Special sessions




Opening Celebration: The Gateway to the Future of Our Industry

Sunday, May 5
4–5:30 p.m.

Attend this must-see opening session to recognize the achievements of our members. AOCS President Len Sidisky and AOCS President-elect Eric Decker will recognize Society and Scientific Award winners.

Plenary Lecture

Formulating Great Science Stories
Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D., Science Evangelist, USA

The world is at a crossroads. There are two groups: Those who know science and those who don’t. One way to build a bridge between these groups is with stories. With the telling of stories, the impact, benefits, and challenges of science can be expressed in an accessible way. With the telling of stories, more children will come to understand science, will embrace science, and will potentially want to participate in science. This talk challenges audience members to tell better science stories. This presentation will show the elements of a great story and share the human side of science.

Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D. is a science evangelist who is passionate about improving the public’s understanding of science. Dr. Ramirez received her training in materials science and engineering from Brown University (Sc.B.) and Stanford University (Ph.D.) and was a research scientist at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, in Murray Hill, New Jersey where she did award-winning research. Dr. Ramirez has authored more than 50 technical papers, holds six patents and has presented her work worldwide. Most recently, Dr. Ramirez was an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science at Yale University. Learn more.

AOCS Business Meeting

Monday, May 6
7:15–7:45 a.m.

Join your fellow AOCS members and Governing Board members at the AOCS Business Meeting. AOCS President Len Sidisky and AOCS President-elect Eric Decker will each deliver brief remarks, in addition to participating in the gavel exchange ceremony.

AOCS Technical Services Available to Serve You

Monday, May 6
7:55–10 a.m.

Organizers: Technical Services Department, AOCS, USA

AOCS has a long history of providing services to our members and the fats, oils, proteins and surfactants industries. This session presents details on what the AOCS Technical Department has to offer. This session will address: the steps that new methods must take to be validated and included in the AOCS methods collection; an overview of the analytical methods currently undergoing the steps required to became AOCS Official Methods; recent changes to the AOCS Laboratory Proficiency Program (LPP) and the benefits of participation; upcoming new LPP series; Approved Chemists; Quality Reference Materials; how a report in our Laboratory Proficiency Program (LPP) is generated and how to interpret the results; AOCS’ ISO 17034 accredited GMO Certified Reference Materials (CRMs) program including the need, users, and impact on commerce of GMO CRMs; and the work carried out by AOCS with other agencies, such as Codex Alimentarius and the International Organization for Standardization.

7:55 a.m.
8 a.m.
8:20 a.m.
8:40 a.m.
9 a.m.
9:20 a.m.
9:40 a.m.

Career Management & Networking Techniques: a guide to strategic partnership with recruiters

Monday, May 6
8–9 a.m.

Opening Presentation
Lowell Isom and Ken Bopp, Hollander Horizon International, USA  

Upon completion of this session, you will have the skills to proactively manage your career through effective networking, self-promotion, and resume writing.  In addition, you will gain knowledge in the areas of effective interview preparation, social media best practices, and strategic partnering with an executive recruiter - both for your own career and for building your technical teams.    60-minute breakout sessions at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. will provide time to speak with a seasoned Executive Recruiter in a small group format.  This is your opportunity to ask questions, engage one-on-one and gain specific insight into the career management process.  We will provide an "open book" to the entire recruiting process.    

Lowell Isom - Executive Recruiter & Managing Partner for HHI Search
A scientist by education with an M.S. in Food Microbiology along with 23+ years in the consumer food industry, Lowell held R&D leadership roles at Abbott Laboratories (Scientist), Kraft Foods (Manager), DuPont/Solae (Director) and General Mills (Director). He transitioned to the talent acquisition industry in 2006 and has spent the last 13 years as an Executive Recruiter for HHI Search.  In 2012, Lowell assumed ownership of HHI Search as Managing Partner and continues to service the food industry by recruiting the future in technology.     

Ken Bopp - Executive Recruiter & Resourcing Director for HHI Search
A scientist by education with a B.S. in Biology along with 18+ years in the consumer food industry, Ken held R&D Leadership roles with DuPont/Solae (Technology Manger), The Dannon Company (Director) and Kraft Heinz (Director) and joined HHI Search in 2016, bringing years of product development and management experience within the food industry.  Ken has extensive experience recruiting, hiring and developing talent both within the industry and now as an Executive Recruiter for HHI Search.