Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The 16th ICBC conference will be held in Christchurch, New Zealand between the 15th and the 17th of April 2020. The venue for the conference is the newly refurbished town hall which sits in the centre of the city, alongside the banks of the River Avon.

The International Association of Cereal Science and Technology was formed in 1955 at the 3rd International Cereals and Bread Congress and is the foremost international organisations in our field dedicated to international cooperation, the dissemination of knowledge, and the improvement in safety and quality of cereal-based foods. The Association has its headquarters in Vienna, Austria but has members represented from all five continents including industry and academia. 

The conference will feature plenary sessions; concurrent sessions embracing the challenges and opportunities facing the cereal science community; poster displays and competitions; a networking dinner for all our contributors to develop long lasting collaborations throughout the world; industry focused workshops; a trade display for equipment and food manufacturing; and of course the opportunity to participate on study tours to acquaint yourself with the culture, food and environment of New Zealand.

Themes for the conference include:

  • Cereal nutrition for health-conscious consumers
  • Food safety and security
  • Sustainable agricultural technology systems
  • Milling and bread making technology
  • Novel processing techniques for extrusion and biscuit making
  • Noodle quality and acceptability
  • Wholegrains, their definition and utilisation in foods
  • Molecular approaches to grain breeding
  • Global supply chain and trade
  • Alternative grain crops
  • Analytical methods for quality determination
  • Consumer perception of grain-based foods

The call for abstracts is now open and the early bird registration will start soon.


I hope to meet as many colleagues and collaborators as I can during the ICBC 2020 and am excited at the prospect of making new friends and sharing some New Zealand hospitality with everyone. 

Prof. Younes Lindgren

 Prof. Charles Brennan

Chair of Conference

Lincoln University, New Zealand

Scientific Committee & Keynote Speakers

Charles Brennan - Lincoln University, New Zealand (Chair of the Conference)

Ke Bein - Henan University, China

Dhan Bhandari - AHDB, UK

Marina Carcea - CREA, Italy

Larisa Cato - AEGIC, Australia

Harold Corke - Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Jan Delcour - KU Leuven, Belgium

Guy Della Valle - INRA, France

Bruce Hamaker - Purdue University, USA

Marta Izydorczyk - Canadian Grain Commission, Canada

Kati Katina - University of Helsinki, Finland

Hamit Köskel - Hacettepe University, Turkey

Weili Li - Chester University, UK

Jianfu Liu - Tianjin University of Commerce, China

Guoqin Liu - South China University of Technology, China

Maria Papageorgiou - International Hellenic University, Greece

Donatella Peressini - University of Udine, Italy

Witoon Prinyawiwatkul - Louisiana State University, USA

Cristina Rosell - Spanish National Research Centre, Spain

Regine Schönlechner - BOKU University, Austria

John R.N. Taylor - University of Pretoria, South Africa

Lirong Wang - CCOA, China

Fengcheng Wang - Henan University of Technology, China

Bin Xiao Fu - Canadian Grain Commission, Canada

Xian Zeng - South China University of Technology, China

Local & Organising Committee

Michaela Pichler - ICC, Austria

Margaret Brennan - Lincoln University, New Zealand

Sabine Gratzer - ICC, Austria

Marcella Gross-Varga - ICC, Austria

Maneesha Mohan - Lincoln University, New Zealand

Alastair Ross - AgResearch, New Zealand

Luca Serventi - Lincoln University, New Zealand

Damir Torrico - Lincoln University, New Zealand