Dear Colleagues:

We are delighted to welcome you to the 13th International Hydrocolloids Conference (IHC), at the University of Guelph May 16-20, 2016. We have an exciting program of plenary and invited speakers, contributed papers and posters.

Guelph is home to a wide range of food science activities. The Department of Food Science within the University of Guelph has 16 faculties, 160 graduate students and 160 undergraduate students. We have an excellent reputation for teaching and research, and are rated amongst the top ten Food Science programs in North America. The Guelph Research and Development Centre of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is well established in carbohydrate research, including structural analysis and molecular characterization of natural polysaccharides, health benefits of dietary fibres and resistant starches. The centre also has an international reputation in functional foods and food safety. There are many other agri-food based organizations at Guelph which make Guelph the centre of agri-food research in Canada. This is the second time that the IHC has been held in Guelph, the first was the 6th conference in 2002. We are very proud to inform you that this conference is for the first time sponsored by three Elsevier journals:

Bioactive Carbohydrates and Dietary Fibre, Food Hydrocolloids and Carbohydrate Polymers.

A dedicated special issue will be published from selected papers from the conference in Bioactive Carbohydrates and Dietary Fibre (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/22126198) and a special issue from conference presentations will also be prepared in the journal Food Hydrocolloids (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/0268005X). The deadline for submission to both of these special issues will be Aug. 31, 2016 We hope that you enjoy your visit to Guelph.

 

Sincerely,
Co-­Chairs

Professor Steve W. Cui, Ph.D.
Guelph Research and Development Centre,
Agriculture and Agri-­Food Canada,
And
Professor H. Douglas Goff, Ph.D.
Department of Food Science, University of Guelph

Committee

Co-Chairs

Steve W. Cui, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada,
and
H. Douglas Goff, University of Guelph

Organizing Committee Members

Michel Britten, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada;
Allen Foegeding, North Carolina State University;
Amy Lin, University of Idaho;
Sylvie Turgeon, Université Laval;
Thava Vansanthan, University of Alberta;
Qi Wang, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada;
Madhav Yadav, USDA;
Gregory Ziegler, Penn State University

Conference Secretaries

Qingbin Guo, University of Guelph
Huihuang H. Ding, University of Guelph

Cellucon Trust International Advisory Committee

Professor Glyn O. Phillips, Phillips Hydrocolloids Research Ltd, UK
Professor Peter A. Williams, Glyndwr University, Wrexham, UK
Professor John F. Kennedy, Chembiotech Laboratories, Bromsgrove, UK
Professor Steve W. Cui, Agriculture and Agri-Food, Canada
Professor H. Douglas Goff, University of Guelph

Conference History

Background

Mainly through the personal initiative and authorisation provided by Professor Glyn O. Phillips in 1990, a series of international conferences have been held on aspects relating to hydrocolloids, most of them related to food hydrocolloids. Each was managed by an individual organiser who gathered around him an Organising Committee in the country where the Conference was held. The planning was broadened by designating an international Advisory Board of specialists who contributed ideas and assisted in the planning. The main feature of each was that they were the result of individual planning with each conference drawing its own resources from sponsorship and conference fees. Any surplus or loss was retained locally - that is the risk and the rewards were retained locally. However, Professor Phillips needed to provide personal authorisation for the conferences to be organised and to retain the overall financial liability in each instance.

Current Status

There was a clear need to place these conferences on a firmer basis in order to safeguard them for the future. They are now an asset which needs to be protected. Discussions at the 11th Conference in Purdue which involve all but one of the original Chairmen of Individual Conferences resolved upon a plan of implementation. The steps in enacting the agreed plan as follows:

  1. There is a Charitable Trust already in existence for many years and which has been responsible for managing a wide range of international carbohydrate conferences. This is the CELLUCON TRUST. The present Trustees are: Glyn O. Phillips, John F. Kennedy, Peter A. Williams and Steve W. Cui.
  2. Henceforth the authority for deciding upon the Conference location and its management will be the Cellucon Trust, which will be the body responsible for the present and future conferences.
  3. The Cellucon Trust is officially registered with the UK Charity Commission and that means it qualifies as a charity and has a charity registration number (2483805) and incorporated under the Companies Act 1985. The accounts are scrutinized annually by the Charity Commission which is a government organisation. The company is one limited by guarantee and therefore has no shareholders - and therefore no profit takers. All monies must be used solely for the charitable purposes, which can be educational.
  4. The accounts are professionally audited for the benefit of the UK Tax Authorities and all organisers of Conferences.
  5. Each of the Conferences is organised and managed by competent hydrocolloids scientists in association with the Trustees of the Cellucon Trust.
  6. Having Trustee status a priori ensures that there is no personal financial liability on Members who organise conferences or on the Trustees. It also ensures that there can be no personal gain to those involved
  7. There is a partnership and working arrangement between Cellucon Trust and the International Complex Carbohydrate Consortium (ICCC) to enable the organisation of specialist educational conferences and publications as necessary.
  8. The activities of the ICCC are and will always be educational and qualify for Charitable status in relation to the control of financial resources.
  9. The Chairmen and Organisers of previous conferences will be accorded Advisory Status in relation to conference organisation, attendance and location.
The Chairmen and Organisers of Past Conferences
Date Venue Organisers
1992Tsukuba, JapanKatsyoshi Nishinari
1994 Columbus, Ohio,USAPaul Hanson
1996 Sydney, AustraliaAlan Lane
1998 Osaka, JapanKatsuyoshi Nishinari
2000 Raleigh, North Carolina,USA Alan Foedeging
2002 Guelph, CanadaSteve W. Cui
2004 Melbourne, AustraliaDave Dunstan
2006 Trondheim, NorwayKurt Draget
2008 SingaporeStefan Kasapis
2010 ShanghaiHongbin Zhang
2012 West Lafayette, USABruce Hamaker
2014 Taipei, TaiwanHsi-Mei Lai/Phoency Lai
2016 Guelph, CanadaDoug Goff/Steve Cui