News about Stevia

U. Woelwer-Riceck

The plant Stevia rebaudiana is well known due to the sweet-tasting entkaurene diterpenoid glycosides. Stevioside and rebaudioside A are the most abundant and best analysed, but more than 30 additional steviol glycosides have been described in the scientific literature to date. Most of them were detected in the last years.



HofmannPr Thomas Hofmann, from Technische Universität München, will give a talk about Stevia 2014: Sweetness & Bitterness – Recent Advances & Perspectives during Stevia Tasteful Convention 2014.

Among the strategic questions which will be discussed:
- What’s new in the identification of stevia receptors?
- How to decrease the bitter taste of stevia at an early stage of production processes?
- How to select the sweetest candidate?


Nick ReynoldsDr Nikolai Reynolds, Head of Ipsos InnoQuest, Germany provides an overview of Stevia as a driver for innovation in the food and beverage sectors.

In addition, Stevia is examined from different perspectives across the supply chain from farm to fork, and how it was introduced in three different markets. The presentation also encompasses a short consumer taste testing of Stevia products. 

The aim is to depict a holistic view on challenges and opportunities of Stevia innovations.




Thomas Hofmann
Technische Universität München,

U. Woelwer-Riceck

Ursula Wölwer-Rieck
University of Bonn, Germany

PerBendix Jeppesen

Per Bendix Jeppesen
Aarhus University, Denmark

Nick Reynolds

Nikolai Reynolds
Ipsos InnoQuest, Germany


Dr Yaroslav Shevchenko

Yaroslav Shevchenko
Technische Universität Berlin, Germany




The complete programme and list of speakers of Stevia Tasteful 2014 will be updated soon. You can find all details on



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Special Booking Rates

WSO & NH Friedrichstrasse offer you special rates for your booking for Stevia Tasteful 2014.

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Information about Berlin

We chosed Berlin for our congress because this city has a lot to offer, a great diversity of activities, events, nightlife and shopping. Following we would like to show you some beautiful spots around the Potsdamer Platz, near the Ritz Hotel, your hotel during our congress.

Interesting shops and monuments in Berlin: 

Berlin offers multiple attractions such as museums, historical buildings, parks, theaters. Visit the Reichstag and the Brandenburger Tor in the heart of Berlin. You can enjoy shopping at Kurfürstendamm or Friedrichstraße or visit remains of the Berlin wall at the East Side Gallery and at Checkpoint Charlie ...

  • Museums: Visit the famous Museum Island in the centre of Berlin with the old museum, the new museum, the old national gallery, the Bode museum and the world-famous Pergammon museum. Detailed information for these museums and all other museums in Berlin are available here.
  • Berlin TV tower: from more than 200 metres high you can look out over the entire city.
  • Government district with the Reichstag, Bundestag and Kanzleramt.
  • Checkpoint Charlie (historical crossing point between east and west Berlin).
  • East Side Gallery: located along the banks of the river Spree in Frie-drichshain it is the longest segment of the Berlin Wall that is still standing. Right after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the East Side Gallery was painted by 118 artists from 21 different countries.

 Or maybe you want to discover Berlin going on a boat tour along the Spree river ? More information here about sightseeing in Berlin.

Around Potsdamerplatz...

The Arkaden
Probably the most central of all Berlin shopping malls, the Potsdamer Platz Arkaden offers visitors shopping on 3 floors with over 120 different shops.
Although fashion shops (H&M, Hallhuber, Mango, Zara, Mexx, Esprit etc) make up the majority of the shops, there really is something for everyone here, including a number of quality restaurants and cafes.
Located right next to Potsdamerplatz, the mall is best reached by public transport:

PANORAMAPUNKT is a viewing platform that also has its own exhibition and cafeteria. Located on the top floor of the Kollhoff Tower in the Potsdamer Platz square, it offers one of the most impressive views over Berlin. Since it was officially opened in 1999 it has received over 3 million visitors.
At a height of over 100 metres the multimedia exhibition, "BERLINER BLICKE auf den Potsdamer Platz," tells the story of the Potsdamer Platz. There are probably very few places in the world that have had to undergo so many changes in the past. On floors 24 and 25 spectacular installations and historical content allow visitors to experience the actual changes that took place in the square just below their feet. Nearly 300 years of Berlin's history within the Postdamer Platz are recreated with the film and photo compositions and 20 lighted glass panels on display in the building.

Tickets can be booked online at:

All details available here:


Public transport in Berlin

The public transport in Berlin and its surroundings is managed by the public transport company BVG. The best and most popular options are the “U-Bahn” (metro) and the “S-Bahn” (fast train), as well as the bus service. BVG also runs the “Tram”, “Metrobus” and several other services

For visitors, the metro in Berlin can often be quite puzzling. Like the S-Bahn it runs both over and underground, but it is just these little differences that make Berlin unique. The U-Bahn”in Berlin has 10 different lines. All the lines except the U4 and U55 run over the weekend and the evening before bank holidays.

Berlin City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Berlin hop-on hop-off tour allows you to hop-on and off as many times as you like aboard open top double decker buses. There are 16 stops around Berlin, and buses departs every 10 minutes in Summer or 15 minutes in Winter. The continuous route without hopping-off is 2 hours and a guided commentary in 13 languages is available. Tickets are valid for 48 hours from first use. Many must-see Berlin attractions are easily accessible enroute including Checkpoint CharlieBerliner Dom (Cathedral), Pergamon Museum, Brandenburg Gate and the enchanting Charlottenburg Palace.

All details available here:


Hotel Booking

If you decide not to stay in the conference hotel, we recommend to book a hotel through or There are several hotels in close distance to the conference location.

You can also visit the following hotels' links:



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