Welcome to Polyphenols Applications 2020 Congress

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the International Society of Antioxidants in Nutrition and Health (ISANH), the International Society of Microbiota, and the Scientific Committee, we are delighted to announce that the 14th World Congress on Polyphenols Applications: Spain Polyphenols 2020 will be held in Spain, on September 24-25, 2020.

The 2020 World Congress on Polyphenols will follow the tradition of the previous editions of the conference and will bring together experts from the academia and industry to discuss the latest scientific advances in fundamental and applied research on polyphenols. While the focus of the conference will be on food and nutrition research, also pharmaceutical and medical sciences as well as related disciplines such as microbiology and biotechnology will be covered.

We particularly welcome contributions to the following areas of research on polyphenols:

Chemistry of polyphenols including synthesis and analysis of metabolites and reactions of phenolic compounds

Ongoing advances in analytical chemistry have provided us with an ever increasing knowledge about the profile of phenolic compounds in plants and plant-derived foods. We will address studies on novel approaches in sample preparation, chromatographic separation and detection of phenolics, including hyphenated techniques such as LC-ion mobility mass spectrometry and LC-NMR spectroscopy. Presentations on the characterization of novel structures, reaction mechanisms, and the synthesis of phenolic metabolites are also highly welcome.

Polyphenols-microbiome interactions, bioavailability, metabolism and health effects

It is well known that phenolic compounds are extensively metabolized by the human microbiome and endogenous enzymes. Vice versa, phenolics taken up from food have an effect on the composition of gut microorganisms. This session will address latest findings on the interplay of phenolics and microbiota from a cross-disciplinary view and will highlight the interrelationship between bioavailability, metabolism and bioactivity. We will also address recent research on the role of polyphenols in the prevention of degenerative diseases.

Technological, microbiological and biotechnological aspects of polyphenols

To increase our knowledge about the effects of processing on phenolic compounds, we will address studies related to conventional and novel technologies and their impact on the stability of phenolics. In view of the great importance of fermented plant-derived products, we also welcome studies on the fate of polyphenols during food fermentations. Other topics of interest will be the application of polyphenols as antioxidants for lipid and protein protection, the use of phenolic compounds as natural preservatives and colorants, and the sensory properties of polyphenols including volatile phenolics.

Innovations in industrial applications of polyphenols

The session will address approaches in product development, exploitation of novel sources of phenolic compounds, and new processes for extraction and formulation of polyphenols on industrial scale.

Abstracts are welcome for all above-mentioned topics. A significant part of the conference will be allocated to presentations from young scientists. Therefore, we particularly encourage postdoctoral fellows and advanced doctoral students to submit abstracts for consideration of potential inclusion as oral or poster presentation.

We look forward to welcoming you in Spain!

prof-schieberProf. Dr. Andreas Schieber                            
President of Polyphenols Applications 2020
University of Bonn, Germany