Thursday, April 26, 2012

Your Guide to the AOCS Annual Meeting and Expo

Whether you are a first time attendee or a seasoned veteran here are some tips for navigating the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo.

1. Plan your Schedule in Advance -There are lots of things to do at the AOCS Annual Meeting. From the technical program to the exhibition, networking events and committee meetings, carefully planning your schedule can maximize your Annual Meeting experience.

All registered delegates should have received an email for the Itinerary Builder.
You can use the AOCS Itinerary Builder to:
  • Choose the sessions you want to attend and print the corresponding abstracts*
*NOTE: Printed abstract booklets will NOT be available at the 103rd AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo so plan accordingly!
(If you did not receive your information for the Itinerary Builder please contact Donna Elbon, Technical Program Specialist by email: or by phone: +1 217-693-4840.)

2. Note Special Programming -In addition to the quality program, the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo also offers several additional opportunities to learn and network.
    • Maximizing Yield: Optimal Strategies for Obtaining and Enforcing Patent Rights in the Wake of the America Invents Act
    • Tocotrienols: Vitamin E Beyond Tocopherols
    • Teaching Lipids Physics and Engineering
    • AOCS Annual Business Meeting and Luncheon
    • Keynote Address
    • AOCS Awards Plenary Session
    • Analytical Horizons
    • Breaking the Paradigm: Sustainable Use of Resources and Technologies
    • Communication and Computer Technology in the Workplace
    • Functional Lipids
    • Renewable Oils for Biobased Products
    • Edible Oils Refining Update: From the Fundamentals to New Technologies
    • Future of Lipid Oxidation, Antioxidants, Nutrition, Genomics and Metabolomic Aspects
    • Olive Oil Chemistry and Sensory Relationships
    • Fats and Oils for Confectionary and Chocolates: Chemistry, Primary Sources, Crystallization, Alternatives, and Stability

3. Network (with free food and drink!)
  • Opening Mixer (Expo Hall)
    • Sunday, April 29, 5:30–7:00 pm
  • Expo Express Breakfast
    • Monday, April 30, 7:30–9:00 am
  • Networking Reception (Expo Hall)
    • Monday, April 30, 5:00–6:30 pm with Dedicated Poster Viewing, 5:30–6:30 pm
  • Refreshment Break (Expo Hall)
    • Tuesday, May 1, 3:20–4:00 pm
  • Networking Reception (Expo Hall)
    • Tuesday, May 1, 6:00–7:30 pm with Dedicated Poster Viewing, 6:30–7:30 pm

AOCS Divisions and Sections are offering a variety of networking events as well. Find them here. Remember, most of these are ticketed so make sure you have ordered yours!

4. Visit the Exhibition and AOCS Pavilion -Visit with more than 85 exhibiting companies from around the world as well as with your AOCS staffers!
    • Exhibits and information for your interest area
    • Wireless Internet
    • Registration and Information Center
  • AOCS Pavilion (in the Expo)
    • AOCS Bookstore
    • 17th Annual Student Common Interest Group (CIG) Silent Auction
    • The Lab-Social Media 101 and souvenir photo
    • Email Stations 
See who is exhibiting and view the online floor plan.

5.  Enjoy Long Beach 
    • Long Beach 101 City Tour
    • The Glitz and Glamour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills Tour
    • Comprehensive Conference Guest Packages
    • Go to Disneyland! (Specially-priced Disneyland® Resort tickets are available for advance purchase for Annual Meeting attendees and guests. Order here.)

Learn more about dining, activities, and entertainment in Long Beach here.

New to the AOCS Annual Meeting?
If you are a first time Annual Meeting & Expo attendee, we offer two special networking events
where you can connect with professionals who can help you navigate the conference.
  • Newcomer Speed Networking
    • Sunday, April 29, 4:30–5:30 pm
  • Newcomer Networking Breakfast
    • Monday, April 30, 7:30–8:30 am
Find out more here.

We hope this helps you plan your Annual Meeting experience. Please check back,as we will be posting daily activity reminders as well as a guide to promotions, contests, and special events.

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