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Whole Grain Summit 2017 - Vienna, 13-15 November 2017 - Save the date and become a sponsor!

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

Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods: new issue is NOW available online!

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!

16 October is FAO World Food Day – ICC highlights the importance of key food security topics

 

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)

30th EFFoST International Conference, 28-30 November 2016 - ICC Special Session; Bilateral Networking Forum - sign up today!

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.

ICC INTERNAL POSITIONS: Search for ICC President Elect 2017-2018, ICC Auditors & an ICC Corporate Member Representative

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.

4th INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON GLUTEN-FREE CEREAL PRODUCTS AND BEVERAGES: 18-19 October 2016, Cork, Ireland - one more week!

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.

Report of the 15th International Cereal and Bread Congress (ICBC), 18-21 April 2016, Istanbul, Turkey

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.

Awards announced at the 15th ICBC 2016

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.

 

New ICC Technical Director elected: Eng. Amine Jbeily

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.

Proceedings of the 10th AISTEC conference "Grains for feeding the world" on the occasion of the EXPO 2015, Milan, now available

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.

ICC on LinkedIn

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.

Flour Mill 2015, 21-23 September 2015 in Moscow, Russia

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.

 

Join the global research initiative to unravel wheat and gluten related health concerns

Based on a number of recent studies, the related questions about the level of evidence and a very strong social media drive, to avoid the consumption of gluten-containing grains, there is an urgent need for well controlled studies. The latter is especially the case since in most published studies the types of grains used and the foods produced from them have been very poorly characterized and described, making many conclusions questionable. Future studies should address the detailed composition of different cereals used, the changes in composition that may occur as a result of food processing (dough making using yeast or sourdough culture, extrusion, time, temperature, etc.) as well as final baking, drying, etc.

The ultimate aim of such an approach is to have a full analytical picture of the actual food that will be supplied to individuals for the study of effects on metabolism, symptoms and well-being. When addressing the in vivo effects of wheat based foods, consumed "as part of a typical daily diet", only a known composition will help to obtain reliable data. The latter is of crucial importance to make evidence based recommendations for future product development in the context of "good food for a healthy life". Here we propose an international project of global importance to the cereal supply chain and food industry.

The HealthGrain Forum Europe, endorsed by ICC and AACC, is seeking for active participation of the cereal foods chain related academic and industrial partners. Read the attached PDF files for more information about the backgrounds and aims of this pre-competitive research project.

DF15 - the 6th International Dietary Fibre Conference 2015 - a landmark in Dietary Fibre research

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

Michaela Pichler to succeed Roland Poms as Secretary General of ICC

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.

ICC at Info Day on Horizon 2020 - Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy, Brussels, 17 January 2014

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:

9th International Congress “Flour-Bread ’17” and the 11th Croatian Congress of Cereal Technologists “Brašno-Kruh ’17” - Early Bird registration ending 15 July!

We are pleased to announce the 9th International Congress “Flour-Bread ’17” and the 11th Croatian Congress of Cereal Technologists “Brašno-Kruh ’17.” which will take place in Opatija, Croatia from the 25th to 27th October 2017.

This year the Congress celebrates the 20th jubilee of gathering numerous researchers and professionals from different parts of the world, with the main aim to feature the latest advances in cereal science and technology.

The Congress programme will include plenary and invited lectures, oral and poster presentations, and the exhibition of process and laboratory equipment, cereal industry products and publications.

You are cordially invited to contribute to the scientific programme of the Congress and to participate in social events that will provide an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences with colleagues, and discuss possibilities for networking and collaboration.

We look forward to welcome you in Opatija!

For more details please visit www.ptfos.unios.hr/brasno-kruh/ 

FOODTECHMASTER on Dry Pasta Production - ICC Members benefit from reduced registration!

ICC is happy to announce its collaboration with Pavan for the Foodtechmaster on Dry Pasta production from 9th – 13th October 2017 at the Pavan Conference Centre, Galliera Veneta (Padova).

The FOODTECHMASTER is a series of professional training courses organized by Pavan with the aim of sharing knowledge and expertise on food production technology. The 5 days seminar will be held by Professors of the academic community, high ranking ICC Experts and Process Engineers of Pavan Dry Pasta Division. Topics will cover the entire pasta production process, from theoretical aspects to practical issues.

Use the chance for discounted early bird registration until 30.06.2017. ICC Members will be granted a 10% reduction on registration fees. Find more detailed information at: http://www.foodtechmaster.com

LACC4 and IGW, Mexico City, 11 - 17 March 2018 - Save the dates!

LACC4 header

We are pleased to announce that in March 2018 CIMMYT-International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center will host the LACC4 - 4th ICC Latin American Cereals Conference 11-14 March 2018 which will be organized together with ICC-International Association for Cereal Science and Technology as well as the IGW - 13th International Gluten Workshop 14-17 March 2018. Both conferences will be held adjacently at the Hilton Hotel in Mexico City, Mexico. About the events:

LACC4
4th ICC Latin American Cereals Conference

11-14 March 2018The 4th ICC Latin American Cereals Conference is an international conference that promotes scientific and technological knowledge related to the production of grains, cereals and food and is aimed at professionals connected to the value chains of grains and cereals, from agricultural production to the food industry and consumers:

•Cereal scientists and researchers from 
agriculture and food research centers
•Universities and academia
•Food industry professionals in research and 
development, production and quality areas
•Policy makers from government institutions
•Trade associations connected to the food industry

At LACC4 researchers from around the world will present on themes related to the productive chain of grain:

•Agricultural production
•Food safety
•Nutritional composition
•Food formulation
•Laboratory analysis
•Regulatory aspects, political and economical

IGW
13th International Gluten Workshop

14-17 March 2018

Welcome new ICC Corporate Members - Barilla and Pavan!

Benvenuti! Two global companies who share the Italian passion for cereal products: Barilla and Pavan! ICC is proud to welcome its new Corporate Members - the Barilla Group and the Pavan Group!

Barilla Group:
Barilla is an Italian family-owned food company. Established in 1877, it is now an international Group present in more than 100 countries. A world leader in the markets of pasta and ready–to–use sauces in continental Europe, bakery products in Italy and crispbread in Scandinavia, the Barilla Group is recognized worldwide as a symbol of Italian know–how.

Pavan Group:
Pavan is among the worldwide leaders, in the design and engineering of technologies and integrated product lines for cereal based food processing. Pavan offers the widest range of solutions for the production of all types of pasta: long and short-cut dry pasta, nest shaped, pre-cooked pasta, couscous, as well as machineries for filled, flat, and extruded fresh pasta, convenience food and gnocchi. Through the brand Golfetto Sangati, complete cereal milling plants can be provided.

Whole Grain Summit 2017 - Early Bird Registration ending soon - Poster abstract submission now open!

Raise your voice on whole grains – join the 6th International Whole Grain Summit! The key international conference on whole grains organised by ICC in cooperation with HGF and University of Minnesota will take place in Vienna from 13 – 15 November 2017 and will use this global reach to establish networks and define action plans to stimulate increased consumption of whole grains and other healthy cereal ingredients.

This Summit will be one of a kind as it will include updates on the latest in science/technology, nutrition and health, business, marketing and regulatory perspectives as well as active discussion sessions in the World Café format leading to a "Declaration on Whole Grains". Participants will not only get state-of-the-art information but also have the unique opportunity to actively contribute to the future of whole grain!

Present your work to key stakeholders from across the globe in the poster presentation sessions – abstract submission is now open! The Whole Grain Summit will be a platform to promote and encourage researchers presenting innovative or exceptional work in the field of whole grains and will thus include best poster awards in their recognition! The best posters will be awarded and may be presented in plenary. Submit your abstract under www.wholegrainsummit.com/abstracts. Submit your work to the core topics of the conference:

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ICC now on facebook

A new year brings new activities. To better keep in touch with our members and stakeholders, ICC is now also present on facebook. We will continuously use this as a platform to inform about ICC activities but also to present news from our members and news on cereals. We invite our members to share with us related news to reach a broader community.

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Letter from the incoming ICC President 2017 - Hamit Köksel

Dear friends and colleagues,

I am honoured to start serving as the new President of ICC for 2017-2018.

Over the last decade, ICC has continued healthy growth and overcoming challenges under the exceptional leadership of the Past Presidents and ICC’s Secretary Generals. I take this chance to thank the previous ICC Presidents, in particular Dr. Fengcheng Wang and Dr. Joel Abecassis who have offered their hard work to serve our Association. Special thanks should go to the Secretary General, Ms. Michaela Pichler, who has made outstanding contributions to the progress of ICC since she has started, and to the fantastic ICC team at the Headquarters in Vienna. I would also like to congratulate Dr. Stefan Wagener from Canada as the incoming ICC President Elect. ICC is looking forward to new accomplishments with this new team in 2017 and beyond.

For the near future in 2017-2018, ICC will continue to focus on the following priority areas to address future challenges effectively

  • Developing internationally accepted standard methods for grains and grain based products is still one of the primary objectives of the ICC. This will require speeding up the revision of some existing ICC standards and the development of new methods. A number of new working groups are already established. Additional working groups will be initiated soon, in which we will be committed to constituting an efficient international participation. We would like to include the best experts around the world and become more effective in terms of method standardization and validation. We will focus on standards for regional foods, whole grains, alternative grains, and new testing methods for all cereals, pseudo-cereals and pulses.
  • As a global organization responsible for all aspects of cereal foods, our Association will continue to take an active part in designing and coordinating research projects on cereal-based issues, similar to the highly successful MoniQA and HealthGrain projects. At the same time ICC will attempt to actively link various initiatives of international consortia, the European Commission, and other related bodies to ICC and its members. We wish ICC to strengthen its position as a widely respected leader in food quality, safety and security, as well as technology innovation within the next couple of years.
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