SAVE THE DATE – Journées Chevreul 80 ans de la SFEL, 18-20 janvier 2023, Paris

Exceptional ‘Journées Chevreul 80 years of SFEL',

18th-20th January 2023,

Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris

To celebrate the 80th birthday of the French Society for the Study of Lipids (SFEL), formerly named Association Française d’Etude des Corps Gras (AFECG), and to thank Chevreul Medalists who have contributed to the success of the ‘Journées Chevreul’, SFEL is pleased to announce the exceptional ‘Journées Chevreul’ which will be held on January 2023 in a famous place of science in Paris, the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle (MNHN). These days will provide an overview of all the research themes on lipids supported by SFEL/AFECG since its creation and the major developments in the various fields of research on lipids in a context of multiple transitions (environmental, societal, bioeconomic, etc.). They will be the occasion to award the Chevreul Medal 2023 to Pr Michel Linder (FRA).

These anniversary ‘Journées Chevreul’ will take place on 3 consecutive days from January 18th to 20th. They will be boarded with an opening ceremony about Michel-Eugène Chevreul and SFEL/AFECG history, followed by a series of lectures delivered by both Chevreul Medalists and invited speakers. Oral and poster communications will be also presented after selection. They will be organized in collaboration with Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Académie Française d’Agriculture and our colleagues from two french scientific societies, the Groupe d’Etude et de Recherche en Lipidomique (GERLI) et the Groupe Lipides Nutrition (GLN), around the following 6 main themes (with scheduled speakers):

  • Opening Session on SFEL and Michel-Eugène CHEVREUL – Claude Leray (FRA), Christian    Ferault (FRA), Hervé Plessix (FRA)
  • Introduction Session on Omega3 in the Brain - Jean-Marie Bourre (FRA), Richard Bazinet (CAN)
  • Genomic/Varietal selection & Oilseed Sector – André Pouzet (FRA), Valérie Mazza (FRA)
  • Lipids, Nutrition and Human Health – Frédéric Carrière (FRA)
  • Lipids in the Ocean, Microorganisms – Peter Nichols (AUS), Marie Vagner (FRA), Michel Linder (FRA)
  • Lipids & Brain – Stephen Cunnane (CAN), Vincenzo Di Marzo (ITA), Fabien Pifferi (FRA)
  • Lipochemistry, Emulsion & New Technologies - Charlotte Jacobsen (DNK), Romain Valentin (FRA), Laurianne Simon (FRA)

Programme announcements and other information including registration will open in September 2022 on our website

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Scientific Committee

SFEL : Claire Berton-Carabin, Claire Bourlieu-Lacanal, Bernadette Delplanque, Frédéric Fine, Philippe Guesnet, Fabien Pifferi

GERLI : Frédéric Carrière, Hubert Schaller, Philippe Soudant

GLN : Claire Bourlieu-Lacanal

MNHN : Fabien Pifferi

Scientific Chairs

Niyazi Acar (INRAE), Benjamin Buaud (ITERG),Thierry Durand (GERLI), Corinne Joffre (INRAE), Gérard Lambeau (GERLI), Michel Linder (SFEL), Philippe Maréchal (SFEL), Jean-David Rodier (SFEL), Elodie Tormo (SFEL), Pierre Villeneuve (SFEL), Nicolas Vitale (GERLI)

8h30 – 9h00Congress Registration
9h00 – 9h15Congress Opening - Introductory Comments by Fabien Pifferi (CNRS-MNHN, Brunoy, France), Bernadette Delplanque (SFEL and past-President SFEL)  & Philippe Guesnet (SFEL President )/Welcome from the Journées Chevreul Chair
SESSION 1  SFEL/AFECG & History  and CHEVREUL Biography Chairs  Fabien Pifferi, Bernadette Delplanque & Philippe Guesnet
9h15 – 9h30Alain Rancurel (SFEL) “History of SFEL/AFECG”
9h30 – 9h55Claude Leray (GERLI) "Contribution de Michel-Eugène CHEVREUL à la Lipochimie/ Michel Eugène CHEVREUL contribution to Lipochemistry" 
9h55 – 10h20Christian Ferault (Académie Française d’Agriculture) "Michel-Eugene CHEVREUL, un immense savant à l'Académie Française d'Agriculture/ Michel-Eugene CHEVREUL, an immense scientist at the French Academy of Agriculture""
10h20 – 10h45Hervé PLESSIX (Stéarinerie Dubois, France) "From CHEVREUL scientific work to industrial applications: Stearic industry, yesterday and today."
10h45 – 11h15Coffee Break, Posters & Exhibits
11h15 – 11h451989 Chevreul Medalist Jean-Marie Bourre “Structural and functional importance of dietary polyunsaturated fatty acids in the nervous system”
11h45 – 12h15Opening Plenary Lecture Richard Bazinet (University of Toronto, Canada) «Brain docosahexaenoic acid uptake and metabolism »
12h15 – 14h00Lunch, Posters & Exhibits
SESSION 2  Genomic/Varietal Selection & Oilseed Sector  Chairs Frédéric Fine (Bordeaux, France), Hubert Schaller (Strasbourg, France), Elodie Tormo (Paris, France)
14h00 – 14h30Chevreul Medalist 2013 : André Pouzet (retired director of CETIOM, France) «  From plot to crushing: some highlights and prospects for oilseeds in France »
14h30 – 15h00Valérie MAZZA (Groupe Limagrain, France)
15h00 – 15h30Invited Conference (being processed)
15h30 – 16h00Coffee Break, Posters & Exhibits
16h00 – 17h00Communications (3 x 15 min)
17h00 – 17h40Flash Poster Presentation (1 min)
8h30 – 9h00Congress Registration
SESSION 3    Lipids , Nutrition and Human Health Chairs Claire Bourlieu-Lacanal (Montpellier, France), Marie-Caroline Michalski (Lyon, France), Thierry Durand (Montpellier, France), Frédéric Carrière (Marseille, France)
9h00 – 9h30Chevreul Medalist 2007 : Frédéric Carrière (CNRS Marseille, France) « Lipases and lipid digestion: 80 years later»
9h30 – 10h00Invited Conference (being processed)
10h00 – 10h30Coffee Break, Posters & Exhibits
10h30 – 11h00Invited Conference (being processed)
11h00 – 12h20Communications (4 x 15 min)
12h30 – 14h00Lunch, Posters & Exhibits
SESSION 4   Lipids in the Ocean & Microorganisms Chairs Michel Linder (Nancy, France), Philippe Soudant (Plouzané, France), Benjamin Buaud (Pessac, France)
14h00 – 14h30Peter D Nichols (CSIRO, Hobart, Australia)
14h30 – 15h00Marie Vagner (University Brest, Ifremer-CNRS, France)
15h00 – 15h30CHEVREUL Medal SFEL 2023 Michel Linder (University Lorraine, ENSAIA-LIBIO, France)
15h30 – 16h00Coffee Break, Posters & Exhibits
16h00 – 17h20Communications (4 x 15 min)
17h20 – 17h30Selected Poster Presentation (2 x 5 min)
17h30 – 17h40Poster Award (10 min)
19h30 – 23h30Gala Dinner cruise on the Captain Fracasse
8h30 – 9h00Congress Registration
SESSION 5   Lipids & Brain Chairs Bernadette Delplanque (Orsay, France), Gérard Lambeau (Valbonne, France), Nicolas Vitale (Strasbourg, France), Corinne Joffre (Bordeaux, France),  Niyazi Acar (Dijon, France) 
9h00 – 9h30Chevreul Medalist  2017 : Stephen Cunnane (Sherbrooke University, Canada) « Medium Chain Triglycerides, Ketones and Brain Energy Rescue in Alzheimer Disease"
9h30 – 10h00Vincenzo Di Marzo (Laval University, Québec City, Canada; Institute of Biomolecular Chemistry, Pozzuoli, Italy)
10h00 – 10h30Coffee Break, Posters & Exhibits
10h30 – 11h00Fabien Pifferi (UMR CNRS/MNHN 7179, Brunoy, France)
11h00 – 11h20Communications (4 x 15 min)
12h30 – 14h00Lunch, Posters & Exhibits
SESSION  6   Lipochemistry, Emulsion & New Technologies Chairs Claire Berton-Carabin (Nantes, France), Pierre Villeneuve (Montpellier, France), Jean-David Rodier (Lyon, France), Philippe Maréchal (Scoury, France)
14h00 – 14h30Chevreul Medalist  2004 : Charlotte Jacobsen (Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark)
14h30 – 15h00Romain Valentin (Toulouse University, INRAE, France)
15h00 – 15h30Laurianne Simon (Univ Montpellier)
15h30 – 16h30Communications (3 x 15 min)
16h30 – 16h40Concluding Remarks
 16h40 – 17h30Coffee Break