The 3rd Asia-Pacific probiotics workshop was hosted by RIFST on December 6 & 7 in collaboration with Asia Pacific Food Professionals (APIFP) while receiving international experts from 8 countries as well as over 70 participants from Iranian academic centers and industries.
The event was commenced with the Workshop Chairperson’s speech welcoming the guests especially the invited speakers namely Dr. Malik Altaf Hussain the Managing Director of Asia-Pacific Institute of Food Professionals (APIFP) who is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer of Lincoln University, New Zealand. “Promoting the knowledge of probiotics as one of the growing scientific, research-based and commercial areas in the world and continuing international scientific cooperation with international academic centers have been the major objectives of this event” said Dr. Marzieh Hosseini Nezhad, the workshop chair person. She added “This workshop, in which speakers from Australia, New Zealand, China, Pakistan, Malaysia, Vietnam and Hungary present lectures on their latest findings in the field of probiotics, is supported by the Center for International Scientific Studies and Collaboration (CISSC) of the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology of Iran, the Iranian Society of Probiotics and Functional Foods, the Iranian Regional Office of Indian-Ocean Rim Association (CISSC) and Jinan University of China.
Dr. Ghadir Rajabzadeh, the President of the Research Institute of Food Science and Technology (RIFST), also welcomed guests and highlighted the importance of probiotics consumption. “In the past few decades, we have moved away from our traditional, cultural and dietary habits. Presently, poor dietary habits and inactive lifestyle are leading to many metabolic disorders and illnesses. Among the different strategies, functional foods including probiotics and nutraceuticals have gained rapid attention of researchers and scientists as a tool to moderate the lifestyle related disorders due to their efficiency, safety and cost effectiveness.” He continued “This workshop is planned with the intention to enhance awareness regarding positive impact of probiotics on our health and against different metabolic disorders.”
Besides, Dr. Malik Altaf Hussain the Workshop Co-chairperson, while delivering a lecture on “Probiotics industry, features and potential in coming years”, admired RIFST for planning and organizing the event and emphasized the importance and the continuation of the collaboration with RIFST in the future. He added that the 1st workshop was hosted by Lincoln University, New Zealand on October 20th and 21st (2014) and the 2nd workshop by Jinan University, China on November 2nd (2015).
In addition, the workshop speakers included Professor Xiyang Wu, Department Head of Food Science & Engineering, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China; Dr. DAM Sao Mai, Dean of the Institute of Biotechnology and Food Technology Industrial University of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Professor Ida Idayu Muhamad, Head of Bioprocess & Polymer Engineering Department, University of Technology, Malaysia; Professor Quang D. Nguyen from the Faculty of Food Science, Szent István University and Professor Shahjahan Baig from the University of Central Punjab. Moreover, these experts who were all senior scientists from renowned international universities shared their knowledge with other participants in the panel discussions of the workshop.
At the end, at the closing ceremony, the participants, the speakers and the Managing Director of the APIFP claimed that the workshop was successfully held on international scale meeting high standards expected from such workshops.