"Sunflower and Climate Change Symposium", Toulouse, France, February 2018

INRA and Terres Inovia are organizing as a part of the SUNRISE project (SUNflower Resources to Improve Yield Stability in a changing Environment) and in collaboration with ISA, Promosol and the International Consortium of Sunflower Genomic Resources (ICSG), a symposium on the theme of "Sunflower and climate change". It will take place on 5-6 February 2018 at the Hôtel-Dieu Saint-Jacques in Toulouse, France.


9th Workshop on Fats and Oils as Renewable Feedstock for the Chemical Industry: Karlsruhe, Germany, March 19 – 21, 2017

The environmentally sound and sustainable use of natural resources is an important worldwide challenge. At present, fats and oils are the most widely used renewable raw materials in the chemical industry, since they offer widespread possibilities for different applications. The Workshop on “Fats and oils as renewable feedstock for the chemical industry” has evolved to a major global oleochemical meeting, attracting participants from all over the world. Important contributions to the workshop have been documented in special issues of European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology. The 9th Workshop “Fats and Oils as Renewable Feedstock for the Chemical Industry” will discuss new developments as well as future perspectives of the chemical usage of fats and oils including terpenes. Presentations from industry representatives will show the progress in introducing renewable materials to the market.

The workshop in Karlsruhe will cover the following topics (amongst others):

  • Chemistry of fats and oils & other renewable resources
  • Synthesis of fine chemicals
  • Monomer / Polymer synthesis
  • Catalysis
  • Sustainability
  • Introducing renewable materials to the market

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ILSI Europe’s 2nd Workshop on Nutrition for the Ageing Brain Functional Aspects and Strategies on 30 June-1 July in Copenhagen, Denmark

ILSI Europe’s 2nd Workshop on Nutrition for the Ageing Brain Functional Aspects and Strategies on 30 June-1 July in Copenhagen, Denmark, follows on from a previous successful workshop in 2014. Ageing is a highly complex process marked by succeeding events that promote alterations in the normal functioning of an individual organism over time and that include many common chronic neurodegenerative diseases. The precise cause of the neuronal degeneration underlying these disorders, and indeed normal brain ageing, remain however elusive. So far, the majority of existing drug treatments for neurodegenerative disorders are unable to prevent the underlying degeneration of neurons. Consequently, there is a desire to address these challenges by developing alternative strategies to prevent the detrimental effects of brain ageing, such as the use of nutritional interventions. Despite a wealth of data on how nutrients and diets may support cognitive function and preserve brain health, the biological mechanisms underlying this relationship remain largely unknown. The workshop will provide an update on the current state of knowledge on nutrition and neuroprotection. The proceedings of the workshop will be summarised into a peer-reviewed article.

Chevreul medal: Pr Michael A. Crawford, Past, present and future: the extreme conservation of neurosignaling and the cost of mental ill-health


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