October 2014: Lipid Science in Florence and Tuscany


12th/13th Euro Fed Lipid Congress
EJLST: Montpellier Highlights, FREE full-text available now!
Congress Calendar
Dear Reader,
the Italian Society for Fats and Oils Researches (Società Italiana per lo Studio delle Sostanze Grasse - SISSG) is proud to host the Euro Fed Lipid congress 27-30 September 2015 in Florence.

The symposium will be hosted in Firenze Fiera Congress and Exhibition Center located inside the 18th century Villa Vittoria, at walking distance from the historical centre of one of the most beautiful towns of Italy, rich of artistic masterpieces, with an ancient history rich of arts and science.

Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, the Dome, Galleria degli Uffizi are world wide well known symbols of this ancient town, where Leonardo da’ Vinci began his work, before moving to Milan and other Europeans towns.
Tradition in hosting science in Florence dates back to 1753, when the “Accademia dei Georgofili” was established, the headquarter is in the Uffizi Gallery building.

With such a background, the choice for the 2015 Euro Fed Lipid congress in Italy was really easy!

Science, however is still alive in Florence and its region, Tuscany, with different University (Florence itself, Pisa, Siena) and a number of research centre (National Research Council of Italy - CNR) where research is actively carried out on several topics, enclosing Agricultural and Food Science which are the basis of the topics to which Euro Fed Lipid looks to.

Tuscany agricultural landscape is well known for food production and some of these like extra virgin olive oil will be one of the topics of Euro Fed Lipid congress, however, within the frame of a developed agricultural and food industry production, other topics like Plant lipids and oilseeds as well as Animal Science will surely meet interests outside of the “traditional” Euro Fed Lipid attendants.

Social program could surely ensure a number of interesting possibilities while the traditional gala dinner will be hosted at Palazzo Borghese, a wonderful ancient residence. Symposium topics will be Analytics, Authenticity & Lipidomics, Bioscience, Biocatalysi & Biochemistry, Lipid oxidation & Antioxidants, Lipids in animal Science, Health and Nutrition, Microbial & Algae lipids, Oliseeds, Plant breeding & Plant lipids, Oleochemistry & Biodiesel, Olive oil, Physical chemistry, Processing, sustainability & Industrial innovation.

The Scientifc Committee, established by involving scientists from Europe and outside and SISSG will be delighted to welcome an huge number of Lipid Scientist in Florence!

Lanfranco Conte
University of Udine
Euro Fed Lipid Board Member representing SISSG

12th/13th Euro Fed Lipid Congress

Eventually, 900 delegates from 70 countries had gathered in Montpeller, making this congress the largest in Euro Fed Lipid history!

If you have enjoyed the event please refresh your memories with the pictures at the Euro Fed Lipid Facebook pages.

If you have missed the congress please mark your calendars for the 13th Euro Fed Lipid congress, which takes place 27-30 September in Florence/ Italy.

Preparations have started and the submission of abstracts is already possible. Deadline for lectures is 26 February 2015. All details cans be found at the congress webpage.

Direct links:
Call for Papers

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To receive your free copy of the congress poster to decorate your office please mail to

In 2015 there will be no table top exhibition to avoid competition with the oils+fats trade fair in Munich. Potential exhibitors are kindly asked to use this fantastic opportunity to present their products and services at a business-to-business trade show.




Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany and of the province of Florence. It is the most populous city in Tuscany, with approximately 370,000 inhabitants, expanding to over 1.5 million in the metropolitan area.

Florence is famous for its history: a centre of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of the time, it is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called "the Athens of the Middle Ages". A turbulent political history includes periods of rule by the powerful Medici family, and numerous religious and republican revolutions. From 1865–71 the city was the capital of the recently established Kingdom of Italy.

The Historic Centre of Florence attracts millions of tourists each year, and Euromonitor International ranked the city as the world's 89th most visited in 2012, with 1.8 million visitors. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. The city is noted for its culture, Renaissance art and architecture and monuments.

The city also contains numerous museums and art galleries, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Palazzo Pitti, and still exerts an influence in the fields of art, culture and politics. Due to Florence's artistic and architectural heritage, it has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Florence is an important city in Italian fashion, being ranked in the top 50 fashion capitals of the world; furthermore, it is a major national economic centre, as a tourist and industrial hub.

Luca Aless
Picture: Wikipedia, Author Luca Aless

Picture: Wikipedia, Author Nikater


EJLST: Montpellier Highlights, FREE full-text available now!

Montpellier Highlights: FREE full-text available now!

A collection of seven award, plenary and keynote lectures presented at the 12th Euro Fed Lipid Congress in Montpellier last month is included in the upcoming October issue of the European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology, the official journal of Euro Fed Lipid. All the articles are available online now – FREE until October 3rd.

John Harwood has received the Chevreul Medal and is “Inspired by lipids”: http://goo.gl/361b3o

Uwe Bornscheuer, EJLST’s Editor-in-Chief, has been awarded the DGF Normann Medal; he reviews the application of enzymes for lipid modification: http://goo.gl/vmZkuZ

Kazuo Miyashita discusses the paradoxes of omega-3 oxidation: http://goo.gl/kN4vkj

Sébastien Baud and colleagues cover transcriptional regulation of fatty acid production in higher plants: http://goo.gl/nFx3Wy

Philip Calder discusses the effects of very long chain omega-3s on human health: http://goo.gl/bdDYsY

Is palm oil a balanced and nutritious oil? http://goo.gl/ztfPiW

Argan oil, the 35-years-of-research product: http://goo.gl/JJTvut

Lipid Technology Feature

Health and nutrition update on trans fatty acids
J. Edward Hunter
highlights 2014

Picture: Teamarbeit/ Fotolia


Congress Calendar

  • World Conference on Fabric and Home Care, 6-9 October 2014, Montreux, Switzerland
  • Workshop on Biolubricants Marketing Uses and Chemistry, 9-10 October 2014, Milano, Italy
  • SFEL: Séminaire automne: "Oméga 3 à longue chaîne, de la Production à la Consommation: Quelle Balance Aujourd’hui et Demain?" Paris, 17 octobre 2014
  • PFTS: Advances in food lipid analysis (in Polish language)
    Poznań, Poland 20-21 October 2014
  • 5th OLIVEBIOTEQ, 3-6 November 2014, Amman, Jordan
  • OFI Asia 2014, 5-7 November 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • OFIC 2014, 5-7 November 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 69th OTAI Annual Convention, 14-16 November 2014, Agra, India
  • Molecular basis for membrane remodelling and organization, 15-19 November, 2014, Roscoff, Brittany, France
  • DGF Jahrestagung und Mitgliederversammlung: XI. H.P. Kaufmann-Tage, 27.-28. November 2014, Heidelberg, Deutschland
  • 2nd World Congress of Clinical Lipidology, 5-7 December 2014, Vienna, Austria
  • 6th International Conference on Phospholipase A2 and Lipid Mediators (PLM2015), 10-12 February 2015, Shinjuku, Japan
  • DGF: Sensorik von Speiseölen, 15.-17. Februar 2015, Schloss Montabaur, Deutschland
  • Euro Fed Lipid: Transam 2.0 - Chiral Amines through (Bio)Catalysis, 4-6 March 2015, Greifswald, Germany
  • Journees Chevreul 2015: Lipids & Brain III, 16-18 March 2015, Paris, France
  • 83rd EAS Congress, 22-25 March 2015, Glasgow, UK
  • DGF: 3-MCPD&Co. Eine Bilanz nach 7 Jahren Forschung, 20.-21. April 2015, Berlin, Deutschland
  • 106th AOCS Annual Meeting, 3-6 May 2015, Orlando, Florida, USA
  • 12th Yeast Lipid Conference,14-16 May 2015, Ghent, Belgium
  • DGF: Health claims, funktionelle Lebensmittel, Mai 2015, Kiel, Deutschland
  • SCI: Lipids and Health - Reward, Risk and Revelation, 1-2 June 2015, Edinburgh, UK
  • 28th Nordic Lipidforum Symposium, 3-6 June 2015, Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Euro Fed Lipid: 7th European Symposium on Plant Lipids, 5-8 July 2015, Harpenden, UK
  • Bioactive Lipids in Cancer, Inflammation and related Diseases, 12-15 July 2015, Budapest, Hungary
  • icbl 56th ICBL Conference 2015, Iguacu National Park, Argentina
  • 2nd High Oleic Oils Congress-HOC 2015, 2-4 September 2015, Paris, France
  • Euro Fed Lipid: 8th International Symposium on Deep Frying,15-16 September 2015, Munich, Germany
  • Trade Fair oils&fats,15-17 September 2015, Munich, Germany
  • 13th Euro Fed Lipid Congress, 27-30 September 2015, Florence, Italy
  • PIPOC 2015, 6-8 October 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • FENS: 12th European Nutrition Conference, 20-23 October 2015, Berlin, Germany
  • 12th GERLI lipidomics meeting,25-28 October 2015, Strasbourg-Le Bischenberg, France
  • Asaga: World Congress on Oils&Fats and 31st ISF Lectureship Series, 31 October-4 November 2015, Rosario, Argentina
  • DGF Jahrestagung und Mitgliederversammlung: XII. H.P. Kaufmann-Tage, November 2015, Heidelberg, Deutschland

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    Picture: Pierre Soulier/Euro Fed Lipid



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