5th International Dietary Fibre Conference: a great Success!
ICC is pleased to report on the main outcomes of the successful 5th International Dietary Fibre Conference (DF12), organized by the Italian National Research Institute on Food and Nutrition (INRAN), Rome, Italy, with the support of the ICC Headquarters' team.
Held in Rome (Italy) from 7-9 May 2012, the DF12 followed up on the highly successful formula of the earlier Dietary Fibre Conferences, and attracted more than 250 participants from 38 countries, from around the six continents. It offered participants an outstanding scientific programme with nine technical Sessions, almost 180 scientific presentations, thereof 55 speeches and 120 posters, and got the support of eleven sponsors (General Mills, Kraft Foods, Tate & Lyle, Barilla, Corn Products International, Cosucra, Megazyme, National Starch and Sensus) and 12 exhibitors, and six endorsing institutions.
The first eight Sessions set out the state of the art of dietary fibre research and innovation, and drew participants' attention to recent dietary fibre definitions, to the most updated methods of analysis, to regulatory and labelling matters, to the close relationship between fibre consumption and health, to the benefits of dietary fibres and their co-passengers, as well as to the consumers acceptance of fibre-rich products. The ninth Session, Where do we go from here?, challenged scientists and industry positions on the future perspective of dietary fibre. A strong call on the need for research to start with assessing consumer needs, and to not to be focused only on feasibility and economy drivers emerged.
A comparison of DF12 with its predecessor DF09 indicated that significant progress has been obtained in technologies for producing, isolating and concentrating dietary fibres and in the role and mode of action of various fibres as prebiotics. However, the potential roles of the intestinal flora and prebiotic fibres in brain functions, indicated in DF09, got no further follow-up in DF12.
In addition to the main Conference, two satellite workshops added value to the DF12: the Healthgrain Forum Workshop and the interactive workshop "Analysis of Dietary Fibre". The latter workshop, co-organised by Megazyme International and Medallion Laboratories/General Mills, provided insight into the development of an integrated method for measurement of total dietary fibre. The lively discussions indicated that the new AOAC methods may need some further fine tuning and adjustments before having got their final form. As pointed out in the Keynote Opening Address by Dr. Ruth Charrondière (FAO), food databases will wait with introduction of results of these new methods until a large number of results have been generated.
Before the Closing Session, four prizes were awarded to the presentations that achieved the highest scientific and technical standard and also displayed innovation and originality. The General Mills Award for Health Innovation was received by Elin Johansson, from Lund University, Sweden. Two ICC-Awards for cereal fibre research, sponsored by Kraft Foods and reserved to young researchers, went to Mette Kristensen, from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and Rosa Montella from the Oriental Piedmont University, Italy. The Wiley-Blackwell Award for Dietary Fibre Research was received by Damien Belobrajdic, from CSIRO, Australia.
The DF12 Organizing Committee is offering the possibility to view the PDFs of presentations and posters, for which permissions of the presenting authors were received, in a protected area reserved to participants of DF12 only.
To get a flavour of the warm and pleasant atmosphere participants enjoyed at the DF12 and in Rome, a photo gallery is kindly offered by ICC.
The Organizers of the DF12 wish to further thank the speakers and poster presenters for their valuable contribution to the 5th International Dietary Fibre Conference 2012, and for making it an outstanding scientific event! They also wish to thank Sponsors and Exhibitors for their support and for helping to make DF12 such a successful event!
ICC and INRA also wish to announce that the 6th Dietary Fibre Conference is already in the planning stage, and will be organised in Paris, France, on 1-3 June 2015.
We do hope to see you in Paris in 2015!
Dr. Marina Carcea, INRAN, and Dr. Roland Poms, ICC
On behalf of the Organizing Committee of the DF12
Rome, Italy, in May 2012