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The European Brewery Convention EBC is an organization representing the technical and scientific interests of the brewing sector in Europe. Equally, the EBC congress is recognised globally as a significant meeting event for the world’s brewing, malting and beer fermentation scientists and technologists, taking place every two years. The European Brewery Convention was founded in as a anxlytica result of the critical situation concerning raw material supply specifically malted barley and hops which had arisen due to World War II.

The founding members ahalytica the first president of the organisation, Prof.

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Its mission was largely focused on two areas of collaboration amongst brewers in Europe; namely, to strengthen their collective bargaining power in terms of securing adequate malting barley in both quantity and quality, as well as to encourage the leading brewing nations, which had seen their industry being ravaged by the war, to re-engage in scientific exchange leading to the increased implementation of modern brewing and fermentation techniques.

The aim was to expand both organisations’ analtica knowledge base and explore the synergies afforded by a largely shared membership, the national brewing trade associations operating in analyticq European countries.

The merger documents were signed in November and, following the retirement of the EBC Secretary-General Marjolein van Wijngaarden at the end ofthe organisation moved from its former headquarters in Zoeterwoude, The Netherlands to Brussels, Belgium. Not being an independent organisation any longer, the title of Secretary-General was abolished in favour of the EBC Executive Officer who manages the day-to-day tasks of Analyticw and is, at the same time, a full member of staff of The Analjtica of Europe secretariat.

The position is currently held by John M.

EBC maintains limited autonomy in budgetary matters whilst in most other respects has transformed itself into an integrated part of The Brewers of Europe aisbl. Early in both governing bodies of EBC, the Board and Council, had been done away with to make way for a transitional executive body designed to steer the organisation through the merger.

After the first “post-merger” congress held in Hamburg in 32nd EBC congressEBC formulated a governance structure that was better designed to suit the changed needs of EBC within the fold of a larger entity.

Critical to the success of this was the initiative by the EBC President Christian von der Heide and the then newly appointed Secretary-General of The Brewers of Europe, Pierre-Olivier Bergeron, to harmonise the respective systems for more effectiveness.


Among the changes proposed, one of the most important was to offer a more representative platform not only to brewing companies but allow the national brewing trade associations more of a say in the constitution of the governance of EBC.

He or she is appointed by the EBC Executive Committee by consensus or majority vote with the appointment being subject to the approval by the Board of The Brewers of Europe. Stefan Kreisz, is an internal appointment. The Analysis Committee’s central function is the maintenance and updating of the Analytica-EBC, a compendium of laboratory methods for the malting and brewing industry. Formerly issued in three languages German and French, in addition to English it is now published only in English.

As a result, many methods that had originally been IoB methods have now been incorporated, some of them to IM status international method. An electronic version of the Analytica-EBC was released in The membership of the group currently stands at about The Brewing Science Group organises a technical meeting every two years where members have the opportunity of presenting their latest findings within an atmosphere of collegiality and also confidentiality.

Their meetings may be regarded as “testing ground” for papers presented at EBC congresses and other major brewing technical meetings.

BSG meetings are not open to professionals in the service of allied traders industry suppliers ; similarly, independent brewing consultants are excluded xnalytica membership. At present, the following European academic and research institutes are represented through key members in the Brewing Science Group:. When the former Barley and Malt Committee was founded in the late s most brewers were also still producing their own malt.

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A thorough understanding of the procurement situation was therefore tantamount. In those days, it was only EBC who organised barley variety trials and testing. The network was founded, together with EBC’s sister association Euromaltto develop a comparative platform for malting barley variety data across Europe.

This involves creating an electronic platform of data comparison as well as organising trials for up to 20 promising barley varieties. The time-plan foresees the first year of trialling to be at the end of At the first congress of the EBC which took place in Scheveningen, The Netherlands, there were only delegates and the EBC archives mention that “in view of postwar economical difficulties and monetary restrictions, the expenses – including registration fees – were borne by the host country”.

The 19th EBC congress London, holds the record for the highest number of attendees: A total of delegates including accompanying persons attended. This was the first time a trade-show had been organised as part of the congress, offering the supplier industry an exhibition platform embedded in a scientific brewing conference. The record in delegates’ beer consumption is held by the 25th EBC congress Brussels, Noteworthy for its length was the 15th EBC congress Nice, which took place from 9—16 May 7 days.


An EBC congress normally commences with a registration and reception event on usually the second, third or fourth Sunday in May in odd-numbered years. The three days spanning Monday until Wednesday are reserved for the technical programme of lectures and posters. These are usually displayed in the exhibition area in order to ensure a good mix of research and commercial activities. Apart from the key-note session on the Monday, most of the presentations are arranged in parallel sessions.

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The Thursday is reserved anaalytica technical tours: Breweries, malting plants and sometimes brewing engineering and construction firms are on the destination list. The official host for the congress is not EBC who may be interpreted as licensing the congress and thereby assuring its scientific and technical excellence but the national brewing trade association in the respective country.

The scientific output of the congress had, untilalways been summarised in the Congress Proceedings. Due to the considerable work involved in compiling the Proceedings on the one hand, and the problem facing researchers that the Proceedings were not an acceptable peer-review journal, it was decided to eliminate these entirely, replacing them with the presentations on the congress website or CD.

However, alternative methods of capturing the learnings from a congress are currently under review.

An EBC Symposium is organised on a specific technical subject of interest to brewers and maltsters usually every two years in-between congress years. A total of delegates registered for this event. Delegates expressed themselves positively in terms of structure, contents and organisation of this event.

All information used in the compilation of this article is derived from the internal archives of EBC which are housed at The Brewers of Europe.

The information is not in the public domain and, for the most part, does not exist in electronic format. For more information, reference should be made to the EBC website as in point 1 above. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A sample of past EBC congress logos. Retrieved from ” https: Use British English from November Views Read Edit View history.

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