Annual Meeting & FAQ

Annual Meeting

The AOCS Annual Meeting is a premier international science and business forum on fats, oils, surfactants, lipids, and related materials. Known world-wide for its extensive technical program, the Annual Meeting features more than 650 oral and poster presentations within 12 interest areas.

In addition to the three days of technical sessions, the Annual Meeting features a Hot Topics Symposia, Industry Showcases, a variety of networking events, and the Awards Plenary and Business Meeting. The Annual Meeting provides ample opportunities for attendees to learn, reconnect with colleagues, engage with new business contacts, and meet with Showcase partners.

Over 1,600 professionals from 45 countries attend the Annual Meeting, representing the industry's most prestigious corporate, government, and academic institutions.

International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids


The International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) will host their Regional Meeting in conjunction with the 2017 AOCS Annual Meeting.

Thank you to the following sponsors for their support of the sessions organized jointly by AOCS and ISSFAL.

Australian Oilseeds Federation, Inc.EPAX   FMCGOED SanmarkYoung Living Essential Oils

General Chair

Neil R. Widlak has been an active member of AOCS for almost 40 years. During that time, Mr. Widlak has served on the Edible Applications and Technology Division Executive Steering Committee, Membership Steering Committee, and AOCS Governing Board, among others. In his current role as AOCS Vice President, Mr. Widlak collaborates with the rest of the Governing Board members to establish and implement the strategic goals of the Society, and oversees the development of the 2017 AOCS Annual Meeting as General Chair.

Mr. Widlak retired from ADM Cocoa in 2013 after a 37 year career in food science. His employment history includes:

  • Director, Product Services and Development, ADM Cocoa, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2009–2013
  • Director, Strategic Technology Development, Archer Daniels Midland Co., Decatur, Illinois, 1995–2009
  • Manager, Chemistry and Applications, Intermountain Canola, Pennsauken, New Jersey, 1992–1995
  • Manager, Research and Development, Lou Ana Foods, Opelousas, Louisiana, 1989–1992
  • Section Manager, Kraft Foods, Glenview, Illinois, 1976–1989
  • Refinery Supervisor, Best Foods, Chicago, Illinois, 1975–1976

Neil received his B.S. and M.S. in Food Science from the University of Illinois, and M.B.A. from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.


What are the official dates of the 2017 AOCS Annual Meeting?

The official meeting dates are Sunday, April 30–Wednesday, May 3, 2017. The first official event is the Sunday night President’s Welcome Reception, which begins at 5:30 pm. Some events, including Short Courses and committee meetings, will be held on Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 before the official start of the meeting.

Where will the 2017 AOCS Annual Meeting be held?

The main meeting venue is Rosen Shingle Creek, located at 9939 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, Florida, USA.  Rosen Shingle Creek is conveniently located on Universal Boulevard, off of the Beachline Expressway (SR 528 Exit #2), one mile east of the Orange County Convention Center North/South Complex.

When does registration open?

Pre-registration is open through April 10. Onsite registration opens Sunday, April 30 at 10:00 am at the Panzacola Registration Desk (first level) of Rosen Shingle Creek’s Convention Center. Onsite registration is open Sunday–Wednesday.

What meals are included in the standard meeting registration?

Annual Meeting registration includes hors d’oeuvres and beverages at the President’s Welcome Reception on Sunday, beverages at the Happy Hours on Monday and Tuesday, and beverages during the morning networking breaks on Monday–Wednesday. Divisions, Sections, and Common Interest Groups organize luncheons and dinners, and tickets are available for an additional fee.

I am bringing my family with me to Orlando. Will there be activities for them to enjoy during the meeting?

Guest tickets are available for the President's  Welcome Reception on Sunday, Monday Happy Hour, and Tuesday Happy Hour.  Tickets are available for purchase on-site, or in advance by contacting Doreen Berning at or +1 217-693-4813.

When will the abstracts be available?

Abstracts will be available on a webpage for attendees only and within The App beginning April 19, 2017. Information on how to access the abstracts is included on your registration confirmation.

When will the registration list be available?

The list of all pre-registered attendees will be available on a webpage for attendees only and within The App in April. Information on how to access the registration list is included on your registration confirmation.

When will the itinerary builder be available?

AOCS is offering a mobile event guide that allows registered attendees to build an itinerary, search presentations and abstracts, connect with other attendees, and much more! Information on how to access The App is included on your registration confirmation.

What is the dress code?

Attire is business casual, and we encourage you to wear comfortable shoes. We also recommend you dress in layers, as temperatures in meeting rooms can vary.

How can I obtain a copy of a presentation?

Presentations may be available within The App, as well as inform|connect after the meeting. It is up to the individual presenters whether they choose to make their presentations available after the meeting.

Can I take photos or record presentations?

Video, still photography, and audio recording are strictly prohibited in all technical sessions. Video or still photography of poster presentations are prohibited, unless permission is granted by the author. Video or still photography of an exhibitor booth is prohibited, unless permission has been granted by the occupant. The only exception to the statements above is for working press with AOCS, provided press registration.

Are there accommodations for people with disabilities and those requiring special assistance?

If you require special assistance, auxiliary aids, or other reasonable accommodations to fully participate in this event, please email Doreen Berning at Information regarding disabilities and special assistance will remain confidential.

Will child care be provided at the meeting?

AOCS does not provide child care services during the meeting. Attendees requiring assistance with child care should contact the Rosen Shingle Creek concierge at +1 866-996-9939.

I am interested in sponsorship and/or advertising opportunities. Whom should I contact?

Please contact Christina Morley at +1 217-693-4901 or

I am interested in exhibiting at the meeting. Whom should I contact?

Please contact Christina Morley at +1 217-693-4901 or

I am interested in becoming a media partner. Whom should I contact?

Please contact Ellen Snipes at +1 217-693-4843 or