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Call for papers: Bioactive Compounds in Cereal Grains and Foods, 25 April 2014, Vienna, Austria

RSS ICC - Mar, 11/05/2013 - 11:54

It has long been recognised that cereals should be our most important staple food, as they are especially good sources of starch, dietary fibre, and many micronutrients. More recently, a large body of research has revealed that cereals are additionally a rich source of bioactive compounds, also known as phytochemicals or phytonutrients. These cereal bioactives have been shown to have many important effects associated with the prevention and alleviation of so-called lifestyle diseases. Their potential actions include prevention and reduction of oxidative stress, anti-cancer, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, anti-hypertensive and cardiovascular disease prevention. To date, however, most research work has involved in vitro studies with extracts from cereal grains. Researchers are now taking the work to a new level with actual food products and vivo studies. Additionally, the focus has widened from the more familiar common cereals to include the ancient grains of South America and Africa. This timely ICC Symposium will capture the state of the art and explore the way forward in the rapidly developing science of cereal bioactives. These and more topics will be discussed in a one day symposium, conveniently organised right after the Healthgrain Forum Spring Meeting in Vienna, Austria, 23-24 April 2014.

ICC to contribute to Whole Grain International Workshop on 3 November 2013 in Taichung, Taiwan

RSS ICC - Mar, 11/05/2013 - 11:44

There is growing interest in Asian countries to increase consumption of whole grain (whole wheat, whole rice, and others) in the general population. The introduction of Western diets to Asian populations has not only been a blessing to public health, as also an increase of various health risks can be observed. Roland Poms from ICC was invited to give an introduction to the European situation on whole grain consumption and various interventions and campaigns. He was also asked to talk about the Health Grain Forum's activities in this area. Some 220 nutritionists and food scientist from all over Taiwan attended the one day workshop on 3 November 2013 at Hung Kuang University in Taichung, the third largest city in Taiwan. The workshop dealt with the "Nutritional and Practical Aspects of Whole Grain". There was consensus on the urgent need to harmonize the definition of whole grain as a pre-requisite to speak a common language in research, clinical and intervention studies, as well as labelling regulations. The Health Grain Forum and AACCI definitions are a good basis for definitions in other countries around the globe. It is the scientists' responsibility to come up with clear and simple messages that can be adopted by policy makers and implemented by industry. Harmonization and clarity of whole grain definitions and labels – as well as potentially associated claims – will help minimize confusion for the consumer and will support advocacy for a healthy diet including whole grain.

Renew your ICC Membership now! Not a member yet? Worth a strong consideration!

RSS ICC - Mié, 10/30/2013 - 16:44

It is time again to renew your ICC Membership and benefit from ICC's international forum and a variety of activities and services (see also www.icc.or.at/membership/overview). If your country/institution/company is not a member of ICC yet, please contact 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 www.icc.or.at/news/renew_icc_membership/icc_in_2013.

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Renew your ICC Membership now! Not a member yet? Worth a strong consideration!

RSS ICC - Mié, 10/30/2013 - 16:44

It is time again to renew your ICC Membership and benefit from ICC's international forum and a variety of activities and services (see also www.icc.or.at/membership/overview). If your country/institution/company is not a member of ICC yet, please contact office [AT] icc [dot] or [dot] at to receive details and information what is in for you.

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Report: Flour-Bread '13 / Brašno-Kruh '13, Opatja, Croatia

RSS ICC - Sáb, 10/19/2013 - 09:16

Some 200 participants from all over Europe and Asia attended the 2013 edition of the Flour-Bread Conference held in Opatija, Croatia, 16-18 October 2013, and organised by the Faculty of Food Technology Osijek and ICC, the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology. Over 100 papers were presented at the conference, which usually takes place every other year. The conference hosted presentations from academia as well as from industry, a small exhibition and a large poster session complemented the oral presentations. The conference languages were English and Croatian with simultaneous translation. The programme topics covered the following areas:

  • 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 functional food

ICC thanks its Croatian members for organising and managing the conference. Their efforts largely contributed to the success of this meeting. We hope to see you (again) in Opatija in October 2015.

2nd iFAAM consortium meeting upcoming

RSS ICC - Jue, 09/19/2013 - 21:16

The 2nd iFAAM (Integrated Approaches to Food Allergen and Allergy Risk Management) consortium meeting will be held 7th-9th October 2013 in Cork, Ireland. Roland Poms will represent ICC and MoniQA. For more information on this event please see here.

For further information on the project please click here.

Join us for the 3rd International ISEKI_Food Conference, Athens, Greece, 21-23 May 2014

RSS ICC - Mié, 09/18/2013 - 10:19

The ISEKI_Food network, through the ISEKI_FOOD 4 project, supported by the European Commission under the Erasmus programme, in collaboration with the ISEKI-Food Association is organising the 3rd International ISEKI_Food Conference to be held in Athens, Greece, May 21-23, 2014.

The general aims of the ISEKI_Food conference series are to contribute to the creation of an "open" international forum for researchers, education scientists, technologists and industry representatives as well as food consumers, to promote constructive dialogue and collaboration on topics relevant to Food Science and Technology, Industry and Education and to present and disseminate the results of the activities developed by the ISEKI_Food network projects.

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

We look forward to welcoming you to Athens in 2014.

For more information read the first call or visit the conference website www.isekiconferences.com/athens2014.

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MoniQA Food Allergen Reference Materials Meeting, October 2013

RSS ICC - Mar, 09/17/2013 - 15:41

The next MoniQA Food Allergen Reference Materials Meeting (by invitation only) will be held on 10 October 2013 prior to the 27th Meeting of the Working Group on Prolamin Analysis and Toxicity in Darmstadt, Germany, 10 - 12 October 2013.

Please find details of the Prolamin WG meeting at www.moniqa.org/events/prolamin_wg_meeting_oct_2013.

ICC Luncheon 2013

RSS ICC - Mar, 09/17/2013 - 10:48

Everyone is cordially invited to the ICC Luncheon 2013. Recent activities and achievements, as well as upcoming projects and events will be announced. Don't miss the unique opportunity to meet new colleagues and get reacquainted with old friends from our global cereal family.

Tickets need to be purchased through registration for the AACC International Annual Meeting 2013 (Event website: www.aaccnet.org/meetings/annual). 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).

ICC awards Clyde Bailey Medal and Friedrich Schweitzer Medal in Perth, Australia

RSS ICC - Vie, 09/13/2013 - 14:31

ICC would like to congratulate our newest awardees, who received their awards during the ICC Conference 2013 in Fremantle, Perth, Australia, 28 August 2013:

Dr. Colin Wrigley, Honorary Research Fellow at Food Science Australia, and Consultant to the Value-Added Wheat Cooperative Research Centre was awarded The Clyde H. Bailey Medal for his outstanding achievements in the service of cereal science and technology.

 

Dr. Anthony B. Blakeney, Consultant to the Cereal Grain and NIR and Cereal equipment industries was awarded The Friedrich Schweitzer Medal for his distinguished service in the furtherance of the aims and ideals of ICC.

Congratulations!

Food Security Expert Meeting in Perth to give direction for future research collaboration

RSS ICC - Vie, 09/13/2013 - 14:24

ICC and Curtin University organised a Food Security Expert Meeting at Curtin University on Friday, 30 August 2013, right after the international cereals and grain conference in Fremantle.

The meeting was chaired by Janet Bornman and Vicky Solah, both from Curtin University; 12 international experts and 4 regional representatives, from Australia, Austria, France, Singapore, Nigeria, and South Africa, discussed priorities, possibilities and potential collaborative efforts between Australia and the international cereals community in ICC to reduce hunger in Sub-Saharan Africa by supporting better crop usage and increasing income of local farmers.

The group assessed societal needs and provided background information on food insecurity, risk factors, and emerging issues. The attendees determined the strengths of Curtin University and Australia's experiences as well as ICC's possibilities and track record in coordinating large projects and the association's engagement in the area of food security and sustainability to respond to the identified needs and opportunities. Some activities were prioritized for this group to elaborate further and to open to a wider circle in due time.

Success Story: ICC Conference 2013 in Fremantle, Perth, Western Australia, 25 - 28 August 2013

RSS ICC - Vie, 09/13/2013 - 13:49

Well over 200 participants enjoyed the exciting scientific programme and the ample opportunities for discussions and networking at the ICC Conference 2013 in association with the 63rd Australian Cereal Chemistry Conference 25 - 28 August 2013 in Fremantle, Perth, WA, Australia. Initially, around 120 people were anticipated, which was about doubled in the end. Participants came from around the globe including Australia, Austria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, Portugal, South Africa, Taiwan, Uruguay, and USA. A special thank you goes to our Australian colleagues Larisa Cato (Conference Chair), Vicky Solah (ICC Deputy National Delegate), both from Curtin University, and Mark Bason from Perten and current President of AGSA (ICC National Delegate), who made this meeting into a great success by their continued efforts over the past year.

The conference was a three day event covering various grain and cereal related topics such as

  • Grain functionality
  • Health & nutrition
  • Latest research in Durum wheat
  • Latest research in oats barley and sorghum
  • New genes for better grain quality
  • Rapid testing technology and applications
  • Emerging world markets
  • Agricultural perspective (plant breeding)

Quite unique for an ICC Conference was the growers' session at the Perth meeting, which included presentations from science, industry, farmers, and policy makers. This session prompted interesting discussions and gave the international community insight in the Australian situation. This discussion was summarized by Bob Cracknell and may help in establishing collaborations to overcome some of the mentioned challenges.

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Join us for the 3rd International ISEKI_Food Conference, Athens, Greece, 21-23 May 2014

RSS ICC - Mié, 07/31/2013 - 22:17

After the great success of the 1st and 2nd International ISEKI_Food Conferences in Porto 2009 and Milan 2011, ICC as project partner in ISEKI_Food 4 has the pleasure to invite you to meet again in Athens in 2014. The conference is entitled "Food Science and Technology Excellence for a Sustainable Bioeconomy" and will bring together food scientists from research and industry, technologists, students, and the wider community, to discuss and collaborate on specific topics relevant to Food Science and Technology, Industry and Education, under the themes:

  • Re-thinking education: enhancing Food Science & Technology competences for Bioeconomy 2020
  • Knowledge and Innovation in research towards a bioeconomy perspective
  • Food Industry for a sustainable planet food supply

The conference will allow the dissemination of ISEKI_Food 4 project accomplishments and the future activities of the ISEKI-Food Association.

Involving organised speaker sessions, poster presentations and exhibitions, the conference will also offer two pre-conference workshops on the following topics:

  • State of Research in Europe in the Field of Food Science and Technology: presentation of PhD student research activities
  • Industry meets Academia and PhD programmes

For more information read the attached first call and visit the conference website www.isekiconferences.com/athens2014.

2nd Overall meeting of the ISEKI_Food 4 Project, Kaunas, Lithuania

RSS ICC - Mié, 07/31/2013 - 13:31

The second overall meeting of the ISEKI_Food 4 Project was attended by 91 participants representing 30 countries between 15 – 17 May 2013 at Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) in Lithuania Main content of the meeting was presentation of new information on the current EU educational framework in FS&T and professional career of food industry professionals as well as more project-specific aspects on the intermediate project report, project activities and financial aspects by project coordinator Paola Pittia. The remainder of the morning was spent updating partners on work package progress. The meeting was a good opportunity to engage with partners in work package activities, brainstorming workshops and interactive panel discussions on topics such as new skills for new jobs, joint degrees and internationalisation, and ethical issues in FS&T.

For Roland Poms, who attended the meeting on behalf of ICC (project partner), it was also a good opportunity to meet with representatives from KTU (Corporate Member of ICC since 2010) and to discuss an extended and more intense collaboration with Lithuania at the Ministry of Agriculture in Vilnius.

Free of charge: 2 Webinars (Mycotoxin Analysis/Multiallergen Detection) offered by the MoniQA members CNR-ISPA and Thermo Fisher

RSS ICC - Mar, 07/02/2013 - 17:08

Two new webinars are available and provided via MoniQA from our MoniQA members CNR-ISPA, Bari, Italy and Thermo Fisher, Praha, Czech Republic. Please click on the links below to watch Dr. Veronica Lattanzio, from the Institute of Sciences of Food Production (ISPA-CNR), Italy, speak about quantitative determination and metabolite discovery of mycotoxins using Thermo Scientific™ Orbitrap™ high resolution accurate mass spectrometry and Dr. Linda Monaci, also from the Institute of Sciences of Food Production (ISPA-CNR), Italy, speak about multi-allergen detection and quantitation of milk and egg proteins in white wine using Thermo Scientific™ Orbitrap™ high resolution accurate mass spectrometry.

The webinars are offered free of charge!

Workshop "Reference Materials and Method Validation in Food Safety Assurance", BOKU, Vienna, Austria: Postponed to Oct or Nov 2013

RSS ICC - Mar, 06/25/2013 - 15:30

Postponed to October or November 2013!

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

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

Creation of a network of laboratories through PlantLibra

RSS ICC - Mar, 06/18/2013 - 14:49

ICC, as partner of the PlantLIBRA consortium would like to invite interested laboratories and stakeholders to participate in an international network of laboratories capable of providing reliable high quality analytical data on plant and botanical preparations and/or to identify chemical and biological contaminants and/or assess irradiation treatment.

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ICC mourns the death of Prof. Zygmunt K. Ambroziak who passed away on 4 June 2013

RSS ICC - Vie, 06/14/2013 - 16:29

Prof. Ambroziak from the Research Institute of Baking in Warsaw, Poland, has been an active part of ICC over many years through his functions as National Delegate of Poland, Executive Committee Member and Auditor of ICC. Furthermore he has been awarded the Friedrich Schweitzer Medal in 2001 for his distinguished service in the furtherance of the aims and ideals of ICC.

He will be missed.

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