Fermented foods and beverages have been with mankind since time immemorial and from a simple natural process of using yeast for alcohol production, mixed cultures for dairy foods and yeast for making bread, it has transformed into a modern technology, fully science based with varied commercial interests. Since science is dynamic area with continuous development in different countries, it is necessary that frequent interaction is held among the microbiologists regarding advances and break-through achieved from time to time. In this context the forthcoming international seminar at CFTRI, Mysore is of significance and new developments being showcased will be of much interest to all the stake holders in the future of this area of human endeavor. It is interesting that the initiative for the meeting at Mysore comes from a foreign source (SASNET) though India has a rich cultural heritage in preparing and consuming many fermented products for centuries. Here is further information about this seminar and its organizers.
"The fifth International Seminar and Workshop on Fermented Foods Health Status and Social Wellbeing will be organised by SASNET – Fermented Foods at the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) in Mysore, India on 15th and 16th of December 2011. SASNET Fermented Foods is a forum for scientists of the south Asian countries, Sweden and other countries for exchanging information in the field of food fermentation and its practical application. It was launched in 2003 by Prof. Baboo Nair, Division of Applied Nutrition and Food Chemistry, Lund University. The organising secretary is Dr. G. Vijayalekshmi, Deputy Director, Food Microbiology Department, CFTRI. More information about SASNET Fermented Foods. Full information about the 2011 workshop".
Seminars, workshops, conferences, conventions and similar scientific events do provide a forum for exchange of information and updating one's knowledge base. However such gatherings should not end up as a social event with some academic presentations, having no impact on the life of common man. Involvement of the users like the industry and NGOs with commitment to train entrepreneurs will make them more meaningful and productive. SASNET should consider organizing a separate event for the industry during such meetings where the utilizable results can be presented and technology offered to the entrepreneurs for commercialization on reasonable terms.