Midweek Mixers

Midweek Mixers

The AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo is more than just a conference — it is a prime opportunity to advance your career and grow your network, all in one place. Professionals from all over the world come together online and in-person to share insights and perspectives while building new connections.

Midweek Mixers

Midweek Mixers are a virtual space for you to connect with colleagues, engage in business development or just socialize with friends to unwind during the 2021 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo.

There is no fee to participate but registering for the meeting is required. You will receive instructions for how to join the Mixer after you register. You do not have to be a member of AOCS or any of the Divisions, Sections or Common Interest Groups to participate.

Divisions

Divisions are focus-specific communities within AOCS that form the building blocks of the Society. These communities represent diversified interests, share technical expertise and offer a multitude of educational and networking opportunities specific to each discipline. The combined effect of like-minded professionals working together is limitless. Learn more about AOCS Divisions.

Analytical

Friday, May 7, 2021 at 1 p.m. CDT (Chicago, USA; UTC-5)

Calling all analytical chemists! Division leaders Pierluigi Delmonte, US Food and Drug Administration, USA, Francesca Giuffrida, Nestle Research, Switzerland, and Lisa Clement, Cargill Inc., USA welcome anyone working to make an impact on the science and technology of analytical chemistry to attend this Midweek Mixer. Meet up with colleagues and make new connections during the annual meeting.

Biotechnology

Monday, May 3, 2021 at 5 p.m. CDT (Chicago, USA; UTC-5)

Biotechnology Division leaders Long (Joe) Zou, Bunge Creative Solutions Center, USA, Todd Underiner, P&G, USA, and Yomi Watanabe, Osaka Rest. Inst., Japan, welcome anyone working in the biotechnology field to attend this Midweek Mixer. Expand your network and meet up with colleagues and friends from around the world during the annual meeting.

Edible Applications Technology

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 4 p.m. CDT (Chicago, USA; UTC-5)

Do you work in the food processing industry or carry out research with primary focus on food applications? Edible Applications Technology Division leaders Supratim Ghosh, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, Kaustuv Bhattacharya, DuPont Nutrition & Health, Denmark, and Serpil Metin, Cargill Inc., USA, welcome you to socialize and make connections with colleagues from around the world at this Midweek Mixer.

Health and Nutrition

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 1 p.m. CDT (Chicago, USA; UTC-5)

Health and Nutrition Division leaders Fabiola Dionisi, Nestlé Research Center, Switzerland, Matt Miller Cawthron Institute Nelson, New Zealand, and Kacie Ho, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA, welcome anyone working in health and nutrition to attend this Midweek Mixer. Expand your network and meet up with colleagues and friends from around the world during the annual meeting.

Industrial Oil Products

Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 4 p.m. CDT (Chicago, USA; UTC-5)

Division leaders Tim Abraham, Cargill Inc., USA, BK Sharma, University of Illinois, USA, and Helen Ngo, USDA, USA, welcome anyone working on research, development, engineering, marketing, and testing of industrial products and co-products from fats and oils to attend this Midweek Mixer. Make new connections and meet up with colleagues and friends during the annual meeting.

Lipid Oxidation and Quality

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 10 a.m. CDT (Chicago, USA; UTC-5)

Division leaders Nora Yang, Kalsec, Inc., USA, Karen Schaich, Rutgers University, USA, and David Johnson, Kalsec, USA, welcome the lipid oxidation and quality community, and everyone interested in networking with professionals in this field, to attend this Midweek Mixer. Make connections and socialize with colleagues and friends during the annual meeting.

Phospholipid

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 4–5 p.m. CDT (Chicago, USA; UTC-5)

Division leaders Ernesto Hernandez, Advanced Lipid Consultants, USA, Ozan Ciftci, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA, and Swapnil Jadhav, Archer Daniels Midland Co., USA, welcome everyone working in in the phospholipid and lecithin fields, or interested in networking with professionals in this area, to attend this Midweek Mixer. Learn more about the Phospholipid Division, make connections and socialize with colleagues and friends during the annual meeting.

Processing

Monday, May 10 at 3 p.m. CDT (Chicago, USA; UTC-5)

Division leaders Bill Younggreen, Alfa Laval Inc., USA, and Mike Martinez, Natural Plant Products, Inc., USA, welcome anyone working in the processing field, or interested in networking with processing professionals, to attend this Midweek Mixer. Meet up with colleagues and make new connections during the annual meeting.

Protein and Co-Products

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at Noon CDT (Chicago, USA; UTC-5)

Division leaders Chibuike Udenigwe, University of Ottawa, Canada, Lamia L'Hocine, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Canada, and Lingyun Chen, University of Alberta, Canada, welcome anyone working with protein and co-products, or interested in building their network in this area, to attend this Midweek Mixer. Make new connections and meet up with colleagues and friends during the annual meeting.

Surfactants and Detergents

Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 10 a.m. CDT (Chicago, USA; UTC-5)

Surfactants and Detergents Division leaders Keith Genco, Arkema, Inc., USA, Michael Williams, Evonik Corporation, USA, and Sanja Natali, ExxonMobil, USA, welcome anyone working with surfactants and detergents to attend this Midweek Mixer. Expand your network and meet up with colleagues and friends from around the world during the annual meeting.

Common Interest Groups

Common Interest Groups (CIGs) help members build peer-to-peer connections useful in advancing their career and Society involvement. Find your CIG and join the discussion today! Learn more about AOCS Common Interest Groups.

Professional Educators

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at Noon CDT (Chicago, USA; UTC-5)

The Professional Educator CIG supports educators in the lipid science and oil technology fields, by creating connections which lead to collaboration and the sharing of information and resources throughout the year.

CIG leaders Nuria Acevedo, Iowa State University, USA, Tong Wang, University of Tennessee, USA, and Vermont Dia, University of Tennessee, USA, welcome anyone working in education or interested in networking with educators to attend this Midweek Mixer. Make connections, share your experiences, and let us learn from each other during the annual meeting.

Students

Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 2 p.m. CDT (Chicago, USA; UTC-5)

The Student CIG supports the next generation of industry leaders by providing students with networking opportunities, ways to get involved and free resources to enhance their education.

Hongbing Fan, University of Alberta, Canada, and the rest of the Student Common Interest Group leadership team extend a warm welcome to student attendees – and anyone interested in supporting the next generation of industry leaders – to join this Midweek Mixer. We will make connections, socialize, and learn from each other.

Young Professionals

Monday, May 3, 2021 at 3 p.m. CDT (Chicago, USA; UTC-5)

Bridging the gap between young professionals and older professionals who are established in their career, the Young Professional CIG creates connections to provide young professionals with the advice and support they need to flourish in their new careers, while expanding their professional networks.

Leann Barden, Chicago Bar Company LLC, USA, Orayne Mullings, Desmet Ballestra, USA, and other members of the Young Professionals Common Interest Group leadership team welcome you to attend this Midweek Mixer. Make connections and socialize during the annual meeting.

Sections

AOCS Sections bring the world of fats and oils a little closer to home. Established in key regions around the globe, AOCS Sections provide a local forum for fats and oils professionals—making it easier to exchange information and discover unique opportunities, often in the languages of the region. Learn more about AOCS Sections.

Asia

Monday, May 3, 2021 at 6 p.m. CDT (Chicago, USA; UTC-5)

Asian Section leaders Ahmad Parveez, Malaysian Palm Oil Board, Malaysia, Jun Ogawa, Kyoto University, Japan, and In-Hwan Kim, Korea University, Korea, welcome anyone attending AOCS from their region or interested in networking with members of the Asian Section, to attend this Midweek Mixer. Please join us to meet your colleagues and make new connections.

Australasian

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 6 p.m. CDT (Chicago, USA; UTC-5)

Are you joining the annual meeting from Australia and Pacific Rim? Or are you interested in making connections and meeting friends from those geographical regions? Matt Miller, Cawthron Institute Nelson, New Zealand and the whole Australasian Section leadership team issue a warm welcome for you to attend this Midweek Mixer.

Canadian

Friday, May 7, 2021 at 10 a.m. CDT (Chicago, USA; UTC-5)

Are you joining the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo from Canada? Are you interested making connections and meeting up with Canadian friends and colleagues? Xiao Qiu, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, Apollinaire Tsopmo, Carleton University, Canada, Andrew Gravelle, University of Guelph, Canada, and Hongbing Fan, University of Alberta, Canada welcome you to attend this Midweek Mixer.

China

Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 6 p.m. CDT (Chicago, USA; UTC-5)

Are you joining the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo from China? Are you interested making connections and meeting friends and colleagues from the China geographical region? Dr. Jiang Lianzhou, Northeast Agricultural University, China, and the rest of the China Section leadership team issue a warm welcome for you to attend this Midweek Mixer.

European

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 11 a.m. CDT (Chicago, USA; UTC-5)

Paul Smith, Cargill, Belgium, and the rest of the Section leadership team welcome anyone attending the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo from the European geographical region or interested in networking with professionals from this region, to attend this Midweek Mixer. Make connections and socialize with colleagues and friends during the annual meeting.

Latin America

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 11 a.m. CDT (Chicago, USA; UTC-5)

Are you joining the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo from South America, Central America, Mexico or the Caribbean? Or are you interested in expanding your network in these regions? Sandra Moya, Clariant, Mexico and the rest of the Latin American Section leadership extend a warm welcome for you to attend this Midweek Mixer.