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Euro Fed Lipid Newsletter December 2010: 50th anniversary of SISSG

Dear Reader,

The Italian Society for Far Researches (SISSG) was established on
the 10th of December 1960, that means this year, 2010, it's the 50th anniversary.  To celebrate this anniversary, SISSG organized a workshop on October, 28th and 29th, in Massa Marittima, a nice small middle age town in Tuscany, near Grosseto that last two days, the first day was devoted to the history of the last 50 years of research in the field of fats and oils in Italy and Alissa Mattei (SISSG) presented the history of SISSG, telling the biography of past presidents, then  Gian Francesco Montedoro (University of Perugia and President of the Accademia dell'Olivo e dell'Olio, estlablished in 1960) and Enrico Tiscornia (past President SISSG, University of Genova) remembered how research on fats and oils was developed in Italy in the considered period.

The history of fats and oils in Italy is deeply linked to olive oils, so that Fausto Luchetti, past executive secretary of International Olive Oil Council, was also invited to tell the story of the body he lead for a couple of years.

The second day was devoted to some "hot topics" in the field of fats and oils: in the first a session several point of view on alkyl esters in olive oils were discussed, in the second one the presence of selected contaminants (PAHs, "mineral oils" and pesticide residue) were highlighted and in the last one aspects of oxidation/antioxidation dealing with shelf life of foods containing lipids and with biological effects of oxidation were discussed.

Since 1963, SISSG decided to assign every two years, a gold medal as an award in memory of Prof. Fachini, the first director of Stazione Sperimentale per le Industrie degli Oli e dei Grassi (SSOG-Milan), the first award was for Prof. H.P. Kaufmann, then Prof. J.M. Martinez Moreno (1966), Dr. O.S. Privett (1968), Prof. R. Rigamonti (1972), Prof. R.T. Holman (1974), Prof. P. Capella (1976), Prof. J. Pokorny (1979), Prof. G. Jacini (1983), Prof. U. Pallotta (1985), Prof. D. Firestone (1986), Prof. K. Mangold (1987), dott. Graille (1996), Prof. R. Monacelli (2003), within the celebration of the 50 anniversary, the managing board of SISSG assigned the award to Enrico Tiscornia and Gian Francesco Montedoro.

Besides this workshop, in 2009 and 2010, SISSG organized several other workshops, each devoted to a peculiar topic: an international workshop on Contaminants in edible Fats and oils in Udine, on November, 2009, a workshop on "Non separative techniques in assessing quality of olive oils" in Trieste, March 2010, a workshop on "Recent development of refining techniques and quality of edible fats and oils" in Bologna, May, 2010.
Audience was made both by researchers of University and Research institute and by companies technicians, the opinion of the present President of SISSG, Lanfranco Conte is very positive on this issue as the role of a scientific society, he said, is also to build a bridge between researchers and those who will use results of research.

Lanfranco Conte
Chairperson of SISSG

Euro Fed Lipid Congress 2011

Pictures from the Munich Congress
(for those who missed it)

9th Euro Fed Lipid Congress

Oils, Fats and Lipids for a Healthy and Sustainable World
18-21 September 2011
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Main Topics
  • Analytics, Authenticity, Lipidomics
  • Bioscience, Biocatalyis, Biochemistry
  • Health and Disease
  • Lipids in Animal Science
  • Oil Seeds, Plant Breeding, Plant Lipids
  • Oleochemistry, Biodiesel
  • Olive Oil
  • Oxidation, Deep Frying, Marine Lipids
  • Palm Oil
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Processing
  • Sustainability


Rotterdam: A port of importance

Rotterdam is located in the Dutch province of South Holland. The municipality is the second largest in the country, with a population of 600.000.

The port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe. From 1962 to 2004 it was the world's busiest port. Rotterdam is on the banks of the river Nieuwe Maas ('New Meuse'), one of the channels in the delta formed by the Rhine and Meuse rivers. The name Rotterdam derives from a dam in the Rotte river.

On 7 June 1340, Count Willem IV of Holland granted city rights to Rotterdam, which then had approximately 2000 inhabitants. Around 1350 a shipping canal, the Rotterdamse Schie was completed, which provided Rotterdam access to the larger towns in the north, allowing it to become a local transshipment center between Holland, England and Germany, and to urbanize.

The port of Rotterdam grew slowly but steadily into a port of importance, becoming the seat of one of the six 'chambers' of the Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC), the Dutch East India Company.


Rotterdam, by Johan Barthold Jongkind (1856)
Canvas, 56 × 68 cm
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam



Euro Fed Lipid:
Young Lipid Scientists Award 2011

granted for:  distinguished research in the fields of lipid science and technology.

Award consists of:
a certificate, a free one-year subscription of the European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology, free registration to the Euro Fed Lipid Congress including travel expenses.
The winner is expected to give a 20 min oral presentation of her/his work.

Personal applications only will be accepted from scientists who are not older than 35 years as of the application date. Original paper(s) not older than 2 years since publication, a 2-page (maximum) summary of the work and a curriculum vitae (all in English, six copies) should be submitted.

Deadline: 31 March 2011.

H.P. Kaufmann Prize 2011

granted for: distinguished research in the fields of fat science and fat technology.

Award consists of:
1000 Euro cash, a plaque, a certificate and a one-year subscription for the European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology. 

Invited applicants are young scientists who are no older than 35 years as of the application deadline. Original publications in peer-reviewed journals (no older than two years or accepted publications in press, four copies) should be submitted as well as a curriculum vitae and a short summary of the work, including an introduction to the research area. The work may be submitted in German or English. Only personal applications will be accepted.

Deadline:  31 March 2011.

DGF: Hermann-Pardun Preis 2011

Auszeichnung für:
eine herausragende studentische Abschlussarbeit (Diplom-, Master-, Staatsexamensarbeiten) verliehen, die sich mit einem Themenbereich der Fettwissenschaft und/oder -technologie befasst.

Der Preis beinhaltet:
ein Preisgeld von 1000 Euro, die Teilnahme an den Kaufmann-Tagen sowie die Fahrt- und Übernachtungskosten.

Die Abschlussarbeit (3 Exemplare), die bei Einreichung nicht älter als ein Jahr ist, soll zusammen mit einem Lebenslauf, einer kurzen Einführung in das Arbeitsgebiet und einer kurzen Stellungnahme des betreuenden Dozenten von der Absolventin/dem Absolventen eingereicht werden.

Anmeldeschluß: 31. März 2011

DGF: Schülerpreis 2011
Auszeichnung für:
hervorragende Facharbeiten von Schülern allgemeinbildender Schulen aller Jahrgangsstufen auf dem Gebiet der Fettwissenschaft und -technologie.

Der Preis beinhaltet:
eine Summe von 100 Euro für Projektarbeiten einzelner Schüler bzw. 100 Euro für die Klassenkasse (bei Gruppenarbeiten) sowie eine Summe von 250 Euro zur Verbesserung der Material- oder Literaturausstattung (in Verantwortung des betreuenden Lehrers).

Teilnahmeberechtigt sind Schüler aller Schulformen bis zur 13. Jahrgangsstufe. Zum Zeitpunkt der Einreichung darf die Schullaufbahn noch nicht vollendet sein.

Anmeldeschluß: 31. März 2011


oils+fats 2011: Registration forms online

oils+fats 2011, International Trade Fair for the Technology and Trade of Oils and Fats, is under starter's orders. One week ago the exhibition team responsible for the fair at Messe München International (MMI), the organiser of the event, began to draw up hall plans and placements for the exhibitors registered so far.

Other companies interested in taking part in this major event in the trade fair calendar next year can register online
Remember: The earlier you register, the better your chances of getting the placement you want. oils+fats takes place from 5 to 7 October 2011 in the M,O,C, Event Centre of MMI in Munich



Congresses, Meetings, Symposia and Workshops

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

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