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Upcoming Webinars

Registration for AOCS webinars is free and open to AOCS members and non-members. All registrants have access to the webinar recording, and attendees of the live broadcast will receive a certificate of attendance.

AOCS Asia Section Meeting & Webinar

When: Friday, September 22, 2023, 9:30 a.m. (MST)/ Thursday, September 21, 2023, 8:30 p.m. (CST)

Presenter: Dr Abdul Masani Mat Yunus is the principal research officer of Advanced Biotechnology and Breeding Centre (ABBC) at the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB).

Registration: FREE, register here


Oil palm is Malaysia's most important commodity crop, which has continuously and significantly contributed to the country’s economic development. However, the Malaysian palm oil industry is facing several serious challenges. Genome editing technology, which has received favorable reviews and has been described as the next generation breeding tool, can expedite the development of new and improved oil palm planting materials. The remarkable technology allows targeted traits to be obtained more precisely and faster than conventional breeding.The availability of a high-quality genome assembly and the necessary biosafety infrastructure has made it highly possible to successfully adopt genome editing technology for oil palm improvement. This presentation will aim to provide a broad overview of the strategies, progress and challenges of genome editing of oil palm.

Webinar Agenda:

  • Welcome Address by Asia Section Chair
  • Overview of Activities 2022-2023
  • Financial Update
  • Webinar presentation: "CRISPR/CAS9 gene editing technology for oil palm improvement: Strategies, progress and challenges", presentation by Dr. Abdul Masani Mat Yunus, Advanced Biotechnology and Breeding Centre (ABBC), Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB).

Presenter Bio:

Dr Abdul Masani Mat Yunus is the principal research officer of Advanced Biotechnology and Breeding Centre (ABBC) at the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB). He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Bioresource Science from Kagawa University, Japan, a Master of Science Degree in Biotechnology from Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia, and a Ph.D. in Plant Biotechnology from Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen, Aachen, Germany. Dr Abdul Masani has 20 years of experience in oil palm genetic transformation.

His primary research expertise is in plant vector construction, plant regeneration, and transformation of oil palm protoplasts, specializing in PEG-mediated and DNA microinjection. His expertise in oil palm protoplast transformation has helped establish a key tool required for genetic modification and genome editing. Currently, Dr Abdul Masani leads a team of researchers for the development of a CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing system for oil palm improvement. In 2014, Dr. Abdul Masani received The Outstanding Young Malaysian Award (TOYM) for Scientific and Technology Development, recognizing his research achievements and various other awards.

AOCS Members & Non-Members can attend – pre-registration required.

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Making Your Virtual Presentation Engaging and Memorable

When: Thursday, October 19, 2023, 10-11 am CDT (Chicago, USA; UTC -5)

Presenter: Eric "Rick" Theiner, Applied Technology Manager, I&I, Nutrition & Care, Care Solutions, Evonik Corporation

Registration: FREE, register here


Technical presentations have evolved significantly in recent years with the rise of remote and on-site meetings. The new ways of meeting bring challenges for presenters, such as a lack of audience feedback that can hinder connection and engagement. Previously, presentations consisted of three parts: the presenter, the information, and the audience. But with audiences now attending virtually via various devices, a fourth dimension - the presentation medium - has emerged. It's vital to make presentations clear and engaging for remote viewers, and thankfully, there are online tools to assist presenters in connecting with their audiences. In this training, we'll explore the specific tools and techniques needed to ensure your audience is engaged and how to adjust your presentation style to be effective in a virtual setting. The ultimate goal is always to make your message clear and memorable.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand virtual environments' challenges and opportunities, including the importance of new approaches. 
  • Learn about online tools within meeting platforms like Zoom and techniques to engage audiences in virtual presentations. 
  • Build skills to effectively convey information and ensure a resonating message in a virtual context. 

Presenter Bio:

Rick is well-known as a presenter at the AOCS Annual Meeting, mainly because he enjoys talking about what he has been working on lately. As Applications Manager for Evonik, he is generally figuring out what new things the surfactants in his portfolio can do and working with the Evonik Research, Development, and Innovation group to put together unique molecules that they hope will have unique properties at interfaces.

With the new ways that we are meeting, learning, and sharing information has come a need to make subtle changes in how to present, and Rick thinks he has some ideas he would like to share.  Beyond having made countless presentations and occasionally teaching as adjunct faculty at the University of Richmond, Rick earned a BS in chemical engineering from CBU in Memphis, TN, and followed that up with an MS in physical chemistry from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.

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Simultaneous Extraction of Proteins and Oil from Oilseeds: Unlocking the True Potential of Utilizing Less Processed Ingredients

When: Wednesday, November 15, 2023, 10 am-11 am CST (Chicago, USA; UTC -6)

Presenter: Simone B. Alpiger, Ph.D. fellow at the Department of Food Science and Technology, Aarhus University, Denmark

Registration: FREE, register here


In today's food chains, considerable amounts of energy and resources are dedicated to obtaining highly purified ingredients. However, there is a growing recognition of the potential environmental benefits that can be achieved by using less refined ingredients tailored to specific applications. One promising avenue is the simultaneous extraction of proteins and oil from oilseeds, which offers the opportunity to produce functional ingredients through simple process treatments while preserving the original structural architecture of the raw material.

This webinar will focus on explaining the difference between pressing or wet milling and the impact of extraction conditions on the colloidal assembly of rapeseed components during the extraction process. During the webinar, we will present compositional and structural details of protein concentrates obtained from rapeseed, highlighting the influence of different pH conditions and pectin hydrolysis.

Learning Objectives:

  • How can extraction pH and pectin hydrolysis be used to improve the recovery of oil and protein from rapeseed?

  • How can extraction pH and pectin hydrolysis be used to modulate the colloidal assembly of rapeseed oleosomes and proteins, and what is the applicability of these structures?

About the presenter:

Simone has a background as Msc in dairy science and technology from the University of Copenhagen. As a Ph.D. fellow at Aarhus University, Denmark, her research concerns the modification and functionalization of rapeseed protein to create more sustainable protein ingredients. Her research focuses on understanding how various process treatments (i.e. wet milling, enzyme treatments, membrane filtration, dry fractionation) affect the molecular and supramolecular properties of the rapeseed proteins and how they interact with the other components of the matrix during processing.

All registrants will have access to the webinar recording, and attendees of the live broadcast will receive a certificate of attendance.

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AOCS Webinar Library

The AOCS Webinar Library contains more than 90 on-demand webinars that cover a range of topics in scientific research and professional development, ensuring you are constantly building your knowledge on relevant research and trends — no matter where your career or life takes you.

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Sample AOCS Webinars

Preview a selection of past AOCS webinars in the lists below. Join AOCS today to gain full access to the entire selection of past webinars — in addition to other benefits, including discounted registration to the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo, access to AOCS journals and INFORM magazine, and more.

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FDA's Determination Regarding Partially Hydrogenated Oils

This webinar is brought to you by AOCS (American Oil Chemists’ Society) and provides exclusive access to our special guest speaker, Robert A. Hahn, principal attorney at Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz PC. Hahn specializes in FDA regulation of food and dietary supplements.

The AOCS Path to a New Method

Known throughout the world as the most comprehensive collection of analytical testing methods for fats and oils, the Official Methods and Recommended Practices of the AOCS contains more than 450 methods. This presentation will describe the process by which new methods are incorporated into the AOCS methods catalog.

The Art of Analysis: Method Training Ce 1i-07 & Ce 1b-89 by POS Biosciences & AOCS

AOCS has partnered with POS Bioscience to provide a one hour webinar demonstrating the methods. You will see the entire process as it is narrated by a POS Bioscience expert. A live Q&A session will enable you to ask any questions and learn insight from a researcher skilled in the art.

Statistical Treatment of Proficiency Testing Data - How to Interpret Laboratory Proficiency Reports

Xin Wu, Technical Services Manager for AOCS, explains the contents provided in the reports from the AOCS Laboratory Proficiency Program (LPP ) — including the test result summary, summary of z-scores, chart of z-scores and kernel density plot — and how to easily locate your submitted results in the report. You’ll learn how the LPP report can help you interpret your z-score and graphically compare your results to the results of other labs.

The Development of a Robust Spectrometer for Online and Real-time Monitoring of Oil Quality

In this webinar, you will learn about the development of a robust spectrometer for online and real-time monitoring of oil quality from Keit Spectrometers’ Product and Applications Manager Jonathan Speed. The previous limitations of online process analytical technology (PAT) have made the real-time monitoring of oil quality difficult to navigate. You’ll learn more about the use of online PAT, based on Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) technology. Dr. Speed will explain how the FTIR instrument can be calibrated into a sensor for a wide range of various properties including free fatty acids, fatty acid methyl esters and more. Finally, he will present laboratory study results for calibration and online plant data of real processes monitoring of actual industrial product.

Edible Applications Technology

Rheology Principles and Applications

This webinar will focus on the basic principles, experimental considerations, and practical applications of rotational, oscillational, and vertical forces used in rheology to provide insight for product R&D, process optimization, manufacturing, packaging, delivery, performance, efficacy, and tactile properties.

Science behind the quality and taste of Belgian chocolates

In this webinar, the science behind the quality and taste of Belgian chocolate will be discussed. The whole value chain will be covered, from farmer to consumer. We will also focus on aspects such as sustaining high-quality cocoa production, post-harvest processing, genetic diversity, bioactive compounds, traditional and innovative chocolate processing, chocolate formulation and reformulation, preventing fat and sugar bloom, and fillings for pralines.

Monitoring the shelf-life and oxidative stability of olive oils by microESR forced oxidation assay

Professor Tullia Gallina Toschi, Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna, and David Barr, Product Manager, Bruker BioSpin Corp., show how to apply microESR forced oxidation assay for the quality control of olive oils, including a standard operating procedure useful for monitoring the oxidative status of olive oils.

Health and Nutrition

Fat Transitions in Ice Cream
In this webinar, the mechanisms that underlie and the parameters that influence partial coalescence of fat globules in ice cream will be discussed, along with the ramifications of high or low partial coalescence on product quality. Presented by Dr. Hartel who had been a faculty member at UW-Madison for 32 years.

Ketones: Harmful Byproducts or Drivers of Metabolism?

Review the discovery of ketones as the predominant fuel during prolonged fasting and starvation, the history of the concept of ketones as an alternative fuel for the brain, and the therapeutic implications. In addition, this webinar will review the invention of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), the discovery that MCTs are ketogenic, and clinical trials of MCTs for Alzheimer's disease and mild cognitive impairment, as well as studies of ketone and glucose that used positron emission tomography scans to show that ketones are taken up normally in the aging and Alzheimer's brain.

Lipid Oxidation and Quality

Antioxidant Testing

This webinar will review best practices and applications of antioxidant testing in edible oils. Bridging the gap between academic research and practical application is critical to understanding how and why antioxidants may be used. Test protocols and analytical methods will be reviewed in general terms that link research with end use.

Designing specialty fats through fractionation and interesterification

This webinar will review the different industrial technologies used to manufacture specialty fats: dry and solvent fractionation, crystallization under shear or in static mode and regio-specific enzymatic interesterification. The fractionation of cocoa butter, palm oil, and shea butter (cocoa butter equivalents) and of palm kernel and coconut oil (cocoa butter substitutes) will be exemplified.


How Vertical Plate Conditioners are Changing the Game for Seed Processors with Solex Thermal Science

AOCS GOLD Corporate Member Solex Thermal  highlights vertical plate technology, a solution that addresses these challenges by creating a larger heat transfer area, which can handle more product. Further, this plate’s modular design allows for low-cost retrofits, a reduction in steam consumption, as well as minimal maintenance costs. Plus, this technology has a renewable energy capabilities during the seed conditioning process, which also help to reduce energy costs.

Succeeding in process optimization tasks by using process simulation techniques. Episode 1: Soybean oil deodorization

Marcelo Usseglio, Process Simulation Specialist at ProSimTechs, shows how to optimize deodorization without even going to the plant---or jeopardizing the operation.

Process improvements for cost-efficient pre-treatment in edible oil refining

Véronique Gibon, Science Manager at Desmet Ballestra Group (Belgium), R&D Department, reviews the benefits of different improvements to chemical and physical refining, such as hydrodynamic cavitation and enzymatic degumming.

What is vegetable oil and where does it come from?

In many companies involved in edible oil, there are support staff who know very little about the business in which they operate and would like to know the basics. This presentation will help people relatively new to the industry or who work on the fringes to understand some of the terminology that people just assumed you knew and the broader context in which the industry operates.

Exploring the hidden aspects of enzymatic degumming by using process simulation techniques

Marcelo Usseglio, Process Simulation Specialist at ProSimTechs, presents advanced degumming concepts related to the chemistry of phospholipids and demonstrates how process simulation models are used through two case studies.

Professional Development

Should You be Pre-printing Your Research?

In this interactive webinar, Alberto Pepe, Wiley’s Sr. Director of Strategy and Innovation Management at Atypon and co-founder of Authorea, explores questions about the role of preprints in research communication, showing how a pilot of JAOCS with Under Review is providing faster and streamlined research dissemination for its authors.

Making Your Presentation Engaging and Memorable

This webinar will discuss a number of details that will help a presenter capture and hold an audience. Some examples are how understanding the audience should affect the development of a presentation, what simple question should be asked again and again during presentation planning, how reading an audience can change the tone of the presentation being made, and how to ensure that your message is clear and memorable.

Career Paths for Young Scientists: Presented by the AOCS Young Professional Group

A panel of four scientists from industry share their stories of navigating the challenges and opportunities each career path offers, including making the jump to consulting, to help you answer the question: “What comes next?”

What does early career success look like? ... and what you should be doing now to prepare

Steve Hill, former AOCS President and longtime AOCS member, will share insights and ideas to help young professionals achieve success in their careers. Steve will draw from his many years of experience in the food and fats and oils industries. He will also share insights gained as an AOCS volunteer leader.

Imposter Syndrome

Is the feeling that you are a fraud and that your success is due to “luck” or “fooling” people into believing you are better than you are. It is rampant in women and underrepresented people, particularly those that have climbed to success, and in fields where work is done privately then shared publicly. Organized by the AOCS Young Professional Common Interest Group.


Structural and Functional Properties of Plant Protein Isolates and Hydrolysates for Various Applications

TDr. Pam Ismail, Associate Professor, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota, covers the evaluation of various plant proteins from pea, camelina, and pennycress, highlighting their structural and functional properties as impacted by extraction and functionalization procedures, as well as potential applications.

Overcoming the Challenges in the Production & Utilization of Plant Protein Isolates in Food

Dr. Nagul Naguleswaran, Senior Associate Scientist, Global Research & Technology group at Ingredion Inc., reviews the challenges and opportunities associated with the production of selected plant protein isolates, with desired functional properties.

How to Assess Protein Functionality

Frédéric Baudouin, Project Manager, IMPROVE SAS, reviews the different methods available to measure protein functionality (emulsifying, foaming, gelling, water-holding) and how factors such as pH, temperature or concentration may affect each test.

Aquafaba, a New Emulsifier and Foaming Agent Emerging From Pulse Processing

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Aquafaba-the thick, clear liquid that results from cooking chickpeas in water-has grown rapidly in popularity and is extensively used by the vegan community to replace eggs in many food products because of its foaming and emulsifying properties. Martin Reaney, Professor, and Rana Mustafa, Professional Research Associate, from the Univ. of Saskatchewan will discuss the chemical composition, functional properties and applications of Aquafaba.

Surfactants and Detergents

A Walk Through Your Home–Discovering the Surfactant Science for Cleaning It

Many consumers (and even scientists!) may not care much about the technical complexity of cleaning product formulations. But they do care about and want the results of their cleaning efforts in every room. This year’s Samuel R. Rosen Award recipient, David. R. Scheuing, will connect several major concepts in surfactant science to the formulation of household cleaning products used by consumers daily.

Balancing Laundry Product Margins with Virtual Reality Data Visualization in Consumer Relevant Terms

This webinar will discuss how CONSUMERTEC is using virtual reality (VR) technology to leverage large amounts of detergency data to increase the consumer value of products while balancing research costs. Industry analysts estimate that VR technologies will increase the value proposition of products by 20% and reduce product formulation costs by 5%.