Saturday, April 27, 2013

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 104td AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo so plan accordingly!
(If you did not receive your information for the Itinerary Builder please contact

2. Note Special Programming -In addition to the quality program, the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo also offers several additional opportunities to learn and network.
    • Effective Use of Statistics in Lipid Teaching and Research 
      • Monday, April 29 • 8:30 – 11:00 am | 511F
    • Bruce McDonald Memorial Session:Advances in Canola Research
      • Tuesday, April 30 • 7:55 – 11:00 am | 511C
      •  Monday, April 29  • 11:30 am–1:00 pm | 517 ABC
      • Biorefinery—A Viable Platform for Natural Ingredients in Food Nanotechnology
        • 8:30 am–11:00 am | 513D
      • Ensuring Global Food Security
        • 8:30 am–11:00 am | 511B
      • Microalgae Technologies and Products
        • 8:30 am–11:00 am | 512F
      • Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Heart Health: Up for Debate and a Lesson in Meta Analysis
        • 8:30 am–11:00 am | 513A
      • The New Patent Frontier under the America Invents Act Has Arrived: File Early, File Often, or Just Stay Home?
        • 9:30 am–11:00 am | 516D
    3. Network (with free food and drink!)
    All networking events are held in the Expo Hall and are complimentary to full program registrants, students, and exhibit personnel.
    Newcomer Speed Networking
    Sunday, April 28, 4:30-6:00 pm

    Opening Mixer
    Sunday, April 28, 5:30–7:00 pm

    Expo Sweet Retreat
    Monday, April 29, 1:00–1:45 pm

    Networking Reception
    Monday, April 29, 5:00–6:30 pm
    Dedicated Poster Viewing, 5:30–6:30 pm

    Networking Reception
    Tuesday, April 30, 5:00–6:30 pm
    Dedicated Poster Viewing, 5:30–6:30 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
      • 18th Annual Student Common Interest Group (CIG) Silent Auction
      • AOCS Information Services- All things AOCS, Social Media 101 and souvenir photos
      • Email Stations 
    5.  Enjoy Montréal, Québec, Canada
    For more information on the city of Montréal, visit

     Important AOCS Annual Meeting Details 

    Montréal Forecast
    (as of Wednesday, April 24)

    Sunday, April 28 Partly Cloudy
    High 67° F / 19° C
    Low 47° F / 8° C

    Monday, April 29 Partly Cloudy
    High 71° F / 22° C
    Low 50° F / 10° C

    Tuesday, May 30 Partly Cloudy
    High 72° F / 22° C
    Low 52° F / 11° C

    Wednesday, May 1 Sunny
    High 71° F / 22° C
    Low 53° F / 12° C

    Conference Attire
    The attire is business or business casual for all meeting events. Relaxed casual is acceptable for the optional city tour. Do not forget to bring comfortable shoes.

    Delegate Resources
    Before you leave for Montréal, visit and enter the code you received in your registration confirmation email. Preview and download abstracts, view the Program, decide what sessions or presentations to attend, and set your itinerary by using the Itinerary Builder. The list of registered delegates is available. Download your copy of the registration list and start networking now.
    In a responsible effort to encourage sustainability, all abstracts will be provided in electronic format only.

    Connect with your Mobile Device
    The Annual Meeting is literally at your fingertips! Visit the mobile site, for access to:
    • Schedules
    • Program
    • Awards
    • Expo 2013
    • Travel Notes
    • Contact Information 
    Watch the Blog for Important InformationI will be posting the day's events, links as well as contests and promotions. Any important updates regarding the AOCS Annual Meeting will be posted on the AOCS blog so please check back!

    AM Quick Links
      • View presentations by focus area here
    • See all blog posts related to Annual Meeting 2013 here
    Contact your bloggers at (or stop by AOCS Information Services in the Expo Hall) to share Annual Meeting news and photos and get a prize!

    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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