The 2nd International Conference on Coconut Oil (ICCO)

INVITATION-FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT

You are cordially invited to participate and attend: The 2nd International Conference on Coconut Oil (ICCO)

Theme: “Coconut Oil and Downstream Products, Quality and Processing”

Where: Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC), Bangkok, Thailand

When: 15-18  March 2017

Affiliated Activities: Horti Asia 2017 organized by VNU Exhibitions Asia Pacific Co., Ltd.

Who should Attend:

National and international researchers and scientists in coconut oil and medical research and practice; agriculturalists; farmers; processors; entrepreneurs; agribusiness; machinery manufacturers;  and investors and certification agencies.

Organizers

  • Conservation and Development of Coconut Oil of Thailand Forum (CDCOT)
  • Department of Agriculture (DOA/Thailand)
  • FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO/RAP)
  • Horticultural Science Society of Thailand (HSST)
  • Asian and Pacific Coconut Community (APCC)
  • VNU Exhibitions Asia Pacific Co., Ltd.

Under the Sponsorships of:

  • Department of Agriculture (DOA/Thailand)
  • FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO/RAP)
  • Asian and Pacific Coconut Community (APCC)
  • VNU Exhibitions Asia Pacific Co., Ltd.
  • Tropicana Oil Co., Ltd.
  • Thai Pure Coconut Oil Co..Ltd.
  • Theppadungporn Coconut Co., Ltd.
  • Earth Born Co., Ltd.
  • Thai Agri Foods Co. Ltd.
  • Asiatic Agro Industry, Co., Ltd.
  • Ampol Food Co., Ltd.
  • Deena Co.,Ltd.

International Advisory Committee and Scientific Committee

An International Advisory Committee and Scientific Committee have been set up to closely link with the Organizing Committee.

Background

Coconut oil is one of the world’s oldest oils, if not the oldest. People from countries where the coconut palms are grown have made use of it to cure all kinds of ailments for thousands of years. The conference will explore in particular the Health and Nutraceutical benefits of coconut and related issues.

From the first International Conference of Coconut Oil on 17-20 March 2015, Bangkok, Thailand it was recommended to promote the health attributes of coconut products through an aggressive awareness campaign and through joint R&D efforts in the conduct of clinical trials. Technical assistance on coconut processing technologies, good manufacturing practice (GMP), promotion of quality standards and access to markets should therefore be provided to ensure the viability and sustainability of valued-added processing ventures in coconut communities. Greater awareness of the beneficial qualities of coconut products should increase domestic and export demand. However, there still remain many misinformed and distorted views held about coconut oil and its medium chain fatty acid benefits, for health, nutritional and cosmetic benefits. This First ICCO was planned to firmly address these issues and promote coconut oil and coconut products on the world stage and look at the way forward to expand the beneficial effects to man, known since time immemorial.

Goal

The Goal of the 2nd ICCO conference will further technically/scientifically elaborate on many of the production methods, quality, safety use and marketing of coconut oil with emphasis on health and nutraceutical benefits in the world market to the benefit of mankind. The increased use of these products for such purposes will contribute in a major way to improving the livelihoods of coconut producers through better incomes and commercial value-added opportunities.

Objectives

To promote and encourage agriculturists, growers, and other interested persons to  further develop and improve the production of high quality coconuts for high quality coconut oil production and value-added products in order to gain greater acceptance and increase demand in the domestic and international markets.

Conference Topics will include:

  • Present Status of Global Coconut Oil Production and Usage
  • Keynote and Invited papers on Health, Beauty and Nutraceutical benefits of coconut oil, coconut oil diversification and value chains, production methods, quality and safety standards for coconut oil and products.
  • Country Reports on Coconut Oil Production and Trade in Asian and Pacific Island Countries including India, Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Samoa, Fiji and Vanuatu plus a summary of reports from other countries.
  • Research and reviews on Coconut Oil Production, Health, Beauty, Quality and Safety, Markets and Trade.
  • Discussions on the International Strategic Plan for Coconut Oil formulated during ICCO 1.
  • Research Results on Coconut oil in Clinical Trials.

The Scientific Program

The scientific program consists of:

  • Plenary lectures of keynote addresses and invitational papers
  • Concurrent oral presentation
  • Poster presentation & exhibition

The plenary lecturers will be invited by the Organizers to present their outstanding works related to coconut oil. Major contributions will come via oral papers on various R&D aspects of coconut oil and Poster sessions based around the conference theme, will be arranged to present the participant’s accomplishments in R&D on coconut oil.

An exhibition of Coconut products will be a key feature of the Conference and will be of particular interest to the agribusiness commercial sector as well as producers and researchers. Coconut machinery producers will also feature.

Study Visit

Study visit to coconut processing plants for VCO and VCO products, coconut milk and coconut water plants.

Proceedings

Oral and poster papers presented in the Conference will be published by the Organizer and distributed to the participants after the Conference.

Attendance

The second announcement will be issued in October 2016. It will contain more information about the scientific program as well as forms for registration, accommodation, call for abstracts, and other details.

Registration

Deadline for registration:  1 February 2017

Fee for early registration (before deadline)

Foreign participant: US$ 200

Thai participant: Baht 2,000

Fee for late registration (after deadline)

Foreign participant: US$ 250

Thai participant: Baht 2,500

Fee for accompanying person for field trip: US$ 50

All registered participants will receive a bag which contains conference documents, important notice, relevant information, and a badge required for admission to the opening ceremony, exhibition, welcome reception, field trip participation and copies of the proceedings.

Please note that registration fee does not cover insurance of the participants against accidents, sickness and loss of personal properties.

General Information

  • The official language for all presentations is English.
  • The climate in Bangkok in March is pleasant with no rain and the temperature of around 25-30oC
  • Being a tourist city, a wide range of accommodation is available in Bangkok at the reasonable rates of around US$ 50-100 (four to five stars), including breakfast, tax and service charge.
  • The Thai currency is Baht, and the exchange rate is Baht 36 per US$ 1.
  • Further information will be given in the second announcement. All persons wishing to receive the second announcement are requested to complete and return the attached form to the Secretary.

Correspondence

Peyanoot Naka, Secretary

Wilaiwan Twishsri, Assistant Secretary

Conservation and Development of Coconut Oil of Thailand Forum

C/o Horticultural Research Institute, Department of Agriculture

Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand

Tel.: 66-2-579 8553, 940 5484-5 ext 116

Fax: 66-2-561 4667

Email: icco2017@gmail.com  or peyanoot2@gmail.com

Announcement

For Foreign participant:

Registration fee of US$ 200
(Before February 1, 2017)
Registration fee of US$ 250
(After February 1, 2017)

For Thai participant:
Registration fee of 2,000 Baht
(Before February 1, 2017)
Registration fee of 2,500 Baht
(After February 1, 2017)

Please be informed that the deadline of paper submission in until January 15, 2017 only. For more detail, please see Guidelines for Paper and Poster Submission in the second announcement.

Single room 1,870 Baht

Double room 2,090 Baht

This rate is inclusive breakfast, BTS skytrain pass for travelling from-to hotel-BITEC

Please make the booking before February 10, 2017 to secure your room.

Excursion will be on March 18, 2017, the detail can be found in the second announcement. Please type or print clearly and return by February 15, 2017

IMPORTANT DATES :

Paper submission : January 15, 2017

Registration early bird : February 1, 2017

Hotel reservation : February 10, 2017

Excursion : February 15, 2017