Spotlight on: Academia

Join your colleagues to connect, learn and advance the industry at the 2018 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo. Attendees come from not just academia, but industry and government, and include professionals at every career stage. With more than 1,400 attendees representing over 40 countries and numerous prestigious institutions, there are countless opportunities for you and your students to engage in the latest technologies and innovations.

Deepen your involvement and make one-on-one connections. At a conference of this caliber and depth, the possibilities are unmatched.

Exclusive offer for those working near Minneapolis!

If three of your students register for the Annual Meeting, the professor attends for free! All four registrations (3 student and 1 standard) must be submitted together. Online registration is open until April 20. After April 20, please register on-site. All registrations must be submitted via registration form found here. Students must be full-time, working less than 50% in professional employment. Contact Doreen Berning at or +1 217-693-4813 with any eligibility questions.

It goes beyond expectations…

The AOCS Annual Meeting offers a cross-section of learning and networking not available elsewhere.

"AOCS is one of the best conferences I have ever attended. If I have a chance, I attend every year. There is very diverse participation from academia to industry to government. It creates an opportunity to share ideas with everyone from different sectors and locations. It is like one small family and you get to know people by name. The different divisions focus on different topics, so they are all diverse, and this is one meeting that incorporates every aspect." - Chibuike Udenigwe, Associate Professor, University of Ottawa, Canada, past attendee

It builds learning and knowledge…

AOCS incorporates a wide range of technical sessions and knowledge sharing for every attendee, from students to the most experienced professionals, as well as the chance to present your work to an engaged global audience.

Please view sessions scheduled to date, including the Hot Topic Symposia and Short Courses. Learn more about our confirmed Hot Topics, including Research and Technology Priorities for Fats and Oils from US Government and Industrial Perspectives, organized by the AOCS Professional Educators’ Common Interest Group.

“The primary reason for my repeated attendance is to learn new things — I find new information in the different areas. I like the variety.” — Timothy Abraham, Senior Principal Scientist, Cargill, Inc., USA, past attendee

It creates synergy and connections…

Network on an international level, connecting with partners to advance your research and spur innovations. In addition to the President's Welcome and Happy Hour receptions, the new 5K Run/Walk and networking lunches on Monday and Wednesday are included with your registration. Also consider attending Section, Division and Professional Educator Common Interest Group/committee events.

“It is a kind of reunion for us. I see my colleagues, mentors and friends at AOCS. It helps me keep up my network with others, and at the same time, I see what my other colleagues are working on, what they are doing and what is hot in the field.” — Farnaz Maleky, Assistant Professor, Ohio State University, U.S., past attendee

AOCS helps you save and plan…

Register early to save.

Join AOCS now for significant member discounts and other benefits!

A justification toolkit (.xlsx) (.pdf) is available to simplify the request for approval to attend.

AOCS is helping meeting attendees find roommates to lower the cost for hotel rooms. Find attendees to room with by emailing AOCS Meetings Manager Ellen Snipes at   

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