Hot Topic Symposia

Hot Topic Symposia

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.

Hot Topic Symposia

Hot Topic Symposia are a chance for us to come together to 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.

Do you know of a topic that is broadly relevant, or a new technology that is just emerging? Hot Topic Symposia are proposed and organized by community members like you. Submit your proposal via the AOCS Abstract Submission System by January 13 for consideration.

Be sure to select “Hot Topic Session Proposal” during the Submission Type step so your session proposal is routed to the correct reviewers!

Submission Deadline

Session proposals will be collected via the online Submission System through January 13, 2022. Proposals received after the submission deadline will be placed on a waiting list and reviewed by the Program Committee if time and space allow.

Past Hot Topic Sessions

Popular hot topics sessions from past annual meetings include:

  • Breeding and biotechnology for improving content, nutritional quality and functionality of plant proteins
  • Teaching and learning in the time of COVID-19
  • Insect Fat - food industry and science prospective
  • Gene editing technology and advancements in agriculture
  • COVID-19 Infections and lipid mediators: a clinical perspective
  • The OLEUM project advancements for a global strategy to guarantee olive oil quality and fight fraud
  • Healthy oils at the heart of personalized medicine
  • Ingredient transparency


If you have questions about organizing a Hot Topic Symposia at the AOCS Annual Meeting, please contact Lauren Rohde at +1 217-693-4831 or