2015 is an important year for all of us. We are taking stock of the accomplishments based on the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that were adopted in the year 2000. The results of these efforts are immensely positive. In most countries around the globe, extreme poverty and hunger have been reduced, and infant, child, and maternal mortality have decreased. Girls have better access to primary schooling, progress has been made in slowing the spread of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, access to safe drinking water and sanitation has improved, and more information and knowledge is available to more people via the internet than ever before. However, not all goals have been achieved and some regions have benefitted less, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.
The period marked by the MDGs will end in December 2015. As part of the post-2015 development agenda, the international community is working intensely on a new set of goals, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to be adopted at the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly in the second half of September 2015. The new set of goals, despite their similarity in some aspects, go beyond the MDGs in that (a) the formulation and focus of the goals are more encompassing, explicitly requiring active participation from wealthy and poor nations alike, and that (b) the overall focus is shifting away from ameliorating the situation of poor and underdeveloped regions and societies toward improving the sustainability of global economic and social development while concurrently protecting the environment.
The Australasian section of the American oil society (AAOCS) is holding their biennial conference at "The Pier" Geelong Waterfront 9-11 September, 2015.
The theme of this year's conference is "Looking back, thinking forward" and aims to look at how far fats and oils research/industry has come as well as to the future to predict where it is heading.
The program will present the latest science and industry updates relating to edible oil and ingredient supply, biotechnology, manufacture of fat-based products, nutritional research, oil analysis, latest developments with omega-3 oils, dairy lipids and other activities that support the industry. Furthermore, planned workshops on spreads/ margarine formulation and infant formula lipids, led by international experts, are in planning to occur prior to the conference.
The program will be structured to allow delegates to meet colleagues in a social environment to discuss matters of mutual interest. An area for the display of posters and products will support this environment.
After Resveratrol meeting 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014, it is a great pleasure to invite you to participate in Resveratrol 2015 meeting that will be held on 02-03 November in Dijon, France.
Resveratrol (trans-3,4’5-trihydroxystilbene), a main wine microcomponent, possesses a myriad of beneficial effects and acts at multiple levels such as cellular signaling, enzymatic pathways, apoptosis and gene expression to prevent or to fight coronary heart damages, cancers and degenerative diseases. The proofs of the health effects of resveratrol in humans are still under its way but the animal experiments are very promising.
During the 1½-day Resveratrol2015 meeting in Dijon, International and national speakers will give stimulating presentations on resveratrol relative to its bioproduction, its role in the grapevine ecosystem and the new discovers in health effects. Data presented during the two-day meeting will be the latest updates of scientific findings in resveratrol-science. Every main session will be opened by international scientists will highlight the following strategic subjects:
Resveratrol, Metabolism and Obesity
Resveratrol and Cardiovascular diseases
Production of Resveratrol and Derivatives
Resveratrol and eyes
Resveratrol and Cancers
Resveratrol and Inflammation – Immunity
Resveratrol and Degenerescence - Aging
During the conference, there will also be organized poster sessions again promoting exchanges of knowledge between participants. Prices of the best communications will be awarded. Young scientists and PhD students are welcome to participate in the meeting and share their research in the resveratrol field (short oral or poster presentations).