Friday, December 19, 2014

Lipids journal honored for top cited articles via social media—Free download until 1/31/2015!

One of the emerging topics in scholarly publishing is article-level metrics, and scientists are starting to use these metrics to determine the extent to which their work is cited, discussed, shared, and referenced in social media and other online platforms.  Springer journals that included  top mentioned articles within the past year were honored, and Lipids was among the list of selected journals. Learn more about article-level metrics and download the nine articles until January 31, 2015! 

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

December Methods Sale

AOCS Methods are ON SALE for the month of December! Save 20% on the following products with promo code methodsale:

Official Methods and Recommended Practices of the AOCS, 6th Edition, 3rd Printing

2011-2012 Additions and Revisions

2013-2014 Additions and Revisions

2011-12 and 2013-14 Additions and Revisions

This exclusive offer will only be available until December 31, 2014. Order online or contact the AOCS Orders Department at or +1 217-693-4803. Use promo code methodsale.

For more information on AOCS Methods, email or visit

Oilseed Congress debut brings exclusive content on oilseed complex in Europe/MENA to Barcelona

HighQuest Group will expand its oilseed conference offerings with the debut of the new Oilseed Congress Europe/MENA in Barcelona, Spain, on 9-10 February 2015 at the Hotel Arts. The event will provide exclusive content on the current state and outlook for the oilseed complex in Europe and the Middle East/North Africa and how global trends are likely to affect the sector.

This one-and-a-half day event is fashioned after the company’s successful U.S.-based Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit, which is now in its tenth year and is highly regarded for providing timely content and outstanding networking opportunities for participants operating across the oilseed and feed grains supply chain.

As with the U.S. event, the content for the Oilseed Congress has been tailored to address the needs of its audience, focusing on issues that have a direct impact on importers and exporters, merchandisers and traders, service providers, and primary processors and downstream consumption markets in feed, food, biodiesel and industrial applications. Unique challenges and opportunities facing those active in this sector in Europe and the MENA region will be addressed, including:

  • What factors will drive the trade of oilseeds and derivative products over in the next 12 months, primarily in Europe, but also in North and South America and Asia? 
  • What trends are apparent in the quality level of oilseeds and their derivatives in the major origins?
  • What is the expected future competitiveness between different vegetable oils used in a range of applications (food, biodiesel and industrial) and how will this affect trade flows for vegetable oils?
The topics for day two of the conference include risk management strategies, freight market and trends, developments in trading rules and arbitration, and trade financing, including what kinds of innovative trade financing facilities are available in the European/MENA market today.
For more details, visit Register for the event with a 10% discount using promo code: #3PR-OCE15. Also check out the agenda for the co-located Women in Agribusiness Summit Europe, which will provide insightful industry content, professional development skills and strategies for success for women across the agribusiness value chain.

Connect with us: on Twitter @oilseedandgrain, Facebook and Linkedin.
HighQuest Group, headquartered in Danvers, Mass., USA is a globally recognized strategic advisory and industry conference company serving the food, agriculture and biofuels markets.

In the U.S.

Michelle Pelletier Marshall
+1.978.887.8800, x117
In Barcelona:
Claudia Vesquez Alarcon
Land line: +34 938 335 071
Skype: Claudia_biz

Global Fabric and Home Care Leaders Met to Create Solutions

Creating Value in the New Reality,” was the focus of the AOCS-hosted Montreux 2014 — World Conference on Fabric and Home Care, October 6-9, 2014, in Montreux, Switzerland. “The conference delivered a premier program for global senior management of the fabric and home care industry to meet and discuss the challenges and potential solutions we face in this ever changing environment,” said General Chair, Manfred Trautmann.

The program gathered international executives and decision-makers that influence the future of the fabric and home care industry.
  • More than 670 attended, with 47 countries and 229 companies represented
  • The Exhibition highlighted 29 companies from across the globe and 10 Industry Innovations Incubator  presenters
  • The conference featured 24 oral presentations and 37 Technology Showcase video presentations
 Keynote presentations from industry CEOs included:
  • Kasper Rorsted, Henkel
  • Michitaka Sawada, Kao
  • Itsuo Hama, Lion
  • Peder Holk Nielsen, Novozymes
  • Kurt Bock, BASF
  • H. Fisk Johnson, SC Johnson
 The conference provided perspectives on the technology, products, and business trends of the global fabric and home care industry, and beyond, with companies including BASF, Henkel, Kao, Lion, Novozymes, SC Johnson, Coca Cola, DuPont, Oxiteno, Facebook, P&G, Unilever, Walmart, and more. “The leading international players shared their viewpoints and proved to be mindful of the challenges facing the industry. All associated challenges can also be viewed as opportunities,” said Trautmann. “While we heard from the leaders of the fabric and home care industries, we also listened to the insights of representatives from UNICEF, Facebook, Coca Cola, and global NGO's. These new perspectives provided a fresh vantage point of the difficulties facing our industry, but also of the solutions and opportunities our industry has, and the need to overcome those challenges as part of the solution rather than the problem.”

AOCS hosts this global conference on fabric and home care every two years with the location alternating between Montreux and Singapore.
Plans are already in place for the conference in Singapore, October 5-7, 2016, and program topics will be announced in 2015.

For more information on the conference series, contact Mindy Cain, Meetings Specialist, by phone (+1 217-693-4827) or email (

About AOCS (American Oil Chemists’ Society)
AOCS is a global society for the oil chemistry community. Our mission is to advance the science and technology of oils, fats, surfactants and related materials, enriching the lives of people everywhere. We develop methods; provide current information through meetings, publications, and networking opportunities; and collaborate with other organizations to promote the advancement of science.

Critical challenges to ag sector addressed at debut of Women in Agribusiness Summit Europe

A first-of-its-kind event in Europe, the Women in Agribusiness Summit Europe, promises to cater to women across the agribusiness value chain with top tier industry content, featuring professional development skills and strategy sessions, and unparalleled opportunities to network and establish new business relationships. This debut conference will be held in Barcelona, Spain on 10-12 February 2015 at the Hotel Arts.

The one-and-a-half day conference builds off the success of the U.S.-based Women in Agribusiness Summit, which has grown more than twofold since its inception in 2012. The 2014 event in New Orleans, La., hosted almost 450 attendees, with nearly 30 percent of them from senior vice president executive level positions or higher.

The European Women in Agribusiness Summit will bring the same intimate gathering atmosphere to the Barcelona event as it offers in the U.S. Summit, and also provide an interactive platform for women to discuss their unique experiences in the industry and hear from women leaders regarding industry trends and expectations.
“We are thrilled to offer this unique agribusiness event that will equip individuals and companies with the leadership and industry specific tools that are necessary to thrive in the sector,” said Joy O’Shaughnessy, event director at HighQuest Group, the firm that hosts the conference. “Ample opportunities to network with our diverse group of Summit delegates also will be provided during extended breaks and evening receptions.”
The Summit content is crafted around three categories of offerings: relevant industry trends, functional area topics, and personal skill development.
Sessions to be covered at the event include:
  • From Farm to Fork: The Vital Role of Women in the Agri-Food Value Chain
  • Creating a Sustainable Supply Chain
  • The Changing Food Consumer: The Role of Agribusiness in Meeting the Demands of Today’s End User
  • Positioning Yourself for Success
  • Transforming the Workplace: Strategies for Recruiting and Advancing Women in Agribusiness

Visit for more details, and register for the event with a 10% discount using promo code: #2PR-WIAE15.
Those Women in Agribusiness Summit Europe attendees who are looking to expand their content knowledge and networking opportunities are invited to attend the co-located inaugural Oilseed Congress Europe/MENA, 9-10 February, which will address key opportunities and challenges facing the oilseed trade in these regions.
Follow us @Womeninagri, like us on Facebook, join our Linkedin Group.
HighQuest Group, headquartered in Danvers, Mass., USA is a globally recognized strategic advisory and industry conference company serving the food, agriculture and biofuels markets.

In the U.S.

Michelle Pelletier Marshall
+1.978.887.8800, x117
In Barcelona:
Claudia Vesquez Alarcon
Land line: +34 938 335 071
Skype: Claudia_biz

Monday, December 1, 2014

AOCS and Society of Cosmetic Chemists Announce Collaborative Programming

AOCS and Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) signed a formal memorandum of understanding to collaborate in developing programming targeted for the cosmetic industry for the 106th AOCS Annual Meeting and Industry Showcases in Orlando, Florida, May 3–6, 2015. The agreement came after both societies acknowledged the importance of sharing technology, information, and analytical methods in the development of cosmetics and personal care products; and providing new avenues for professional development for members of both societies.

“By working together, the societies will provide opportunities for their members to reach out, exchange information, and collaborate with other related-industry professionals,” said David Smith, Executive Director, SCC. “It is critical to have those connection points as our industries expand globally.”

“Our societies and industries are interconnected. There is significant overlap in our research and technologies, and making that information accessible is crucial for developing standards and maintaining the integrity of the cosmetic industry,” shared Rick Theiner, Chairperson, Surfactants and Detergents Division.

Three joint sessions will be offered at the AOCS Annual Meeting. The Surfactants and Detergents Division will feature a session entitled Surfactants: Cosmetic Science, which will focus on applications of surfactants in cosmetic and personal care products; including cosmetic formulation aspects and interactions of surfactants with skin, hair, and related biological surfaces.

The Protein and Co-Products Division will host a session on Strategies in Advanced Utilization of Proteins and Peptides that will concentrate on utilities of proteins and peptides, including emulsions, protein modifications, bio-actives delivery, nanotechnology, enzymes and their inhibition, and therapeutic and cosmetic activities of proteins and peptides.

The third joint session, Lipid Oil and Skin Health, developed by both the Biotechnology and Health and Nutrition Divisions, will center around the synthesis and application of lipids and oils to improve skin health.

The AOCS Annual Meeting and Industry Showcases will be held in Orlando, Florida, May 3-6, 2015. As one of the premier international science and business forums on fats, oils, surfactants, lipids, and related materials, the meeting brings together more than 1,600 attendees from around the world. Known for its extensive program, the Annual Meeting features more than 600 presentations within 11 interest areas. The Industry Showcases will house business solutions for fats and oils professionals, and provide a forum for the exchange of information amongst industry partners.

To learn more about the AOCS Annual Meeting and Industry Showcases visit:

To learn more about the collaboration between AOCS and SCC contact: Jeffry L. Newman, AOCS Senior Director of Programs, at, or David Smith, Executive Director of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, at