Commission C2: paving the way on food science & engineering

Coordinated by the Science and Technology Council, Commission C2 focuses on research and breakthrough technologies related to food science and engineering.
Spotlight on Commission C2

Coordinated by the Science and Technology Council, Commission C2 focuses on research and breakthrough technologies related to food science and engineering.

The Commission is key in hosting the IIR Sustainability and the Cold Chain Conference (ICCC), held internationally since 2010, with the next one to be held in Auckland, New Zealand in 2016 (see below).

IIR Commission C2 is comprised of 38 experts from 20 IIR member countries on five different continents.

In addition to the Cold Chain conferences, and the IIR Congress, Commission C2 has also co-sponsored four other conferences in Macedonia, Spain, Croatia and Germany, and continues to reinforce its leading role at the heart of developments in food science and engineering.

ICCC2016 goes to the Antipodes

The 4th IIR Conference on Sustainability and the Cold Chain (ICCC2016) will be held on 7 - 9 April 2016 in Auckland.

This prestigious biennial conference, held since 2010, attracts international audiences of researchers and industrialists, providing an opportunity to showcase cutting-edge developments in sustainability, retail refrigeration and the cold chain over a three-day period of papers, keynote addresses, technical tours and interactive workshops.

The conference will focus on 3 distinct themes:

1. Cold chain refrigeration equipment

2. Monitoring, evaluating and responding to conditions

3. Developments in sustainability

For more information on ICCC2016

The IIR Conferences on Sustainability and the Cold Chain (ICCC) unite experts from Commissions C2, D1 and D2 and cover a wide range of topics related to food refrigeration storage and transportation.

The Frisbee project and Commission C2: Today and tomorrow

Several Commission C2 members were actively involved in the highly successful FRISBEE project (including Graciela Alvarez, Commission C2 vice-president and overall FRISBEE project leader).

The Frisbee project was set up to provide new tools, concepts and solutions for improving refrigeration technologies along the European food cold chain, and ended on the FRISBEE Demonstration Day on 29 August 2014 in Paris.

More about FRISBEE Demonstration Day

During the most recent Commission C2 meeting held during ICCC2014 (minutes available here), it was agreed to extend the FRISBEE project beyond Europe in order to further its impact.

To that end, a Working Group for FRISBEE International (the international extension of the original FRISBEE project) lead by Graciela Alvarez was announced in March 2015.

FRISBEE International first workshop

With support from Commission C2 the first FRISBEE International workshop will be held at the International Congress of Refrigeration (ICR2015) in Yokohama this year.

Entitled “DataBase and Simulation Tools for refrigeration on cold chain: Frisbee Database and Tools Time Length” the workshop will aim at coordinating an international Working Group on data collection and prediction tools sharing results and models on Food refrigeration food cold chain.

The International Congress of Refrigeration (ICR2015) will provide Commission C2 with the ideal opportunity to increase the involvement of its commission members outside of Europe.

Commission C2: Working Group

Another Commission Working Group covers the Cold Chain in Warm Countries. The IIR actively participated in a regional workshop on cold chain development in Sub-Saharan Africa which was held in Yaoundé, Cameroon in June 2012.

This workshop, a joint initiative between the IIR and the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), resulted in the publication of a policy brief on how to develop the food sector cold chain in Sub-Saharan Africa and joint FAO-IIR guidelines addressed to the decision makers. They are available on the IIR website.

Furthermore, IIR members attended the meeting of the coordinators responsible for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Ozone Programme in Francophone and Lusophone Africa which was held in Cotonou, Benin, on October 2014. During this meeting, experts debated the best strategy to adopt in order to  phase out chlorinated refrigerants on the food supply in these countries with as little impact possible. Moreover, a joint project IIF-UNEP is currently underway.

About IIR Working Groups

IIR Working Groups operate on a temporary basis to bring together specialists in order to work on projects arising from current issues.

Their aim is to promote development, provide knowledge and give recommendations in these spheres.

In order to achieve these objectives, they hold conferences and workshops, write publications and provide recommendations.

Members of working groups are IIR members from industry, university and research-centre settings or are refrigeration practitioners.

Information on all IIR Working Groups

Your Expertise Directory

The IIR’s Expertise Directory enables IIR members to communicate with members of IIR commissions, including 38 Commission C2 members, giving the opportunity to connect with experts worldwide from every field of refrigeration.

As an IIR member, this directory enables you to find experts according to:

? domain: over 140 refrigeration fields within 11 overarching themes

? commission: 10 IIR commissions

? country: IIR experts located in more than 32 countries.

With access to over 410 experts this directory provides you with a comprehensive list of select professionals active in a wide range of refrigeration domains.

Find your Commission C2 experts

“Thank you to all C2 members who have taken part in Commission activities and also to the IIR staff who have attended.”

James Carson

President of IIR Commission C2

News from Commission C2

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