Networking and Social Events

Networking and Social Events

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.

Networking and Social Events

Aggie Chocolate Factory Welcome Reception

Aggie Chocolate FactoryWelcome to the Chocolate Factory! Reconnect with colleagues and network with new business contacts during this chocolate-inspired reception in the expo hall. Grab your food and drink and then meet with others — this is where you begin making connections that could lead to life-long collaborations. During the reception, learn how the Aggie Chocolate Factory makes their bean-to-bar chocolate – from sourcing and sorting to molding and packaging. Ready to try some yourself? Visit the tasting counter to enjoy samples from across the Thistle & Rose, single-origin chocolate line, and then head over to the beverage counter to make your selection from the list of recommended drink pairings!

Established in 2018, the Aggie Chocolate Factory (ACF) is the only academic bean to bar facility in the United States and is part of the Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences Department at Utah State University. AOCS President-elect and JAOCS Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Silvana Martini, is Director, Professor, and Research Supervisor of the ACF, whose mission is to provide educational, research, and outreach opportunities to faculty, students, chocolate producers, and the local community about their high-quality bean-to-bar chocolate. This opportunity is extended to students, industry professionals, the public, and the people that work with and for the ACF. Learn more at aggiechocolatestore.com.

Happy Hour Reception

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Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and drinks, including local craft beers. Meet with exhibitors as you learn about their products and services that help you back at the office.

Happy Hour Reception

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Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and drinks, including local craft beers. Meet with exhibitors as you learn about their products and services that help you back at the office.

AOCS Member and Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

We appreciate you! Enjoy complimentary food and fun as we recognize our volunteers. To celebrate the efforts and to honor our dedicated volunteers, we invite all attendees to join us for this free luncheon. All attendees will have a chance to win some prizes. Learn more about how to volunteer and get inspired by those who make a difference through volunteering with AOCS.

Corporate Member Lounge

All employees of our valued AOCS Corporate Members are welcome to enjoy the lounge which features morning coffee service, device charging stations and comfortable spaces for relaxing or business conversations.

Early Career Inspiration Lounge

Hosted by the Student Common Interest Group and the Young Professional Common Interest Group
Students and early career professionals are welcome to enjoy the lounge, which features complimentary tea and coffee, fresh fruit, energy bars and fresh baked snacks. Come network, relax or use this comfortable space for work or business conversations.

Networking Breaks

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Enjoy freshly brewed coffee and teas. Network with exhibitors and other attendees.

Student Common Interest Group Networking Reception

You have mixed and mingled during the Welcome Reception, but now it is time to get to know more of your colleagues in a relaxed and fun environment. Advance registration is highly encouraged.

Young Professional Common Interest Group Networking Reception

You have mixed and mingled during the Welcome Reception, but now it is time to get to know more of your colleagues in a relaxed and fun environment. Advance registration is highly encouraged.

Professional Educator Common Interest Group Networking Reception

You have mixed and mingled during the Welcome Reception, but now it is time to get to know more of your colleagues in a relaxed and fun environment. Advance registration is highly encouraged.

Speed Networking to Create New Professional Bonds

Open to all attendees! This informal and inviting activity will boost your confidence and connections. Interact with other registrants in a structured yet casual format, five minutes at a time. The advice and friendships that you make might just lead to career-long relationships! Advanced registration is highly encouraged.

5K Fun Run/Walk

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Kick off day three of the 2022 AOCS Annual Meeting with a leisurely stroll or quick run around Hardy Ivy Park in the heart of downtown Atlanta, Georgia. There is no fee to participate but pre-registration is required. Space is limited! Runners can meet in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Atlanta at 5:30 a.m. to walk to the starting line together. Race bib pick-up begins at 5:30 a.m. at Hardy Ivy Park. Race begins promptly at 6 a.m.

To participate in the 5K, you must sign up in advance when registering for the meeting. If you need to add the 5K to an existing registration, contact Karen Kesler at karen.kesler@aocs.org.