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EXTENDED DEADLINE for abstract submission: Joint ICC/AISTEC Conference at the World Expo Milan 2015 "Grains for feeding the world"

RSS ICC - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 19:48

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

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

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

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Michaela Pichler to succeed Roland Poms as Secretary General of ICC

RSS ICC - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 14:01

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 wishes all of you a Merry Christmas and a successful 2015!

RSS ICC - Thu, 12/25/2014 - 14:30

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

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

Roland Ernest Poms
ICC Secretary General

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

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Report of the ICC Luncheon 2014 in Providence (Rhode Island), USA, 8 October 2014

RSS ICC - Thu, 12/25/2014 - 11:42

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

Programme topics at the 6th International Dietary Fibre Conference (DF15), Paris, France, 1-3 June 2015

RSS ICC - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 15:51

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

1. Session – Consumer acceptance

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

2. Session - Consumer health

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

3. Session - Dietary fibre in food and new ingredients

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

4. Session – Classification, analysis and regulatory issues

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

5. Session – New criteria to classify dietary fibre

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

For more details, please see

To submit your abstract please go to and follow the guidelines. The submission deadlines are 15 January 2015 for oral and 28 February 2015 for poster presentations.

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ICC congratulates Prof. Hamit Köksel to his election as ICC President Elect 2015-2016

RSS ICC - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 13:18

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

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Joint ICC/AISTEC Conference at the World Expo Milan 2015 "Grains for feeding the world"

RSS ICC - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:48

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

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

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

MoniQA is Co-Editor of Special Issue of the ICC endorsed World Mycotoxin Journal

RSS ICC - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:57

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

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

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 6th International Dietary Fibre Conference 2015

RSS ICC - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:33

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

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

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Free EU funded Connect4Action workshop on "Better Communication during the Food Innovation Process"

RSS ICC - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 16:16

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

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

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

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

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

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Meet us at the ICC Luncheon 2014 in Providence (Rhode Island), USA

RSS ICC - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 14:43

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

Details and the agenda are available at

Tickets need to be purchased through registration for the AACC international Annual Meeting 2014 - see Special discounts apply for students. ICC Academy Fellows can request a complimentary ticket from ICC Headquarters (sabine [dot] gratzer [AT] icc [dot] or [dot] at).


Open position at ICC: Secretary General / CEO

RSS ICC - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 16:05

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

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

We offer a full-time position based in attractive, well-equipped government offices situated in the central business district of Vienna, Austria. The starting salary will be based on the qualifications and experience of the candidate (minimum 3,650.- € brutto 14 times a year = 51,100.- € brutto per year).

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

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

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Renew your ICC Membership now! Not a member yet? Apply today! With new additional benefits for ICC Country Members!

RSS ICC - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 15:37

It is time again to renew your ICC Membership and benefit from ICC's international forum and a variety of activities and services (see also If your country/institution/company is not a member of ICC yet, please contact office [AT] icc [dot] or [dot] at to receive details and information what is in for you. A short summary presentation about ICC's main activities in 2013 and eminent future plans can be found at

Some selected Country Members benefits are listed as follows (more details can be found at

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Dr. Joel Abecassis, President of ICC, attended the 8th International Symposium of Food Science, 26-27 July 2014, Chengdu, Sichuan, China

RSS ICC - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 11:22

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

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

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MoniQA Food Allergen Reference Materials Meeting, 7 September 2014, Boca Raton (Florida), United States

RSS ICC - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 16:09

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

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

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

PRESS RELEASE: QAS Special Issue "Food Chemistry and Safety", including selected papers from the EuroFoodChem XVII, Istanbul, Turkey

RSS ICC - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 10:16

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

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

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

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