Hot Topic Symposia and Featured Sessions

Hot Topic Symposia and Featured Sessions

2023 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo
April 30–May 3, 2023
Colorado Convention Center | Denver, Colorado, USA

Hot Topic Symposia and Featured Sessions

Hot Topic Symposia address how critical developments, both current and on the horizon, will impact the edible oils and fats, surfactants and detergents, plant proteins and related sustainable materials industries.

Opening Plenary Session     |     JAOCS 100th Anniversary     |     Hot Topic Symposia     |     Product Showcases

Opening Plenary Session

Sunday, April 30
4–5:30 p.m.

Join this celebration to kick off the 2023 annual meeting! In addition to the keynote speaker, AOCS President Silvana Martini and AOCS President-elect Grant Mitchell will recognize Society Award winners.

Keynote presentation

How the Intersection of Science and Culinary Can Disrupt Food Categories
Chef Sébastien Canonne, M.O.F

Mark MatlockTechnology is bringing new, better, and sustainable foods. Celebrated food industry veteran, chef Sebastien Canonne, M.O.F will share his story, the parallel lives of culinary arts and science, and how greater collaboration between scientists and chefs can improve innovation. Join him to reimagine a culinarian food technology pathway to design Better For You Food and help Save The Planet.

Chef Sébastien is the recipient of some of highest awards and distinctions including the prestigious title of MOF; Meilleur Ouvrier de France, coach of the United States 2002 pastry world champion team, named 40 under 40 by Crain's Chicago business magazine, recipient of the Chair of the Académie Culinaire de France and of the American Culinary Federation Life Achievement Award, being inducted into the Chefs Hall of Fame by Dessert Professional magazine and the Chef Hall of Fame by the Chicago Culinary Museum. Chef Canonne has also been knighted by the French government in the Order of the French Legion of Honor, the Order of the Academic Palm, and in the World Order of the Académie Culinaire De France.

100th Anniversary of the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society

Monday, May 1
8:25–10:30 a.m.

Organizers: Silvana Martini, Utah State University, USA; and Amy S. Logan, CSIRO Agriculture and Food, Australia

The Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society is sponsoring a featured session consisting of papers invited by members of the JAOCS editorial board.

The Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society (JAOCS) is an international peer-reviewed journal that publishes significant original scientific research and technological advances on fats, oils, oilseed proteins, and related materials through original research articles, invited reviews, short communications, and letters to the editor. Learn more.

8:25–8:30 a.m.  Introduction
8:30–8:50 a.m.  Celebrating 100 years of the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society (JAOCS)
James Kenar, USDA ARS MWA, USA
8:50–9:10 a.m. The future of scholarly publishing in society journals
Richard Hartel, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
9:10–9:30 a.m. Innovations in oilseed meals uses and applications – Research in progress
Janitha Wanasundara, Agric & Agri-Food Canada, Canada
9:30–9:50 a.m. Development and engineering of technologies for new oil products
X. Ye, University of Tennessee, USA
9:50–10:10 a.m. Celebrating 100 years of bringing scientific thought into reality through the JAOCS
10:10–10:30 a.m. Lipid oxidation and antioxidants research in JAOCS for the past century
Eric Decker, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Hot Topic Symposia

Monday, May 1 | 8:25–10:30 a.m.

  • How Do You Make Vegan Cheese More Like Cheese?
  • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Research and Development
  • Spill the Tea! Gathering Customer and Consumer Insights That Ignite Innovation
  • Sustainable Proteins: Opportunities and Constraints in Commercialization and Manufacturing

You learn more about all of these sessions here. 

NEW in 2023 - Product Showcases in the Exhibit Hall Theater

Monday, May 1 and Tuesday, May 2

Product showcase presentations are quick, 10-minute presentations by AOCS’ elite partners providing insights into how industries are growing and changing. Presenters will use this time to highlight key takeaway information about their company’s products and services; highlighting the latest innovations in products and services of direct relevance to oils, fats, proteins, surfactants, foods and sustainable materials research, development, and production.

Monday, May 1

Tuesday, May 2


If you have questions about Hot Topic Symposia and Featured Sessions at the AOCS Annual Meeting, please contact Ellen Snipes, Director of Meetings and Exhibits at