ICUMSA News n°45 – 2002

Editor: Rud Frik Madsen

Message from the President

This is the last ICUMSA News before the next Session to be held in Pune (India) next June. Thanks to the work of our Indian friends, the organization of the Congress is proceeding, and I hope to meet a good number of participants in India. All the information concerning the Session is available in our website ( together with the texts of the various Reports to be discussed during the Working Sessions. Unfortunately, up to now, I have received only a few Reports and I warmly ask the Referees to send me their texts as soon as possible, so that everybody can study and discuss them before the Session. The Internet is indeed a powerful tool for getting information in real time and it is not necessary, as in the past, to send the Reports in documentary form to the National Committees, asking them to prepare copies to be distributed to the members and the participants to the Session. This means that it was not strictly necessary to have the Reports ready several months in advance, but it would be useful for these Reports to be discussed in the various National Committees. This will be possible only if the various Reports are ready on the tables of the Chairmen of the National Committees in due time before the Session. This is the reason why I ask the Referees again to find time to complete their Reports within the next few days. Copies of the Reports will also be distributed in Pune during the Session. As well as the discussion on the various Subjects, during the next Congress we have to take important decisions concerning our Organization, proposals for the General Secretariat, new solutions for the Proceedings, the updating of the ICUMSA Methods Book, etc. I look forward to seeing plenty of participants, also taking into account the touristic attractions of the “Queen of Deccan”.


For sugar analysts worldwide we have pleasure in inviting you to attend the 23rd quadrennial Session of ICUMSA, which is taking place for the first time in Asia.

It will be held at the Hotel Meridien in Pune, India, between 3rd and 7th June 2002. Delegates will arrive on Sunday 2nd June and register after paying a $200 conference fee. Accompanying persons will also be welcome and will be charged a $100 fee to cover their sightseeing tours.

Working sessions will take place as follows:
Monday 3rd June 10.00-13.00 and 14.00-18.00
Tuesday 4th June 09.00-13.00 and 14.00-18.00
Wednesday 5th June 09.00-13.00
Thursday 6th June 09.00-13.00 and 14.00-18.00
Friday 7th June 09.00-13.00.

Discussions and Recommendations will be made in respect of the following Subject Reports, presented by the International Referees:
General Subject 1: Raw Sugar
General Subject 2: White Sugar
General Subject 3: Specialty Sugars
General Subject 4: Molasses
General Subject 5: Cane
General Subject 6: Beet
General Subject 7: Cane Sugar Processing
General Subject 8: Beet Sugar Processing
General Subject 9: Starch-derived Sweeteners
Subject 1: Constitution & By-Laws
Subject 2: Oligosaccharides &Polysaccharides
Subject 3: Method Format, Collaborative Testing & Treatment of Data
Subject 4: Density, Refractive Index & Polarimetry
Subject 5: Dry Substance
Subject 6: Indirect methods
Subject 7: Colour, Turbidity & Reflectance Methods
Subject 8: Chromatographic Techniques for Sugars
Subject 9: Chromatographic Techniques for Non-Sugars
Subject 10: Enzymatic & Immunological Methods
Subject 11: Rheology
Subject 12: Microbiology
Subject 13: Reducing Sugars
Subject 14: Ash

As well as the Working sessions, a full sightseeing schedule will be arranged for the accompanying persons.

Full details may be obtained from:

Prof. G Mantovani
University of Ferrara
Via Luigi Borsari 46
The Sugar Technologists Association of India
C Block,11nd floor, Ansal Plaza,
August Kranti Marg,
Andrews Ganj,
NEW DELHI 110 049

From the Editor

I started as editor of ICUMSA News about 8 years ago. It has been an interesting to follow the organisation during these years. However, 7 years have gone since I left the sugar industry and I think it is time to stop as editor.

I would like to thank all who have helped me during these years.

Best wishes

Rud Madsen