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Euro Fed Lipid Newsletter November 2010: More than 600 delegates gather in Munich

Dear Reader,

The 9th Euro Fed Lipid congress will be from 18th - 21st September 2011 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

The port of Rotterdam is the key import, storage and production area for vegetable oils and fats in Europe. About a third of the total European oils and fats consumption enters via the port of Rotterdam. The port facilities include dedicated storage tanks with a total capacity of two weeks total EU consumption. The port has attracted many vegetable oil based industries and services. Rotterdam and its surroundings are hosting: 25 % of the EU refining capacity, 1.6 million ton bio-diesel capacity, the EU largest margarine production plant, many specialized analytical laboratories and service providers, and a research laboratory of a major consumer goods manufacturer. Rotterdam has its own Erasmus University and is located close to numerous famous Dutch Universities. Specifically the oils and fats industries can benefit of the facilities of the Wageningen University and Dutch Food Valley.

The scientific program is under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ronald Mensink of the University of Maastricht and Dr. Eckhard Flöter of Unilever Research. For the first time, sustainability will be a separate session in the EFL program, highlighting the growing interest in the environmental and social impact of the oils and fats supply chain.

The conference will be held in and around the city's most famous concert hall (de Doelen), which is in the city centre surrounded by many hotels, restaurants and shops. This also creates the opportunity to enjoy this dynamic city, its modern architecture, its liaison with the port and the many interesting museums and sightseeing opportunities. For more details see

G van Duijn Rotterdam
Gerrit van Duijn
Congress Chairman
Vice-President of Euro Fed Lipid

Euro Fed Lipid Congress 2010

8th Euro Fed Lipid Congress
21-24 November 2010
Munich, Germany

Get ready for Munich

More than 600 delegates expected



Munich: Marienplatz

Marienplatz (Mary's Square) is a central square in the city center of Munich since 1158.

In the Middle Ages markets and tournaments were held in this city square. Marienplatz was named after the Mariensäule, a Marian column erected in its centre in 1638 to celebrate the end of Swedish occupation. 
The figure was originally located in the Frauenkirche. Mariensäule in Munich was the first column of this type built north of the Alps and inspired erecting other Marian columns in this part of Europe.

Today the Marienplatz is dominated by the New City Hall (Neues Rathaus) on the north side. The Glockenspiel in the tower of the new city hall was inspired by these tournaments, and draws millions of tourists a year. At the east side Munich's Old City Hall (Altes Rathaus) is located. It's a gothic council hall and ballroom and tower, which have been reconstructed.

The pedestrian zone between Karlsplatz and Marienplatz is a crowded area with numerous shops and restaurants.

The Marienplatz S-Bahn and U-Bahn station, an important transportation hub, is located below the square.

This Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons image is from the user Chris 73 and is freely available at under the creative commons cc-by-sa 2.5 license.
Source Wikipedia, Author Chris 73


5th European Symposium on Plant Lipids

organised by the Plant Lipid Division of Euro Fed Lipid

10-13 July 2011, Gdansk, Poland

The Scientific Commitee has started to accept abstracts for short oral communications and poster presentations in the following main topics:

  • Storage Lipid Accumulation and Mobilisation
  • Fatty Acid Modification
  • Extracellular Lipid Metabolism (Cutin, Suberin and Surface Waxes)
  • Plant Biotechnology - Science and Society
  • Lipid Membrane Dynamics
  • Chloroplast Lipid Metabolism
  • Lipids in Signalling
  • Isoprene Lipids
  • Intracellular Lipid Trafficking
  • Plant Lipid Biotechnogy

More details can be found at the congress webpage

Source: Wikipedia, Author Rafal Konkolewski 2006


EJLST Highlights

Drug delivery: Lipid microspheres for toad venom (chen su)

Steroid compounds called bufadienolides are the major biologically active constituents in the venom of the toad genus Bufo. Traditionally, chen su - the Chinese toad venom - has been used in China and other Asian countries to treat sore throat, swelling, pain, skin problems and even heart failure. Bufadienolides stimulate myocardial contraction and have anti-inflammatory and pain relieving effects. However, few bufadienolides products are available on the market. The main issues limiting their use are poor solubility and stability. Weng et al. show that these problems can be overcome when bufadienolides are incorporated in the interior oil phase of lipid microspheres prepared from lecithin and medium-chain triglycerides. In addition to improving the stability by protecting bufadienolides from hydrolysis, encapsulation in lipid microspheres might also reduce the side effects associated with administration of the active constituents. Lipid microspheres are promising vehicles for intravenous delivery of bufadienolides.

Weng, Y. et al., Eur. J. Lipid Sci. Technol. 2010, 112, 1190?1199


Picture: Charles H. Smith , U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Congresses, Meetings, Symposia and Workshops

For more upcoming events until 2014 please see the Euro Fed Lipid congress calendar.


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