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14th Euro Fed Lipid Congress
Fats, Oils and Lipids:
Innovative Approaches towards a Sustainable Future
18-21 September 2016
Ghent, Belgium
hosted by the Benelux Lipid Network

[updated 28.07.2015]

Dear Colleagues,
The BeNeLux Lipid Network has the honor to host the 14th Euro Fed Lipid Congress 18-21 September 2016 at Ghent Belgium.

The symposium will be take place at the International Conference Center (ICC) located in the green museum area close to the historical centre of one of the most enchanting medieval cities in Europe. From 1000 until 1550 Ghent was the second most important city after Paris in Europe. Nearly 1400 years of history are still palpable in the city today: the medieval Castle of the Counts, the city hall, the imposed St. Bavo’s cathedral with the most important work in Flemish art The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb by the Van Eyck brothers. Many medieval churches, the Mason’s Guild Hall, the Belfry and the old harbor are highlights in the rich history of a stubborn city.

Sciences and research are flourishing in Ghent due to a famous university and the number of institutions of higher education with more than 70.000 students in a population of 250.000 inhabitants. Highlights are plant biotechnology, medical sciences, veterinary sciences, bioscience engineering, food science and technology. In Belgium and the Netherlands famous universities, research institutions and industries are contributing to a long tradition in scientific education, research and production of food and non-food products.

Belgium is famous worldwide for his Burgundy style of living with a high level of food production and gastronomy, in particular for many traditional beers and high quality chocolates.

The region of Ghent is an economical center due to his seaport with a direct connection with the North Sea. Next to steel manufacture and cars assembly, Ghent seaport is one of the most important harbors for the handling of agricultural products. The development of Ghent Bio -Economy Valley has created the most important center in Europe for the production of biofuels and renewable energy.

The theme of the symposium is dealing with innovations in sustainable food and non-food production from oils, fats and lipids, covering the integrated supply chain. Topics involve Analytics, Authenicity, Lipidomics, Biotechnology and Enzyme Technology, Health and Nutrition, Lipids in Animal Science, Oleochemistry, Biofuel and Biosurfactants, Olive Oil and other Virgin Oils, Palm oil, Microbial and Algae Oils, Lipid Oxidation and Quality, Physical Chemistry, Processing and sustainable Sourcing.

The Scientific Committee and the BeNeLux Lipid Network are delighted to invite all lipid scientists to attend the Euro Fed Lipid Congress in Ghent in September 2016.

Villeneuve Verhe Hrincirik
Pierre Villeneuve
Euro Fed Lipid
Roland Verhé
Congress Chair
Karel Hrncirik
Congress Chair

Scientific Committee

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Poster Noelia Aldai Elkoro-Iribe, University of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Ramon Aparicio, Instituto de la Grasa (CSIC), Sevilla, Spain
Uwe T. Bornscheuer, E.-M.-Arndt-University Greifswald, Germany
Yuen May Choo, Malaysian Palm Oil Board, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Lanfranco Conte, University of Udine, Italy
Sabine Danthine, University of Liège, Gembloux, Belgium
Günther Daum, Universit yof Tecchnology, Graz, Austria
Wim De Greyt, Desmet Ballestra Group, Zaventem, Belgium
Rene de Jong, DSM Biotechnology Center, Delft, The Netherlands
Stefaan De Smet, Ghent University, Melle, Belgium
Ignace Debruyne, Ignace Debruyne & Associates, Izegem, Belgium
Bruno Demeulenaer, Ghent University, Belgium
Koen Dewettinck, Ghent University, Belgium
Alessia Ermacora, Unilever Health Institute, Vlaardingen, The Netherlands
Ivo Feußner, Georg-August-University, Göttingen, Germany
Imogen Foubert, Catholic University Leuven Kulak, Kortrijk, Belgium
Gerard Hornstra Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Karel Hrncirik, Unilever R&D, Vlaardingen, The Netherlands (Chair)
Charlotte Jacobsen, National Institute of Aquatic Resources, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
Michael M. Meier, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
Kalanithi Nesaretnam, Malaysian Palm Oil Board, Brussels, Belgium
Anna Nicolaou, University of Manchester, UK
Christian V. Stevens, Ghent University, Belgium
Inge Van Bogaert, Ghent University, Belgium
Roland Verhe, Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant, Ghent, Belgium (Chair)
Francesco, Visioli, University of Padova, Italy

Scientific Programme

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Scientific Programme - Lectures (final)

Scientific Programme - Posters (final)


Download the printed programme brochure (as of 21 April), .pdf, 3MB

Plenary Lectures:

Opening Lecture:
Herman Konings
Antwerp, BE
"Cathedral Challenges for Edible Oils&Fats"
The slides of this lecture are available here

Plenary Lecture:
Bernard Cleenewerck
Fuji Oil Europe
Ghent, BE
"Oils and Fats Processing: A Journey through a Changing Landscape"

European Lipid Science Award Lecture:
Michel Lagarde
Villeurbanne, FR
"Oxygenation of PUFA, Oxidative Stress, and Vascular Risk"

Eickhoff European Lipid Technology Award Lecture:
Klaus-Peter Eickhoff
GEA Westfalia Separator Process GmbH
"Centrifugal Separators in Oils&Fats Processing - a Love Affair"

Chevreul Medal Lecture:
David Weitz
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA/US
"Making Vesicle Structures from Emulsion Templates using Microfluidics"

Main Topics/ Keynote Lectures:

Analytics, Authenticity, Lipidomics:
Corinne Spickett, Aston University, Birmingham/UK:
"Oxidized Phospholipids: Biological Importance and Ox-lipidomic Analysis"
Biotechnology and Enzyme Technology:
Morten Jannik Bjerrum, University of Copenhagen/DK:
"Altering the Activation Mechanism in Thermomyces lanuginosus Lipase by Rational Design"
Health and Nutrition:
Daan Kromhout, University Medical Center Groningen/NL
"Fatty Acids, Fats or Foods? Guidelines for Foods and Recommendations for Fatty Acids"
Lipids in Animal Science:
Veerle Fievez, Ghent University/B
"State of the Art in Rumen Lipid Protection Technologie and Emerging Methods based on Enzymatic Interfacial Cross-Linking of Emulsions"
Plant Lipids and Plant Breeding:
Allan Green, CSIRO Plant Industry, Canberra/AUS
"Innovation in Oilseeds and Novel Biomass Oils for Food Security, Renewable Fuels, and Industrial Material"
Rajinder Singh, MPOB, Kuala Lumpur/MAL
"Palm Oil Genomics and Fatty Acid Composition"
Oleochemistry, Biofuel and Biosurfactants:
Henri Cramail, University Bordeaux/FR
"Activated Lipidic Cyclic Carbonates for Non-isocyanate Polyurethane Synthesis"
Olive Oil and other Virgin Oils:
Tullia Gallina Toschi, University of Bologna/IT
"Innovative Instrumental Approaches to Monitor Olive Oil Quality"
Lipid Oxidation and Quality:
Claire Berton-Carabin, Wageningen University/NL
"Lipid and Protein Oxidation in Interface-dominated Food Systems: Interrelation and Functional Consequences"
Physical Chemistry:
Kyotaka Sato, Hiroshima/JP
"Creating Novel Functionality of Lipid Products by Applying Physical Factors to Lipid Crystallization"
Processing and Sustainable Sourcing:
Yuen May Choo, Malaysian Palm Oil Board, Kuala Lumpur/MAL
"MPOB's Biogas and Biomass Innovations alongside Environmental Sustainability"
Andy Proctor, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville/US
"Catalytic Production of Conjugated Linoleic rich Oil from Soy Oil"
Microbial and Algae Lipids:
Stefan Schouten, University of Utrecht/NL:
"Long Chain Diols in Algae: From Biofuel to Geochemical Proxy"

Abstract Upload

[updated 23.06.2016]

Download the call for papers (.pdf)

Size of poster walls is 95 cm width and 120 cm height!

The scientific committee continues to accept poster presentations until September 2016.
If you wish to be put on the waiting list for a last-minute lecture or a lecture to replace withdrawn presentations please submit your abstract as poster and notify us afterwards. ( citing the registration number of the poster.

To submit your contribution please follow the two steps below:


To prepare a one page abstract, please use this model and store your abstract as rich text format (.rtf) on your computer (no .pdf please!) IMPORTANT: Please avoid long file names and blank spaces in the filename. Those are causing software errors.


Lecture Abstracts: 29 February 2016
Poster abstracts to be included in the printed programme/ last minute lectures: 12 March 2016
Meeting of the Scientific Committee 14 March 2016
Poster abstracts to be included in the book of abstracts: 1 July 2016


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until 12 August 2016 after 12 August 2016

495 Euro+VAT***
560 Euro+VAT

565 Euro+VAT
610 Euro+VAT
Student Member with poster
(proof needed)

60 Euro+VAT
110 Euro+VAT
Other Students
(proof needed)

110 Euro+VAT
160 Euro+VAT

* Euro Fed Lipid or Euro Fed Lipid Member Associations
** The student status is granted to undergraduate, postgraduate and Ph.D. students. Please provide a suitable proof of your student status with the registration (e.g. copy of the student card, confirmation of the institute or similar).

*** In Belgium the Registration fees are subject to value added tax (where applicable).

The registration fee includes:

-Entry to the scientific programme, poster sessions -Book of abstracts -List of participants -Free registration for the opening mixer -Coffee Break beverages

After registration you will receive an invoice.

Paying by Bank Transfer:
Please transfer the total fees (free of bank commission) to:
Euro Fed Lipid e.V.
Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt/ Main
Account No. 2401 610 00
BLZ 500 700 24 (Routing Number)
IBAN DE 71 500 700 240 240 1610 00
Please quote your reference number.

Paying by Credit Card
We accept Visa, MasterCard and AMEX


Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be in writing and are effective after written confirmation by Euro Fed Lipid. Cancellations received on or before 12 August 2016 will be refunded minus a 50 Euro processing fee.
After that date until 1 September 2016, the cancellation fee is 100 Euro. There will be no refund for cancellations after 1 September 2016 or No-Shows. However, substitute participants can be named anytime without costs.

If the congress is cancelled for whatever reason, paid fees will be refunded. Further recourse is excluded.

The Venue

[updated 06.09.2016]

The Congress takes places at the
International Convention Center ICC Ghent.

Van Rysselberghedreef 2 bus 1 - Citadelpark
9000 Gent


Google-Map showing the location of the hotels,
the Congress Center
and the dinner venue.


[updated 29.10.2015]


[updated 23.02.2016]
From Antwerp/Kortrijk
Follow the E17 in the direction of Ghent and take the Gent-Centrum exit. After the Gent-Centrum exit, keep to the right (down alongside the viaduct, follow 'alle richtingen'). Then get into the left-hand lane before the traffic lights.
At the traffic lights, turn left under the bridge onto Sint-Lievenslaan. At the second traffic lights, double junction, follow through to the left for Oudenaarde. Keep the Museum of Fine Arts on your left and SMAK on your right. About 50 metres down, beyond the bend, you will find Gent ICC international convention center (Hofbouwlaan) on the right-hand side.

From Brussels/Ostend
Follow the E40 in the direction of Ghent. Then turn onto the E17 Antwerp-Ghent. After the Gent-Centrum exit, keep to the right (down alongside the viaduct, follow 'alle richtingen'). Then get into the left-hand lane before the traffic lights.
At the traffic lights, turn left under the bridge onto Sint-Lievenslaan. At the second traffic lights, double junction, follow through to the left for Oudenaarde. Keep the Museum of Fine Arts on your left and the S.M.A.K. Museum on your right. About 50 metres down, beyond the bend, you will find Gent ICC international convention center (Hofbouwlaan) on the right-hand side.

Gent ICC: Select Hofbouwlaan or Citadelpark

carrier The international Brussels Airport is just 45 minutes from Gent ICC. There are direct trains every 30 minutes between the international airport and the international railway station, Gent-Sint-Pieters. Take any train in direction Oostende or De Panne

Tickets and schedules available from

Brussels Airlines is pleased to be your Preferred Carrier for the 14th Euro Fed Lipid Congress and extends 10% discount on available return economy and business fares from Europe, Tel Aviv & Russia to Brussels.

Book until 18 September 2016 and Travel between 15 and 24 September 2016.

The international railway station Gent-Sint-Pieters, is just a 10 minute walk from Gent ICC. There you will find connections with all cities in Belgium, as well as with stations that offer high-speed trains. More information at NMBS, THALYS and TGV.

Congress Dinner

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dinner 1 The congress dinner takes place as usual on Tuesday evening (20 September 2016, 19:30) at the
Augustijnenklooster, Academiestraat 1, 9000 Gent
Phone +32 9 225 16 59

The Augustinian monastery (1295) offers a perfect meeting place for all kind of events. It is located in the historical centre of Gent, less than 10 minutes’ walking from the Korenmarkt, the Cathedral, the Graslei and the Belfry. 

The Augustinian monastery is unique in Europe with more than 7 centuries of history. There have been prosperous and very difficult times. In the 19 th century the building was a textile factory while monks were living in the monastery.

dinner2 Even today monks are living and working in the monastery. Currently they prepare a young generation of international students who will become monks in Belgian Augustinian monasteries. The heart of the building is a beautifully restored inner court, a real oasis of peace and calm. The monks only recently opened the doors of the splendid building, which is even a hidden jewel for local people.

The monastery is also known for a unique and rich heritage. In the cloisters you will discover monumental paintings. Each conference room is decorated with artworks gathered throughout the rich and long history of the convent.  The monastery also owns a historical and beautiful library with a unique book collection in an amazing setting. Last but not least the monastery is a unique place for concerts with a monumental baroque organ built in 1873 by Jean-Philippe Forrest. 

Ticketed Event, 90 Euro + VAT (if applicable)

Hospitality Tour

[updated 23.02.2016]

The city of Ghent is offering a 90 min complimentary city (walking) hospitality tour. Meeting point is Sunday 18 September, 11:00 in the Lobby of the Marriott-Hotel.

Please indicate your wish to take part during the congress registration.


[updated 12.04.2015]

Ghent is the second biggest Belgian city and is located in the Flemish region. The city started as a settlement at the confluence of the Rivers Scheldt and Lys and in the Middle Ages became one of the largest and richest cities of northern Europe. Today it is a busy city with a port and a university.
Wikipedia, author PDTillman
Wikipedia, Author Artha
The rivers flowed in an area where a lot of land was periodically inundated. These richly grassed marshes were ideally suited for herding sheep, the wool of which was used for making cloth. In fact, Ghent was, during the Middle Ages, the most important city for cloth.
The wool industry, originally established at Bruges, created the first European industrialized zone in Ghent in the #1 in the High Middle Ages. The mercantile zone was so highly developed that wool had to be imported from Scotland and England
Much of the city's medieval architecture remains intact and is remarkably well preserved and restored. Its centre is the largest carfree area in Belgium. Interesting highlights are the Saint Bavo Cathedral with the Ghent Altarpiece, the belfry, the Gravensteen castle, and the splendid architecture along the old Graslei harbour. Ghent established a nice blend between comfort of living and history - it is not a city-museum. cellspacing
Wikipedia, Author Karelj
Wikipedia, Author Gregd1957
Local Delicacies: 'Stoverij' is a classic Flemish meat stew, preferably made with a generous addition of brown 'Trappist' (strong abbey beer) and served with French fries. 'Waterzooi' is a local stew originally made from freshwater fish caught in the rivers and creeks of Ghent, but nowadays often made with chicken instead of fish. It is usually served nouvelle-cuisine-style, and will be supplemented by a large pot on the side.


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European Federation for the Science and Technology of Lipids e.V.
Postfach 90 04 40
60444 Frankfurt/Main
Phone: +49 69/79 17-533
Fax: +49 69/79 17-564