We are pleased to invite you to participate on the First International Conference on Truffle Research (1st ICTR), which will be held in the city of Vic, Catalonia, north-eastern Spain from March 9 to 12, 2014.
The 1st ICTR is being promoted by the Food Industries and Environment Department attached to the Polytechnic School of the University of Vic. The aim is to bring together the latest developments in truffle research from all over the world in both the nutritional and gastronomic fields, encompassing areas such as trufficulture, truffle genomics, molecular biology, quality control, flavour characterization, olfactometric and sensorial analysis, truffle and derivative conservation, marketing and consumption.
The conference is open to all scientists in the field of truffle research in areas ranging from culture to consumption. The target attendant profile includes academia, truffle growers, industry, gastronomy professionals and nutritionists to interact in conversation and ideas in an informal and friendly atmosphere. We are especially interested in establishing cooperation among the various research groups and professionals in the truffle sector. The conference will also give pre- and postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to both attend lectures by top ranking speakers, who will share their scientific developments in truffle research, and discuss their own research either in oral or poster presentations.
The event will take place in the Polytechnic School of the University of Vic.
Lying halfway between the sea and the Pyrenees, seventy kilometres from Barcelona, Vic is the demographic, administrative and service hub of an area with 150,000 inhabitants. It is steeped in history, as seen from the streets and squares in the old quarter, and it forms the backdrop for the dynamic nature of a modern city. Its wealth of heritage constitutes a manifestation of the vibrant civic, cultural and artistic activity unfolding in the city.
For centuries wild truffle gathering has been common practice in our area, especially in Centelles, a nearby town. Many years ago, this town was an important focus for the wild truffle market in Spain (T. melanosporum, T. aestivum, T. uncinatum, T. brumale). Accordingly, the purpose of this conference is to pay tribute to the many truffle hunters that have trailed our forests over the years.
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The Organizing and Scientific Committee members will be pleased to welcome you to the First International Conference on Truffle Research at the University of Vic.