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Report of the ICC Luncheon 2015 at the 2015 AACCI Centennial Meeting in Minneapolis, USA, 18-21 October 2015

RSS ICC - Jue, 10/29/2015 - 11:21

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.

 

ICC on LinkedIn

RSS ICC - Jue, 10/01/2015 - 12:59

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

RSS ICC - Lun, 09/28/2015 - 15:07

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.

Meet us at the ICC Luncheon 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

RSS ICC - Vie, 09/04/2015 - 11:37

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] gratzericc [dot] or [dot] at).

We are looking forward to seeing you in Minneapolis!

"Grains for feeding the world" on stage at EXPO 2015, Milan (Italy), 1-3 July 2015

RSS ICC - Mar, 07/28/2015 - 14:13

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.

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15th International Cereal and Bread Congress (ICBC), 17-21 April 2016, Istanbul, Turkey: Call for Abstracts

RSS ICC - Mar, 07/14/2015 - 17:24

We would like to invite you to the 15th International Cereal and Bread Congress (ICBC) which is going to take place in Istanbul, Turkey, 17-21 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.

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8th International Congress Flour-Bread '15, 29-30 October 2015, Opatija, Croatia: Call for Abstracts - Extended Deadline

RSS ICC - Sáb, 07/04/2015 - 11:51

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:

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Help unravel wheat and gluten related health concerns

RSS ICC - Lun, 06/22/2015 - 13:36

Globally a "war on wheat and wheat gluten, as being public sick makers", is taking place by activists in the social media. Based on many public statements made in this respect and the lack of evidence for many of these, there is an urgent need for public transparency and clarity. This should be obtained by evidence based recommendations after sound interpretation of science. In addition, double-blind 'placebo'-controlled human intervention studies should address gaps in knowledge, being a detailed composition of different wheat species and changes that may occur during food processing (yeast-, sourdough fermentation, extrusion, baking, drying, cooking).

The current project aims is to obtain a full compositional picture of bread, breakfast cereals and pasta and their post consumption effects in vivo. A detailed insight in the effects of food processing will help make recommendations for future product development in the context of "good food for a healthy life". The cereal foods supply chain is invited to share responsibility for public health and help unravel wheat and gluten related health concerns, as proposed to be addressed in this international project.

Read the attached PDF file for more information.

Flour-Bread '15, Opatja, Croatia

RSS ICC - Sáb, 06/13/2015 - 10:44

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

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

RSS ICC - Mié, 06/10/2015 - 13:36

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:

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Joint ICC/AISTEC Conference at the World Expo Milan 2015 "Grains for feeding the world" - FINAL COUNTDOWN: Only few more days left for registration!

RSS ICC - Mié, 06/10/2015 - 10:17

The final countdown to the ICC/AISTEC Conference from 1 to 3 July 2015 is running! The event will take place 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.

ONLINE REGISTRATION is open until Monday, 15 June 2015 at expo2015.icc.or.at/register. Later registration is only possible on-site and will cost +15 % of listed prices.

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

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6th International Dietary Fibre Conference 2015, Paris (France), 1-3 June 2015 - FINAL COUNTDOWN: Only few more days left for registration!

RSS ICC - Lun, 05/18/2015 - 16:32

This week the final countdown to the 6th International Dietary Fibre Conference 2015 (DF15) from 1 - 3 June 2015 is running. So far more than 250 persons from over 35 countries have registered!

Those who haven't registered yet should do so today not to 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.

ONLINE REGISTRATION is open until Friday, 22 May 2015: df2015.icc.or.at/register. Later registrations are only possible on-site and will cost +15 % of listed prices.

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.

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

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6th International Dietary Fibre Conference (DF15), Paris, France, 1-3 June 2015: Final programme now available!

RSS ICC - Mar, 04/28/2015 - 14:16

We are happy to announce the final programme for the 6th International Dietary Fibre Conference (DF15), Paris, France, 1-3 June 2015: df2015.icc.or.at/programme

Beginning with highly interesting pre-conference workshops, the official programme at DF15 focusses on topics ranging from Consumer and regulatory aspects, Consumer health through to Dietary fibre in food and new ingredients; Classification and analysis and the Challenges and benefits of increasing fibre intake.

Online registration is open until 22 May 2015: df2015.icc.or.at/register. Places are limited!

For more details, please see the conferece website df2015.icc.or.at.

Awards announced at the ICC Jubilee Luncheon 2015

RSS ICC - Mié, 04/15/2015 - 10:40

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.

Prof. 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.

Prof. 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.

 

 

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IGV 20th International Scientific Conference "Healthy Grain for a Healthy Diet", 22-23 April 2015

RSS ICC - Vie, 03/27/2015 - 10:04

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. 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 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.

Joint ICC/AISTEC Conference at the World Expo Milan 2015 "Grains for feeding the world" - Programme is ready to view

RSS ICC - Vie, 03/27/2015 - 08:57

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).

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Last chance to register for the 3rd ICC Latin American Cereal Conference 2015 (LACC3)

RSS ICC - Dom, 03/08/2015 - 01:26

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.

Celebrate ICC's 60 Years Jubilee at the ICC Luncheon 2015 in Curitiba, Brazil, 31 March 2015

RSS ICC - Mar, 03/03/2015 - 09:51

Everyone is cordially invited to celebrate ICC's 60 Years Jubilee at the ICC 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 contact [AT] lacc3brazil [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!

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3rd ICC Latin American Cereal Conference 2015 (LACC3): Abstract submission deadline extended to 15 February 2015

RSS ICC - Mar, 02/03/2015 - 09:58

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.

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PRESS RELEASE: Letter from the incoming ICC President 2015 - Fengcheng Wang

RSS ICC - Jue, 01/29/2015 - 21:58

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

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