Schedule of events

This is the most current schedule, which is subject to change.

Saturday, May 5

7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Short Course Registration
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fundamentals of Edible Oil Processing Short Course*
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Functionality of Oils and Fats and Their Applications*

Sunday, May 6

7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Short Course Registration
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. New Techniques in Edible Oil Processing and Refinery Optimization*
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sensory Evaluation Techniques for Oils and Fats*
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mixing Design: Scaling Down so that Scale-up is Successful*
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Registration
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 2018 AOCS Lipids School
3 p.m. – 4 p.m.  Newcomer Speed Networking
4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Welcome Plenary Session featuring the ISF Kaufmann Memorial Lecture
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. President’s Welcome Reception
7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Young Professionals Reception

Monday, May 7

7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Registration
7:55 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Hot Topic Symposia and Special Sessions
Noon – 6 p.m. Expo / Poster Viewing
12:15 p.m. – 2 p.m. Lunch in Expo Hall 
12:15 p.m. – 2 p.m. Division and Section Luncheons*
1:55 p.m. – 5 p.m. Technical Sessions
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Happy Hour Reception
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Dedicated Poster Viewing with Authors Present 
Various Times Division Events*

Tuesday, May 8

6 a.m. – 7 a.m. 5K Fun Run/Walk
7 a.m. – 6:45 p.m. Registration
7:55 a.m. – Noon Technical Sessions
Noon – 1:30 p.m. Lunch on Own / Division and Section Luncheons*
Noon – 6:45 p.m. Expo / Poster Viewing
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Dessert Break in Expo Hall 
2:35 p.m. – 5:40 p.m. Technical Sessions
5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Happy Hour Reception
5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Dedicated Poster Viewing with Authors Present 
Various Times Division Events*

Wednesday, May 9

7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Registration
7:55 a.m. – Noon Technical Sessions
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Expo / Poster Viewing
Noon – 2 p.m. Lunch in Expo Hall
Noon – 2 p.m. Division and Joint CIG Luncheons*
1:55 p.m. – 5 p.m. Technical Sessions

* These are optional events not included in the Annual Meeting registration fee; additional fees apply.

Networking events

President’s Welcome Reception

Reconnect with colleagues and network with new business contacts during this reception on the beautiful Minneapolis Convention Center Plaza lawn. This event is open to all Annual Meeting full-conference attendees and Short Course registrants. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

Dessert break

After the lunch break, there will be an extended dessert break, held in the Expo hall. This dessert break is open to all full conference attendees as well as Tuesday-only registrants. Take this time to get a sweet treat, visit exhibitors throughout the hall and network with like-minded peers.

Lunch on Monday

All Monday-only registrants and full-conference attendees are invited to a complimentary lunch in the Expo hall. Take the time to network with your colleagues, explore the Expo hall and meet with our various exhibitors while preparing for the days ahead.

Lunch on Wednesday

All Wednesday attendees and full-conference attendees are invited to a complimentary lunch in the Expo hall. Take the time to network with your colleagues and explore the Expo hall and meet with our various exhibitors. Our lunch on this day will be picnic-themed: “Meet me in St. Louis”. The event will be complete with lawn games and a strolling Barbershop Quartet.

Happy Hour receptions

Develop important connections with other industry professionals from around the world in the Expo hall. These receptions are open to all Annual Meeting full-conference attendees and Monday- or Tuesday-only registrants. A variety of beverages will be served.

Dedicated poster viewing

Don’t miss these chances to discuss poster presentations with their authors! Authors will be available at their posters during this time to answer your questions.

Newcomer Speed Networking

New to the AOCS Annual Meeting? Want to connect with people on the first day? Then participate in the Newcomer Speed Networking session! In this fast-paced activity, you will meet many new attendees in addition to getting to know AOCS member leaders. Stick around until the end to ask questions about how to get the most out of your time at Annual Meeting.