Hot Topics and Featured Sessions
Hot Topics and Featured Sessions
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 Topics and Featured Sessions
You may still access Hot Topics and Featured Sessions by registering for on-demand access. Recordings will be available three business days after the live presentation. Presentations will be available through July 31, 2021. Registered AOCS members receive extended access through April 2022.
This year's Hot Topics and Featured Sessions addressed some of the most pressing issues in
- Breeding and Biotechnology for Improving Content, Nutritional Quality and Functionality of Plant Proteins
- Personal Care 1 - Skin Care; Personal Care 2 - Hair Care and Cleansing
- Teaching and Learning in the Time of COVID-19
- Updates on Protein Research in China
- Insect Fat - Food Industry and Science Prospective
- Gene Editing Technology and Advancements in Agriculture
- COVID-19 Infections and Lipid Mediators: A Clinical Perspective
- AOCS Official Methods
- Industry Updates (Three Sessions)
The "Breeding and Biotechnology for Improving Content, Nutritional Quality and Functionality of Plant Proteins" and "Personal Care 1 - Skin Care; Personal Care 2 - Hair Care and Cleansing" sessions may registered for à la carte by selecting "Single track" during the registration process.
All other Featured Sessions are only available to full meeting registrants.
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Session Chairs: Phil Kerr, Chief Technology Officer, Prairie AquaTech, USA; Long Zou, Senior Project Leader, Bunge, USA; and Rouf Mian, Research Leader and Geneticist, USDA-ARS, USA
Plant-based proteins are trending in the food industry to meet consumers' dietary preference and sustainability pursuit. These sessions highlight research efforts focused on improving the yield, nutritional quality, flavor and functionality of proteins by conventional breeding and advanced biotechnological tools. Presentations from key speakers will be followed by live discussion panels.
These sessions (Parts 1 and 2) highlight the use of the conventional breeding and advanced biotechnological tools to improve yield, nutritional quality, flavor and protein functionality.
Session Chairs: Tony O'Lenick, Principal Consultant, Nascent Technologies, USA; and Hongwei Shen, Manager of Technology, Colgate Palmolive, USA
Sponsored in part by the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC).
Two sessions – one on hair and one on skin – each feature a keynote speaker who will provide an overview and explain the needs for consumer acceptable cosmetic formulations. The keynote will be followed by presentations that highlight innovations in the role of natural oils, the potential for plant-based lipids and describe novel products that provide mild conditioning or cleansing for skin or hair.
Two sessions – one on hair and one on skin – provide a broadly accessible overview of research innovation, opportunities, and needs in the personal care industry.
Session Chairs: Nuria C. Acevedo, Associate Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Iowa State University, USA; and Tong Wang, Professor, Food Science, The University of Tennessee, USA
Coronavirus rapidly accelerated the adoption of remote teaching and learning. As part of the AOCS Professional Educator Common Interest Group’s (PECIG) commitment to promote excellence in teaching through discussion and exchange of ideas we will feature presentations from key speakers and discussion panels where professional educators and students will share their experience with online teaching and learning. Discussions will be continued in a Midweek Mixer following the meeting.
In presentations and discussion panels professional educators and students will share their experience with online teaching and learning. Discussions will be continued in a Midweek Mixer following the meeting.
Session Chairs: Xiaonan Sui, Professor, Northeast Agricultural University, China; and Keshun Liu, Research Chemist, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, USA
Researchers from China are at the forefront of innovation in proteins for food and non-food applications. This session will feature developments in processing technologies; research on health and functionality benefits for plant protein-based meat alternatives; fabrication of novel materials from protein sources; and a market overview highlighting opportunities for plant-based protein in China.
Session Chair: Diliara Iassonova, R&D Development Leader, Cargill Inc, USA
Sponsored in part by Cargill.
Black Soldier Flies have been proclaimed as the ‘next big thing’ in the food industry. Insect fat – which can be up to 60% of the insect biomass - can provide a sustainable oil source for feed, food and industrial applications. Feeding insects with organic waste diverts and upcycles material from landfill. This Hot Topic session features presentations from leading researchers who will highlight the potential and challenges in this field, followed by a panel discussion.
Session Chairs: Tim Ulmasov, Chief Technology Officer, CoverCress Inc., USA
This Hot Topic Session will introduce the tools and potential for CRISPR technology, highlight the next wave of traits primed for modification and tether your work to the realities of the global regulatory and policy environment.
This Hot Topic Session will introduce the tools of CRISPR technology, highlight the next wave of traits primed for modification and tether your work to the realities of the global regulatory and policy environment. Join established and emerging agricultural companies, and US policymakers breaking new ground in establishing novel CRISPR tools as we usher in the next generation of precise and efficient plant genome editing to deliver new traits in oils and fats, proteins, and other co-products.
Session Chairs: Charles N. Serhan, PhD, Gelman Professor Harvard Medical School, Director & Distinguished Professor Center Exp. Therapeutics BWH, Brigham & Womens Hospital-Harvard Medical School, USA
Severe COVID-19 is associated with "runaway" inflammation that is driven in part by lipid mediators. Evolving clinical experience with the COVID-19 pandemic highlights potential roles for lipid mediators in the pathogenesis of severe COVID-19. This hot topic session will highlight in the role of lipid mediators in COVID 19 infection from a scientific, clinical and translational medicine perspective.
Session Chair: Susan Seegers, Bunge Creative Solution Center, USA
This session focuses on procedural and technological updates to current AOCS methods that reflect the changing scientific landscape. Updates from the Technical Committee will also be discussed.
Industry Updates highlight the latest innovations in products and services of direct relevance to oils, fats, proteins, surfactants, foods and sustainable materials research, development and production. Join us to learn what is new, and what is next, for your organization.
Industry Updates include presentations by Metrohm, CPM Roskamp, Clariant, Oil-Dri Corporateion of America, Amano Enzyme and many others.
There are three Industry Update sessions. View details for each one using the links below: