Call for Abstracts

Thank you for your interest in submitting an abstract for the World Congress on Oils and Fats 2020. Abstract submissions are currently closed, if you want to be a part of the conference and have missed the deadline please contact Matt Miller at or


Specific Oils

Nutrition and Lipidomics

Processing and Industrial applications

Food applications

Trace Contaminates and Analytical Solutions

Plant Protein and Animal nutrition

Analytical methods and Standards

Palm Oil


All abstracts must follow the instructions listed below and be submitted online by midnight AEST Wednesday 31 July 2019. Please note that the closing date for abstract submission will not be extended and abstracts will only be accepted if the presenting author has registered and paid by the presenter registration deadline of Monday 30 September 2019.

All enquiries regarding abstracts for the WCOF 2020 Congress should be emailed to

Sub Categories

Specific Oils

With a strong focus on olive and canola oil, this theme is designed to provide a platform for global and local researchers in the fields of specific oils to share their latest research with their peers. This theme builds on the Olive Oil Masterclass being held on the preceding Sunday, expanding on key steps such as processing, storage and quality. This theme also acknowledges growing role of canola oil in food and industrial applications, and the leading edge research that underpins this oil. Researchers in other specialty oils such as CBD, carinta, pongamia, novel marine oils, fruit and nut oils, and more also have the opportunity to present their latest research and highlight the opportunities that these oils can deliver.

Sub-themes will include:

  • Olive oils
  • Canola
  • CBD and cannabinoid oils
  • Avocado oil
  • Essential oils
  • Mustard oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Novel marine oils (e.g. Greenshell mussel oil, Sea Urchin oil)
  • Other fruit oils
  • Nut oils
  • Krill oils
  • Other

Nutrition and Lipidomics

Highly informative sessions with a focus on the fast growing area of lipidomics and how this might shape the future of human health and wellbeing. The sessions will also cover the latest research on the beneficial role of oils and fats on mental and gut microbia; latest findings on omega 3 research; and providing an opportunity for researchers in fields of emerging lipids to share their latest work.

Sub-themes will include:

  • Omega 3 nutrition
  • Dietary Lipids and the Gut Microbiota
  • Other
  • Lipidomics
  • Emerging lipids and health impacts
  • Technologies
  • Infant nutrition
  • Dietary fat, Mediterranean diet and metabolic status
  • Oils and mental health
  • Lipids over a lifespan

Processing and Industrial Applications

The ever-evolving area of oils and fats processing will be fully explored in this session. With community expectations around food processing continually moving the industry forward, sessions under this theme will outline how new techniques, and new approaches to old techniques, can improve processing efficiencies, and keep abreast with market needs and wants. This theme will also cover latest developments in Industrial Applications of oils and fats, in the fields ranging from biodiesel and aviation fuel to soaps and detergents.

Sub-themes will include:

  • Oxidation
  • Enzymatic processing
  • Biofuels
  • Mega sonics
  • Processing
  • Other
  • RBD
  • Technologies

Food Applications

Food glorious food! We know that oils and fats deliver one of the primary organoleptic experiences associated with eating, providing texture, flavour and function. This theme will explore the latest developments in the application of oils and fats in food formulation, oxidation and processing. These sessions will provide a deeper understanding of the role of oils and fats in foods as diverse as chocolate, beverages, packaged foods and snacks. This theme will also build on the Deep Frying Symposium held on the preceding weekend, exploring deeper technical and scientific aspects.

Sub-themes will include:

  • Encapsulation and delivery/dispersed systems
  • Food Structure
  • Deep Frying
  • Oxidation
  • Dairy and MFGM
  • Chocolate
  • Technologies
  • Other

Trace Contaminants and Analytical Solutions

This theme recognises the growing challenges placed on oils and fats processors and suppliers in meeting regulatory and community requirements in relation to oil quality and safety. Subjects to be explored under this theme include 2 and 3 MCPD, GE, heavy metals, Phthalates, trans fats, agricultural and processing chemical residues- exploring the causes, the mitigating factors, and the analytical techniques supporting effective management.

Sub-themes will include:

  • 3-MCPD and GE
  • Trans fats
  • Phthalates
  • Other
  • Heavy metal
  • Technologies
  • Mineral oil

Plant Protein and Animal Nutrition

Plant protein has rapidly gained a place on the ‘Top 10’ trend list, as consumers actively seek out plant based protein for their own health and that of the planet. Ironically, plant protein has long been a staple of intensively farmed livestock and aquaculture. Researchers presenting papers under this theme will explore the processing, handling, structure and nutrition associated with plant proteins, and their respective applicability for both human food and animal feed.

Sub-themes will include:

  • Pet foods
  • Livestock feeds
  • Technologies
  • Aquafeeds and aquaculture
  • Other

Analytical Methods and Standards

The old adage of ‘You can’t manage what you can’t measure’ is never more true than in oils and fats. Sessions under this theme will focus on the latest developments and technology analytical chemistry, and their application to oils and fats. Topics such as product adulteration, lipidomic analysis, NMR, NIR and resolvins/protectins will be covered in great detail under this theme.

Sub-themes will include:

  • Adulteration and fraud
  • Lipidomic analysis
  • Technologies
  • Near infrared Spectroscopy (NIR)
  • Resolvins and Protectins
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and fats
  • Other

Palm Oil

This core theme of the Conference will provide a platform for researchers in palm oil and related products to present the latest science in areas as diverse a nutrition, processing, sustainability and new technologies. The breadth of topics will ensure sessions that are informative and forward looking, drawing on the very heavy R&D investment in the global palm oil industry.

Sub-themes will include:

  • Palm sustainability
  • Other
  • Palm processing
  • Technologies
  • Palm oil Co Products


With growing needs for fuel and food, this theme will provide practical examples on the role that biotechnology is likely to play in oils and fats in the future. New breeding technologies such as CRISPR CAS9 and ZFN open a new world of possibilities across the all aspects of the industry, while traditional GM technology still remains at the forefront of innovation for the industry.

Sub-themes will include:

  • GM oils
  • Novel sources (e.g. algae)
  • Other
  • Novel Omega 3 plants
  • Biofuels

Key Dates and Deadlines

Call for abstracts open Monday 11 February 2019
Registration open Monday 8 April 2019
Abstract submission deadline Wednesday 31 July 2019
Abstract notification 23 August 2019
Early bird registration closes Monday 30 September 2019
Speaker /Presenter registration deadline Monday 30 September 2019
Standard registration deadline 24 January 2020

Abstract Submission Details

  • All abstracts to be submitted via this Congress submissions page only.
  • All abstracts and presentations must be submitted in English.
  • Abstracts must not exceed 250 words (excluding the title, authors and affiliations) and follow the instructions within the abstract submission portal.
  • Abstract title and author information is not to be included in the body of the abstract.
  • Multiple abstract submissions are permitted.
  • Commercial presentations will be reviewed for Scientific Content.
  • There is no fee for submitting an abstract.
  • Abstracts should not contain any tables or figures. References in the text have to be cited at the end of the abstract and are included in the 250-word count.
  • The use of abbreviations and acronyms should be kept to a minimum.
  • Abstracts must be submitted by midnight AEST, Wednesday 31 July 2019, for consideration by the Committee. Authors will be notified of provisional acceptance of abstracts by 23 August 2019, including the presentation type it has been accepted for.
  • For an abstract to be formally accepted, included in the program, the presenting author must be registered to attend the Congress by Monday 30 September 2019.

Presentation Types

Abstracts may be submitted for one of the following presentation types:


A spoken presentation, including introduction and question and answer time. Presenters display the research and/or findings of their accepted abstract in a PowerPoint presentation.


The Congress will dedicate an allotted time for poster presentations with the opportunity for audience participation and enquiry.

Whilst every effort will be made to accept an abstract for the presentation type selected in the submission process, the Committee reserves the right to allocate a different presentation type if more appropriate and if program space is limited.

Terms and Conditions

The submission of an abstract indicates an understanding of the following rules for participation in WCOF 2020.

  • All author(s) approve submitting this work for presentation.
  • The author(s) transfer(s) all copyright ownership of the named abstract to WCOF 2020.
  • The author(s) agree(s) to materially confine their presentations to information in the abstract if accepted for presentation. If an author has more than one abstract accepted, each presentation will be materially confined to the information in the abstract selected for the specific session.
  • The presenting author will be available to present the abstract if selected for the program. The presenting author will immediately notify the WCOF 2020 Secretariat if they are unable to present an abstract or if the presenting author changes.
  • Submission of the contact details provided are those of the presenter of the abstract. He/she will be notified about the status of the abstract and is responsible for informing the other authors about the status of the abstract.
  • Submission of the abstract constitutes consent of all authors of the abstract to publication (e.g, WCOF 2020 website, programs, other promotions).
  • All authors of the abstract warrant and represent that they either are the sole owners of, or have all necessary rights to, sublicense all the information and content in the abstract provided to WCOF 2020 and its WCOF 2020 organisers, and that publication of the abstract does not infringe any rights, including but not limited to, intellectual property rights, or of any third parties.
  • All authors of the abstract grant WCOF 2020 a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, and nonexclusive license to use, reproduce, publish, translate, distribute and display the abstract.
  • All authors of the abstract grant exclusive permission to WCOF 2020 to record the audio and video portion, if any, of the abstract presentation at the Congress and to collect and retain all revenues from all rebroadcasts (including web broadcasts), sales and publications of such recordings.
  • WCOF 2020 reserves the right to remove from any publication any abstract that does not comply with the above.

Abstract evaluations

Abstracts will be evaluated based on the information included in the abstract. Abstracts need to be based on available data. Statements such as “data will be available at the meeting” will typically lead to rejection of an abstract.

Abstracts will be peer reviewed, and this process will be managed by the Scientific Committee.

Accepted abstracts will be selected by the Organising Committee for an oral presentation or for presentation during a poster session. Authors will be invited to indicate a preference for oral or poster presentation however the final decision on presentation format will be made by the program committee.

Registration is now open
  • Key Dates

  • Call for abstracts open Monday 11 February 2019
  • Registration open 1 May 2019
  • Abstract submission deadline Wednesday 31 July 2019
  • Abstract notifications23 August 2019
  • Early bird registration closes18 October 2019
  • Speaker /Presenter registration deadline Monday 30 September 2019
  • Standard registration deadline 1 October 2019 – 24 January 2020
  • LATE registration deadline 25 January 2020 - 12 February 2020
  • Accommodation booking deadline Friday 20 December 2019

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