Welcome to the latest edition of ICATS News – the first of 2016. The last six months have been busy, with a good deal of travel for the ICATS team within the UK and beyond. The majority of this publication features the wonderful IFEAT Conference in Sri Lanka, which this year focused on Asian ingredients and medicinal plants and their sustainable production. This was a fabulous event and inside the newsletter you will find reviews of the conference, selected lecture papers and an account of a brilliant field trip to a cinnamon plantation.
Joanna Norman, our new ICATS Field Tutor, was also in Sri Lanka to lead a one-day perfumery workshop, ably assisted by Sharon Heard. She has kindly written a full account for ICATS News about the workshop. You can also find out more about Jo’s career in our Introducing section along with a feature on one of our students from India.
There is, as usual, a fine selection of review articles of the latest publications in the aroma trades by Tony Curtis as well as a focus on the latest hot topics in the news. You can also read Tony’s great report on the recent IFRA Fragrance Forum in London, where the focus was ‘Our Fragrant World’. I’m sure you will all agree when you read his report, that it sounded a fascinating series of lectures on a wealth of aromatic subjects!
As you may have seen in the last edition of ICATS News, our friend and colleague John Ayres has decided to retire. Before leaving, however, he very bravely led a perfumery workshop at a local high school with a group of sixteen-year-old chemists and their teachers; you can read all about this in our illustrated feature. John has also written a comprehensive account of the BSP New Ingredients Symposium from 2015 that I am sure you will enjoy.
There should be something for everyone in this edition, but as Editor, I am always on the look-out for material for the next ICATS News. Please let me know if there is anything you would like me to cover in our newsletter or if you would like to contribute to future editions as a guest feature author. I really want our newsletter to reflect the industry today and would really welcome any feedback from any of our readers.