Dear Colleagues:

We are delighted to welcome you to the 13th International Hydrocolloids Conference (IHC), at the University of Guelph May 16-20, 2016. We have an excitingprogram of plenary and invited speakers, contributed papers and posters.

Guelph is home to a wide range of food science activities. The Department of Food Science within the University of Guelphhas 16 faculties, 160 graduate students and 160 undergraduate students. We have an excellent reputation for teachingand research, and are rated amongst the top ten Food Science programs in North America. The Guelph Research and DevelopmentCentre of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is well established in carbohydrate research, including structural analysisand molecular characterization of natural polysaccharides, health benefits of dietary fibres and resistant starches.The centre also has an international reputation in functional foods and food safety. There are many other agri-foodbased organizations at Guelph which make Guelph the centre of agri-food research in Canada. This is the second timethat the IHC has been held in Guelph, the first was the 6th conference in 2002. We are very proud to inform you thatthis conference is for the first time sponsored by three Elsevier journals:

Bioactive Carbohydrates and Dietary Fibre, Food Hydrocolloids and Carbohydrate Polymers.

A dedicated special issue will be published from selected papers from the conference in Bioactive Carbohydrates and DietaryFibre (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/22126198) and a special issue from conference presentations willalso be prepared in the journal Food Hydrocolloids (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/0268005X). The deadlinefor submission to both of these special issues will beAug. 31, 2016 We hope that you enjoy your visit to Guelph.

Professor Steve W. Cui, Ph.D.
Guelph Research and Development Centre,
Agriculture and Agri-­Food Canada,
Professor H. Douglas Goff, Ph.D.
Department of Food Science,
University of Guelph



Steve W. Cui, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada,
H. Douglas Goff, University of Guelph

Organizing Committee Members

Michel Britten, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada;
Allen Foegeding, North Carolina State University;
Amy Lin, University of Idaho;
Sylvie Turgeon, Université Laval;
Thava Vansanthan, University of Alberta;
Qi Wang, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada;
Madhav Yadav, USDA;
Gregory Ziegler, Penn State University

Conference Secretaries

Qingbin Guo, University of Guelph
Huihuang H. Ding, University of Guelph

Cellucon Trust International Advisory Committee

Professor Glyn O. Phillips, Phillips Hydrocolloids Research Ltd, UK
Professor Peter A. Williams, Glyndwr University, Wrexham, UK
Professor John F. Kennedy, Chembiotech Laboratories, Bromsgrove, UK
Professor Steve W. Cui, Agriculture and Agri-Food, Canada
Professor H. Douglas Goff, University of Guelph

Conference History


Mainly through the personal initiative and authorisation provided by Professor Glyn O. Phillips in 1990, a series ofinternational conferences have been held on aspects relating to hydrocolloids, most of them related to food hydrocolloids.Each was managed by an individual organiser who gathered around him an Organising Committee in the country where theConference was held. The planning was broadened by designating an international Advisory Board of specialists who contributedideas and assisted in the planning. The main feature of each was that they were the result of individual planning witheach conference drawing its own resources from sponsorship and conference fees. Any surplus or loss was retained locally- that is the risk and the rewards were retained locally. However, Professor Phillips needed to provide personal authorisationfor the conferences to be organised and to retain the overall financial liability in each instance.

Current Status

There was a clear need to place these conferences on a firmer basis in order to safeguard them for the future. They arenow an asset which needs to be protected. Discussions at the 11th Conference in Purdue which involve all but one ofthe original Chairmen of Individual Conferences resolved upon a plan of implementation. The steps in enacting the agreedplan as follows:

  1. There is a Charitable Trust already in existence for many years and which has been responsible for managing a wide rangeof international carbohydrate conferences. This is the CELLUCON TRUST. The present Trustees are: Glyn O. Phillips,John F. Kennedy, Peter A. Williams and Steve W. Cui.
  2. Henceforth the authority for deciding upon the Conference location and its management will be the Cellucon Trust, whichwill be the body responsible for the present and future conferences.
  3. The Cellucon Trust is officially registered with the UK Charity Commission and that means it qualifies as a charityand has a charity registration number (2483805) and incorporated under the Companies Act 1985. The accounts are scrutinizedannually by the Charity Commission which is a government organisation. The company is one limited by guarantee andtherefore has no shareholders - and therefore no profit takers. All monies must be used solely for the charitable purposes,which can be educational.
  4. The accounts are professionally audited for the benefit of the UK Tax Authorities and all organisers of Conferences.
  5. Each of the Conferences is organised and managed by competent hydrocolloids scientists in association with the Trusteesof the Cellucon Trust.
  6. Having Trustee status a priori ensures that there is no personal financial liability on Members who organise conferencesor on the Trustees. It also ensures that there can be no personal gain to those involved
  7. There is a partnership and working arrangement between Cellucon Trust and the International Complex Carbohydrate Consortium(ICCC) to enable the organisation of specialist educational conferences and publications as necessary.
  8. The activities of the ICCC are and will always be educational and qualify for Charitable status in relation to the controlof financial resources.
  9. The Chairmen and Organisers of previous conferences will be accorded Advisory Status in relation to conference organisation,attendance and location.
The Chairmen and Organisers of Past Conferences
1992Tsukuba, JapanKatsyoshi Nishinari
1994Columbus, Ohio,USAPaul Hanson
1996Sydney, AustraliaAlan Lane
1998Osaka, JapanKatsuyoshi Nishinari
2000Raleigh, North Carolina,USAAlan Foedeging
2002Guelph, CanadaSteve W. Cui
2004Melbourne, AustraliaDave Dunstan
2006Trondheim, NorwayKurt Draget
2008SingaporeStefan Kasapis
2010ShanghaiHongbin Zhang
2012West Lafayette, USABruce Hamaker
2014Taipei, TaiwanHsi-Mei Lai/Phoency Lai
2016Guelph, CanadaDoug Goff/Steve Cui