Welcome to Bonn Polyphenols 2018


On behalf of the International Society of Antioxidants in Nutrition and Health (ISANH) and the Scientific Committee, we are pleased to announce the organization of the 12th World Congress on Polyphenols Applications: Bonn Polyphenols 2018 to be held at the University of Bonn, Germany, from Tuesday September 25 to Friday September 28. 

Bonn Polyphenols Congress is endorsed by the International Society of Antioxidants (ISANH) and the International Society of Microbiota (ISM).

In 2018, the University of Bonn will celebrate its 200th anniversary, highlighting the achievements and offering a varied program of close to 100 events. We are very pleased that the Organizing Committee has decided to hold the 12th edition of the World Congress on Polyphenols Applications at the University of Bonn in this anniversary year.

Bonn Polyphenols 2018 will bring together experts from academia and industries to discuss the latest scientific advances in the field of polyphenols and their applications in food, pharmaceutical and medical sciences.

Research on plant phenolics has a long tradition at the University of Bonn. Authentication of plant-derived foods via analysis of the profile of phenolic compounds, recovery of secondary plant metabolites including phenolics from by-products, color stability of anthocyanins, and bioavailability studies on flavonoids have been key topics of former and current research groups at the Institute of Nutritional and Food Sciences. More recently, antimicrobial properties of phenolics and microbiome-polyphenols interactions have attracted our interest. The 2018 edition of the World Congress on Polyphenols Applications will address these topics and many additional areas of current interest to the polyphenols community such as:

  • Polyphenols-Microbiome Interactions
  • Bioavailability, Metabolism & Health Effects of Polyphenols and their metabolites
    • Focus on Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Technological & Biotechnological Aspects of Polyphenols and their metabolites
  • Polyphenols Innovations in 2018
  • Characterization and Analysis of Polyphenols and their metabolites
  • Role of Polyphenols in Plants


    Polyphenols in Animal Nutrition and Wellbeing

Session 1: Polyphenols-Microbiome Interactions
There is consensus in the scientific community that phenolic compounds are extensively metabolized by the human microbiome, and evidence is accumulating that phenolics present in food have an effect on the composition of gut microorganisms. This session addresses latest findings in the field from a cross-disciplinary view, including microbiology and food chemistry and will highlight the following strategic points:

  • Microbiota, polyphenols & food: recent advances & perspectives
  • Can polyphenols modify the quality and diversity of microbiota?

Session 2: Metabolism & Health Effects of Polyphenols
Phenolic compounds have been associated with numerous beneficial effects on human health. The session will provide an overview of latest investigations into the interrelationship between bioavailability, metabolism and bioactivity, including among others, anti-obesity and cardiometabolic effects. In this session, we will address the question whether the beneficial effects observed are related to polyphenols or to their metabolites.

Focus on Polyphenols, Epidemiology & Neurodegenerative Diseases
In this session, we will focus on the role of polyphenols in the prevention and/or treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. Indeed, epidemiological studies associating the intake of polyphenol-rich foods with a lower incidence of certain diseases including neurodegenerative diseases have greatly facilitated research on phenolic compounds. The objective will be to provide an update on recent findings related to epidemiological research on polyphenols and the role these compounds play in cognitive health.

Session 3: Technological & Biotechnological Aspects of Polyphenols
There is still a gap in our knowledge about the effects of processing on the stability of phenolic compounds. We will address studies that deal with the impact of conventional and novel processes, such as heating, high hydrostatic pressure treatment, pulsed electric fields, and others, on plant phenolics. Furthermore, the application of phenolics as natural functional compounds to replace synthetic food additives will be covered. The session will also present recent trends in the biotechnological production of phenolic compounds.

Session 4: Characterization and Analysis of Polyphenols and their metabolites
Despite tremendous advances in analytical chemistry, the characterization and quantification of phenolic compounds is still challenging because of the structural heterogeneity of this class of secondary metabolites. The session will present novel analytical approaches including hyphenated techniques such as LC-MS and LC-NMR, characterization of novel structures, and innovations in sample preparation for the determination of free and non-extractable phenolics. Bonn Polyphenols 2018 will discuss more about polyphenols metabolites isolation and characterization compared to only polyphenols.

Session 5: Polyphenols Innovations in 2018
The session will highlight approaches in product development, exploitation of novel sources of phenolic compounds, characterization and application of novel nutraceuticals based on plant phenolics, and new processes for extraction and formulation of polyphenols. In this session, we will address the question how formulations based on polyphenols and/or their metabolites affect gut and skin microbiota. 

Session 6: Polyphenols as natural additives and pigments
The session will present the latest investigations into the emerging role of polyphenols as natural additives and pigment as an alternative to synthetic molecules. 

Abstract submission for consideration of potential inclusion as oral or poster presentation are welcome for all these topics.

We look forward to welcoming you at the University of Bonn for this special occasion!

Prof. Andreas Schieber
University of Bonn, Germany
President of Bonn Polyphenols 2018