The International Society for Fat Research

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Stimulating the exchange of high quality scientific information and technology pertaining to fats, oils, and related materials.

Founded in 1954, ISF is a federation of 23 regional and national scientific organizations active in the areas of fats, oils, and lipid research.

ISF Member Organizations

Membership is open to national or regional organizations that are non-commercial, individual membership societies serving the interests of professionals in fields pertaining to fats, oils, and lipids-related materials and their products.

Governed by two bodies:

- The Executive Board includes up to two representatives from each organization that is eligible to host the ISF Lectureship Series

- The Extended Board consists of a maximum of two representatives from all ISF member organizations

ISF Lectureship Series.

The member organization that hosts the ISF Lectureship Series must:

- Be a scientific organization comprised of individual memberships

- Send a representative to meetings of the ISF Executive Board

- Host a regularly scheduled international scientific meeting of 300+ attendees in English or with English translation

Representative(s) to ISF

Asociacion Argentina De Grasas & Aceites
ISF Secretariat

All-Russia Scientific Research Institute of Fats (ARSRIF)

Benelux Lipid Network

Czech Chemical Society, Section on Fats & Oils, Detergents & Cosmetic Chemistry

European Federation for the Science and Technology of Lipids (EuroFedLipid)

Hungarian Scientific Society for Food Industries

Japan Oil Chemists' Society (JOCS)

Latin American Section, American Oil Chemists' Society

Meat and Fat Research Institute

Nordic LipidForum for Lipid Research and Technology

Pakistan Oil Technologist's Society, Oils, Fats and Waxes Division

Society of Chemical Industry (SCI)-The Lipids Group

American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS)

Australian Oilseeds Federation, Inc. (AOF)

Canadian Section, American Oil Chemists' Society

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Fettwissenschaft e.V. (DGF)

Food Industry Research & Development Institute (FIRDI)

Korean Society of Food Science and Technology-Lipid Science Division

Malaysian Oil Scientists' & Technologists' Association (MOSTA)

National Research Centre

Oil Technologists Assn. of India (OTAI)

Societe Francaise pour L'etude des Lipides

Societá Italiana Per lo Studio Delle Sostanze Grasse

ISF Congress History

ISF organizes international congresses on fats and oils, with each congress headed by an internationally known scientist or technologist who acts as president of ISF until the following congress. Although all of the Congresses have been scientifically successful, several have been adversely influenced by political situations.

The Congress in Budapest was originally scheduled for Gdansk, but had to be moved late in the planning because of labor strikes in Poland.

ISF meeting in New Delhi had to be suddenly postponed only hours before it opened because of the assassination of India's Prime Minister.

The Congress was organized in The Hague but the Gulf War intervened. After the outbreak of the war, registration stopped completely. Many companies issued travel restrictions and as a result, speakers canceled their contributions. Under these circumstances there was no other option than to cancel the Congress. This event eventually led to the restructuring of ISF to what it is today.

The Congress was hindered once again--this time by terrorist attacks in the United States just four days prior to the beginning. All air travel into and out of the U.S. was halted in the wake of the attacks. The local organizing committee, with additional help from the Secretariat via telephone, assumed on-site management of the Congress and did an outstanding job of presenting the program to the delegates. Because of its leadership, the Congress was able to proceed as planned.

Recognizing the increasing number of congresses pertaining to professionals involved in the science of fats, oils, and lipids, the ISF Board of Directors decided in to discontinue sponsorship of its own Congress and offer plenary lectures at a regularly scheduled meeting of one of its member organizations. Still offered on a biannual basis, the inaugural offering of the “ISF Lectureship Series” was held in 2007 during the 98th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo.

The 2011 JOCS World Congress on Oleo Science was scheduled to be the site of the 2011 ISF Lectureship Series. However, JOCS leaders decided to postpone their meeting (and the ISF Lectures) to 2012 because of the devastation resulting from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

ISF Congresses: (Date - Location, ISF President)
1956—Milano, C. Jacini
1957—Paris, C. Paquot
1958—Sevilla, J. Martinez-Moreno
1959—Graz, G. Gorbach
1960—Gdansk, N. Niewiadomski
1962—London, E. C. Woodroofe
1964—Hamburg, H.P. Kaufmann
1966—Budapest, J. Hollo
1968—Rotterdam, J. Boldingh
1970—Chicago, W. O. Lundberg
1972—Göteborg (joint meeting with Lipidforum), S. Bergstrom
1974—Milano, R. Paoletti
1976—Marseille, M. Naudet
1978—Brighton, K. H. Velthuis
1980—New York, S. S. Chang
1983—Budapest, J. Hollo
1985—New Delhi (joint meeting with the Oil Technologists' Association of India), S. C. Singhal
1986—Münster (joint meeting with DGF), B. W. Werdelmann
1988—Tokyo (joint meeting with the Japan Oil Chemists' Society), A. Mori
1991—The Hague, J. Nieuwenhuis
1992—Toronto, (joint meeting with the American Oil Chemists' Society), J. Beare-Rogers
1995—The Hague, J.Nieuwenhuis
1997—Kuala Lumpur, A. Ong
1999—Brighton, D. Robinson
2001—Berlin, F. Spener
2003—Bordeaux, S. Claude
2005—Prague, P. Seifert

ISF Lectureship Series: (Date—Location, ISF President):
2007—Québec City, D. Foster
2009—Sydney, R. Mailer
2012—Sasebo, H. Shimasaki
2013—Antalya, M. Kellens
2015—Rosario, M. Tomás
2016—Kuala Lumpur, Yuen-May Choo
2018—Minneapolis, L. Sidisky
2020—Sydney, R. Mailer
2022—Kushiro, K. Miyashita

ISF Lecture Awards

Through the years, the lecturers have been among the best-known names in international fats and oils science; the topics have reflected the ever-widening scope of international fats and oils science.

Award Winners:

1974—Prof. Dr. A. Seher, Münster, Germany
1976—Prof. Dr. F. D. Gunstone, St. Andrews, UK
1978—Dr. J. C. Metcalfe, Cambridge, UK
1980—Prof. Dr. R. G. Ackman, Halifax, Canada
1983—Prof. Dr. K.F. Gander, Hamburg, Germany
1984—Prof. Dr. T. Kaneda, Tokyo, Japan
1986—Prof. Dr. H. C. R. Paoletti, Milano, Italy
1988—Prof. Dr. A. S. H. Ong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1992—Prof. N. Zollner, Munich, Germany
1995—Dr. E. Frankel, California, USA
1997—Dr. John M. de Man, Ontario, Canada
1999—Dr. Jean Graille, Montpellier, France

2001—Prof. Dr. Marcel Lie Ken Jie, Hong Kong
2003—Dr. Norio Murata, Japan
2005—Dr. T. Foglia, Pennsylvania, USA
2007—Dr. K. Sato, Hiroshima, Japan
2009—Prof. Paul Trayhurn, University of Liverpool, England
2012—Dr. Edward Emken, Illinois, USA
2013—Prof. Michael Bockisch, Jesteburg, Germany
2015—Dr. Alejandro Marangoni, Ontario, Canada
2016—Prof. Yang Yuexin, Beijing, China
2018—Prof. Kazuo Miyashita, Hakodate, Japan
2020—Dr. Richard Cantrill, Halifax, Canada
2022—Dr. Erick Decker Amherst MA, USA

ISF Lectureship Series Awards

Contact ISF Secretariat

The Secretariat of the ISF shall reside in ASAGA (Argentine Association of fats & oils) as the organization that will host the next ISF meeting.

Address: Tucumán 2501 - (S2000JVG) Rosario - Argentina

Phone: +54 341 4391761 / 4373845

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