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.
Steve W. Cui, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada,
H. Douglas Goff, University of Guelph
Qingbin Guo, University of Guelph
Huihuang H. Ding, University of Guelph
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
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.
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:
|The Chairmen and Organisers of Past Conferences|
|1992||Tsukuba, Japan||Katsyoshi Nishinari|
|1994||Columbus, Ohio,USA||Paul Hanson|
|1996||Sydney, Australia||Alan Lane|
|1998||Osaka, Japan||Katsuyoshi Nishinari|
|2000||Raleigh, North Carolina,USA||Alan Foedeging|
|2002||Guelph, Canada||Steve W. Cui|
|2004||Melbourne, Australia||Dave Dunstan|
|2006||Trondheim, Norway||Kurt Draget|
|2012||West Lafayette, USA||Bruce Hamaker|
|2014||Taipei, Taiwan||Hsi-Mei Lai/Phoency Lai|
|2016||Guelph, Canada||Doug Goff/Steve Cui|