Jeyan Arthur Moses was awarded a Seligman APV Travel Bursary to attend the 13th edition of the International Congress on Engineering and Food in Melbourne, Australia. Here, he tells us about how he had the opportunity to visit the RMIT Food Research and Innovation Centre, how he was able to network with renowned scientists and gained new ideas for his future research.
‘It was an honour be awarded with the Seligman APV Bursary by SCI. Apart from participating in the International Congress on Engineering and Food (ICEF13) at Melbourne from 23rd to 26th October 2019, I also had the opportunity to visit the RMIT Food Research and Innovation Centre. The ICEF is a globally reputed scientific gathering on food engineering with speakers, exhibitors and participants from across the world. The technical sessions were planned exceptionally well, providing me an opportunity to meet and interact with renowned scientists in this field.
‘At the RMIT, I had the opportunity to visit a complete and full-fledged research lab, ‘Food Research and Innovation Centre’. The research being taken up is highly industry oriented and the team is dynamic. I could take with me several innovative ideas and concepts. The ICEF also gave us the platform for publications in journal special issues and in the legacy book. At the ICEF, I could also interact with exhibitors and their products/technologies.
‘During the event, I had delivered an oral presentation titled ‘Liposome based delivery of α-linolenic acid and α-lipoic acid through food systems’ during the session “Food engineering for nutrition and health”. α-Linolenic acid (9,12,15-octadecatrienoic acid) and α-lipoic acid (6, 8-dithiooctanoic acid) are well known anti-ageing compounds. Considering stability issues, this study was conducted to encapsulate α-linolenic acid and α-lipoic acid in liposomes. The talk focused on delivering nutraceutical ingredients with improved stability and bioavailability. Apart from this co-authored work, we were able to exhibit our e-posters during the event. It was a very productive time with a lot of interactions and learning. In particular, keynote talks gave an excellent overview on emerging research areas.
‘I am extremely grateful to SCI Seligman Trust for this award; my visit has equipped me with several new ideas that would propel my research career. My sincere thanks to Dr. C. Anandharamakrishnan, Director – Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT) and the team at Computational Modeling and Nanoscale Processing Unit – IIFPT.’
Jeyan Arthur Moses
Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT), Thanjavur, India