Polysaccharides as source of advanced and sustainable products
2nd International Polysaccharide Conference
August 29 - September 2, 2011
Wageningen, The Netherlands
August 28: pre-conference course
Organised by Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR) in collaboration with the European Polysaccharide Network of Excellence (EPNOE) and the Graduate School VLAG (Advanced Studies in Food Technology, Agrobiotechnology, Nutrition and Health Sciences).
In recent years there has been a strong revival of interest in the biosynthesis, structure, properties, modification, performance and application of polysaccharides and their derivatives. An important reason for this is that the need for maximizing the use of renewable and sustainable resources has been recognized by society, industry and politicians. In addition there have been increasing developments in nano-technology and medically related applications of polysaccharides. An incredibly structural variation of polysaccharides with each a distinguishable functional property is found in all living organisms. For imitation and exploration of these properties (bio-mimicking) detailed knowledge is essential of the cyclic biological processes of biosynthesis and stepwise formation of bio-composites structures in cell walls and tissues to the end-of life decomposition processes. In the past decades the understanding of structure and property relations has been expanding and can be used for the design and manufacturing of novel polysaccharide based products for application in food and feed, pharma and medical, materials, chemicals and fuels. Polysaccharide-based polymers are offering credible answers to the challenges faced by the world in terms of global sustainability.
EPNOE 2011 aims to present the latest developments in polysaccharide-related disciplines including chemistry, enzymology, biotechnology, chemical engineering, mechanics, materials science, microbiology, physics and life cycle assessment. This event will bring together the multidisciplinary expertise from industry, academia and research institutions, to organise knowledge transfer through education in polysaccharide science and to exchange information on basic and applied research for the development of innovative products composed and derived of polysaccharides.
Permanent EPNOE committee
The Graduate School VLAG
Ms. Eva Oudshoorn-Gijsbertsen
P.O. Box 8129
6700 EV Wageningen
Tel. +31 317 485310
Fax +31 317 483342
The following organisations allocated financial support to the conference:
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Food & Nutrition Delta, DOW Wolff Cellulosics, Cosun, AkzoNobel, Novozymes, Carbohydrate Competence Center, Elsevier, Unilever, Wageningen City of Life Sciences.
The conference programme will feature review lectures by expert speakers from throughout the world, one session will be dedicated to innovation with active participation of the industry. Short lectures will be given based on submitted abstracts of the participants and there will be a poster session. The sessions will cover following topics:
In addition to the conference, a pre-conference course and a satellite meeting are organised.
The programme can be downloaded here in pdf.
Invited speakers (confirmed so far)
Thomas Bechtold (University Innsbruck, Austria)
“Ion-interactions as driving force towards new polysaccharide assemblies”
Lubbert Dijkhuizen, (Groningen University, Netherlands)
“Enzymatic synthesis of polysaccharides in lactobacilli”
Kevin Edgar (Virginia Tech, USA)
“Novel Cellulose Derivatives for Drug Solubility Enhancement”
Etienne Fleury (University of Lyon, France)
“Novel biohybrid systems based on functionalized polysaccharides”
Timothy Foster (Nottingham University, UK)
“Special polysaccharide functions in food products”
Elisabete Frollini (University Sao Paulo, Brazil)
“Studies on the reinforcement of cellulose esters films based on the possibility of auto-organisation of cellulose chains”
Johan Garssen (Utrecht University & Danone, Netherlands)
“Non-digestible carbohydrates: a breakthrough in advanced medical nutrition”
Paul Gatenholm (Chalmers, Sweden)
“Nanocellulose for tissue regeneration”
Kees de Gooijer (Food & Nutrition Delta, Netherlands)
“Research - Development - Application - Business”
Stephen Harding (Nottingham University, UK)
“No columns or membranes: Hydrodynamic analysis of molecular weight distribution, self association & conformation of polysaccharides”
Thomas Heinze (F. Schiller University Jena, Germany)
“Recent advances in polysaccharide chemistry”
Jay-lin Jane (Iowa State University, USA)
“Current studies on structures and health benefits of resistant starch”
Gert Kroner (Lenzing, Austria)
“LCA of man-made fibers and the role in application innovation”
Bjorn Lindman (University of Lund, Sweden)
“Cellulose and cellulose derivatives. Solubility, interactions with cosolutes, phase separation and deposition”
Véronique Maquet (Kitozyme, Belgium)
“Fungal polysaccharides: production, properties and applications”
Marc van der Maarel (AVEBE, Netherlands)
“Unique starch derivatives made with microbial alpha-glucanotransferases”
Bruno Moerschbacher (University Muenster, Germany)
“The language of chitosan: Do acetylation pattern matters?”
Yoshiuki Nishio (Kyoto University, Japan)
“Enhancing functionality and performance of cellulosic materials in combination with other polymeric/ inorganic ingredients”
Antoni Planas (University Ramon Llull, Barcelona, Spain)
“De novo synthesis of functional polysaccharides”
Robert Pelton (McMaster University, Canada)
“Bioactive paper a Canadian perspective”
Katja Salomon Johansen (Novozymes, Denmark)
“Polysaccharide active enzymes - tools for the development of advanced and sustainable products”
Gerald Schennink/Jeroen van Soest (Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research/Meneba, Netherlands)
“Optimum FlourPlast: Creating new opportunities for the bioplastic industry. Process - structure -property relationships of a novel bioplastic polymer”
Herbert Sixta (University of Helsinki, Finland)
“Novel aspects in applied cellulose chemistry and technology”
Henk Schols (Wageningen Univerisity, Netherlands)
“Revealing the complexity and chemical fine structure of plant polysaccharides”
Liisa Viikari (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Title to be announced
William Willats (University Copenhagen, Denmark)
“An array of possibilities for polysaccharides”
Lina Zhang (Wuhan University, China)
“Functional materials prepared from chitin and cellulose via dissolution in aqueous system at low temperature”
Oral presentations and poster presentations
Participants are invited to submit abstracts for oral presentations or for posters. Electronic submission of abstracts is required. Go to the abstract form (provided by Wageningen Academic Publishers).
Instructions for oral presentations
A laptop and beamer will be made available for your presentation. Please could you give a copy of your presentation to the conference secretariat (Power Point office 2010 UK version, operating system is Windows 7) during registration. You may use a memory stick and/or a copy on CD, but please do not use a re-writeable CD or DVD. We also cannot allow use of personal laptops for your talk.
DIN A0 1189 x 841 mm Portrait or Landscape
Rules for abstract submission
Abstracts should be submitted before May 1, 2011. Authors will be notified about the acceptance of their contribution by June 1, 2011. Abstracts submitted for consideration as oral papers, for which there is no space in the programme of lectures, will automatically be considered for poster presentation. All selected abstracts will be collected in an abstract book.
Paper and poster prize
A paper prize (sponsored by Elsevier) and a poster prize (sponsored by EPNOE) will be available for young scientists. The prizes will be awarded to the best three papers and the best three posters in which original results are presented in a clear and attractive way.
Participants are invited to publish their contributions to the conference in a special issue of the Journal 'Carbohydrate Polymers' which will be edited by the conference organisers. Research papers should contain original work not published previously elsewhere. Reviews papers related to the topic presented will also be considered.
Contributors must submit their articles electronically via the Elsevier Editorial System (EES).
This is the only method of submission, and facilitates processing of your article.
Submission in EES is possible between 1 September and 30 October 2011.
Please choose "EPNOE Polysaccharide" as your article type.
For more information, see the Guide for Authors.
Date & duration
The conference will be held from August 29 to September 2, 2011.
The conference language will be English.
Location & accommodation
The conference is hosted by the Hof van Wageningen, www.hofvanwageningen.nl, located in the city centre of Wageningen, which is located 5 kms from the railway station of Ede-Wageningen. The conference centre can be reached by train (railway station Ede-Wageningen) and bus/taxi in less than two hours from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (for train schedules see: www.ns.nl).
The organising committee has blocked a sufficient number of hotel rooms at the Hof van Wageningen and at Hotel de Wageningsche Berg. The costs of bed/breakfast are € 73 (single room), € 93 (double room). All hotel reservation is handled by Hof van Wageningen. Participants have to book their own room by sending an email to: email@example.com (do not use the booking tool on the website). Please mention booking code EPNOE2011. Reservation after July 18, 2011 will not guarantee accommodation.
|May 1, 2011||Deadline for submission of abstracts|
|June 1, 2011||Notification of abstract acceptance and assignment of oral / poster presentations|
|July 31, 2011||Deadline early registration|
|July 18, 2011||Deadline for guaranteed accommodation at the conference centre|
The normal registration procedure is closed. For further information contact Eva Oudshoorn, Eva.Oudshoorn@wur.nlTo register please complete the electronic reply form preferably before July 31, 2011.
Registration fees excluding hotel accommodation:
|before July 31, 2011||after July 31, 2011|
|Industry / For-Profit||€ 850||€ 900|
|Non-profit organisations / University staff / Postdocs||€ 600||€ 650|
|PhD students||€ 350||€ 400|
|Accompanying person||€ 150||€ 150|
To secure your registration you are requested to transfer the fee to: Account number 18.104.22.1683 SNS bank, P.O. Box 1600, 3500 BP Utrecht, The Netherlands [IBAN: NL38 SNSB 0874 9682 83, BIC SNSBNL2A, account holder: VLAG Congressen, P.O. Box 8129, 6700 EV Wageningen].
Please add the following description: "EPNOE2011".
Cancellations may be made free of charge until July 31, 2011. After this date the charge will be 25% of the fee paid or due. This regulation does also apply in case of no show. Substitutions may be made at any time.
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