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The First International Conference on Antioxidants: Sources, Methods, Health Benefits and Industrial Applications

23–25 Mar 2022, Barcelona, Spain
Abstract Submission
12th November 2021
Acceptance Notification
22nd December 2021
Early Bird Registration
14th January 2022
Covering Author Registration
23rd February 2022

Oxidative Stress, Cardiovascular Diseases, Neurodegenerative Disease, Skin Diseases, Microbiome and Gut Health, Antioxidants Activity
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Due to the unprecedented global situation, we have made the difficult decision to cancel ICA2022.
We are deeply sorry about this, but we strongly believe this is the best way to proceed given the current circumstances.
We look forward to seeing you all in future Antioxidants events.

Welcome from the Chairs

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the first International Conference on Antioxidants: Sources, Methods, Health Benefits, and Industrial Applications.

The conference is organized by the MDPI open access journal Antioxidants (Impact Factor 6.312) and will be held as a three-day event in Barcelona, Spain, 23–25 March, 2022.

Antioxidants represent a huge area of investigation for researchers from many disciplines, and their importance in a variety of fields from health to food to innovative materials is increasingly appreciated.

Despite the enormous amount of research work related to this issue, our knowledge needs to be improved on the mechanism of action, the bioaccesibility and bioavailability of dietary antioxidants, oxidative stress and antioxidant defence systems, antioxidant-based therapeutic strategies, antioxidant functional food, and the design of biomaterials with antioxidant properties for use in biomedical applications or functional packaging. We have to continue pursuing the search for new natural sources of antioxidants while shifting toward sustainable methodologies for their extraction, and, finally, we need to standardize and validate the methods for their analysis and for evaluating and ranking the antioxidant power.

The main topics and sessions of the conference will cover:

The conference will host a number of internationally renowned speakers and invites submissions for oral presentations and posters. We wish the meeting may offer a unique opportunity for direct communication between scholars, favoring personal contacts between younger and experienced researchers on advanced research topics and technological issues.

All presenters at the conference will be encouraged to submit a full manuscript of their presentation for consideration for publication in a Special Issue of Antioxidants .

We look forward to seeing you at this exciting meeting in Barcelona.

Prof. Dr. Alessandra Napolitano, and Prof. Dr. Rosa M. Lamuela Raventos

ICA2022 Conference Chairs

Conference Secretariat

Ms. Dora Wu
Ms. Betsy Feng
Ms. Jiao Li
Dr. Ana Sanchis

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Conference Chairs

Prof. Dr. Alessandra Napolitano

Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Naples ‘Federico II’, Naples, Italy Website

Alessandra Napolitano, PhD in chemistry, full professor of Organic Chemistry at the Department of Chemical Sciences of Naples University Federico II since 2011. She is the author and co-author of 235 publications on peer reviewed journals including papers and reviews (ISI Web of Science rid/E-9761, h-index 44 March 2020) and book chapters regarding pigmentation, food chemistry and antioxidants of natural origin. Main research interests include: polyphenol antioxidants of dietary origin; human epidermal pigments melanins and related bioinspired pigments; design and preparation of functional biomaterials based on polyphenols and polyphenol containing agri-food wastes. She is the head of the research group working on polyphenol chemistry operating at the Department of Chemical Sciences of Naples Federico II University, and has many active collaborations with international scientific institutions. She is responsible of projects supported by international companies. She has been invited speaker and/or chairperson in several international meetings related to melanin pigmentation and polyphenol chemistry and applications, and has been in charge of the organization of international meetings and schools. She is presently associate editor of the open access journal Antioxidants and guest editor of special issues on several journals. She has served as secretary of the European Society for Pigment Cell Research and Member of the Council of the Federation of Pigment Cell Societies.

Prof. Dr. Rosa M. Lamuela Raventos

Department of Nutrition, Food Sciences and Gastronomy, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain Website

Dr. Rosa M Lamuela-Raventós has a Ph.D. in Pharmacy. She is the Director of the Institute for Research on Nutrition and Food Safety (INSA-UB) since December 2015 and Full Professor at the Department of Nutrition, Food Sciences and Gastronomy of the School of Pharmacy and Food Sciences, University of Barcelona. She is among the most influential scientists in the world according the Highly Cited Researchers list published by Clarivate Analytics in 2017, 2018 and 2019. She has published 294 articles and her h-index is 76. In 2018 she received the XXV Danone Institute Award for Scientific Career Dr. Carles Martí Henneberg. Dr. Lamuela-Raventós is the principal investigator of the research group Natural Antioxidants: Polyphenols ( and leads one of CIBEROBN’s ( research groups. She is involved in important national and international projects related to the nutritional interest of bioactive compounds in foods.

Conference Committee

Prof. Dr. Claus Jacob

Saarland University, Saarbruecken, Germany

Prof. Dr. Martina Meinke

Universita tsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Prof. Dr. Etsuo Niki

National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology, Osaka, Japan

Prof. Dr. Gian Luigi Russo

Institute of Food Sciences, Rome, Italy

Prof. Dr. Antonio Segura-Carretero

University of Granada, Granada, Spain

Prof. Dr. David Sheehan

Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Invited Speakers

Prof. Dr. Lucia Panzella

University of Naples “Federico ", Naples, Italy

Agri-food byproducts as a sustainable source of antioxidant phenolic compounds: applications in food and health research
Lucia Panzella is Associate Professor in Organic Chemistry at the Department of Chemical Sciences of Naples University “Federico II. Her research interests focus on the exploitation of antioxidant phenolic polymers for the development of functional materials to be used in cosmetics, food packaging and biomedicine, with particular relevance to those deriving from agri-food byproducts. She is coauthor of more than 110 publications on international peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Jara Pérez Jiménez

Institute of Food Science, Technology and Nutrition (ICTAN-CSIC), Madrid, Spain

Exploring natural sources of macromolecular antioxidants
Dr. Jara Pérez Jiménez is a researcher at the Institute of Food Science, Technology and Nutrition (ICTAN-CSIC), in Madrid. She is co-author of more than 60 papers (> 4,800 citations, h-index: 31) and co-editor of a book published by the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK). She was a member (2015-18) of the Committee of Experts in Human Nutrition of the French Agency for Food Safety. She also develops scientific dissemination activities for which was awarded by the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry.

Dr. Claudine Manach

National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment, Clermont-Ferrand, France

Recent advances in the assessment of polyphenol exposure and understanding of between-subject differences in their metabolism
Senior scientist at INRAE, Human Nutrition Unit (France), I led projects for 20y on polyphenol bioavailability and nutritional metabolomics. My current interests are 1) metabolomics to assess dietary and phytochemical exposures and relate them to health outcomes 2) polyphenol metabolism, inter-individual variation and links with gut microbiota. I developed PhytoHub, a database on food phytochemicals and their metabolites, currently upgraded for cardiometabolic health effects (JPI FoodPhyt).

Dr. Daniele del Rio

University of Parma, Parma, Italy

Antioxidants and Health: Evolution of a Concept
Daniele is the Head of the School of Advanced Studies on Food and Nutrition at the University of Parma, Italy, and the Scientific Director of the Need for Nutrition Education/Innovation Programme Global Centre for Nutrition & Health, in Cambridge, UK. He serves as Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition. He is a proud Commendatore (Knight Commander) of the Italian Republic, title granted for scientific achievements. Dan is growing a team of young and brilliant scientists, all working on the effects of plant foods on human health, with a specific focus on the interaction of phytochemicals with the human gut microbiota as a mediating step for their beneficial actions towards human physiology.

Prof. Dr. Jesus Simal-Gandara

University of Vigo, Vigo, Spain

"Circular Bio-Economy & the Case of Phenolic Compounds from Food By-Products"
I was 1st Spanish Award of Completion of Pharmacy and PhD Prize at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). I also was Associate Professor in 1991 at the University of Vigo, where he is Full Professor since 1999. I now lead a research group of excellence at NW Spain. In addition, I was leading CIA3 (Environmental, Agricultural and Food Research Centre) formed by 10 research groups from different fields (botany, plant physiology, soil science and agricultural chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology, nutrition and food science, biotechnology, food technology, food rheology, chemical engineering, and colloidal chemistry) since 2008 till 2018, and also was the Head of the Department of Analytical Chemistry and Food Science at the University of Vigo between 2013 and 2018. I was also Vice-Chancellor for Internationalization at the University of Vigo in 2018.

Prof. Dr. José António Teixeira

CEB – Centre of Biological Engineering, University of Minho, Campus de Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga, Portugal.

"Electric Field-Based Technologies for the Extraction of Antioxidants from Bioresources”
José António Teixeira is currently Professor at Biological Engineering Department, University of Minho (since 2000). José António Teixeira has been developing his research activities in two main areas – Industrial Biotechnology (including bioprocess development for the valorization of agro-industrial residues) and food biotechnology (including non-conventional food processing and food nanotechnology) He was Principal Investigator in 39 project(s) with external financial support. He edited 6 books and published more than 600 papers in peer reviewed journals (h-index of 70 for Scopus/ISI) being named Highly Cited Researcher in 2018 and 2019)

Prof. Dr. Paola Venditti

University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy

Mitochondrial management of Reactive Oxygen Species: are mitochondria more producers or removers?
Paola Venditti is a Professor of Physiology at the University Federico II of Naples, Italy. She studies the role played by free radicals in tissues functional adaptations to physio-pathological conditions in which tissue oxidative stress develops (alteration of thyroid state, physical activity, exposition to xenobiotics, cold exposure, ischemia -reperfusion, etc.) and the ROS sensitive factors involved in the control of mitochondrial biogenesis and adaptation of the antioxidant system.

Dr. Raul Zamora-Ros

Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL), Barcelona, Spain

"Polyphenol Exposure and Cancer Risk: Evidence from Epidemiological Studies"
Raul Zamora-Ros qualified in both Nutrition and Food Science and also obtained a master on Statistics and Epidemiology. He earned his Doctorate from the University of Barcelona in 2008. He did his PostDoc at the IDIBELL, International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the University of Cambridge, before joining his current position as principal investigator at the Unit of Nutrition and Cancer. He is interested in whether dietary factors, particularly polyphenols and polyphenol-rich foods, are causally associated with the development of chronic diseases, especially cancer. He has published over 100 peer-review articles and above 10 book chapters in his area.


The registration fee includes attendance of all conference sessions, morning/afternoon coffee breaks and lunches, Welcome Cocktail on 23 March, conference bag and program book.

Participation to the conference is considered final only once the registration fees have been paid. The number of participants is limited: once the number of paid registrations reaches the maximum number of participants, unpaid registrations will be cancelled.

Please note that, in order to finalize the scientific program in due time, at least one registration by anyone of the authors, denoted as Covering Author, is required to cover the presentation and publication of any accepted abstract. Covering Author registration deadline is 23 February 2022. Your abstract will be withdrawn if your registration is not complete by this date.

When registering, please provide us with your institutional email address. This will accelerate the registration process. If you are registering several people under the same registration, please do not use the same email address for each person, but their individual institutional email addresses. Thank you for your understanding.

Certificate of Attendance: Upon request, the participants of the event will receive an electronic Certificate of Attendance by email once the event is concluded.

Early Regular Supported documents
Academic 450.00 EUR 550.00 EUR
Stutent 250.00 EUR 300.00 EUR Scanned copy or photograph of your current student ID is required.
Guest Editor/Board Member of Antioxidants 300.00 EUR 400.00 EUR
Non-Academic 650.00 EUR 750.00 EUR
Invited Speakers and MDPI Guests Free Free
Early fee valid until: 14/01/2022  

Cancellation policy

Cancellation of paid registration is possible under the terms listed below:

> 2 months before the conference

Full refund but 60 EUR are retained for administration

> 1 month before the conference

Refund 50% of the applying fees

> 2 weeks before the conference

Refund 25% of the applying fees

< 2 weeks before the conference

No refund

Payment methods

Wire transfer, Credit card

Instructions for Authors

The "First International Conference on Antioxidants" (ICA2022) will accept abstracts only.
The accepted abstracts will be available online on during and after the conference. Moreover, participants will have the opportunity to contribute with a full manuscript to a special issue related to the conference in the journal Antioxidants.
Please note that abstract submission and conference registration are two separate processes. Please use the same email address during registration and when submitting your work.

To register for the conference, please follow this link.
  • Create an account on and click "Submit New Abstract to ICA 2022" on the left panel.
  • Choose a session which is best suited for your research.
  • Submit an abstract in English - the word limits are minimum 150 words and maximum 300 words. .
  • The deadline to submit your abstract is 12 November 2021. You will be notified by 22 December 2021 regarding the acceptance of your submission.
  • Upon submission, you can select if you also wish to be considered for oral presentation. Following assessment by the Chair, you will be notified by 22 December 2021 in a separate email whether your contribution has been accepted for oral presentation.
  • Please note that, in order to finalize the scientific program in due time, at least one registration by anyone of the authors, denoted as Covering Author, is required to cover the presentation and publication of any accepted abstract. Covering Author registration deadline is 14 January 2022.
Oral Presentations
Detailed information about the talks will be available by February 2022.
A plan of the poster session will be circulated later on.
Publication Opportunities

Venue, Travel and Accommodation


Barcelona is the capital and largest city of Catalonia and is Spain's second largest city, with a population of over one and half million people.

Located on the northeastern Mediterranean coast of Spain, this city has a rich and diverse history, with its roots dating back to Roman times. The fruitful medieval period established Barcelona's position as the economic and political centre of the Western Mediterranean. The city's Gothic Quarter bears witness to the splendour enjoyed by the city from the 13th to the 15th centuries.

The 20th century ushered in widespread urban renewal throughout Barcelona city, culminating in its landmark Eixample district, which showcases some of Barcelona's most distinctive Catalan art-nouveau, or modernista, buildings. The Catalan Antoni Gaudí, one of the most eminent architects, designed buildings such as La Pedrera, the Casa Batlló and the Sagrada Família church, which have become world-famous landmarks.

In 1992, Barcelona gained international recognition by hosting the Olympic games which brought about a massive upturn in its tourism industry. For visitors, this has translated into the very modern, yet incredibly old city you see now in the 21st century, where new elements work to both preserve and celebrate both the city’s heritage and origins.

Barcelona is plenty of outdoor markets, restaurants, shops, museums, and churches. The city is also very walkable, with an extensive and reliable Metro system for more far-flung destinations.

For a complete overview, see or visit


The Alimara Hotel is located in a vibrant modern zone of the city, next to the main road and with easy access from the airport, as well as the urban and suburban areas. The meeting rooms are bathed in natural light, all arranged around the garden, the perfect setting for networking or to simply disconnect between sessions.

Address: Carrer de Berruguete, 126, 08035 Barcelona (



The international airport of Barcelona is called Barcelona-El Prat and is located 10 km far from the city centre. The airport is well connected to airport hubs in Europe and several locations around the world. For more information about the airport and flights, please visit the official website.

Once you get to the airport, you have several options to reach the city centre and/or the conference venue.

To the city centre:

- By shuttle bus: AEROBUS A1 & A2. This bus connects Barcelona Airport (Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, respectively) with the city center (Plaça Catalunya) in 35 minutes. It runs every day of the year with departures every 5 minutes and costs 5,90 €.

- By train: TRAIN LINE R2 NORD. This train connects the Terminal 2 of the airport with the main station (Barcelona Sants) and the city center (Barcelona-Passeig de Gràcia). It runs every day of the year with departures every 30 minutes and costs 4.60€.

- By taxi: taxis just outside the arrival area. The taxi from the airport to the city center (Plaça Catalunya) costs approximately 27€ during working days and 30€ during holidays, weekends and nights. Public taxis can apply four types of fares in Barcelona. These fares must be visible inside the taxi, and are usually printed on a sticker over the window. Finally, the amount payable must be indicated on the taximeter. For more information click here.

To the conference venue:

- By bus and metro: take the AEROBUS A1 & A2 to Plaça Catalunya, and from here take the METRO LINE L3 (green line, direction Trinitat Nova) to the metro station 'Mundet'.

- By taxi: there are taxis just outside the arrival area. The taxi from the airport to the conference venue costs approximately 32€ during working days and 38€ during holidays, weekends and nights.

Barcelona Sants station is Barcelona's largest train station and provides rail services both in and around Barcelona and for the whole of Spain and beyond. For more information about the station and train services, please visit the official website.

Once you get to the station, you have the following options to reach the conference venue:

- By metro: take the LINE L3 (green line, direction Trinitat Nova)and stop at the metro station 'Mundet'.

- By taxi: there are taxis just outside the station. The taxi from the station to the conference venue costs about 16€.


Citizens of the EU and the EFTA

Citizens of EU and EFTA countries must present valid personal identification, an ID card or a passport. No visa is required.
Regardless of their citizenship, family members of EU and EFTA citizens must present a valid passport and they must have a specific residence permit from a Schengen country (no visa required). Otherwise, a visa must be obtained.

For more information, please visit the official website.

EU Countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

EFTA Countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland.

Schengen Countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.

Citizens of the USA and Canada

No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days. However, a passport valid for at least 3 months beyond your date of departure is required (6 months recommended). Spanish government regulations may require a return or on-going ticket or proof of funds.

Other Countries

A valid passport is required and in some cases a visa must be obtained prior to entering Spain. For more information, check this link. Or find your nearest Spanish embassy or consulate here.

Travel Insurance

Subscription to an insurance plan to protect you from the high costs of illness or accident during your stay in Spain is a prerequisite for obtaining your visa. You should obtain adequate travel, health and accident insurance before you depart from your country. The organizers are not responsible for personal injuries, or loss of, or damage to, private property belonging to the congress participants.

Event Awards

In order to recognize the works presented during the conference in the format of posters and presentations, two awards will be offered to our conference participants, which will be announced during the Award Ceremony on the last day of the conference.

The Awards
Best Oral Presentation (500€)
Selected by the Scientific Committee after evaluation of all selected talks presented during the conference.
Best Poster (300€)
Selected by the Scientific Committee after an evaluation of the posters received.

Conference Schedule

The preliminary program of The First International Conference on Antioxidants: Sources, Methods, Health Benefits and Industrial Applications (ICA 2022) is now available. The final program will be fully available by February 2022.

Program Structure
Wednesday 23 March 2022 Thursday 24 March 2022 Friday 25 March 2022


Check-in Session 1: Health Outcomes of Antioxidants and Oxidative Stress Session 3: Natural and Synthetic Antioxidants: Sources, Analysis and Mechanisms of Action
Coffee Break & Poster Session Coffee Break & Poster Session
Session 1: Part II Session 3: Part II
Lunch on Your Own Lunch

Meet the Editors Session Session 2: Antioxidant Enzyme Systems
Session 4: Natural and Synthetic Antioxidants: Applications and Methodologies
Open Ceremony Coffee Break & Poster Session Coffee Break & Poster Session
Plenary Lectures Session 2: Part II Session 4: Part II
Selected Posters Flash Presentations
Welcome Cocktail Conference Group Photograph Closing Remarks &
Award Ceremony

General Schedule

Wednesday 23 March 2022: 11:00 - 13:00/ 14:15 - 19:30
Thursday 24 March 2022: 08:30 - 12:45 / 13:45 - 18:15
Friday 25 March 2022: 08:30 - 12:45 / 14:00 - 18:30

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