December 2014: The year in which the global political stability has dramatically changed


13th Euro Fed Lipid Congress
Florence: The Ponte Vecchio
EJLST: Highlights December
DGF: Practical Short Course: Fats and Oils as Renewable Feedstock for the Chemical Industry
Congress Calendar
Dear Reader,

The year 2014 has been the year in which the global political stability has dramatically changed.
One year ago, the Syrian civil war was a local disaster. Now, one year later, the new aggressive self nominated state IS is established and has expanded its terror to Iraq.

The Ukrainian conflict started with violent demonstrations in Kiev and resulted in a civil war with involvement of Russia and a return of the cold war relationship between “East” and “West”. Also innocent citizens of the Netherlands, Malaysia, Australia and other countries became victim of this war.

The parties involved in these conflicts have their own laws and rules without taking notice of the international agreements like the Geneva conventions. Nationalism seems to win from solidarity.

As federation of European country organizations, Euro Fed Lipid is aiming to create progress in lipid research and development by bringing people together. Fortunately, in 2014 our organization was very successful in grouping lipid scientist and technologists from inside but also from outside Europe. The congress in Montpellier, France, attracted 900 participants from 70 countries. It was not only this record number of participants, but also the high quality of presentations and posters and the professional organization which made this event an example of international co-operation. We were lucky that this event took place one week before Montpellier was seriously flooded, although we had some travel problems due to the Air France pilots strike.

I sincerely hope that we will not get infected by the virus of separation and that we can continue to build a truly international organization supporting co-operation in lipid research and development and contributing to international agreements to guarantee health, safety and quality of our products.

With my very best personal wishes to all of you for a safe year-end and a positive start in 2015.


van Duijn
Gerrit van Duijn
Euro Fed Lipid President

13th Euro Fed Lipid Congress

13th Euro Fed Lipid Congress
"Fats, Oils and Lipids: New Challenges in Technology, Quality Control and Health"
27-30 September 2015, Florence, Italy

The scientific committee has started to accept abstracts for oral communications (20 min incl. discussion) and poster presentations. You are cordially invited to submit your abstract on the congress webpage.

Deadline for Lectures is 26 February 2015

Main Topics:
-Analytics, Authenticity, Lipidomics
-Lipids in Animal Science
-Health and Nutrition
-Microbial and Algae Lipids
-Oil Seeds, Plant Breeding and Plant Lipids
-Oleochemistry, Biodiesel
-Olive Oil
-Palm Oil
-Physical Chemistry
-Processing and Sustainability

New Sponsors this month:
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Florence: The Ponte Vecchio

The Ponte Vecchio ("Old Bridge") is a Medieval stone closed-spandrel segmental arch bridge over the Arno River, noted for still having shops built along it, as was once common. Butchers initially occupied the shops; the present tenants are jewelers, art dealers and souvenir sellers.

The bridge spans the Arno at its narrowest point where it is believed that a bridge was first built in Roman times, when the via Cassia crossed the river at this point.The Roman piers were of stone, the superstructure of wood. The bridge first appears in a document of 996.After being destroyed by a flood in 1117 it was reconstructed in stone but swept away again in 1333 save two of its central piers, as noted by Giovanni Villani in his Nuova Cronica. It was rebuilt in 1345.

To enforce the prestige of the bridge, in 1593 the Medici Grand Dukes prohibited butchers from selling there; their place was immediately taken by several gold merchants. The corporative association of butchers had monopolised the shops on the bridge since 1442.

It is said that the economic concept of bankruptcy originated here: when a money-changer could not pay his debts, the table on which he sold his wares (the "banco") was physically broken ("rotto") by soldiers, and this practice was called "bancorotto" (broken table; possibly it can come from "banca rotta" which means "broken bank"). Not having a table anymore, the merchant was not able to sell anything.

Clayton Tang

Pictures: Wikepedia, Clayton Tang and Serseydc


EJLST: Highlights December

A simple method for the separation and quantification of neutral lipid species using GC-MS
Anna Borrull and colleagues developed a simple gas chromatography-mass spectrometry method for the determination of neutral lipids in yeast. The new method enables analysis of molecular species of diacylglycerols, triacylglycerols, and sterol esters. With a classic lipid extraction, samples can be injected directly into the GC-MS without any previous derivatization procedure, and the method can be easily adapted to other biological samples.

Tocopherol and tocotrienol homologs in parenteral lipid emulsions [OnlineOpen article]
Zhidong Xu and colleagues present a quantitative method to determine levels of vitamin E homologs in various lipid emulsions, and report concentrations measured in soybean oil-based (Intralipid®, Ivelip®, Lipofundin® N, Liposyn® III, and Liposyn® II), medium- and long-chain fatty acid-based (Lipofundin® , MCT and Structolipid®), olive oil-based (ClinOleic®), fish oil-based (Omegaven®) and mixture of these oils-based (SMOFlipid®, Lipidem®) commercial parenteral lipid emulsions. This information will be useful for selecting appropriate lipid emulsions for patients including those hospitalized and critically ill. Some emulsions may require vitamin E supplementation in order to meet minimal human requirements.

Omega-3 and children's brains
In her Feature article, Alex Richardson presents the results of the DHA Oxford Learning and Behaviour (DOLAB) study. Previous studies have shown benefits from dietary supplementation with long-chain omega-3 in children with conditions such as ADHD, dyslexia and developmental coordination disorder; DOLAB findings indicate that DHA supplementation may be a simple and effective way to improve reading and behaviour also in healthy but underperforming children.

Improved synthesis of isostearic acid using zeolite catalysts
Isostearic acids are branched-chain fatty acids that are nontoxic and biodegradable and are used in cosmetics because of their superior moisturizing properties, but can also be applied in coatings, lubricants and hydraulic fluids. Unfortunately, they are not widely utilized in industry because of the high cost. In a Feature article, Helen Ngo describes an efficient and cost effective zeolite-based method with a unique surface blocking technique for the production of isostearic acid.


Pictures: Ejlst, Fotolia, Marsykes, Anatoly Maslennikov


DGF - Practical Short Course: Fats and Oils as Renewable Feedstock for the Chemical Industry

DGF-Practical Short Course
Fats and Oils as Renewable Feedstock for the Chemical Industry
28-29 March 2015, Karlsruhe, Germany

Fats and oils have ever been the most important renewable resources for the chemical industry. The short course will show the state of the art in and introduce in actual developments in oleochemistry. The topics range from plant breeding and oil processing to biochemical and chemical transformations to various groups of products like detergents and polymers. Also included is the utilization of glycerol and the present state and perspectives of biodiesel. Ample time for discussion will be used for the elucidation of future trends, bottlenecks and individual questions and ideas of the participants.

Fats and oils as renewable resources are daily business in a lot of chemical companies and their future potential is even bigger. However, oleochemistry is rarely treated adequately in university courses in chemistry, chemical engineering or biotechnology. Therefore, the short course aims especially at chemists and other scientists who encounter oleochemistry for the first time in their career. It is also well suited for scientists in governmental or research institutions and for post graduates, who want to enhance their knowledge of fats and oils as renewable resources for the chemical industry.

Information and Registration


Congress Calendar

  • 2nd World Congress of Clinical Lipidology, 5-7 December 2014, Vienna, Austria
  • Advanced Oil Processing - Palm, Palm Kernel and Coconut Oil Processing and Food Applications, 29-30 January 2015, Bogota, Colombia
  • 6th International Conference on Phospholipase A2 and Lipid Mediators (PLM2015), 10-12 February 2015, Shinjuku, Japan
  • DGF: Workshop Sensorische Bewertung nativer, kaltgepresster Speiseöle -Olivenöl, Rapsöl und andere Öle-, 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: Practical Short Course on Oils+Fats as Renewable Feedstock for the Chemical Industry, 28-29 March 2015, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 8th Workshop on Fats and Oils as Renewable Feedstock for the Chemical Industry, 29-31 March 2015, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • DGF: 3-MCPD&Co. Eine Bilanz nach acht Jahren Forschung, 20.-21. April 2015, Berlin, Deutschland
  • 106th AOCS Annual Meeting, 3-6 May 2015, Orlando, Florida, USA
  • Yabited: II. Bitkisel Yağ Kongresi, 7-9 May 2015, Tekirdag, Turkey
  • Symposium Food, Nutrition, Health, 12-13 May 2015, Kiel, Germany
  • 12th Yeast Lipid Conference, 20-22 May 2015, Ghent, Belgium
  • SCI: Lipids and Health - Reward, Risk and Revelation, 1-2 June 2015, Edinburgh, UK
  • 28th Nordic Lipidforum Symposium, 3-6 June 2015, Reykjavik, Iceland
  • 1st Sustainable Oils & Fats International Congress (SOFIC 2015), 16-17 June 2015, Paris, France,
  • 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
  • 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
  • icbl 56th ICBL Conference, 22-26 September 2015, Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
  • 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
  • 11th 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, 18.-20. November 2015, Heidelberg, Deutschland

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