, and stakeholders from around the world, but especially the Asia-Pacific region. 

 
2016-12-14:

Stefan Wagener

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:

Dear Colleagues,

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.

Now, internationally the ICC will be challenged to find answers to some of the most pressing questions related to food security, impact of climate change on grains and grain production, future grain quality and research needs, and overall consumer demands for safer and healthier foods. While these issues will be with us for the decades to come they also provide a tremendous opportunity for the ICC to develop more and stronger national and international partnerships, leverage our members experience and expertise for new and enhanced services, research and innovation, and provide even more value to our stakeholders.

Being part of the ICC leadership, it is my desire to work with the ICC team to engage new and old national and international partners in seeking new opportunities for the ICC to grow our organization and our membership especially in Africa, Asia and South America. In addition, leveraging my extensive international experience, my focus will be on helping the ICC become an even stronger partner with international standard setting groups, UN based organizations and regulatory entities around the world. To have the ICC being able to offer more value to our members, we will be looking at key additional services related to accredited training, workshops and specific grain research opportunities that address our member’s needs and help them being better positioned to address the national and international challenges we will face as individuals and as an organization. The future is bright for the ICC. Let’s make it happen together!

Stefan Wagener

We congratulate Dr. Stefan Wagener to his election as ICC President Elect 2017-2018 and we wish him success in his service to the Association, its members and the world of cereals beyond.

 
2016-12-14:

 

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!

Read some highlights in 2016

On behalf of ICC - International Association for Cereal Science and Technology I would like to wish you a Happy Holiday Season and a Successful New Year!

Michaela Pichler
ICC Secretary General | CEO

PS: Please mind that ICC Headquarters will be closed between 24 December 2016 and 6 January 2017.

Some highlights in 2016 were......

  • the successful organisation of the renowned ICC event, the 15th ICC International Cereal and Bread Congress (ICBC) 2016 in Istanbul/Turkey as well as the co-organisation and endorsement of numerous other international conferences and meetings around the globe (e.g. ICC Special Session at the 30th EFFoST International Conference, Vienna/Austria; 9th International Symposium of Food Science, Shenyang/China; 4th ISEKI_Food Conference, Vienna/Austria)
  • the establishment of the new ICC Individual Membership opening the network to individual cereal scientists and technologists worldwide
  • the expansion of the ICC network through new collaboration with other international organisations and associations.
  • the promotion through social communication channels - ICC is also available at LinkedIn and also soon on Facebook
  • the involvement in several EU funded international research projects.

We are looking forward to providing ever improving services to the cereals and food science and technology communities and we hope for your continuous trust also in 2017 and beyond!

2017 will offer several opportunities to meet ICC and colleagues from around the world and we look forward to meeting you at the ICC events – stay tuned under www.icc.or.at or ICC LinkedIn.

 

 

 

 

 
2016-12-13:

• 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.

Sign up today and join the ICC family!

 
2016-11-24:

Thanks to the speakers and participants for contributing to this successful event with around 300 participants from 54 countries!

The World of Milling met in Hamburg, Germany, from 20 -21 April 2017 at the first Global Miller‘s Symposium “Exchange of knowledge between international wheat millers”!

This symposium was designed for professionals of the milling industry, scientists, members of ICC and cereal executives. Representatives from all continents shared their knowledge on trends in the global wheat market, flour treatment and fortification as well as new baking applications.

Selected Symposium topics were:

  • 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
  • Health & fortification: Does wheat make you sick?
  • Culture, cultivation, climate & collection: Cultivated wheat – wheat culture
  • Flour quality, processing & improvement: Lipase-treated wheat lipids and their effects in bread-making
  • Coping with the ban of azodicarbonamide
  • Improvement of pasta flour

Find more programme and event details at www.global-millers-symposium.com.

Get some impressions from this event at www.facebook.com/ICCcereals/ !

 
2016-10-17:

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 under www.wholegrainsummit.com

 
2016-10-13:

The Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods Volume: 9, Number: 2 (2017) is now available!

The issue 2 of volume 9 contains 13 articles. You can access the articles and check the full list of content through the Table of Contents.

ICC members benefit from free subscription to the ICC scientific journal QAS - Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods. Enjoy reading!

 
2016-10-12:

 

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)

 
2016-10-10:

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.

EFFoST Bilateral Networking Forum, Tuesday, 29 November. This event offers a networking opportunity to industry and science professionals active in the Food Sector who are looking for potential collaboration partners in Europe and beyond. For more details go to www.b2match.eu/effostnetworking2016.

Register here to secure your place at the 30th EFFoST International Conference.

 
2016-09-14:

It was a pleasure to see you at the ICC Luncheon!

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!

Details and the agenda are available at www.icc.or.at/events/icc_luncheon_2016.

We are looking forward to seeing you again in 2017!

 
2016-09-08:

Our ICC Headquarters assistant Sabine Gratzer celebrated on 2nd September 2016 her 20th work anniversary at ICC. We would like to thank Sabine for her long-standing loyalty and are looking forward to having her in our team many more years!

 

 
2016-09-05:

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.

 
2016-09-05:

The countdown to the 4th International Symposium on Gluten-Free Cereal Products from 18th - 19th October 2016 in Cork/Ireland is running.

Excellent speakers will cover in only two days main scientific topics in the area as they are:

  • Gluten Intolerances and Epidemiology
  • Detection of Food Allergens
  • Gluten-free market and trends
  • Gluten-free Raw Materials and functional ingredients, like hydrocolloids, starched, proteins
  • Gluten-free Cereal Products (bread, biscuits, pasta, beer)

Plenary session's talks will be given by internationally recognised scientists:

  • Prof. Elke Arendt, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
  • Prof. Peter Köhler, German Research Centre for Food Chemistry / Leibniz Institute, Germany
  • Prof. Fred Brouns, Maastrich University, The Netherlands
  • Prof. Sven-Erik Jacobsen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Prof. Jan Delcour, KU Leuven, Belgium

Get all the details at the CONFERENCE WEBSITE at www.glutenfreesymposium2016.com.

 
2016-08-22:

MyNewGut

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.

 
2016-07-07:

MyToolBox

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.

 
2016-06-21:

Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods (QAS)

The issue 3 of volume 8 contains 17 articles. You can check the full list of content here: Table of Contents.

ICC members benefit from free subscription to the ICC scientific journal QAS - Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods. Enjoy reading!

QAS is the international peer-reviewed journal publishing research and review papers associated with the quality and safety of crops. It provides a forum for all those working in the specialist field of food quality and safety to report on the progress and outcomes of their research. It targets plant-based primary raw materials, their harvesting, storage and conversion to human foods. There is a strong focus on the development and application of new analytical tools and their potential for quality assessment, assurance, control and safety. Because crop and food production is complex and new issues emerge on a regular basis, QAS has a scope which embraces many aspects related to food quality. In addition to analytical techniques, food manufacture must also embrace socio-economic impacts, regulation and legal requirements, food security and sustainability. The quality and safety of food is multi-disciplinary with many global issues and it is these that QAS seeks to address.

 
2016-05-31:

We are pleased to announce that ICC will co-organise a special session on "Food security and sustainability in the perspective of cereals and grains" during the 30th EFFoST International Conference, 28-30 November 2016 in Vienna, Austria. You are invited to submit your abstracts by using the online abstract submission system. The deadline for abstract submissions is 3 June 2016.

For more details about the conference read here.

 
2016-05-04:

ICBC 2016

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.

Around 150 oral presentations and more than 200 poster presentations covered the main scientific topics of the conference as they were:

  • Cereals and cereal product quality evaluation/quality management
  • Cereal processing technologies
  • Bread and other cereal foods
  • Nutrition and health
  • Food safety and security
  • Research on genetics, breeding and agronomy to enhance global cereal production and quality
  • Storage and packaging
  • Food legumes
  • Sugar, chocolate and confectionery products

Plenary session's talks were given by internationally recognized scientists:

  • Hans-Joachim BRAUN - CIMMYT - 100 years of Global Wheat Food Security: From Norman Borlaug to 2050
  • Peter SHEWRY - Challenges for Improving Wheat Grain Quality
  • Jan DELCOUR - Our Daily Bread: An Exciting and Socially Relevant Research Object

The congress received a lot of support from a number of individuals and institutions. The Organizers of the 15th ICBC wish to thank all speakers and poster presenters for their valuable contribution to the Congress. They also wish to thank all sponsors and exhibitors for their highly appreciated support and for helping to make 15th ICBC such a successful event! They would also like to thank the scientific, organizing and advisory committees for their contribution and finally yet importantly, the Organizers would like to thank Dr. Kadir Topbaş, the Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, and his team who supported us throughout each and every stage of this organization. It was a great pleasure to host the 15th ICBC in Istanbul!

Finally, ICC would like to take the opportunity and announce that the 16th International Cereal and Bread Congress will be co-organized by the Lincoln University in spring 2020 in Christchurch, New Zealand.

For more information on the 15th ICBC, pictures and the presentations, please visit the congress web site at www.icbc2016.org.

Hamit KÖKSEL
Chair of 15th ICBC
ICC President Elect

 
2016-05-03:

The following awards were announced at the conference:

Clyde H. Bailey Medal - the most prestigious ICC Award, for outstanding achievements in the service of cereal science and technology, granted once per four years, was given to:

Peter ShewryProf. Dr. Peter R. Shewry, Rothamsted Research, UK

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.

See more details in his short biography.

 

Fellowship of the ICC Academy - for those who have made significant contributions to cereal science and the aims and objectives of the ICC was given to:

Elke ArendtProf. Dr. Elke Arendt, University College of Cork, Ireland

For outstanding activities in cereal related food and health research, notably in the area of gluten free foods and beverages.

See more details at www.ucc.ie/en/cerealscience.

 

Matthew MorellDr. Matthew Morell, International Rice Research Institute, Philippiness

for outstanding activities in cereal biochemistry and genetics research and research management

See more details at irri.org/about-us/our-people/management/matthew-morell.

 

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:

Hamit KökselProf. Dr. Hamit Köksel, Hacettepe University, Turkey

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.

See more details in his short biography.

 

 
2016-05-03:

Amine Jbeily

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 newly established Technical Committee with currently 32 members from more than 20 countries is responsible for the elaboration and verification of proposed standards and other technical documents of the Association to the Executive Committee for revision, approval and submission to the General Assembly.

 “To sustain future human population, more food will have to be produced over the next 50 years than the past 10,000 years combined”… Cereals and cereal products being the base of healthy nutrition, puts tremendous pressure and responsibilities on organizations worldwide not only to produce more, but also to improve on quality and safety.

 ICC, being an internationally recognized key player, will continue to fulfill the role of an information beacon for cereal scientist and technologist. For me, as the newly elected Technical Director, it is both an honor and a privilege to be able to technically contribute to ICC’s activities in “Knowledge dissemination, research projects and the development of future standards and standard methods” that will definitely help researchers, food authorities and decision makers to produce and monitor the quality and safety of our “Bread” from “Farm to Fork”.

Being Head of an accredited reference laboratory in my home institute IRI-Lebanon for the past 16 years, helped me develop a combined experience in agriculture, food and cereal science, food quality and safety, auditing, which hopefully will come in handy while fulfilling my duties with ICC. Nevertheless the active participation of country, corporate and institutional members is a key component to the success of all current and future projects.

I look forward to working with the experts of the Technical Committee and available together with the ICC Headquarters for any questions and suggestions.

Eng. Amine Jbeiley

ICC Technical Director

 
2016-05-03:

We are pleased to announce that ICC will co-organise a special session on "Food security and sustainability in the perspective of cereals and grains" during the 30th EFFoST International Conference, 28-30 November 2016 in Vienna, Austria. You are invited to submit your abstracts by using the online abstract submission system. The deadline for submissions is 20 May 2016.

For more details about the conference read here.

 
2016-04-14:

Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods (QAS)

The issue 2 of volume 8 contains 15 articles (among which 2 Open Access articles). You can check the full list of content here: Table of Contents.

ICC members benefit from free subscription to the ICC scientific journal QAS - Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods. Enjoy reading!

QAS is the international peer-reviewed journal publishing research and review papers associated with the quality and safety of crops. It provides a forum for all those working in the specialist field of food quality and safety to report on the progress and outcomes of their research. It targets plant-based primary raw materials, their harvesting, storage and conversion to human foods. There is a strong focus on the development and application of new analytical tools and their potential for quality assessment, assurance, control and safety. Because crop and food production is complex and new issues emerge on a regular basis, QAS has a scope which embraces many aspects related to food quality. In addition to analytical techniques, food manufacture must also embrace socio-economic impacts, regulation and legal requirements, food security and sustainability. The quality and safety of food is multi-disciplinary with many global issues and it is these that QAS seeks to address.

 
2016-03-30:

MyToolBox

Scientists leverage smart technology to support farmers and improve food safety: globally every year there are several billion Euro losses to cereals and other crops through fungal infection, which also causes harm to human health from toxins (mycotoxins) produced by these moulds. Click to view larger imageIn a new initiative that is being funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Programme, 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. Using smart technology available on phones and tablets, decision-making tools will be made available to the agricultural and food communities to guide them in taking the most cost-effective actions to minimise fungal infection and mycotoxin formation. Advice will be given in real-time and customised to the individual situation taking into account numerous factors including climatic conditions as a means of forecasting potential fungal infection.

ICC will be responsible for the dissemination of information on the project and its results to a wide audience.

The co-ordinator of the project, Professor Rudolf Krska from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna, who launched the project on 8 March 2016 said "This exciting MyToolBox Project has the potential to save tens of millions of Euros per annum in reduced crop losses, as well as achieve reductions in dietary exposure to mycotoxins, which is immeasurable in terms of benefits to human health".

Of the 23 partners from 11 countries including China, there is a strong industry presence reflecting the practical significance of this project. Dr. Michele Suman from Barilla, a world leading manufacturer of pasta in Parma (Italy) and a member of the MyToolBox team said "This project could make a real difference to the cereal processing industry with the potential to reduce losses of wheat and maize during milling and produced safer products with lower levels of mycotoxins reducing human exposure".

At the kick-off meeting held on March 8th and 9th in Tulln representatives from the European Commission, FAO, EFSA and food and feed industry groups were present as advisors, indicating the importance attached to the success of MyToolBox.

"MyToolBox is a leading scientific endeavor linking European experts with their Chinese counterparts and reaching out to the rest of the World" commented Prof. Samuel Godefroy from University Laval, Québec, Canada, one of the members of the international expert advisory board of the project, former Vice Chair of the FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission and current senior food regulatory advisor to China's National Centre of Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA). He added: "The applied nature of the project and its outreach will no doubt lead to not only enhancing food safety and consumer protection in the EU and in China, but will also foster trade of safe food and agrifood commodities worldwide".

Further information:

Prof. Rudolf Krska
rudolf [dot] krskaatboku [dot] ac [dot] at
Phone: +43 676 83280402

 
2016-03-18:

ICBC 2016

The countdown to the 15th International Cereal and Bread Congress (ICBC) from 18-21 April 2016 in Istanbul is running. ICC - the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology and ICC's national representation in Turkey, Hacettepe University, who is acting as main organiser of this congress, are looking forward to welcoming you together with more than 400 delegates from around 40 countries from all continents at Military Museum and Culture Site, one of the most popular and secure venues for hosting conferences in Istanbul.

Excellent speakers and outstanding contributions in the areas of storage, marketing and development of innovative cereal products meeting consumers' needs (added values in convenience, taste, nutrition and health, safety and security), exploiting new raw materials/ingredients and new technologies, producing functional foods in the legal framework, and alternative uses of cereals are waiting for you at the ICBC. Please check the PROGRAMME for any further details at www.icbc2016.org/en/#draft-scientific-programme.

Two pre-conference workshops on Monday morning are completing the official programme. See their detailed programme and sign up for any of them as soon as possible since places are limited. Both workshops are free of charge.

  • 18 April 2016, 09:00-12:00: Measurement of Polysaccharides and Enzymes in Cereal Grains and Cereal-based Foods; organized by Megazyme
  • 18 April 2016, 09:00-12:00: Frozen Dough (Frodo) - Processing and ingredients; organized by DSM

All congress participants are invited to the WELCOME RECEPTION on Monday, 18 April. This event will be free of charge and will give a great opportunity to all researchers and manufacturers, policy makers and representatives from regulatory bodies, representatives from industry and SMEs in the areas of food production, grain/crop breeding and growing, storage, milling, baking and food processing as well as students and professionals for networking at the crossroad of different continents and cultures!

On Wednesday, 20 April we would like to offer you a Gala Dinner which will be on a cruise through Bosphorus, where you are going to have an enjoyable dinner with music at an elegant atmosphere. In the meantime you will have the opportunity to see the breath taking panoramic view of Istanbul on both European and Asian sides. Please register for this event at www.icbc2016.org/en/#social-activities.

Several attractive sponsorship options are offered, some of which have table top exhibition included in the fee. Sponsoring the 15th ICBC is an effective way to reach the world's scientists, students, and technicians of the Cereal Community. Use this opportunity to showcase your brand name and effectively build product awareness worldwide. You want to BECOME A SPONSOR and support the 15th ICBC? Be quick since there are only few chances left! Please find all details at www.icbc2016.org/en/#sponsorship-opportunities.

Your safety is our priority! The congress organizers are aware of recent terrorist attacks and threats from international and indigenous groups, and will do all in their power to provide you a secure conference environment. We closely work together with the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and other local Turkish Authorities to guarantee the highest security for our participants. It is recommended that participants follow some safety rules which will be indicated on the congress website after getting latest information from the officials.

Please note that ONLINE REGISTRATION is open till 10 April 2016 through the congress website at www.icbc2016.org/en/#registration-fees after having registered for an account.

Should you need any further information please check the conference website www.icbc2016.org or get in contact with the congress secretariat at infoaticbc2016 [dot] org.

We look forward to welcoming you in Istanbul at the 15th ICBC!

Dr. Hamit Köksel
Chair of the 15th ICBC
ICC President Elect
Hacettepe University, Food Engineering Department

Mag. Michaela Pichler
ICC Secretary General

 
2016-02-10:

With deep sorrow and regret the ICC family has learnt that Dr. Dorian Weipert passed away on 16 January 2016. Dr. Weipert was working at the Institute for Grain, Potato and Starch Technology of the former Federal Centre for Cereal, Potato and Lipid Research and its predecessor institutions in Detmold, Germany (now Max Rubner-Institute) for more than 31 years.

Dr. Weipert was well known within the ICC family. In the past he actively collaborated with the former ICC Working Groups "Determination of Essential Elements" (as Chair) and "Physical Dough Testing" respectively. Among other awards, Dr. Weipert received from ICC the Harald Perten Prize in 1995 for his outstanding achievements in science and research.

With his passing the professional world has lost a broad experienced personality of high renown. Dr. Weipert will be greatly missed by everybody who knew him. His memory will stay in ICC forever.

Please read the full obituary, written by Dr. Meinolf Lindhauer (in German).

 
2016-02-02:

ICC invites expressions of interest from its member organisations to co-organise the 1st Asia Pacific ICC Conference (APAC-ICC) with ICC to be held in 2017.

The conference shall promote the scientific and technological knowledge related to the production, processing (incl. milling) and consumption of cereals, grains and food addressing issues that contribute to improved food safety, food security and food quality with focus on the Asia Pacific Region.

Applications are open to ICC Member Organisations that are in good financial standing (no open membership fee). Organisations interested in co-organising the 1st APAC-ICC Conference in 2017 are invited to submit their application in writing addressed to the ICC General Secretary, Michaela Pichler by e-mail to officeaticc [dot] or [dot] at the latest by 31 March 2016.

Read more for conference details and how to express your interest in the attached PDF document.

 
2016-02-02:

The 4th International ISEKI_Food Conference (www.isekiconferences.com/vienna2016), where up to 300 participants are expected, will take place in Vienna, Austria, from 6 - 8 July 2016 at the University of Natural Life Sciences (BOKU).

Some of the invited speakers (in alphabetical order) have already confirmed: Hugo de Vries (Joint Research Centre IATE of INRA, CIRAD), Jan de Vries (nutrition solutions), Marc Dryer (Nestle), Martin Hablesreiter (honey&bunny productions), Henry Jäger (BOKU), Francesco Marra (University of Salerno), Karl-Heinz Wagner (Austrian Nutrition Society), ...

Abstracts are welcome to the following topics:

  • Education and Training in the Food sector: trends and developments
  • Food Technology: process innovation, novel food functionalities and virtualization in food engineering
  • Food Quality and Safety: new developments
  • Food by-products: reduction and utilisation
  • Nutrition: trends and impact of food technology
  • Responsible Research and Innovation: challenges and practices in the food supply chain

Please note the deadline for abstract submission: 28 February 2016. Several sponsored awards for best contributions will be available.

For more information please visit the conference website www.isekiconferences.com/vienna2016.

 
2016-01-28:

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.

The Conference offered participants an outstanding scientific program with 8 scientific sessions and 42 speeches by speakers from all corners of the globe and 138 posters. The scientific sessions drew participants' attention to specific important issues, such as whole grains, gluten-free products, fortification of bakery products, health effects of innovative cereal products, crop and product safety, as well as methods of analysis, regulatory and labelling matters, consumer acceptance, etc. In general, the event indicated that significant progress has been made to guarantee crop sustainability, develop tools to forecast yields and quality, as well as new technologies for producing healthy and safe grain products.

The volume collects 77 papers that have been presented as oral communications or posters at the ICC/AISTEC Conference in Milan and have been reviewed for publication by the Conference Editorial Board.

 
2016-01-12:

ICC is currently looking for a motivated candidate to fill the position as Project- and Event Manager at its headquarters in Vienna, Austria.

The candidate shall be responsible among others for

  • Project management incl. planning, communication, controlling, documentation, reporting etc. regarding running research projects
  • Event management incl. planning, organising, implementing, controlling and evaluation of international conferences, symposia and workshops
  • Support the communication and promotion of research results through websites, social media and other channels

Read full job offer ...

 
2016-01-11:

Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods (QAS)

With the start of the New Year comes the start of another volume of Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods, the official journal of the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC). Most of you will be familiar with the history of QAS. Some recent changes are worthy of note. The first is that Roland Poms stepped down as Co-editor in Chief during 2015 as he left ICC to pursue other business interests. Roland played a key role in getting the journal started, established and in the change of publisher to Wageningen Academic Publishers. All of us on the Editorial team of QAS wish to thank him for his hard work with QAS over the years. Roland is not entirely lost to QAS as he remains on the Editorial Board and as Secretary General of MoniQA (who has also supported QAS since its birth).

The composition of the Editorial Board of QAS has also undergone a number of changes as some initial members stood down and some new ones joined. I have been joined by Dr Pierre Gelinas, Dr Hamit Köksel and Dr Martin Rose as Associate Editors to provide much needed support as submissions to QAS and its stature continues to grow. We also took the opportunity to more closely refine the scope of QAS and give clearer guidance to contributors.

All of you reading this news item can play a role in ensuring the continued success of QAS. Many of you already have offered and had published submissions, or acted as much needed reviewers of the many submissions we receive.

As authors, reviewers and readers of QAS your support is invaluable. If you do not have access to QAS on a regular basis, then you should seek to do that by encouraging the library of your institute or organisation to take out a subscription. I know that library budgets are always restricted but we would like to ensure that the valuable research subject matter in QAS reaches as wide an audience as possible.

Subscription to QAS is possible either on an institutional (campus) basis or on a personal basis and follow the calendar year. If you are interested in subscribing to QAS, you can sign up online. You can download a recent Open Access article at www.wageningenacademic.com/doi/10.3920/QAS2014.0568.

For would-be authors we know that Impact Factors have great meaning and we are pleased that for QAS we are approaching an Impact Factor of 1. The QAS Editorial team is constantly looking at ways to improve the Impact Factor and you will hear more about that later in 2016. Finally for all authors I encourage you to include references where appropriate, in all of your submissions to all journals, as even this small step helps the future development of QAS. Finally I would like to take this opportunity to wish you academic and publishing success in 2016.

Stanley P. Cauvain
Editor-in-Chief QAS; Honorary President of ICC; Fellow of the ICC Academy

 
2015-12-16:

On behalf of all staff at ICC Headquarters in Vienna and all ICC Officials around the globe I would like to thank you for your trust and collaboration in the past year.

We can look back at another successful year in ICC, thanks to the great collaboration of the global ICC network of members and stakeholders.

Some highlights in 2015 were:

  • the successful organisation of the three major conferences: the 3rd ICC Latin America Cereal Conference (LACC3) in Curitiba/Brazil, which has also been ICC's 60th Anniversary Conference; the 6th International Dietary Fibre Conference 2015 (DF15) with INRA in Paris/France; and the Joint ICC/AISTEC Conference at the World Expo 2015 "Grains for feeding the world" in Milan/Italy.
  • the co-organisation and endorsement of numerous other international conferences and meetings around the globe (e.g. the 2nd International Symposium of Food Science and Human Wellness in Zhuzhou, Hunan/China; the Flour Mill 2015 in Moscow/Russia; the International Rice Conference in Pingtung/Taiwan; and the Flour-Bread '15 in Osijek/Croatia).
  • the extension of the ICC Online Store where now all electronic and printed publications are available.
  • the implementation and finalisation of several EU funded research projects with ICC involvement.
  • the reorganisation of the existing ICC Technical Committee resulting in a new TC ready to start its work beginning of 2016.
  • the development of new communication channels - ICC is now also available at LinkedIn and also soon on Facebook.
  • the acquisition of new ICC Members.

We are looking forward to providing ever improving services to the cereals and food science and technology communities and we hope for your continuous trust also in 2016 and beyond!

On behalf of ICC - International Association for Cereal Science and Technology I would like to wish you a Happy Holiday Season and a Successful New Year!

2016 will offer several opportunities to meet ICC and colleagues from around the globe and we hope to see you at one or the other ICC supported meeting, e.g. 18-21 April 2016 at the 15th International Cereal and Bread Congress (ICBC) 2016 (www.icbc2016.org).

Michaela Pichler
ICC Secretary General

PS: Please mind that ICC Headquarters will be closed between 24 December 2015 and 6 January 2016.

 
2015-12-14:

ICC is currently reinforcing its staff at the Vienna based Headquarters. We are looking for a motivated part time IT Assistant and Drupal Expert. The new team member should assist ICC's IT manager in porting websites from Drupal 6 to 7 and creating new sites in Drupal 7, as well as in other IT related tasks such as maintenance of Linux servers and the internal network.

Read full job offer ...

 
2015-12-14:

With deep sorrow and regret the ICC family has learnt that Dr. Werner Schäfer passed away on 1st December 2015. With his passing the German as well as the international cereal science have lost an impressive and extraordinary personality. Dr. Schäfer was ICC Deputy National Delegate of (West-) Germany over many years and it goes without saying that he was involved in the founding of the Association in 1955 in Hamburg, Germany. Also, he was leader of the ICC Working Group "Besatz". During the ICC Jubilee Conference 1995 Dr. Schäfer was awarded the Friedrich Schweitzer Medal for his distinguished service in the furtherance of the aims and ideals of ICC. Dr. Schäfer will be greatly missed by everybody who knew him. His memory will stay in ICC forever.

Please read the full obituary, written by Dr. Meinolf Lindhauer (in German).

 
2015-12-02:

ICC has recently extended the ICC Online Store! You can now not only purchase all ICC Standard Methods online using a credit card, and immediately download them as PDF files, but also Other ICC Publications such as Books of Abstracts and Proceedings Books from important ICC events, and the History of ICC - 50 Years and 60 Years jubilee books. In addition, there is a category of Printed-Only ICC Publications.

To celebrate the extension of the Online Store, we have opened a DECEMBER'S SPECIAL OFFER until 31 December 2015 where you can save up to 50% on several publications.

Start shopping now!

 
2015-11-26:

ICBC 2016

Due to extensive demand for 15th International Cereal and Bread Congress (ICBC) from all over the world, Organizing Committee decided to extend the abstract submission deadline to 11 December 2015 for oral presentations. Please be aware that the deadline for poster abstract submission is still 11 January 2016. Abstracts may be submitted through the conference website www.icbc2016.org after having registered for an account. Please refer to the scientific topics for the accepted conference topics.

Online Registration is open and early birds are eligible for a reduced registration fee if registering before 25 January 2016.

The 15th ICBC will be a 3.5 day event, and the focus of this international congress will be storage, processing/development and marketing of cereal products meeting consumers' needs (added values in convenience, taste, nutrition and health, safety and security). As the flagship congress of ICC and Cereal Industry, the 15th ICBC will bring together leading researchers, scientists, food technologists and industry from around the world. For an outline of the scientific topics, please see: www.icbc2016.org/en/#scientific-topics.

Several attractive sponsorship options are offered, some of which have table top exhibition included in the fee. Sponsoring the 15th ICBC is an effective way to reach the world's scientists, students, and technicians of the Cereal Community. Use this opportunity to showcase your brand name and effectively build product awareness worldwide. For details, please see www.icbc2016.org/en/#sponsorship-opportunities.

We look forward to welcoming you in Istanbul at the 15th ICBC!

On behalf of the Organizing Committee,

Dr. Hamit Köksel and Mag. Michaela Pichler

 
2015-11-12:

ICBC 2016

The deadline for submitting abstracts for oral presentations to the 15th International Cereal and Bread Congress (ICBC) is approaching! Abstracts for oral presentations may be submitted until 20 November 2015 through the conference website www.icbc2016.org after having registered for an account. Please refer to the scientific topics for the accepted conference topics. The deadline for submission of abstracts for poster presentations is 11 January 2016.

Online Registration is open and early birds are eligible for a reduced registration fee if registering before 24 December 2015.

The 15th ICBC will be a 3.5 day event, and the focus of this international congress will be storage, processing/development and marketing of cereal products meeting consumers' needs (added values in convenience, taste, nutrition and health, safety and security). As the flagship congress of ICC and Cereal Industry, the 15th ICBC will bring together leading researchers, scientists, food technologists and industry from around the world. For an outline of the scientific topics, please see: www.icbc2016.org/en/#scientific-topics.

Several attractive sponsorship options are offered, some of which have table top exhibition included in the fee. Sponsoring the 15th ICBC is an effective way to reach the world's scientists, students, and technicians of the Cereal Community. Use this opportunity to showcase your brand name and effectively build product awareness worldwide. For details, please see www.icbc2016.org/en/#sponsorship-opportunities.

We look forward to welcoming you in Istanbul at the 15th ICBC!

On behalf of the Organizing Committee,

Dr. Hamit Köksel and Mag. Michaela Pichler

 
2015-10-29:

ICC was happy to welcome many colleagues and friends to the ICC Luncheon 2015 at the AACCI Centennial Meeting in Minneapolis, USA, 21 October 2015 where Fengcheng Wang, Hamit Köksel, Joel Abecassis, John Taylor and Michaela Pichler presented recent activities and achievements, as well as upcoming projects and events of ICC. The Harald Perten Prize 2015 was presented by Jan Perten and rewarded to Prof. Dr. Jan Delcour, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium in person. The other awardee, Prof. Dr. Alberto Edel León, University of Cordoba, Argentina has received the Prize at the ICC Jubilee Luncheon 2015 at the occasion of the 3rd Latin American Cereal Conference in Curitiba, Brazil. The presentation from the Luncheon can be viewed in the attached PDF file.

 

 
2015-10-01:

We are happy to announce that ICC now has a Company Page on LinkedIn - the world's largest professional network: www.linkedin.com/company/icc---international-association-for-cereal-science-and-technology

We will publish on a regular basis updates about ICC events; ICC-endorsed events; event reports; new issues of the ICC Journal; new standard methods; press releases; member updates; as well as science updates.

To stay tuned on ICC updates, click the "Follow" button on ICC's LinkedIn Company Page or on the upper right corner on the ICC homepage. Furthermore, you are welcome to "like" specific updates which will then figure on your own personal profile which will be seen by your network.

If you are affiliated to ICC (for example, as an ICC Official), we encourage you to select ICC - International Association for Cereal Science and Technology as the company on your personal LinkedIn profile. Instructions on how to do so are in the attached PDF file.

 
2015-09-28:

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.

 

 
2015-09-04:

Everyone is cordially invited to the ICC Luncheon 2015 on 21 October 2015 during the AACC International Centennial Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Recent activities and achievements, as well as upcoming projects and events will be announced. Don't miss this unique opportunity to meet new colleagues and get reacquainted with old friends from our global cereal family.

Details and the agenda are available at www.icc.or.at/events/icc_luncheon_2015.

Tickets need to be purchased through registration for the AACC International Centennial Meeting 2015 - see www.aaccnet.org/meetings/annual/RegistrationHotel/Pages/MeetingRegistration.aspx. Special discounts apply for students. ICC Academy Fellows can request a complimentary ticket from ICC Headquarters (sabine [dot] gratzeraticc [dot] or [dot] at).

We are looking forward to seeing you in Minneapolis!

 
2015-07-28:

The ICC/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), was 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".

The event brought together more than 180 participants from more than 20 countries from around five 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 the Italian Association which happens to be in conjunction with the 60th anniversary of ICC.

The Conference offered participants an outstanding scientific programme with eight scientific sessions and 42 speeches by speakers from all corners of the globe and about 138 posters. It addressed and attracted the global scientific community, as well as international stakeholders, to discuss new topics, products and challenges. It enabled a meeting between science, production and marketing, thanks to the ten exhibitors that actively interacted with participants and contributed to the event with their table top exhibitions of products, equipment and scientific tools, and moreover provided an insight into the state of the art of product innovation and development of the grains world.

A distinctive feature of the ICC/AISTEC Conference was the global approach of handled topics, as well as a wide coverage of grain species from cereals to pseudo-cereals and legumes, wanted by the Chair of the Scientific Committee, Dr. Marina Carcea, and the other 37 members of the national and international Scientific Committees. Outstanding opening lectures conveyed to the scientific programme the shape of an international forum on the latest general key topics, e.g. the world food security issue in terms of role of production, consumption and trade of grains; the importance of the cereal crops and genetic diversity to cope with the multiple challenges of 21st century agriculture; the sustainability of diets without wheat and grains.

The eight scientific sessions drew participants' attention to specific important issues, such as whole grains, gluten-free products, fortification of bakery products, health effects of innovative cereal products, crop and product safety, as well as methods of analysis, regulatory and labelling matters, consumer acceptance, etc. In general, the event indicated that significant progress has been made to guarantee crop sustainability, develop tools to forecast yields and quality, as well as new technologies for producing healthy and safe grain products. During an award ceremony, chaired by the ICC Secretary General, Mag. Michaela Pichler, and Dr. Chiara Chiriotti of Chiriotti Editori, two prizes were awarded to the two best posters (offered by Chiriotti Editori) that achieved the highest scientific and technical standard, and also displayed innovation and originality, selected from among the poster presentations. The two winning posters dealt with the effect of debranning on T-2 and HT-2 toxin content in durum wheat kernels and milling fractions, and with the protective effect in celiac disease played by a gastrointestinal resistant peptide from Triticum monococcum omega-gliadin.

The Gala dinner at the Morando Bolognini Castle, in Sant'Angelo Lodigiano, a building dating back to the fifteenth century and where participants enjoyed a convivial summer night with plentiful delicious Italian food, left unforgettable memories of the Conference. To get a flavour of the warm and pleasant atmosphere participants enjoyed at the ICC/AISTEC Conference, a photo gallery is kindly offered by the Conference Secretariat.

For participants of the Conference only, the Organising Committee is offering the possibility to view the PDF files of oral and poster presentations, for which permissions of the presenting authors were received, in a protected area on the Conference website.

The Organisers wish to further thank the speakers and poster presenters for their valuable contribution to the Conference and for making it an outstanding scientific event! They also wish to thank the Endorsers, Sponsors and Exhibitors for their support and for helping to make "Grains for feeding the world" such a successful event!

Dr. Marina Carcea and Mag. Michaela Pichler
On behalf of the "Grains for feeding the world" Conference Committees

 
2015-07-14:

ICBC 2016

We would like to invite you to the 15th International Cereal and Bread Congress (ICBC) which is going to take place in Istanbul, Turkey, 18-21 April 2016. The focus of this international conference will be on the following scientific topics:

  • Cereals and Cereal Product Quality Evaluation/Management
  • Cereal Processing
  • Bread and Cereal Foods
  • Cereal Chemistry
  • Nutrition and Health
  • Safety and Security
  • Cereal supply and consumer demand
  • Research on breeding and agronomy to enhance global cereal production and quality
  • Storage and Packaging
  • Improving cereal quality, safety and nutrition by genetic enhancement
  • Food Legumes

For detailed information concerning the different topics please see: www.icbc2016.org/en/#scientific-topics.

As the flagship congress of ICC and the cereal industry, ICBC will bring together leading researchers, scientists, food technologists and industry from around the world.

We welcome your invaluable contribution to the scientific program as oral and/or poster presentations. All abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee to be included in the scientific program and ICBC Book of Abstracts. Selected presentations of this congress will be peer reviewed and printed as full paper in special issues of SCI and SCI-expanded journals to be announced soon.

The abstract submission is now OPEN! Please go to the conference website of the 15th ICBC at www.icbc2016.org and login. If you don't have an account yet, please sign up. Once you are logged in, please click on "Abstract Submission" in the menu on the left. The submission deadlines are 20 November 2015 for oral and 11 January 2016 for poster presentations.

International research projects and associations are also welcome to organize specific sessions/workshops during the congress. For this please contact infoaticbc2016 [dot] org.

Become a sponsor of this event! Find a sponsor package that may be suited for you at www.icbc2016.org/en/#sponsorship-opportunities.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee,

Dr. Hamit Köksel
Chair of 15th ICBC
ICC President Elect

 
2015-07-04:

Flour-Bread '15

The Faculty of Food Technology Osijek (PTFOS) and the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC) cordially invite you to the 8th International Congress Flour-Bread '15 and the 10th Croatian Congress of Cereal Technologists Brašno-Kruh '15, taking place in Opatija, Croatia, 29 - 30 October 2015.

Following the tradition of previous "Flour-Bread" congresses, the main aim of this event is to feature the latest advances in cereal science and technology. Conference languages will be English and Croatian with simultaneous translation provided.

We would like to invite you to submit an abstract for oral and poster presentations before 15 July 2015. Guidelines can be found at www.ptfos.unios.hr/flour-bread/index.php/author-guidelines.

Programme topics:

  • Breeding and quality of cereal grains
  • Grain storage and milling technology
  • Analytical and rheological methods
  • Baking technology
  • Improvers and additives
  • Starch and modified starch
  • Extrusion and pasta production
  • Biscuit and pastry products
  • Nutritional quality of cereals
  • Cereal food safety
  • Cereal based functional foods
  • Cereal waste management and renewable energy

To register and to find further details go to www.ptfos.unios.hr/flour-bread.

We look forward to welcoming you in Opatija!

 
2015-06-22:

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.

For expression of interest and full project details contact Fred Brouns from the HealthGrain Forum at fred [dot] brounsatmaastrichtuniversity [dot] nl.

 
2015-06-13:

Flour-Bread '15

The Faculty of Food Technology Osijek (PTFOS) and the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC) cordially invite you to the 8th International Congress Flour-Bread '15 and the 10th Croatian Congress of Cereal Technologists Brašno-Kruh '15, taking place in Opatija, Croatia, 29 - 30 October 2015.

Following the tradition of previous "Flour-Bread" congresses, the main aim of this event is to feature the latest advances in cereal science and technology. Conference languages will be English and Croatian with simultaneous translation provided.

Programme topics:

  • Breeding and quality of cereal grains
  • Grain storage and milling technology
  • Analytical and rheological methods
  • Baking technology
  • Improvers and additives
  • Starch and modified starch
  • Extrusion and pasta production
  • Biscuit and pastry products
  • Nutritional quality of cereals
  • Cereal food safety
  • Cereal based functional foods
  • Cereal waste management and renewable energy

Important deadlines:

  • 1 July 2015: Abstract submission
  • 10 July 2015: Acceptance notification for authors
  • 15 July 2015: Deadline for early payments

To register and to find further details go to www.ptfos.unios.hr/flour-bread.

 
2015-06-10:

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

"How to increase the intake of fibre by consumers with ~ 10 g/day to at least the levels recommended in dietary guidelines". This is the key challenge of the "fibre community" worldwide. Since a wide diversity of fibres is seen as beneficial, both naturally present and added fibres may play a role here.

This provides challenges for food technology and even more for communication to consumers. For the latter creative approaches are needed, going far beyond the attractive presentation of national dietary guidelines on websites. Multi-media approaches, combined with product development, as practised in Denmark, for increasing consumption of wholegrain should be considered.

In addition to the main conference, two pre-conference workshops added value to the DF15. The PRACTICAL WORKSHOP on the Measurement of Total Dietary Fibre and Available Carbohydrates organised by Barry McCleary (Megazyme International) and Chris Kelley (Ankom Technology) and the MYNEWGUT WORKSHOP where representatives from the EU-funded MyNewGut Project presented and discussed the project plans and expected results with a broad range of stakeholders.

Before the Round Table discussion, three prizes of 1,000 EUR per recipient were awarded. One ICC-Award for "The Application of Science in Improving Public Health", sponsored by Kellogg's All-Bran, went to Dr. Talitha Best, from the CQ University Australia. Two Awards for "Cereal Fibre Research", sponsored by Mondeléz International went to Yanan Wang, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and to Anita Stefosta-Needham, University of Wollongong, Australia.

The DF15 Organizing Committee will offer exclusively to the participants the possibility to view the PDF files of presentations and posters, for which permissions of the presenting authors were received.

To get a flavour of the warm and pleasant atmosphere participants enjoyed at the DF15 a photo gallery has been offered by ICC.

End of the year participants will also receive access to a Special QAS Edition for DF15. Further information therefore will be delivered in time.

The Organisers of the DF15 wish to thank all speakers and poster presenters for their valuable contribution to the 6th International Dietary Fibre Conference 2015, and for making it an outstanding scientific event! They also wish to thank all sponsors and exhibitors for their support and for helping to make DF15 such a successful event!

Furthermore ICC together with TNO and the Wageningen University in the Netherlands wish to announce that the 7th Dietary Fibre Conference – is already in the planning stage, and will be organized in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) in late spring 2018.

We hope to see you again in Amsterdam in 2018!

The DF15 Organising Committee would like to thank all sponsors for their support:

Sponsors

 
2015-06-10:

The ICC/AISTEC Conference takes place from 1 to 3 July 2015 in Milan which is at present hosting the EXPO 2015 exhibition. The Conference theme "Grains for feeding the world" was inspired, within the boundaries of the grain field and in a global perspective, by the broader EXPO one, which is "Feeding the planet, energy for life".

So far almost 200 persons from over 30 countries have registered! A rich and interesting program to attract the global scientific community and the stakeholders of grains has been shaped up and forty-six speakers from all corners of the globe will deliver outstanding speeches on sustainability, security, safety, technology and processing, health and nutrition and regulatory aspects. Check the final programme for details at expo2015.icc.or.at/programme. Poster sessions with about 150 posters will complement oral presentations.

Thanks to the contribution of 23 companies who already decided to give their sponsorship and/or support, this international event will also enable science and research to meet innovation and marketing. Companies will actively interact with scientists, thanks to the table top exhibition of products, equipments and scientific tools, and in so doing they will also contribute to giving an in-depth insight into the state of the art of product innovation and development in the grains area.

This event is also endorsed by many national and international major institutions and associations and by the EXPO Scientific Committee.

Two Poster Awards will be given to the most outstanding and innovative research on grains for feeding the world! Two Diplomas and two cash prizes will be, in fact, awarded to the best posters by Chiriotti Editori, thereof one prize will be in the name of Giovanni Chiriotti, founder of the Chiriotti Editori and great friend of ICC, and it will be given to a poster presenting innovative work on processing and use of grains.

The social event will take place at the Castle of Sant'Angelo Lodigiano, a real medieval castle just outside of Milan which also hosts a Bread Museum.

This conference will also be a unique opportunity to visit the fantastic EXPO grounds where, within the pavilions of more than 150 participating countries, more than 7,000 events including shows, conferences and meetings, are planned during the EXPO opening period.

Should you need any further information please check the CONFERENCE WEBSITE at expo2015.icc.or.at.

AISTEC and ICC are looking forward to welcoming you all in Milan!

Dr. Marina Carcea and Mag. Michaela Pichler
On behalf of the "Grains for feeding the world" Conference Committees

 
2015-05-18:

The 6th International Dietary Fibre Conference 2015 (DF15) is currently taking place in Paris from 1 - 3 June 2015. More than 250 persons from over 35 countries have registered! Online registration has been closed on 22 May 2015. Registrations are now only possible on-site and cost +15 % of listed prices.

Do not miss THE event of the year in the areas of Consumer and Regulatory Aspects, Colonic Microbiota and Functions, Metabolic Health, Dietary Fibre in Food, New Dietary Fibre Sources and Dietary Fibre Properties, Classification and Analysis as well as Increasing Fibre Intake. Check the final programme for details at df2015.icc.or.at/programme.

Two pre-conference workshops on Monday (1 June) morning are completing the official programme:

  • PRACTICAL WORKSHOP on the Measurement of Total Dietary Fibre and Available Carbohydrates; organised by Barry McCleary (Megazyme International) and Chris Kelley (Ankom Technology).
  • MYNEWGUT WORKSHOP, where representatives from the EU-funded MyNewGut project will present and discuss the project plans and expected results with a broad range of stakeholders.

Thanks to the generosity of French Professional Organisations we have the pleasure to invite all delegates to the WELCOME RECEPTION on Monday, 1 June. This event is now free of charge!

All participants are also invited to the Scientific BREAKFAST SESSION organised by Kellogg's All-Bran on Tuesday (2 June) morning prior to the official conference start.

We would be also happy to welcome you at the GALA DINNER on Tuesday evening at the Café Barge Restaurant which is located in the heart of Paris. Le Café Barge is a unique and magical place facing the City of Fashion and Design. The cuisine invites you to discover a modern and festive Paris and together with the entertainment "Jazz in Paris" a wonderful evening with nice talks will the guaranteed.

In the frame of DF15 the following AWARDS will be assigned:

  • ICC Award for the Application of Science in Improving Public Health, sponsored by Kellogg's All-Bran; and
  • ICC Award for Cereal Fibre Research, sponsored by Mondelēz International.

Find more details at df2015.icc.or.at/awards.

DF15 will continue the highly successful series of the earlier DF Conferences as seen during the past five editions, from Ireland in 2000 to latest in Rome 2012. DF15 is the occasion where scientists, regulators and industry representatives from all over the world can meet in a unique location where participants can develop modern ideas while drawing inspiration from the beauty of Paris.

Should you need any further information please check the CONFERENCE WEBSITE at df2015.icc.or.at.

ICC and INRA are looking forward to welcoming you all at Les Salons de L'Aveyron in Paris!
Dr. Monique Axelos and Mag. Michaela Pichler
On behalf of the DF15 Conference Committees

 
2015-04-28:

The countdown to the 6th International Dietary Fibre Conference 2015 (DF15) from 1 - 3 June 2015 is running. ICC and INRA are looking forward to welcoming you together with more than 200 delegates from over 35 countries at Les Salons de L'Aveyron in Paris, France, the exquisite venue of DF15.

Excellent speakers and outstanding contributions in the areas of Consumer and regulatory aspects, Colonic microbiota and functions, Metabolic health, Dietary fibre in food, New dietary fibre sources and Dietary fibre properties, classification and analysis as well as Increasing fibre intake are waiting for you at the DF15. This is also the first DF Conference with FDA and EFSA-related speakers and with presentations covering brain health and mental well-being. Check the FINAL PROGRAMME for details at df2015.icc.or.at/programme.

Two pre-conference workshops on Monday (1 June) morning are completing the official programme. See their detailed programme and sign up for any of them as soon as possible since places are limited.

  • PRACTICAL WORKSHOP on the Measurement of Total Dietary Fibre and Available Carbohydrates; organised by Barry McCleary (Megazyme International) and Chris Kelley (Ankom Technology).
  • MYNEWGUT WORKSHOP, where representatives from the EU-funded MyNewGut project will present and discuss the project plans and expected results with a broad range of stakeholders.

Thanks to the generosity of French Professional Organisations we have the pleasure to invite all delegates to the WELCOME RECEPTION on Monday, 1 June. This event is now free of charge!

All participants are also invited to the scientific BREAKFAST SESSION organised by Kellogg's All-Bran on Tuesday (2 June) morning prior to the official conference start.

We would be also happy to welcome you at the GALA DINNER on Tuesday evening at the Café Barge Restaurant which is located in the heart of Paris. Le Café Barge is a unique and magical place facing the City of Fashion and Design. The cuisine invites you to discover a modern and festive Paris and together with the entertainment "Jazz in Paris" a wonderful evening with nice talks will the guaranteed. To register for this event please follow the link df2015.icc.or.at/register.

Do you also want to BECOME A SPONSOR and support the DF15? Be quick since there are only few chances left! Please find all details at df2015.icc.or.at/sponsoring.

In the frame of DF15 the following AWARDS will be assigned:

  • ICC Award for the Application of Science in Improving Public Health, sponsored by Kellogg's All-Bran; and
  • ICC Award for Cereal Fibre Research, sponsored by Mondelēz International.

Find more details at df2015.icc.or.at/awards.

DF15 will continue the highly successful series of the earlier DF Conferences as seen during the past five editions, from Ireland in 2000 to latest in Rome 2012. DF15 is the occasion where scientists, regulators and industry representatives from all over the world can meet in a unique location where participants can develop modern ideas while drawing inspiration from the beauty of Paris.

ONLINE REGISTRATION is open until 22 May 2015: df2015.icc.or.at/register. Please note that places are limited - thus register today!

Should you need any further information please check the CONFERENCE WEBSITE at df2015.icc.or.at or get in contact with ICC or INRA.

We hope to see you in Paris in June 2015!
Dr. Monique Axelos and Mag. Michaela Pichler
On behalf of the DF15 Conference Committees

 
2015-04-15:

Fengcheng Wang, Stanley Cauvain, Jan Willem van der Kamp, Meinolf G. Lindhauer and Michaela Pichler contributed to the programme at the ICC Jubilee Luncheon 2015 on the occasion of the 3rd ICC Latin American Cereal Conference (LACC3) in Curitiba, Brazil on 31 March 2015. The following awards were announced at the meeting:

Fellowship of the ICC Academy:

Cereal scientists, technologists and other individuals deemed to have made significant contributions to cereal science and the aims and objectives of the ICC can be awarded by appointment as Fellow of the ICC Academy.

Fred BrounsProf. Dr. Fred Brouns, Maastricht University, Netherlands

Professor Brouns was praised in particular for his wide range and continuing activities in providing science based replies - in publications, social media activities and new research projects - to the many myths and fancy stories about the unhealthiness of wheat and gluten.

 

ICC Honorary President:

Cereal scientists may be awarded as ICC Honorary Presidents in recognition of contributions to ICC and to international cereal science and technology.

John TaylorProf. Dr. John Taylor, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Professor Taylor was awarded for his continued contributions to the aims and ideals of ICC, going far beyond ICC's Presidential duties.

 

Harald Perten Prize:

The Harald Perten Prize is rewarded for outstanding achievements in science, research, teaching or transmission of knowledge, which serve cereal sciences and technology.

Alberto Edel LeónProf. Dr. Alberto Edel León, University of Cordoba, Argentina

Professor León - as leading cereal scientist in Latin America - was awarded for his major achievements in research, teaching and enhancing wide collaborations in Latin America and Spain.

 

Jan DelcourProf. Dr. Jan Delcour, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Professor Delcour was awarded for his impressive achievements in cereal science, including fundamental studies and applications in the area of enzymes, and in teaching. He will receive the award later this year.

 

ICC congratulates the awardees and appreciates their contribution to cereal science and technology as well as their collaboration with ICC and the global cereals and grain community.

 
2015-03-27:

The 20th International Scientific Conference "Healthy grain for a healthy diet" offers attendants the opportunity to learn about cereal cultivation/harvesting; milling/processing; product development; food production; functional ingredients/functionalised food; age-appropriate nutrition; test methods/quality/safety; and health claims/labelling/communication. It takes place 22-23 April 2015 at the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam Rehbrücke (DIfE) in Nuthetal, Germany. For more information about the programme, please see express2.converia.de/frontend/index.php?folder_id=332.

Registration: express2.converia.de/frontend/index.php?page_id=890

The 20th International Scientific Conference is organised by IGV (Institut für Getreideverarbeitung) GmbH in cooperation with the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam Rehbrücke (DIfE), ILU - Institute for Food and Environmental Research e.V., Berlin-Brandenburg Society for Cereal Research e.V., International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC), Enterprise Europe Network Berlin-Brandenburg, and the Healthgrain Forum.

 
2015-03-27:

We are pleased to inform you that the scientific programme of the Conference Grains for feeding the world that will take place in Milan, 1-3 July 2015, is ready for you to view at expo2015.icc.or.at/programme.

Forty-eight speakers from all corners of the globe (Austria, Ethiopia, France, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland, Togo, Turkey, United States and Zimbabwe) will deliver outstanding speeches within eight scientific sessions on hot topics in sustainability, economics and trading, health and nutrition, authenticity, safety and processing.

The call for abstracts for poster presentations has been re-opened until 22 April 2015! After that date it won't be possible to submit further abstracts. Please, note the poster awards (expo2015.icc.or.at/awards) and publication possibilities (expo2015.icc.or.at/publications)!

For exhibitors, there are still places available for companies, research institutes and organisations to showcase their products, projects and services at the Conference. All table tops will be placed in the spacious area next to the coffee break lounge to maximize interaction and networking opportunities between participants, exhibitors and sponsors. Exhibition will be open all three Conference days (1-3 July 2015).

To register and to find further details about the event go to expo2015.icc.or.at.

 
2015-03-08:

The third ICC Latin American Conference (LACC3) will take place from 29 March - 1 April 2015 in Curitiba, the capital of the state of Paraná, and is being organised by Granotec/Granolab Brazil and co-hosted by the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC). This conference is also ICC's 60th Anniversary Conference.

LACC3 will specifically promote scientific and technological knowledge related to the breeding and production of cereals, cereal safety and quality and the development of nutritious and health-promoting cereal-based foods. LACC3 will also feature a major technical exhibition.

Register now at www.lacc3brazil.com/en/inscricoes!

We look forward to welcoming you in Curitiba in March 2015! For further details, please see the conference website at www.lacc3brazil.com.

 
2015-03-03:

Everyone is cordially invited to celebrate ICC's 60 Years Jubilee at the ICC Jubilee Luncheon 2015 on 31 March 2015 on the occasion of the 3rd ICC Latin American Cereal Conference (LACC3) in Curitiba, Brazil. ICC President Fengcheng Wang and ICC Secretary General Michaela Pichler will have the pleasure of welcoming you.

Programme:

  1. ICC 60 Years Anniversary Address
    Fengcheng Wang

  2. 60 Years ICC History
    Stanley Cauvain

  3. ICC Academy and Recent Awards
    Jan Willem van der Kamp

  4. Harald Perten Prize 2015
    Meinolf G. Lindhauer

  5. ICC Outlook on Future Activities
    Michaela Pichler

How to participate:

  1. Register at www.lacc3brazil.com as an attendee.
  2. Send a message to contactatlacc3brazil [dot] com and express your interest in attending the ICC 60th Anniversary Luncheon.
  3. The Organizing Committee will forward you a link to pay for the luncheon ticket. The price of the ticket is USD 50.- (includes lunch, dessert and soft drinks).
  4. After your payment you will receive an email with your entry voucher.

Please note:

SPOTS ARE LIMITED - Thus ensure to book as soon as possible!

 
2015-02-03:

The abstract submission deadline for the third ICC Latin American Conference (LACC3) has been extended to 15 February 2015. Please submit your poster or oral abstract to internationalatlacc3brazil [dot] com and visit also the Conference website at www.lacc3brazil.com/en/trabalhos-inscritos to follow the guidelines for submission of abstracts or any other information about the upcoming event.

LACC3 will take place from 29 March - 1 April 2015 in Curitiba, the capital of the state of Paraná, and is being organised by Granotec/Granolab Brazil and co-hosted by the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC). This conference is also ICC's 60th Anniversary Conference.

LACC3 will specifically promote scientific and technological knowledge related to the breeding and production of cereals, cereal safety and quality and the development of nutritious and health-promoting cereal-based foods. LACC3 will also feature a major technical exhibition.

Register now at www.lacc3brazil.com/en/inscricoes!

We look forward to welcoming you in Curitiba in March 2015! For further details, please see the conference website at www.lacc3brazil.com.

 
2015-01-29:

Dr. Fengcheng Wang

Dear Colleagues,

It is a great pleasure for me to start serving as the new President of ICC for 2015-2016. I feel very honoured to take over this role, along with its corresponding responsibilities.

Over the past ten years, ICC has continued healthy growth and expansion and conquering challenges under the outstanding leadership of the Past Presidents and ICC's Secretary General, to achieve ICC's mission – that of being the pre-eminent international association in the field of cereal science and technology. It is committed to international cooperation through the dissemination of knowledge, conducting research, and developing standard methods contributing to advance innovation, improve food quality, food safety and food security for the health and well-being of all people in the world.

In this regard, I wish to thank my predecessors as ICC President, in particular Joel Abecassis, Marina Carcea, and John Taylor who have contributed much of their time and efforts for the well-being of the Association and from whom I learned so much to become familiar with all the work for my growing involvement with ICC. Special thanks should go to the outgoing Secretary General, Dr. Roland Poms, who has made outstanding contributions to ICC growth and visibility for 10 years of serving the Association, and to the great ICC team at the Headquarters in Vienna. A capable successor, Mag. Michaela Pichler, has been appointed as the new Secretary General of ICC, beginning her post as of 1 January 2015. I would also like to congratulate Dr. Hamit Köksel from Turkey as the incoming ICC President Elect. ICC is looking forward to continuing success with this new and young working team to serve our organisation.

Where do we want to be and how are we going to get there? ICC will place more focus on the following several priority issues to address future challenges more effectively by taking advantage of the Association especially for the near future in 2015-2016:

  • A major objective established at the founding of ICC was to develop internationally accepted standard methods to facilitate the trade of cereal grains and products within and between countries, and this is still a fundamental aim of the Association. We shall strengthen ICC's position with international standardisation work for cereals and methods to help facilitate and promote food quality and safety in light of recent developments. This will require acceleration of the revision of many "older" ICC standards and the development and standardisation of new methods. More attention shall be paid to cereals other than wheat, especially to rice, maize, oats, rye, buckwheat, barley, and sorghum, as well as some regional foods, which are also important cereal crops and foods globally. Accordingly, a number of new study and working groups will be established and initiated, in which we will be committed to constitute an efficient international participation, including the right experts and young professionals in particular, from various companies, institutions, and nations.

  • As a global organisation responsible for all aspects of cereal foods, ICC shall increase commitment of its unique expertise in response to the challenges in the cereals world and the world demand for a safe, sustainable, sufficient, nutritious and thus high quality cereal food supply. In the past years, ICC has been successful in winning bids to play active roles in major EU-funded collaborative research projects. Our Association will continue to take an active part in designing and coordinating more international working teams and research projects, similar to the highly successful MoniQA and HealthGrain projects on cereal-based issues, and to create more opportunities for young scientists to participate in these ICC activities. At the same time ICC will endeavour to actively link various initiatives and activities of international consortia, international organisations, the European Commission, and other relevant EU and non-EU bodies, to ICC and its member countries and institutions. In the cereal field, we wish ICC to become a widely respected leader in food quality, safety and security, as well as technology innovation as a strategic plan for the next couple of years.

  • Within ICC, working and study groups will need to become more effective to reinforce ICC's authority in terms of standardisation for cereals and methods, and more task forces and working groups shall be established and activated to strengthen the Association's scope of activities and meet new challenges, and thus promote the aims of ICC. Being consistent with ICC's strategy, new working groups will mainly focus on validation and standardisation, cooperation and collaboration, international collaborative research projects, regional conferences and events, membership, and strategy development, including various starting topics of Asia-Pacific, Africa, South-Central America, regional cooperation, food safety, food security, whole grain, standards for Asian and other regional foods, alternative grains, and non-wheat testing methods, as well as the AACCI and ICC harmonisation initiative. This would increase opportunities for more members and young individuals to participate in the ICC activities to contribute to the advancement of cereal science and technology and the strengthening of the Association. These collaborative including developing nations will also help to strengthen the global reach by building relationships of trust and respect between countries and promote total food quality and safety, and food security, especially in developing countries.

  • Increasing membership is always a priority target for ICC. One of our main objectives is to enable everyone from anywhere of the cereal chain to benefit from ICC support. This will emphasize ICC's leadership and increase the number of its members worldwide. To involve further members in the Association, enhancing the participation of more institutions and countries, especially from Asia, Africa, South and Central America, and Eastern Europe in the ICC family, will help meet the challenges faced by developing countries as well as by more developed countries. Efforts shall be made to offer more opportunities to developing nations for promotion and implementation of scientific and technical cooperation, as well as disseminating information and knowledge through providing specialised programs and events. It should also be of great interest to attract the world's foremost processing companies, product manufacturers and equipment manufacturers to work together with ICC as corporate members to contribute to the advancement of cereal technologies. Our science and research can support them by providing new cutting-edge technology, and the assessment of consumer needs will offer us more practical research topics.

A better liaison between the members of ICC will be ensured through the organisation of regular international conferences around the globe. Therefore I would like to place a list with the upcoming major conferences in 2015 here: the 3rd ICC Latin American Cereal and Grain Conference and ICC Jubilee Conference - 60 Years of ICC, Curitiba, Brazil, 29 March - 1 April 2015; DF15 - 6th International Dietary Fibre Conference, Paris, France, 1-3 June 2015; World Expo ICC Conference, Milan, Italy, 1-3 July 2015; 5th MoniQA International Conference, Porto, Portugal, 16-18 September 2015; and ICC Luncheon at AACCl Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, USA, 21 October 2015; as well as the most important one, 15th ICC Cereal and Bread Congress, in Istanbul, Turkey, 17-21 April 2016. We hope to see you at one or more of these conferences.

I look forward to working with you all and best wishes for 2015!
Fengcheng Wang
ICC President 2015-2016

 
2015-01-21:

The Italian Association for Cereal Science and Technology (AISTEC) and the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC) will co-organise an international conference on Grains for feeding the world on the occasion of the EXPO 2015 in Milan, Italy.

The Scientific Committees, made up by well-known scientists and experts worldwide, will shape up a rich and interesting programme touching on innovative aspects concerning all cereals, pseudocereals and other grains. A poster session will complement oral presentations together with a Table Top Exhibition.

We would like to invite submission of abstracts for oral and poster presentations before 30 January 2015. Find guidelines in the Conference website at expo2015.icc.or.at/abstract_submission.

In particular, we welcome abstracts concerning the following areas:

  • Security (productivity, population, policy, land, different meaning in different parts of the world)
  • Sustainability (genetic resources, grain omics, waste, monoculture, rotations, organic agriculture, low input fertilization, climate change, carbon and water footprint, etc.)
  • Safety (biotech, postharvest diseases and pest management, toxins, controls, pollution, etc.)
  • Traceability and authenticity (developments in grains and products testing, labels, traditional products, etc.)
  • Processing (strategies to improve quality and safety, improvers and additives, innovations in milling, new approaches for lowering sugars, fats, salt content, etc.)
  • Health and nutrition (whole and refined grains, role of dietary grains in the modulation of microbiota composition, diseases, allergies and intolerances, phytochemicals, etc.)
  • Economics and trading (finances, markets, import-export, infrastructures, collaborations, consumers, etc.)

Two Awards (Diploma and cash prize) will be awarded to the best posters by Chiriotti Editori. One Award will be in the name of Giovanni Chiriotti, founder of the Chiriotti Editori and great friend of ICC, recently passed away and it will be given to a poster presenting innovative work on processing and use of grains.

Don't forget that this Conference is also a unique opportunity to visit the fantastic EXPO grounds. Ticket buying is already open! Tickets purchased before the opening of EXPO Milano 2015 cost less! If you buy now, you can save up to 20 %. For more information, please visit the EXPO ticket web page at www.expo2015.org/en/tickets. If you are interested in visiting the EXPO during the Conference at discounted price, please contact the Conference Secretariat with your expression of interest. A one-day visit on Saturday 4 July 2015 will be organised!

For further information, please visit the Conference website at expo2015.icc.or.at or contact the AISTEC Secretariat - Dr. Francesca Melini (francesca [dot] meliniatentecra [dot] it) or Francesco Martiri (francesco [dot] martiriatentecra [dot] it).

 
2015-01-07:

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.

 
2014-12-25:

On behalf of ICC I would like to thank you for your trust and collaboration in the past year. We can look back to another successful year in ICC, thanks to the great collaboration of the global ICC network of members and stakeholders. An overview of some of the past activities are summarized in the December 2014 edition of the ICC eNewsletter at www.icc.or.at/newsletter/2014-12. ICC appreciates your valuable association in 2014 and we are looking forward to working with you also in 2015 and beyond.

On behalf of ICC-International Association for Cereal Science and Technology I would like to wish you a blessed holiday season and a successful new year!

Roland Ernest Poms
ICC Secretary General

PS: Please mind that ICC Headquarters will be closed between 24 December 2014 and 6 January 2015.

 
2014-12-25:

Dear Colleagues, dear friends,

Arriving at the end of my term as ICC President, I would like to thank you all for your help and your support during this period with special thanks to the ICC Headquarters (HQ) staff 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 these last two years. New members (corporates, countries and institutions) have joined our organisation. Among them, three new countries, India, Brazil and New Zealand are now part of ICC and they will actively contribute to our future activities. In April 2015 Brazil will host the 3rd ICC Latin American conference. This meeting will also mark the 60th anniversary of our Association.

The past two years were also an opportunity to make the international activities of our organisation more visible by seeking to respond ever more to the needs of our members. One of ICC's main activities was to support the development of international networks such as the MoniQA Association and the HEALTHGRAIN Forum, as well as to act as a partner in international research projects (e.g. MycoSpec, MyNewGut, ISEKI_Food 4, PlantLibra, and Connect4Action). ICC has also contributed to the dissemination of scientific and technical information by organizing international conferences in different regions of the world (ICC Australia Conference in Perth; 7th International Congress Flour-Bread '13 in Opatija, Croatia; ICC Whole Grain Symposium in Wuhan, China) as well as more specific conferences to enlarge our scope and meet new expectations (4th MoniQA International Conference, Budapest, Hungary; International Symposium of Food Science and Human Wellness in Guangzhou, China; 3rd International Symposium on Gluten-Free Cereal Products and Beverages in Vienna; Rice Conference in Pingtung, Taiwan). Moreover, ICC has offered new membership services such as an improved free online access to QAS Journal and a free online access to ICC Standards and Regulatory Updates for ICC Country Members, National Delegates and Deputies.

This period was also marked by an in-depth reflection within ICC to better share our vision for the future and to better involve every member of ICC in both strategic activities and dissemination. The missions of the ICC Governing Committee and of the Executive Committee as well as the work flow within our HQ were revised in order to improve efficiency of our organisation. Other projects have been initiated in the form of working groups (Validation and standardisation; IPR; Food allergen reference materials; Whole grains; Asian foods; India Collaboration; a.o.). Among these projects, I would like to stress the importance of the discussions engaged with AACCI toward a potential joint future by exploring feasibility of creating one global cereal organisation. This project was widely approved by the vote of the ICC General Assembly and represents a new horizon for the global cereal family.

All this work would not have been possible without the help of the whole ICC team and the wise advice of former ICC Presidents. It was a pleasure working with all of them forming a friendly and efficient team. It is also time to thank Roland Poms who ensured his mission as Secretary General even after the end of his formal commitment with ICC. I wish him success in his new challenges.

As my role will move to that of Immediate Past President I would like to wish my successor Fengcheng Wang, China, to succeed in finalising all these projects. I would also like to congratulate Hamit Koksel from Turkey as incoming ICC President Elect. The new period ahead will see not only the arrival of new Presidents but also of a new Secretary General: Mrs Michaela Pichler who has just been recruited. She will begin working with us on 1 January 2015. I assure them both of my personal support for the coming years and I express my best wishes to lead ICC closer to our goals and to satisfy the Association's expectations.

I present to every one season's greetings and all my best wishes for the coming years!

Joel Abecassis

Montpellier, France
December 2014

 
2014-12-25:

Some 50 friends of ICC attended the ICC Luncheon 2014 at the AACCI Annual Meeting in Providence, USA on 8 October 2014. Joel Abecassis, Roland Poms, Jan Willem van der Kamp, Fengcheng Wang, Bob Cracknell and Jan Delcour contributed to the programme at the 2014 ICC Luncheon. Please see the attached presentation for details.

 

 
2014-12-25:

The 2014 RICE International Conference held from 24 to 27 November 2014 was organised by CGPRDI - China Grain Products Research and Development Institute and NPUST - National Pingtung University of Science and Technology and co-organised by ICC. 174 experts and participants from 12 countries discussed the current knowledge and research about rice and related rice industry in Pingtung, Taiwan.

The core of this conference was "from staple to innovation". There were 8 main topics discussed in this conference:

  • Food security and rice production,
  • Rice breeding and agricultural practices to meet processing and product requirements,
  • Processing of rice - from milling to food manufacturing,
  • Innovation and development of products based on rice flour,
  • Nutrition and health aspects of rice and rice products,
  • Utilization of all fractions of rice kernel,
  • Rice authenticity and safety, and
  • Rice and public health - addressing the consumer and using market opportunity.

There were 23 oral presentations and 49 poster presentations in the conference.

Rice has been the major staple food in Asia for centuries, not only as table rice but also in the form of various food products made from rice flour. In recent years, western diets have become very popular in Asia, especially among the young generation. The consumption of rice is declining in Asia, but on the contrary, rice consumption is increasing due to its role in health promoting foods and in gluten-free food products and beverages in other parts of the world, e.g. Europe. Through the effort of breeding and development of novel technologies, various and innovated rice products are expected.

The summary of this conference is as below:

  1. Rice as the staple food in Asia is getting more popular all around the world due to its unique nutrients such as easy-digestible protein constitute and the property of gluten free. For now and future, rice is not only the source of carbohydrate calories, but also the source of nutrient and bioactive components.
  2. Rice plays an important role in solving the food sustainability in the world. The high quality of rice and rice based products from Taiwan will devote itself through further international collaboration.
  3. Based on the demands of customer, the quality characters of rice products should include good taste, nutrient, convenient, reasonable price, which need to be achieved by coordinating rice supply chain of breeding, growing, milling and processing.
  4. Rice and rice products could be considered as high GI product, however, it has been solved by choosing variety such as high amylose rice and improving processing method to modify the starch digestibility.
  5. Utilization of whole kernel rice is important for the promotion of rice industry. Rice bran and its aleurone layer are good source of dietary fibre and bioactive components such as tocotrienols, feruloylated oligosaccharides and phyosterols.
  6. To develop novel techniques for analysis is critical to support the promotion of rice industry, such as using DNA technology to authenticate rice cultivar, using LC/APCI-MS to detect phytosterols, using isotope technology for geographic origin authenticity.
  7. To communicate and dialogue with consumers, as well as to network government, industry, and research units to promote rice based products in the future should be main issue for ICC.

 
2014-12-18:

We are happy to announce the programme topics at the 6th International Dietary Fibre Conference (DF15), Paris, France, 1-3 June 2015:

1. Session - Consumer acceptance

  • Innovation and value-chains for grains and fibre (global market-forces etc.)
  • Consumers' acceptance and willingness-to-pay

2. Session - Consumer health

  • Fibre and chronic disease and immune regulation
  • Fibre and intestinal functions
  • Colonic microbiota and microbial metabolism
  • Caloric value of fibres, glycaemic index, satiety, weight management and obesity
  • Application and benefit of fibre to neurocognitive and brain health
  • Fibre co-passengers and derived molecules

3. Session - Dietary fibre in food and new ingredients

  • New trends in dietary fibre innovation
  • Physical structure/properties and composition of dietary fibre preparations
  • Resistant starch
  • Liquid, solid and semisolid food applications
  • The role of fibre in reducing fat and sugar levels in products
  • Alternative sources of dietary fibre and novel dietary fibres and fermentable substrates
  • Standard and innovative food processing effects on the functionality of dietary fibres and the effects of these modified fibres on health
  • Advances in generating fractions and dietary preparations with specific tissues and/or dietary fibre constituents

4. Session - Classification, analysis and regulatory issues

  • Fibre identification, classification and analysis: analytical method overview
  • Fibre regulatory aspects, government policies, directives and regulations around the world
  • Fibre and labelling of nutrients
  • In vitro and in vivo issues
  • Fibre and health claims and the future for new claims of dietary fibre
  • Fibre and food composition databases

5. Session - New criteria to classify dietary fibre

  • Dietary fibre mix adapted to each physiological situation, from the new-born to the elderly, from the healthy subject to the patient
  • Different fibre properties for different products
  • Books of knowledge, decision tool

For more details, please see df2015.icc.or.at/programme.

To submit your abstract please go to df2015.icc.or.at/abstract_submission and follow the guidelines. The submission deadlines are 31 January 2015 for oral and 28 February 2015 for poster presentations.

 
2014-12-10:

Hamit KökselIn the elections for ICC Officials from 12 to 26 October 2014, Prof. Hamit Köksel from Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey received the majority of votes. Prof. Köksel will become ICC President Elect 2015-2016 and succeed Prof. Fengcheng Wang from China as ICC President in 2017-2018. Prof. Hamit Köksel has been connected with ICC for many years and he has been ICC National Delegate since 2002. With Prof. Köksel as incoming President ICC will benefit from his international, diplomatic and scientific experience. Besides, he is the organiser of the next (15th) ICC Cereal and Bread Congress in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2016.

To learn more about Prof. Köksel's motivation to serve as ICC's President, please read his election statement:

Dear colleagues,

It is an honour for me to be nominated as candidate for the next ICC Presidency. As indicated in our website, ICC is an internationally recognized organisation of experts specialised in all fields of cereal science and technology. Even so, in recent years ICC has expanded its focus and commitment to international cooperation that contributed to advancing innovation as well as improving food quality, food safety and food security for the health and well-being of all people. This expanded commitment of ICC also fits the philosophy of my life and career very well.

The world is facing a number of major challenges that could be solved only by a global approach. Supplying food with the satisfactory quantity and quality for the growing world population, dealing with the social crisis caused by unequal standards of living along with hunger around the world, managing the deterioration of our natural resources, the loss of biodiversity/sustainability, and global warming, in addition to gradual depletion of fossil fuels and shifting energy consumption patterns over the world are only a few of these challenges. Growing, processing and consumption of cereal grains will not only be markedly affected by these challenges but will also have major impact on them. ICC has been playing a key role in coping with these global issues especially within the last decade. Nonetheless, I believe the role of ICC could be even more critical in the near future. I fully endorse the statement by our CEO and current and past presidents "ICC's activities have to be widened to activate new ideas and to find new approaches to plan breakthroughs in research and innovation". This could be achieved by building up wider international collaboration and by a greater mobilization of resources and expertise.

I am confident that, with the support and collaboration of all ICC members and in particular young cereal scientists, it is possible to overcome the present and future challenges ahead of us. I have no doubt that with the help of the skilled and dedicated ICC staff in Vienna we shall be able to work for the furtherance of ICC and for the development of cereal science and technology in a global perspective. This is a long term "relay race" and I will be more than happy to be a member of the racing team as the next ICC President Elect.

Hamit Köksel

We congratulate Prof. Hamit Köksel to his election as ICC President Elect 2015-2016 and we wish him success in his service to the Association, its members and the world of cereals beyond.

 
2014-11-02:

For the first time, Brazil is going to host the ICC Latin American Cereal Conference (LACC). This third ICC Latin American Conference (LACC3) from 29 March - 1 April 2015 in Curitiba, the capital of the state of Paraná, is being organised by Granotec/Granolab Brazil and co-hosted by the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC). LACC3 is also ICC's 60th Anniversary Conference.

LACC3 will specifically promote scientific and technological knowledge related to the breeding and production of cereals, cereal safety and quality and the development of nutritious and health-promoting cereal-based foods. LACC3 will also feature a major technical exhibition.

Brazil was chosen to host LACC3 and to celebrate the 60 years of ICC, because it is known worldwide as a leader in grain agriculture, cattle ranching and biofuels. It is also renowned for its unique ecology, fun loving people and spectacular scenery. Representing ICC in Brazil, Granotec/Granolab is the reference for knowledge of the wheat chain and supplier of ingredients, equipment, services, and technical qualification for the Brazilian food industry.

Already, more than 50 leading international and regional cereal scientists have accepted invitations to speak at LACC3 and celebrate ICC's 60th anniversary.

Join us in Curitiba in March 2015! For further details of the scientific and technical programme, submission of offered oral papers and poster papers, and registration, please see the conference website at www.lacc3brazil.com.

 
2014-10-24:

The Italian Association for Cereal Science and Technology (AISTEC) and the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC) will co-organise an international conference on Grains for feeding the world on the occasion of the EXPO 2015 in Milan, Italy.

The Scientific Committees, made up by well-known scientists and experts worldwide, will shape up a rich and interesting programme touching on innovative aspects concerning all cereals, pseudocereals and other grains. A poster session will complement oral presentations together with a Table Top Exhibition.

We would like to invite submission of abstracts for oral and poster presentations before 20 January 2015. Find guidelines in the Conference website at expo2015.icc.or.at/abstract_submission.

In particular, we welcome abstracts concerning the following areas:

  • Security (productivity, population, policy, land, different meaning in different parts of the world)
  • Sustainability (genetic resources, grain omics, waste, monoculture, rotations, organic agriculture, low input fertilization, climate change, carbon and water footprint, etc.)
  • Safety (biotech, postharvest diseases and pest management, toxins, controls, pollution, etc.)
  • Traceability and authenticity (developments in grains and products testing, labels, traditional products, etc.)
  • Processing (strategies to improve quality and safety, improvers and additives, innovations in milling, new approaches for lowering sugars, fats, salt content, etc.)
  • Health and nutrition (whole and refined grains, role of dietary grains in the modulation of microbiota composition, diseases, allergies and intolerances, phytochemicals, etc.)
  • Economics and trading (finances, markets, import-export, infrastructures, collaborations, consumers, etc.)

Two Awards (Diploma and cash prize) will be awarded to the best posters by Chiriotti Editori. One Award will be in the name of Giovanni Chiriotti, founder of the Chiriotti Editori and great friend of ICC, recently passed away and it will be given to a poster presenting innovative work on processing and use of grains.

Don't forget that this Conference is also a unique opportunity to visit the fantastic EXPO grounds. Conference attendees will be able to buy EXPO tickets at a discounted price of € 18.-.

For further information, please visit the Conference website at expo2015.icc.or.at or contact the AISTEC Secretariat - Dr. Francesca Melini (francesca [dot] meliniatentecra [dot] it) or Francesco Martiri (francesco [dot] martiriatentecra [dot] it).

 
2014-10-20:

World Mycotoxin Journal Special Issue

Roland Poms from ICC/MoniQA and Michele Suman from Barilla are proud to present the Special Issue of the World Mycotoxin Journal (Volume 7, Number 4) on Rapid Methods for Mycotoxin Detection.

The issue contains 8 review articles, 2 research articles, as well as a foreword by Michele Suman and Roland Poms, the guest editors of this special edition. The articles contain a clear overview of the latest developments, products, and concerns on use of these fast and easy detection methods. Two of the papers are available as open access: the foreword and the review paper by C. von Holst and J. Stroka on “Performance criteria for rapid screening methods to detect mycotoxins”. If your institute has taken a subscription, all papers are freely accessible on the World Mycotoxin Journal MetaPress web page wageningenacademic.metapress.com/content/120817. As MoniQA or ICC member you are eligible for a discounted subscription.

 
2014-10-15:

Some 50 friends of ICC attended the ICC Luncheon 2014 at the AACCI Annual Meeting in Providence, USA on 8 October 2014. Joel Abecassis, Roland Poms, Jan Willem van der Kamp, Fengcheng Wang, Bob Cracknell and Jan Delcour contributed to the programme at the 2014 ICC Luncheon. See the attached presentation for details. The following awards were announced at the meeting:

Fellowship of the ICC Academy:

Cereal scientists, technologists and other individuals deemed to have made significant contributions to cereal science and the aims and objectives of the ICC can be awarded by appointment as member of the ICC Academy.

Sam MillarDr. Sam Millar, Campden BRI, UK

 

Christophe CourtinDr. Christophe Courtin, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

 

Friedrich Schweitzer Medal:

The Friedrich Schweitzer Medal is awarded for distinguished service in the furtherance of the aims and ideals of ICC.

Dr. Roland E. Poms, International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC), Austria

 

ICC congratulates the awardees and appreciates their contribution to cereal science and technology as well as their collaboration with ICC and the global cereals and grain community.

 
2014-10-02:

The 6th International Dietary Fibre Conference 2015 (DF15) will take place in Paris, France, 1-3 June 2015. The DF15 will continue the highly successful series of the earlier DF conferences as seen during the past 5 editions and will cover all sources of dietary fibre, focussing on fibre functionality and health, benefits of dietary fibre through nutrition science, product development and consumer education. Including reviews by authoritative speakers on health effects of fibre and new insights in their role as prebiotics and in mental performance, the DF15 will therefore offer a wide forum for all disciplines and industrial sectors involved in the research, exploitation and utilization of dietary fibre. A rich table top exhibition of products and scientific tools will contribute to giving the participants a comprehensive overview of the state of the art in the field of dietary fibre.

DF15 is the occasion where scientists, regulators and industry representatives from all over the world can meet in a unique location where participants can develop modern ideas while drawing inspiration from the beauty of Paris.

Abstract submission is now open! Please go to df2015.icc.or.at/abstract_submission for submission guidelines and accepted topics in the categories Health & Nutrition, Industry & Technology and Classification, Analysis & Regulatory Issues. The submission deadlines are 15 January 2015 for oral and 28 February 2015 for poster presentations.

Become a sponsor of this event! Find a sponsor package that may be suited for you at df2015.icc.or.at/sponsoring.

 
2014-09-24:

As partner of the EU funded project Connect4Action, ICC would like to draw your attention to a free workshop for young scientists and PhD students.

We are glad to announce our upcoming intensive academic training on Better Communication during the Food Innovation Process, funded under the European project Connect4Action (C4A, www.connect4action.eu), that will be held in Brussels (Belgium) on Thursday 30 and Friday 31 October 2014, in the Sofitel Hotel.

This short training course is oriented towards young academics, in particular PhD students, from any EU country and will be delivered by a multidisciplinary group of lecturers from a range of international institutions and companies (University of Wageningen, University of Newcastle, University of Bologna, MAPP-Aarhus Business School, EFFoST, TNO, EUFIC).

A selected and small group of participants (15 approximately) will be introduced to the analysis of the key challenges and requirements for successful communication during the food innovation process, focusing on both external and internal communication. The individual lectures are enriched by results obtained within the C4A project. We will present recommendations for improving communication, as well as other tools that are being designed within the C4A project in order to improve communication among the key actors involved in the food innovation process. We will provide participants with on-line background material before the pilot.

Students will be required to actively participate and provide feedback towards improving possible future editions of the course.

Please let us know as soon as possible, and no later than 28 September 2014, whether you would like to be considered for this training. Places are limited, and the selection will be based on the following criteria:

  1. A balanced proportion of students coming from different backgrounds (food science, social science)
  2. First-come-first-served basis

To request your place, please send an email to infoatconnect4action [dot] eu, with your CV attached, and explicitly indicating your PhD course, your institution, the name of your tutor, your PhD research, and your motivation to attend such a training. Should you require accommodation please indicate this clearly in your e-mail. There is the possibility to be reimbursed for accommodation and travel expenses.

 
2014-09-18:

Die International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC) sucht eine motivierte Persönlichkeit, die ICC's Headquarters führt und die Gesellschaft sowie deren zugehörigen Geschäftstätigkeiten und Projekte leitet.

Die International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC, www.icc.or.at) ist die führende internationale Gesellschaft im Bereich der Getreidewissenschaft und -technologie, die sich der internationalen Kooperation mittels Wissensvermittlung, Forschung und Entwicklung von Standardmethoden verpflichtet hat, um durch die Vorantreibung von Innovation, Verbesserung der Lebensmittelqualität, Lebensmittelsicherheit und Ernährungssicherung zum Wohle aller beizutragen. Sie wurde 1955 gegründet und ist eine unpolitische, nicht-kommerzielle Organisation mit Hauptsitz in Wien, Österreich.

Wir bieten eine Vollzeit-Anstellung in einem attraktiven, gut ausgestatteten Büro in einem Regierungsgebäude nahe der Wiener Ringstraße. Das Gehalt für diese Führungsposition wird abhängig von der Erfahrung des Kandidaten / der Kandidatin vereinbart und bewegt sich zwischen 51.100,- und 85.000,- € brutto pro Jahr.

Die Position umfasst das Management der Gesellschaft (administrativ und finanziell), Fund-Raising, Entwicklung und Implementierung von Services für Mitglieder, Koordination der Komitees und Arbeitsgruppen, Projekt Management und -Monitoring, Event Management, sowie die Koordination der Kommunikation und Publizierung von Inhalten auf Websites, in Newslettern und wissenschaftlichen Artikeln.

Verantwortlichkeiten umfassen Office Management (3-5 Angestellte), Personalrekrutierung, Mitarbeiter/innen- und Work Flow Management, Monitoring der betrieblichen Leistung, Vertragsverhandlungen, laufende Entscheidungsfindungen mit Berichterstattung an das Governing und Executive Committee der Vereinigung.

Mindestanforderungen für diese Stelle sind:

  • Ein Abschluss (HTL, FH oder Universität) in einem der folgenden Bereiche: Business/Association Management, Business Administration, International Relations, Kommunikation, Lebensmittelwissenschaft, Lebensmitteltechnologie, Qualitätskontrolle, Biowissenschaften, Ernährung, Lebensmittelchemie, Biotechnologie, Landwirtschaft oder Ähnliches.
  • Mindestens 3-5 Jahre Erfahrung im Office Management (Forschung oder Produktion).
  • Exzellente Beherrschung von Englisch und Deutsch in Wort und Schrift ist erforderlich; zusätzliche Sprachkenntnisse sind vorteilhaft.
  • Gute EDV-Kenntnisse.
  • Eine freundliche und aufgeschlossene Persönlichkeit mit guten kommunikativen und diplomatischen Fähigkeiten.
  • Technisches Wissen im und/oder starkes Interesse am Gebiet der Lebensmittel- und Getreideindustrie, der Lebensmittel/Getreidewissenschaft und -technologie und der Validierung und Standardisierung von Methoden ist ein Pluspunkt.
  • Ein weiterer Pluspunkt sind Kontakte zu anderen Standardisierungsorganisationen, mit denen ICC kooperiert (z.B. Codex Alimentarius, ISO, CEN).

Falls Sie an dieser Stelle interessiert sind, senden Sie bitte (bevorzugt als E-Mail) einen Bewerbungsbrief, Ihren Lebenslauf und Kontakt-Informationen von mindestens 2 relevanten Expert/innen, die uns Ihre Eignung für diese Position bestätigen können bis spätestens 26. September 2014 an Dr. Roland Ernest Poms, International Association for Cereal Science and Technology, Marxergasse 2, 1030 Wien, Österreich; E-Mail: officeaticc [dot] or [dot] at.

 
2014-09-09:

Everyone is cordially invited to the ICC Luncheon 2014 on 8 October 2014 during the AACC Int'l Annual Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. Recent activities and achievements, as well as upcoming projects and events will be announced. Don't miss this unique opportunity to meet new colleagues and get reacquainted with old friends from our global cereal family.

Details and the agenda are available at www.icc.or.at/events/icc_luncheon_2014.

Tickets need to be purchased through registration for the AACC international Annual Meeting 2014 - see www.aaccnet.org/meetings/annual/registrationhotel/Pages/MeetingRegistration.aspx. Special discounts apply for students. ICC Academy Fellows can request a complimentary ticket from ICC Headquarters (sabine [dot] gratzeraticc [dot] or [dot] at).

ICC General Assembly 2014

Sunday, 5 October 2014, 01:30 - 03:00 p.m.
Rhode Island Convention Center, Room 554AB

The ICC General Assembly is a public meeting and open also to guests. ICC National Delegates, other ICC officials and guests planning to attend the meeting are asked to register by sending a confirmation email to officeaticc [dot] or [dot] at and "ICC General Assembly" in the subject line. We are looking forward to seeing you in Rhode Island!

 
2014-09-05:

The International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC) is seeking a motivated individual to lead the ICC Headquarters and manage the association and its affiliated businesses and projects.

The International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC, www.icc.or.at) is the pre-eminent international association in the field of cereal science and technology, committed to international cooperation through the dissemination of knowledge, conducting research, and developing standard methods that contribute to advancing innovation, improving food quality, food safety and food security for the health and well-being of all people. Founded in 1955, it is a non-political, not-for-profit organisation with its headquarters in Vienna, Austria.

We offer a full-time position based in attractive, well-equipped government offices situated in the central business district of Vienna, Austria. This is a senior position and a competitive salary commensurate with the experience of the candidate will be negotiated (minimum 51,100.- and maximum 85,000.- € gross per year).

The position involves association management (administrative and financial), fund raising, developing and implementing members services, coordination of committees and working groups, project management and monitoring, event management/coordination, and overseeing communication and publication of website content, news items and scientific articles.

Responsibilities will involve office management (3-5 staff), personnel recruiting, staff and work flow management and output monitoring, contracts negotiations, day-to-day decision making with reporting to the association's Governing and Executive Committees.

Basic requirements for this position are:

  • A degree (HTL, FH, or University) in one of the following areas is required: business/association management, business administration, international relations, communication, food science, food technology, quality control, life sciences, nutrition, food chemistry, biotechnology, agriculture, or similar.
  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience in office management and/or research/production coordination/management.
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English and German is required and a working knowledge of an additional language would be beneficial.
  • Good computer literacy.
  • A friendly and open-minded personality with good communication and diplomatic skills.
  • A technical knowledge and/or strong interest in the food and cereal industry, in food/cereal science and technology, and in validation and standardisation of methods will be a positive asset.
  • An ability to oversee ICC's linkages and cooperation with other Standardisation Organisations (e.g. Codex Alimentarius, ISO, CEN) will fit well with the position's communication requirements.

If you are interested in this position, please send (preferably by email) a cover letter, your CV and details of at least 2 relevant contacts/experts who may be contacted for comment on your suitability for this position before 26 September 2014 to Dr. Roland Ernest Poms, International Association for Cereal Science and Technology, Marxergasse 2, 1030 Vienna, Austria; Email: officeaticc [dot] or [dot] at.

 
2014-09-05:

It is time again to renew your ICC Membership and benefit from ICC's international forum and a variety of activities and services (see also www.icc.or.at/membership/overview). If your country/institution/company is not a member of ICC yet, please contact officeaticc [dot] or [dot] at to receive details and information what is in for you. A short summary presentation about ICC's main activities in 2014 and eminent future plans can be found at www.icc.or.at/news/renew_icc_membership_2015/icc_2014.

Some selected Country Members benefits are listed as follows (more details can be found at www.icc.or.at/membership/country):

  • New! Your free online access to all ICC Standard Methods for National Delegates and Deputy National Delegates
    Note: First activation after membership payment has been received and all back payments have been covered.
  • New! Your free notifications of EU Scienctific & Regulatory Updates (see example at www.icc.or.at/publications/scientific_and_regulatory_updates/example)
  • Your access to a global network of experts and professionals in the areas of cereal and food science and technology, nutrition, cereal and food safety and quality, food security, a.o.
  • Your involvement in international standardization and harmonization efforts concerning analytical methods, characterization of raw materials and ingredients, policy support for health claims and definitions, a.o.
  • Give your voice to Codex Alimentarius, ISO, CEN, UNIDO, FAO via ICC's official consultative or observer status
  • Your facilitated participation in international collaborative research projects funded by EU, governments, industry consortia, foundations, and international organisations
  • You receive privileged information: unpublished discussion papers and project ideas, collaboration opportunities and consultation documents
  • You can create awareness for local or regional issues/needs on an international scope
  • Host an international meeting tailored to local or regional needs in your country, (co-) organized by ICC (see past Cereal and Bread Congresses, Dietary Fibre Conferences, Gluten Free Conferences, MoniQA Conferences, any many workshops all around the globe)
  • Your vote counts: be represented in the ICC General Assembly to decide on future strategies and priorities
  • Make use of various discounts and complimentary publications

Some selected Institutional and Corporate Members benefits (more details can be found at www.icc.or.at/membership/institutional and www.icc.or.at/membership/corporate, respectively):

  • -50 % discount to all purchases of ICC Standard Methods in the ICC Online Store
  • Your access to a global network of experts and professionals in the areas of cereal and food science and technology, nutrition, cereal and food safety and quality, food security, a.o.
  • Your involvement in international standardization and harmonization efforts concerning analytical methods, characterization of raw materials and ingredients, policy support for health claims and definitions, a.o.
  • Your facilitated participation in international collaborative research projects funded by EU, governments, industry consortia, foundations, and international organisations
  • Be part of an ICC Working Group
  • Make use of various discounts and complimentary publications
  • Right to use the ICC logo to promote ICC Standard Methods and declaring ICC Corporate Membership
  • Preferential bookings of table-top presentations at ICC supported conferences and workshops
  • Exclusive product presentations at ICC organized conferences and workshops in the special ICC Corporate Member Session

If you have any questions please contact Sabine Gratzer (sabine [dot] gratzeraticc [dot] or [dot] at) at the ICC Membership Department. We are looking forward to your continued trust and collaboration.

 
2014-09-02:

In order to further investigate the health benefit of functional food and bioactive compounds and ensure food security, the 8th International Symposium of Food Science, the 16th International Conference of Functional Food Centre, and 4th International Symposium of Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds were successfully held during 26-27 July 2014 in Chengdu, Sichuan, China. Nearly 600 conference representatives from more than ten countries including China, USA, France, Canada, Germany, and Korea attended. Dr. Joel Abecassis, the President of ICC, also attended the conference on invitation.

This symposium was held jointly by International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC), Beijing Academy of Food Sciences, China Food Publishing Co., Food Science Journal, Food Science and Human Wellness, Functional Food Centre / FFC, USA) and Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds (ASFFBC) with theoretical research and practical application of functional food and bioactive compounds and food quality and safety control technology as the main topics. There were twelve forums with almost 100 seminars. It was rich in contents, advance in topics, and novel in conference styles. This symposium did not only allow direct contact between professionals and audience, but also offered the opportunity for them to discuss topics of concern and share experience with each other.

This symposium attracted wide serious concern of professionals in food industry. Experts and professionals were active on the symposium, analysing current hot topics in food industry from a macroscopic view and professional vision. This symposium provided an excellent opportunity for deeper exchange, achievement spread and exhibition for scholars and experts in functional food industry.

 
2014-09-01:

The Allergen Reference Materials Working Group was kicked-off in February 2013 in Washington, USA. The aim of this ICC and MoniQA supported working group is to:

  • Discuss and agree on requirements of allergen reference materials
  • The publication of a Guidance Document on the production and the special requirements of allergen reference materials in a peer-reviewed journal (similar to Abbott et al. 2010, maybe several publications)
  • Seek general acceptance of the Guideline by the international community (Task force, WG, then also IAM and Codex)
  • Reference for any allergen RM producers
  • Create a Basis for a "certification label" to increase trust of users of the allergen RM

The next MoniQA Food Allergen Reference Materials Meeting will be held on Sunday 7 September 2014, 14:00-16:30 prior to the AOAC 128th Annual Meeting and Exposition, in Boca Raton (Florida).

 
2014-06-28:

Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods (QAS)

The QAS volume 6, issue 3 (September 2014) is now available and features a special issue on "Food Chemistry and Safety". Edited by Hamit Köksel and Vural Gökmen, both from Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey, the presented research papers were selected from invited presentations in association with the EuroFoodChem XVII conference, which took place 7-10 May 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. The included papers encompass the latest research trends and findings on the emerging topics of food chemistry and safety. The 10 papers included in this special issue were selected from the papers recommended through an external peer-review process.

The papers in this special issue describe the recent advancements on analytical methodologies for the determination of nanomaterials in complex samples, safety assessment of engineered metallic nanoparticles in foods, performance of multiplex dipstick immunoassay for screening mycotoxins in cereals, analytical challenges in food chemistry proficiency tests, application of e-nose technique for food quality control using novel oligopeptides based materials, and evaluation of safety risks in thermal processing of foods considering processing contaminants such as acrylamide. In addition, some papers describe also the production and characterization of resistant starch and its utilization as food ingredient, thermolysis products of potato starch as potential prebiotics, and anovel cereal fiber drink as a tool for prevention of civilisation disease.

We are pleased to present this special issue to the readers of Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods journal and food chemistry community worldwide, and hope that it accomplishes our goal of highlighting outstanding recent advances in the field of food chemistry. At the same time we can be looking forward to the next EuroFoodChem XVIII conference in Madrid, Spain, 13-16 October 2015.

Subscribe now!

 
2014-06-24:

Vienna, 20 June 2014. ICC is proud to announce the launch of the ICC Online Store! You can now purchase all ICC Standard Methods online using a credit card, and immediately download the Standard Methods as PDF files. To celebrate the opening of the Online Store, until 31 December 2014 all ICC Standard Methods are available at the special discount rate of -50 % which is usually only available for customers from member countries. Register one time for free and log in to your account at any time to manage your orders and purchased files.

The store has been developed and deployed by ICC based on the open-source software Drupal Commerce.

In the future, the Online Store will be extended to include other sections such as event registrations and ordering services and products powered by ICC Services GmbH.

Start shopping now!

For technical questions, please contact Robert Allerstorfer at the ICC Headquarters.

 
2014-06-18:

Rice has been the major staple food in Asia for centuries, not only as table rice but also in the form of various food products made from rice flour. In recent years, Western diets have become very popular in Asia, especially among the young generation. The consumption of rice is declining in Asia. On the contrary, in other parts of the world, e.g. Europe, rice consumption is increasing due to its role in health promoting foods and in gluten-free food products and beverages.

Rice is one of the major energy crops in the world and indeed possesses a large variety of valuable nutrients. This meeting shall draw new attention to rice and novel technological approaches to better exploit the riches of this grain and to better respond to market needs and consumer preferences.

This meeting, organized by CGPRDI - China Grain Products Research and Development Institute and NPUST – National Pingtung University of Science and Technology is co-organised by ICC – International Association for Cereal Science and Technology and is not only addressing food scientists, dieticians, nutritionists, government officials, food manufactures, producers of ingredients and specialty foods, food companies and retailers, but also the interested consumer, to discuss the current and future opportunities and challenges in the use of rice for food and health.

Session Topics will be:

  • Food Security and rice production
  • Rice breeding and agricultural practices to meet processing and product requirements
  • Processing of rice - from milling to food manufacturing
  • Innovation and development of products based on rice flour
  • Nutrition and health aspects of rice and rice products
  • Utilization of all fractions of rice kernel
  • Rice authenticity and safety
  • Rice and public health - addressing the consumer and using market opportunities

Abstract submission is now open - Please submit poster or oral abstract to www.rice2014.com/en/51submissionguidance.php until 30 September 2014.

Registration is now open: www.rice2014.com/en/32registration.php

To sponsor or exhibit at this event view the options at www.rice2014.com/en/71sponsorshipinfo.php

 
2014-05-12:

Vienna, 12 May 2014. An EU-funded research project is shining a spotlight on the benefits, risks and quality of botanicals. Some 30 international research groups worked in a multi-disciplinary consortium to investigate whether botanicals available as drops, capsules, lozenges, tablets and pills, for example, truly deliver on what they promise. The PlantLIBRA research project started in 2010 and ends in May this year. Some 110 experts from over 30 countries participate in the wrap-up event in Vienna, 12-14 May 2014 (plantlibra2014.icc.or.at). The event is managed by ICC, which is also a consortium partner in this EU funded project (www.icc.or.at/projects/plantlibra).

The 25 nations involved in the "PlantLIBRA" research project all pursued the same goal: to record the benefits and risks of botanicals and test the quality of the products available on the market. The experts involved also compiled a database that will make it easier for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and other national authorities to assess botanicals.

Testing potency and toxicity

Botanicals, available as capsules, lozenges, tablets, pills and other similar dosage forms, are legally defined as foodstuffs and therefore subject to less stringent regulations than pharmaceuticals. Whether they offer any benefits, or may even pose risks, to consumers is the subject of the EU project that investigated a range of selected samples. "Whether a product actually contains the plant advertised on the package has not been tested in many cases. And it often takes a liability suit before we find out whether the active ingredients in a botanical product are effective or perhaps even poisonous" reports work package leader and Professor Emeritus at the Vetmeduni Vienna, Chlodwig Franz. The goal of this EU project was to shed light on this grey area. Various methods were developed and tested to anaylse the quality and safety of botanicals that are used in food supplements, including DNA analysis techniques that allow the exact identification of the plants used.

European products exceeded expectations

The researchers examined different products from all over Europe that contained passion flower, devil's claw, melissa, chamomile, valerian, calendula and ribwort. According to researcher Silvia Sponza: "All the European products we examined, including teas, pills, drops, powders and ointments, did in fact contain what was listed on the packaging. And the quality of the active ingredients was even on par with the quality standards that apply to pharmaceuticals."

The scientists also drew up a list of analytical laboratories in Europe, an important resource for the industry. This will make it much easier for botanicals manufacturers to select a competent lab to run analyses on their products.

Interviews with experts

The PlantLIBRA final conference is held in Vienna from 12-14 May 2014. Study research partners and representatives from the industry are in attendance. Various experts, including the Coordinator, Professor Patrizia Restani from the University of Milan (Italy), are available during the event at the Hotel Stefanie (Taborstraße 12, 1020 Vienna) for interviews. Please view the full programme at plantlibra2014.icc.or.at/programme and please feel free to contact us for an appointment at officeaticc [dot] or [dot] at.

 
2014-05-12:

On behalf of the MoniQA member CNR-ISPA (National Research Council of Italy, Institute of Sciences of Food Production), is our pleasure to invite interested laboratories to participate in a multi-mycotoxin proficiency test (PT).

The main objective of the PT is to provide interested laboratories with an opportunity to test their multi-mycotoxin methods and to compare their results with those of other laboratories. The use of LC-MS(MS) methods, although not strictly required, is highly recommended. Detailed information can be found in the Invitation Letter.

If you wish to participate please complete the Registration Form and send it by email to Veronica Lattanzio (veronica [dot] lattanzioatispa [dot] cnr [dot] it) and Annalisa De Girolamo (annalisa [dot] degirolamoatispa [dot] cnr [dot] it) by 20 May 2014. Do not hesitate to contact us for any further information about the procedure of the proficiency test.

 
2014-05-02:

Some 110 participants from over 30 countries from 5 continents discussed the current knowledge and the research needs at the latest ICC International Symposium "Bioactive Compounds in Cereal Grains and Foods", which was held in Vienna, Austria, 24-25 April 2014. An initial discussion at the Science Café expressed how multi-faceted the impact and the research of bioactive compounds of cereals and foods are. It was generally agreed that the consumer needs to be better informed and that any claims of foods concerning health promotion or fighting life style diseases need to be substantiated by science. In various technical sessions the scientist had often referred to the difficulty to precisely pinpoint to one compound for a certain health beneficial impact, because synergistic effects and dose dependent efficacies of various bioactive components are usually found in the same food. In more than 20 oral presentations given by renown speakers from around the globe, such as Trust Beta from the University of Manitoba (Canada), or Joseph Awika from Texas A&M University (USA), Fred Brouns from Maastrich University (the Netherlands) or Regine Schönlechner from BOKU (Austria) - to name a few - and over 40 posters, this symposium gave new and multi-actor insight in the identity of bioactive compounds in cereals, their functions and health promoting effects, as well as their fate in food processing. At the end of the symposium Alastair Ross (from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, and Chair of the meeting) and John Taylor (from the University of Pretoria, South Africa) summarized the outcomes as follows:

  • There is a need for comprehensive characterisation of materials (e.g. individual phenolics and specific proteins, not total phenolics/antioxidants or total protein)
  • Enzymatic treatments and fermentation seem to be more effective for releasing bioactives than physical processes alone
  • New application of milling and fractionation technologies are popular, but questions remain about unused fractions
  • Costs of complex processing – are these new processes for liberating bioactives cost effective?
  • There is greater need for bringing the knowledge and methods on "minor" grains and pseudocereals up to the level of the "major" grains
  • We need to investigate bioactives in combination with dietary fibre – the two are essentially inseparable in the diet, and should be inseparable in our research!
  • Sensory aspects and consumer acceptance/education are critical, if we are to bring our concepts and new processes to market
  • We need to be well informed about controversies related to cereal intake, and how we can play a role in helping people make the best choices for them, and not based on fear
  • Our knowledge on bioactives in cereals is still really in its infancy, and although we can see the potential, we need to work together to take the new process ideas and newly identified compounds to proven health benefits in humans.

Some additional statements and take home messages from the symposium:

  • "Bioactives are an array of compounds acting in concert; gradually we are building the puzzle to reveal their significance in cereal foods. We start to learn more about distribution of bioactives in different grains and parts of grain. More data is needed about their changes in processing of edible foods." (Kaisa Poutanen, VTT, Finland)
  • "It is time that we move beyond describing bioactive compounds in cereals as antioxidants, and measuring antioxidant activity. We need instead to focus on the real mechanistic effects of the individual and combined compounds which will help our overall understanding of how bioactives really work alone and in concert." (Alastair Ross, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)
  • "Synergy among whole grain bioactives (flavonoids) significantly enhance (potential) benefits on cancer prevention." (Joseph Awika, Texas A&M University, USA)
  • "Whole grain is a good source of vitamins, minerals and trace-elements as well as plant components that have beneficial effects on health maintenance. Individuals who consume whole grain foods as part of a varied daily diet have a significant reduction for risks of heart disease, diabetes and colorectal cancer. Weight management appears to be more favorable in whole grain consumers. The current internet-social media driven hype that gluten free is a healthy lifestyle for ALL, is not confirmed by science. Careful estimates indicate about 1 - max 1.5% celiac disease patients and 6 - 8% wheat sensitive individuals adding up to max 10% of the population that may benefit from gluten avoidance. There is at present no evidence that so called ancient grains provide significant health benefits over modern grain types." (Fred Brouns, Maastrich University, the Netherlands)
  • "This conference revealed that cereal dietary fibre and other bioactive compounds are closely linked, by chemical bonding or intimate association; to a much higher degree than fibres in fruits and vegetables. Cereal fibre goes beyond just fibre!" (Jan Willem van der Kamp, TNO, the Netherlands)

This symposium was organised by ICC - International Association for Cereal Science and Technology and hosted by BOKU - the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna. The event attracted food and cereal scientists from around the globe, breeders, dieticians and nutritionists, consumer representatives, food businesses, food manufacturers, policy makers from the agricultural and health sectors, providers of food ingredients and plant food supplements. The tenor of the participants was that this meeting needs a follow up and may become a series of symposia following the positive examples of Dietary Fibre or Gluten-Free Conferences. Various researchers encouraged collaboration with related initiatives and research consortia, such as the HealthGrain Forum or the recently launched MyNewGut project funded by the EU's FP7. ICC recently submitted a COST proposal for better alignment of currently often fragmented research and to better exploit knowledge and available technology to develop healthy and tasty whole grain foods. Participants of the symposium and ICC members have access to the presentations of this event and will receive further information on any additional developments on collaborative research in the area of bioactives. If you are interested to get involved, please contact the ICC Headquarters at officeaticc [dot] or [dot] at.

ICC would like to thank also the sponsors of this event, above all CPW (Cereal Partners Worldwide), and also Nestle, the Vienna Public Transportation System, and Austrian Airlines.

You may want to continue relevant discussions and collaborations at various upcoming related events:

  • International PlantLibra Conference, 12-14 May 2014, Vienna, Austria
    (plantlibra2014.icc.or.at)
  • ICC Whole Grain Symposium, 5-6 June 2014, Wuhan, China
  • 8th Food Science International Symposium and 4th International Symposium of the Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bioactives, 26-27 July 2014, Chengdu, China
    (www.chnfood.cn/nianhui8/eng.html)
  • Rice International Conference 2014, 24-27 November 2014, Pingtung, Taiwan
    (www.rice2014.com)
  • DF15 - 6th Dietary Fibre Conference 2015, 1-3 June 2015, Paris, France
    (df2015.icc.or.at)
  • Grains for feeding the world - ICC/AISTEC Conference at the World Expo Milan 2015, 1-3 July 2015, Milan, Italy
    (expo2015.icc.or.at)

Stay connected with ICC!

 
2014-04-16:

Countdown for the ICC International Symposium on Bioactive Compounds in Cereal Grains and Foods, 24-25 April 2014, Vienna, Austria. Read here some of the panel statements for discussion at the Science Café 24 April kicking off the event:

  • 10 Wheat and wheat gluten related myths
  • Public health interests or also a profitable market opportunity?
  • Will we ever have sufficient evidence to recommend consumption of grain products rich in bioactives?
  • All natural, enriched or food supplements - recommendations and diet
  • Is it time to be anti antioxidants?

For more programme details, please go to bioactives2014.icc.or.at/programme.

Please note that there are two different venues for this event. The Science Café on 24 April will be held at the Schick Hotel Stefanie and the Plenary sessions on 25 April will take place at BOKU, the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences – please see bioactives2014.icc.or.at/venue for more details.

We thank our event sponsors and supporters!
Premium Sponsor: Cereal Partners Worldwide
Regular Sponsor: Nestlé
Official Carriers: Austrian Airlines and Wiener Linien

For more details please go to the conference website at bioactives2014.icc.or.at or for any other special needs contact the conference secretariat.

 
2014-04-02:

The full programme is now available online. The Symposium will be kicked-off with the Science Café on 24 April 2014 with an open discussion with renown experts on bioactive compounds. All participants are encouraged to register for this Pre-Symposium event, which is included in the registration fee. For more programme details go to bioactives2014.icc.or.at/programme.

Discount on travel arrangements: Participants of the Symposium booking tickets online may benefit from a 10% reduction on 1-day-, 2-day- or 3-day passes to the public transport system of Vienna. Transfer to and from the airport can be booked online together with this at these special conditions. For more details on online booking please go to bioactives2014.icc.or.at/venue.

For more details please go to the conference website at bioactives2014.icc.or.at or for any other special needs contact the conference secretariat.

 
2014-04-02:

The ICC endorsed Rice International Conference 2014 (RICE 2014) (www.rice2014.com), organized by China Grain Products R&D Institute, will be held at Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Pingtung, Taiwan, 24-27 November 2014. The main theme of RICE 2014 is "From Staple To Innovation" and will focus on novel technologies, new applications, safety, authenticity, marketing, and consumer preference for rice related products. This event is addressed not only to food scientists, dieticians, nutritionists, governmental officers, food manufactures, and food retailers, but also the consumers who are interested in rice products. Existing and emerging opportunities and challenges in the use of rice in foods and health-promoting products will be discussed.

Submit your abstract online at www.rice2014.com to the following session topics:

  • Food security and rice production
  • Rice breeding and agricultural practices to meet processing and product requirements
  • Processing of rice - from milling to food manufacturing
  • Innovation of products based on rice flour
  • Nutrition and health aspects of rice and rice products
  • Utilization of all fractions of rice kernel
  • Rice authenticity and safety

Important Deadlines:

  • Abstract submission deadline: 31 July 2014
  • Early-bird registration deadline: 30 September 2014
  • Online registration deadline: 14 November 2014
 
2014-03-31:

The ICC Secretary General, Roland Poms, followed an invitation by the newly established Ethiopian Agro-food Processing Industry (AgriTec, Ethiopia) to visit Ethiopia 23-28 March 2014. Roland Poms met with several representatives from academia at universities in Addis Ababa and the Director of Southern Agricultural Research Institute, Hawassa, and farming cooperatives in Debrezeit, and food industry to link in with private-public-partnerships in Ethiopia. ICC intends to intensify collaboration between European and African research and development activities and in 2014/2015 ICC is involved in the submission of various international collaborative research proposals in response to the EU's Horizon 2020 calls related to food security. Hosted by Yoseph Delelegn, an Ethiopian citizen and currently a researcher at BOKU - the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna and on a mission by a UNIDO funded Agribusiness Development project, ICC was able to get better insight in the challenges and needs that Eastern Africa is facing in assuring a sufficient, safe and nutritious food supply.

 
2014-03-20:

The full programme is now available at bioactives2014.icc.or.at/programme. The Symposium will be kicked-off with the Science Café on 24 April 2014 with an open discussion with renown experts on bioactive compounds.

Moderated by Jan Willem van der Kamp of TNO, NL, the panel discussion will be presided by

  • Fred Brouns, University of Maastricht, NL, on "10 myths about wheat and wheat gluten"
  • Trust Beta, University of Manitoba, CA, questioning "Will we ever have sufficient evidence to recommend consumption of grain products rich in bioactives?"
  • Karl-Heinz Wagner, University of Vienna, AT, addressing "All natural, enriched or food supplements - recommendations and diet"
  • Alastair Ross, Chalmers, SE, wondering "Is it time to be anti antioxidants?"
  • Representative from industry (tbc) questioning "Public health interests or also a profitable market opportunity?"

About 100 participants have already registered for this event which will provide up-to-date information in the area of bioactives research on health benefits and food uses, innovative processes and product development, market opportunities and added value specialty products from around the globe. This symposium will be beneficial for dieticians and nutritionists, health conscious consumers, food businesses, food manufacturers, food scientists and food developers, policy makers from the agricultural and health sectors, providers of food grade ingredients and plant food supplements. Register now: bioactives2014.icc.or.at/register!

You may want to choose to sponsor the event and showcase your products to an international audience! Choose your sponsoring package at bioactives2014.icc.or.at/sponsoring

 
2014-03-13:

Over 70 participants attended the annual Joint MoniQA/IAM Workshop for Codex Alimentarius which was held 2 March 2014 in Budapest, Hungary. Chaired by Richard Cantrill, AOCS and Roland Poms, ICC, this year's event focused on "Sampling issues in the light of new approaches and existing Codex Standards". The featured presentations from Roger Wood, Chairman of the Inter-Agency Meeting; Árpád Ambrus, Hungarian Food Safety Office; Steve Ellison, LGC; Astrid Nordbotten, Norwegian Food Safety Authority and Roger Kissling, Fonterra Ltd. were made available to MoniQA members and participants. MoniQA is now collecting ideas and needs for the next Joint IAM/MoniQA Workshop linked to the Codex Alimentarius CCMAS meeting in Budapest in 2015, please send your comments and ideas to moniqaatmoniqa [dot] org. To join MoniQA, please go to www.moniqa.org.

 
2014-03-13:

The call for nominations for the GCHERA (Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for the Agricultural and Life Sciences) World Agriculture Prize 2014 Prize is now open. The 2014 Prize will be awarded to an academic/faculty member from a higher education institution working in the disciplines relating to the agricultural and life sciences in recognition of the academic/faculty member's life time achievements. A nominee will demonstrate exceptional and significant achievement in his or her engagement in the mission of higher education institutions relating to agricultural and life sciences – in education, research and innovation. This impact will most likely be demonstrated in the work of the nominee in the development of the institution(s) in which the nominee has served, and in the local and wider geographical region of those institution(s), but not necessarily globally. For full details of the Terms & Conditions for submitting a nomination for the prize see www.gchera-wap.org

 
2014-02-27:

The new FP7 project MyNewGut "Microbiome Influence on Energy balance and Brain Development-Function Put into Action to Tackle Diet-related Diseases and Behavior" held its Kick-Off meeting in Valencia, Spain, 19 - 20 February 2014. ICC, represented there by Roland Poms, 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). For more details please visit www.icc.or.at/projects/mynewgut.

 
2014-02-19:

The 3rd International ISEKI_Food Conference will take place in Athens, Greece, 21-23 May 2014 with the general aims to contribute to the creation of an "open" international forum for researchers, education scientists, technologists and industry representatives as well as food consumers, to promote constructive dialogue and collaboration on topics relevant to Food Science and Technology, Industry and Education and to present and disseminate the results of the activities developed by the ISEKI_Food network projects.

This conference will be focused on Food Science and Technology for a Bioeconomy 2020. Among a wide number of conference topics, the re-thinking of education in terms of strategies and methods for higher education and continual professional development, the most recent research innovations and emergent requirements, and developments and needs for an industry sustainable food supply, will be on top of the agenda. Several pre-conference events are also included and organized: The final session of the pilot "Summer School" for teachers in Food Science & Technology, and two workshops on European PhD research and involvement and role of industry.

For more information including the updated programme, please visit the conference website www.isekiconferences.com/athens2014. We look forward to welcoming you to Athens in 2014.

 
2014-02-14:

WORLD HUNGER: A CRISIS NOW AND A CATASTROPHE IN 2050?

Marina Carcea (ICC Past President), Sam Millar (Campden BRI, ICC National Delegate) and Roland Poms (ICC Secretary General) represented ICC and the Healthgrain Forum at The Economist Event "Feeding The World", 13 February 2014, The HAC, London, UK. This international event addressed major global challenges such as: Global population projected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050; Limited agricultural land and resource scarcity; Infrastructure and biodiversity challenges; Pressures of a changing climate. The event provided provocative debate and inspired for action. For ICC and the HEALTHGRAIN Forum the acquired deeper insight in food security related challenges will help guide actors and collaborators to efficient strategies and supportive activities to increase food security and fight hunger in the world. The recently established food security working groups and research activities will benefit greatly from the outcome of this meeting.

 
2014-02-09:

Rapid Methods Europe - RME2014 (www.bastiaanse-communication.com/rme2014) takes place in Noordwijkerhout, the Netherlands, 31 March - 2 April 2014. RME2014 is the 9th in a series of conferences dedicated to innovations and breakthroughs in microbiological and chemical analysis of food, feed and water. This series aims to further strengthen the academia-industry relations and to further disseminate advanced research towards practical applications in food, feed and water analysis. MoniQA organised a technical session at the conference on 2 April 2014 and will also hold its annual General Assembly at the end of the conference 13:00-15:00 on 2 April 2014. For details please consult the conference programme at www.bastiaanse-communication.com/rme2014/cp.pdf.

RME2014 presents new and cutting-edge technologies focusing on multi-target screening, lower detection limits, wider range of matrices and shorter time, with an eye toward looking for unknown compounds and moving tests out of the laboratory. Conference topics include, but are not limited to ...

  • sampling and sample preparation
  • multi-analyte detection
  • simple and cost-effective technologies
  • alternative biosensors and recognition elements
  • scientific solutions for industry
  • outlook for future analytical advances

... for microorganisms (indicator and spoilage microorganisms, pathogens), contaminants (due to contamination, cultivation practices or production processes), allergens, GMOs and veterinary drug residues, as well as for authenticity/adulteration and forensic identification.

As a comprehensive overview RME2014 offers an excellent way to network and to share ideas, providing a reference source for anyone wishing to gain insight into the latest developments in microbial and chemical analysis of food, feed and water ensuring safety and quality.

 
2014-01-21:

Roland Poms, Secretary General of ICC and MoniQA Association will lecture on "Reference Materials and Method Validation in Food Safety Assurance" at BOKU - University of Life Sciences and Natural Resources, Vienna, Austria. Apart from enrolled MSc and PhD students, ICC and MoniQA members have access to a maximum of 10 places. If interested, please register by email to officeaticc [dot] or [dot] at. The lectures, excursions and workshop activities are on 5 afternoons. Invited speakers from international standardisation organisations will enrich the workshop programme and give a global perspective and the value of international standards.

The aim of the workshop on "Reference materials and method validation in food safety assurance" is to describe the issues and challenges involved in the international comparability and validity of analytical results in the assurance of food safety and quality. On the basis of practical examples the focus will be on current hot topics, such as mycotoxins, food allergens, pathogenic micro-organisms, GMOs, etc., the analytical possibilities (including rapid methods), and the corresponding EU regulations. Additionally, an overview of international standardization bodies and examples of international validation studies will be given.

More infos: www.moniqa.org/events/workshop_rm_food_safety_boku_march_2014

 
2014-01-20:

More than 600 people from 48 different countries attended the Horizon 2020 info day calls for proposals for Societal Challenge 2 (SC2) and LEIT- Biotechnology. This major event took place in Brussels, on 17 January 2014, at the Charlemagne building and was organised by the European Commission's Directorate General for Research and Innovation through Directorate F – Bioeconomy. You can access the presentations given on the day at ec.europa.eu/research/bioeconomy/news-events/news/20140117_03_en.htm, which will be updated regularly.

Roland Poms, Secretary General of ICC and MoniQA, attended the Info Day in Brussels on behalf of members of ICC and MoniQA. Several specific questions communicated by members in advance of the meeting to the Secretariat of ICC and MoniQA could be addressed in the afternoon discussions with the EC officials. Members only can see some more detailed information and possibilities of joint collaborative projects in the protected members area at www.icc.or.at for ICC and www.moniqa.org for MoniQA (for members visible after log in). ICC and MoniQA will continue to disseminate up-to-date information on new developments within Horizon 2020 and will facilitate project participation for its members.

 
2014-01-17:

HEALTHGRAIN whole grain definition - Now published!

Van der Kamp J.W., Poutanen K, Seal C, Richardson D: The HEALTHGRAIN definition of 'whole grain' has been published in Food and Nutrition Research, the on-line peer reviewed Journal where more whole grain definition related papers have been published. The paper is now ready for download free of charge at www.foodandnutritionresearch.net and will be highlighted by a range of media actions.

Report of HEALTHGRAIN Forum Symposium at ICN2013

Gibson S, Ashwell M, van der Kamp J.W.: Cereal Foods and Health - new results and science-based nutrition guidelines. Complete Nutrition Vol. 13 No. 6 Dec. 2013 / Jan. 2014, p. 26-28.
The article, summarizing the HGF Symposium at the 20th Int'l Nutrition Conference, Granada 15-20 Sep. 2013, has now been published in Complete Nutrition - a high circulation journal (> 10.000) and can be downloaded at: www.nutrition2me.com/resource-centre/free-to-view-articles.

 
2014-01-16:

Dear colleagues, dear friends,

I would like to start the New Year with all my best wishes for yourself, your family, your team and your organization.

More than ever, the importance of cereals for feeding the world is in the focus globally. All our efforts should aim to move towards a world without hunger. This concerns not only to progress on genetics and agronomy but also more qualitative aspects to ensure the safety of raw material and to develop end-products with nutritional and sensory qualities expected by consumers. Faced with these challenges we need to strengthen our global vision and to commit ourselves further to multidisciplinary approaches. This role will be developed in the coming years by ICC through the mobilisation of more researchers, more institutions and more corporate members over the world. We are pleased to welcome within ICC New Country Members: Brazil, India and New Zealand, as well as a new Corporate Member: TLR International Laboratories, Netherlands.

During the past year, in-depth reflection was initiated within ICC to better share our vision for the future and to better involve every member of ICC in both strategic activities and dissemination. Several important decisions were taken: The first one was to renew Roland Poms' appointment as Secretary General of our organization and to confirm our confidence in all members of the Vienna HQ for their invaluable job they have done since many years. One of ICC's main activities was to support the development of international networks (MoniQA Association, HEALTHGRAIN Forum, ...). A new task force has been set up at the initiative of Curtin University to provide structural actions and new initiatives to ensure global food security. A message has just been sent to you by the ICC in this regard. A new formula has been proposed for the ICC journal (QAS) thanks to the active contribution of our two Editors-in-Chief (Stan Cauvain and Roland Poms). A new deputy technical director (Amine Jbeily, IRI, Lebanon) was appointed by ICC to reinforce our Technical Committee. At the same time ICC has contributed to the dissemination of scientific and technical information through the organization of major international conferences: Gluten-Free in Vienna, Austria chaired by Regine Schönlechner, the ICC- AGSA Conference in Perth, Australia chaired by Larisa Cato, the MoniQA 4th International Conference in Budapest, Hungary chaired by Roland Poms, and the Flour Bread '13, Opatija, Croatia chaired by Marko Jukic.

The coming year promises to be also a very exciting one for ICC. We are trying to organize more inclusive activities and shared responsibilities within ICC. This will include establishing/initiating new working groups, in which we want you to be committed to constitute a real participatory international Task Force. Several international conferences have been organized by ICC. Among these we draw your attention to: Bioactive compounds (in April, Vienna, Austria), Whole Grain Conference (in June, Wuhan, China), Rice Conference (in November, Pingtung, Taiwan). We hope to see you at one or more of these conferences.

All my best wishes for a very successful 2014,

Joel Abecassis
INRA, France
ICC President 2013-2014

 
2014-01-10:

Roland Poms, Secretary General of ICC, will attend the Info Day on 2014 Horizon 2020 calls for proposals - Societal Challenge 2 and LEIT Biotechnology (ec.europa.eu/research/bioeconomy/news-events/news/20140117_en.htm). After ICC's recent success stories in attracting EU funding for collaborative research projects and ICC's involvement in EU's Framework Programmes (FP4-FP7) as Coordinator (ECC 2002, MoniQA), as Workpackage Leader or Partner (HEALTHGRAIN, ISEKI, CommNET, PlantLibra, Connect4Action, iFAAM, MyNewGut, MycoSpec, EMPORA) or as Member of the Advisory Board (MycoRed, DREAM, TradeIT), ICC will again facilitate and/or partner in collaborative project proposals with Horizon 2020. As a special service for ICC members, Roland Poms and the ICC Headquarters in Vienna will support members' initiatives and provide advice in partner search or direct requests to programme officers.

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly € 80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) - in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market. For more information please contact the official website at ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020.

ICC's members and stakeholders might have special interest in the following areas:

ICC will be happy to discuss your ideas and proposals. Members of ICC enjoy additional privileged information and services useful for project proposals and collaborations. If you are not a member of ICC yet, please refer to www.icc.or.at/news/renew_icc_membership and choose your preferred involvement in ICC.

 
2014-01-09:

WORLD HUNGER: A CRISIS NOW AND A CATASTROPHE IN 2050?

The Economist Event "Feeding the World – Sustainable Solutions for a Global Crisis" will take place 13 February 2014 in London, The HAC. This international event will address major global challenges such as: Global population projected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050; Limited agricultural land and resource scarcity; Infrastructure and biodiversity challenges; Pressures of a changing climate.

Take part in an event that sheds light on the crucial measures needed to create sustainable solutions for future food security

A high-level audience will gather in London on 13 February 2014 to discuss how to accelerate progress in coordinating efforts to tackle the planet's food security crisis. Industry leaders, government, donors, aid agencies and the research community will explore opportunities to collaborate in delivering improved access to food and nutrition and sustainable agricultural development.

Keynote Speakers of this event are:

  • Emma Duncan, Deputy Editor, The Economist
  • Paulus Verschuren, Special Envoy on Food Nutrition and Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
  • Sir Gordon Conway, Professor for International Development, Imperial College London
  • Amadou Allahoury Diallo, High Commissioner for the 3N Initiative, Government of Niger

Keynote speeches will be followed by panel discussions on topics such as: action plans for smallholder farmers; tackling malnutrition; economic growth and the demands on agricultural land, strategies for a sustainable and equitable global food market; The role of technology in solving the global food security challenge, and food security, biodiversity and effective management of ecosystem services.

For more details please visit the event Website: www.economistinsights.com/sustainability-resources/event/feeding-world-2014.

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