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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)

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:

TW18 - Grains for Wellbeing - abstract submission and registration open

We are pleased to announce that the registration and abstract submission is open for 

ICC International Conference - Grains for Wellbeing,
5-8 Nov 2018 in Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.
 

Grain is important in our diet, not only for providing energy and the feeling of joy from grain foods and desserts, but also for improving health. Being staple food, refined grains such as rice and wheat have been highly industrialized; their quality and safety remain extremely important. With health benefits, the precious functional components from grain such as beta-glucan, dietary fiber, antioxidants, etc., have enabled the introduction of innovative grain products.

This event will offer the opportunity to reach out to the Asian region by showcasing your company through attractive sponsorhip packages or by submitting your work for oral or poster presentation. Find all information under www.grainsforwellbeing.org

We welcome you to share with us your research and outcome of work in this platform for a wonderful future of grain industry and human life and look forward to welcoming you in Taipei!

Radomir Lásztity

His wife, Dr Anna Halász, his family and his colleagues at the Department of Applied Biotechnology and Food Science, Budapest University of Technology and Economics announced that Radomir Lásztity left peacefully on 5 February 2018, in the 89th year of his life. In his very active professional carrier, Professor Lásztity worked at the Department of Biochemistry and Food Technology (later Department of Applied Biotechnology and Food Science), Faculty of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, Budapest University of Technology and Economics. He served as vice dean of the Faculty, later as vice rector of the University. Between 1972 and 1993 he led the Department. His decades of teaching activity contributed significantly to the generations of chemical and bioengineers. As Vice-Dean and Vice-Rector, he was one of the innovator of the modernization of education, such as introducing the computer science, molecular biochemistry, biotechnology and environmental sciences into the higher education of chemical and bioengineers. As professor emeritus he helped and supported his colleagues and students almost till the end of his life. In addition to his initiative educational activities, Professor Lásztity was also excellence in research. His main focus of interest was the cereals sciences, with special emphases on food rheology.

LACC4 and IGW - thank you to all participants and sponsors!

LACC4 header 

Thanks to over 220 participants, sponsors and exhibitors for making the #LACC2018 the great and multidisciplinary event it was! Read the summary "Global grain research and food industry experts meet to address rising malnutrition" at http://www.cimmyt.org/global-grain-research-and-food-industry-experts-meet-to-address-rising-malnutrition/ 

See you at the next ICC events! 


Sincerely, 

Hamit Koksel (Chair of LACC4 |ICC President)
Michaela Pichler (ICC Secretary General | CEO)
Jennifer Nelson (Global Wheat Program Manager | CIMMYT)
Carlos Guzman (Chair of IGW | CIMMYT)

On behalf of the Conference Committees

http://cereals2018.cimmyt.org/

Season's Greetings from the ICC President - Hamit Köksel

Hamit Köksel

Dear friends and colleagues,

Serving ICC as the President in 2017 has been an exciting and rewarding experience for my professional life. Over the last year, ICC has continued stable growth with the support of its members. I take this opportunity to thank all of our members, who have offered their hard work to serve ICC. Special thanks should go to the fantastic ICC team at the Headquarters. I would also like to congratulate Dr Charles Brennan as the incoming ICC President Elect. ICC is looking forward to new accomplishments in 2018 and beyond.

ICC will continue to focus on the following priority areas to address future challenges:

Megazyme announces the release of a new, innovative assay procedure for the measuremenet of endo-1,4-b-xylanase.

Measurement of endo-1,4-b-xylanase in industrial enzyme preparations, bread improvers and malted cereal grains

Megazyme is pleased to announce the release of a new, innovative assay procedure for the measuremenet of endo-1,4-b-xylanase (xylanase). The assay is based on hydrolysis of the specific substrate, 4,6-O-(3-ketobutylidene)-4-nitrophenyl-b-45-O-glucosylxylopentaoside as depicted in Scheme 1. On hydrolysis of this substrate, the released 4-nitrophenyl-b-45-O-glucosylxylo-oligosaccharide is immediately hydrolysed by the excess quantities of b-xylosidase present in the substrate mixture, releasing free 4-nitrophenol. The reaction is terminated by addition of alkaline solution with conversion of the 4-nitrophenyl to the yellow, 4-nitrophenolate ion. Increase in yellow colour is directly proportional to the rate of hydrolysis of the xylo-oligosaccharde chain. This assay for xylanase is unique in that it employs a defined, water-soluble substrate in a simple assay format that can be automated. The assay is sensitive, rapid and reproducible and can be applied to any sample containing any xylanase. Megazyme, under the auspices of ICC is planning to run an interlaboratory evaluation of this assay procedure. Are you interested in collaborating? You will be supplied with all required reagents and a set of samples for evaluation.

Please contact Barry McCleary, barryatmegazyme [dot] com.

David Mangan*, Claudio Cornaggia, Agnija Liadova, Niall McCormack, Ruth Ivory,

Vincent A. McKie, Aaron Ormerod, Barry V. McCleary (2017) Novel substrates for the automated and manual assay of endo-1,4-b-xylanase, Carbohydrate Research, 445, 14-22.

Vienna Whole Grain Declaration published

Whole Grain Declaration

VIENNA WHOLE GRAIN DECLARATION  - A Call to Action for Increasing Whole Grain Intake

From the participants of the 6th InternationalWhole Grain Summit in Vienna 2017

For over three decades, repeated studies have clearly demonstrated that people eating more whole grains have reduced risks of many diseases compared to those eating less. This has led many countries to adopt specific recommendations for people to choose whole grain-based foods instead of refined grain-based foods. Yet current data suggest that whole grain intake in most countries remains well below existing recommended levels, which is a concern for long-term public health.

To increase whole grain intake, efforts cannot be limited to one or two stakeholders, and must be addressed using the combined efforts of all parties involved in the food supply chain. For this reason, more than 200 renowned experts and leading stakeholders, representing more than 35 countries, came together at the 6th International Whole Grain Summit, 13-15 November 2017 in Vienna, Austria, with the common goal of creating a collective action plan to increase whole grain intake worldwide, for the health and well-being of all people.

This declaration reflects the experts’ consensus on the principal goals that must be addressed, and the actions that must be taken in order to increase whole grain intake.

Press Release: The Best Dietary Change According to Experts? Switching to Whole Grains

The Best Dietary Change According to Experts? Switching to Whole Grains

Vienna, 18.12.2017. New data on the links between diet and health show that replacing refined grains with whole grains globally could reduce the burden of chronic disease more than any other change – including better-known approaches such as reducing sodium, eliminating trans fats or even cutting sugar-sweetened beverages.

This eye-opening data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation was revealed during the keynote address at the recent Whole Grain Summit in Vienna. In response to the urgent public health challenge documented by experts speaking at this event, more than 200 scientists from 36 countries participating in the Whole Grain Summit worked to craft a two-year global action plan to increase whole grain consumption.

Read the FULL PRESS RELEASE

Season's Greetings 2017/2018

 

Season’s Greetings and our best wishes for the New Year on behalf of all staff at the 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 2017

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 25 December 2017 and 5 January 2018.

Whole Grain Declaration

 

VIENNA WHOLE GRAIN DECLARATION
 - A Call to Action for Increasing Whole Grain Intake

from the participants of the 6th InternationalWhole Grain Summit in Vienna 2017

PREAMBLE

For over three decades, repeated studies have clearly demonstrated that people eating more whole grains have reduced risks of many diseases compared to those eating less. This has led many countries to adopt specific recommendations for people to choose whole grain-based foods instead of refined grain-based foods. Yet current data suggest that whole grain intake in most countries remains well below existing recommended levels, which is a concern for long-term public health.

To increase whole grain intake, efforts cannot be limited to one or two stakeholders, and must be addressed using the combined efforts of all parties involved in the food supply chain. For this reason, more than 200 renowned experts and leading stakeholders, representing more than 35 countries, came together at the 6th International Whole Grain Summit, 13-15 November 2017 in Vienna, Austria, with the common goal of creating a collective action plan to increase whole grain intake worldwide, for the health and well-being of all people.

This declaration reflects the experts’ consensus on the principal goals that must be addressed, and the actions that must be taken in order to increase whole grain intake.


DECLARATION OF KEY GOALS AND ACTION POINTS

ICC Awards at the Whole Grain Summit

The following awards were announced at the Whole Grain Summit 2017:

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

Kaisa PoutanenProf. Dr. Kaisa Poutanen, Research professor, VTT Technical Research Centre of  Finland

Based on her innovative and exceptional contributions to fundamental and more applied aspects on the relationship between cereal chemistry and nutritional and health effects as well her outstanding ability to initiate and lead collaborations between scientist and stakeholders within this important field

Fellowship of the ICC Academy - for significant contributions to cereal science and the aims and objectives of the ICC was given to

Ke BianProf. Ke Bian Professor and President, Henan University of Technology, China 

For his excellent achievements in grain science, education and his work of great international importance as Chair of the ISO Cereals and Pulses Committee as evidenced by the high level of activity of the Committee under his chairmanship

 

 

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