Early Career Scientists Event 2024

Lyngby, Denmark
Denmark Technical University


About the event

In collaboration with DTU Skylab from Denmark Technical University, ILSI Europe is organising an event for Early Career Scientists (ECS) focussed on sustainable food systems. The event offers a great opportunity for young scientists to present their work, network and expand their knowledge about important topics related to food sustainability. It is also offers a chance for industry and academic experts to discover a new pool of talent and gain a fresh point of view on the research this area.

If you are an Early Career Scientist (student, PhD candidate, or practising scientist who received their highest certificate (e.g. BSc, MSc or PhD) within the past ten years) and work within this nexus, we would like to hear from you! We welcome abstracts for oral and poster presentations from researchers working on food waste and by-products valorisation, soil health, or the sustainable design of products and processes.

Additionally, our career development session promises an interactive exploration of opportunities to propel young scientists' careers forward. Delve into funding possibilities, entrepreneurial ventures, and other pathways to professional growth. Gain valuable insights, resources, and guidance to navigate your career journey with confidence and clarity.

Stay tuned for more details on this exciting event designed to empower and support early career scientists on their path to success.

The ECS event is joined with the ILSI Europe Annual Symposium, which will be held the next day.
egistration gives you access to both days.

Call for abstracts

[Call Extended]We accept abstracts from early career scientists for the following sessions:

  • Session 1 - Green by Design: Innovating with Sustainability in Mind
  • Session 2 - Up-cycling the up-cyclable: new perspectives in green, bio-based, and circular valorisation of food waste and food by-products
  • Session 4 - From the Ground Up: Exploring the Vital Links between Soil Health and Sustainable Food Systems

Descriptions can be found in the programme below.

Abstracts will be selected on the basis of scientific excellence and relevance to the sessions.
Submissions will be accepted 15 June 2024 1st of July 2024. Authors will be notified in August.
Travel and accommodation for the selected speakers will be covered by ILSI Europe (oral presentations only).

Important note: We will only accept abstracts from early career scientists for these three sessions.
An early career scientist is defined as a postgraduate student or scientist from academia or industry who has obtained their highest degree (BSc, MSc or PhD) within the last ten years.


Registration for this event is also valid for the ILSI Europe Annual Symposium.

Various prize categories are on offer.
Super Early bird rates are valid until 1 June 2024.
Early bird rates are valid until 30 September 2024.

If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Hugo Costa (hcosta@ilsieurope.be).


Below, you will find the detailed programme for the Early Career Scientists event.
To find the detailed programme for ILSI Europe Annual Symposium, click here.

8:30 - 9:00
9:00 - 10:30
Session 1 - Green by Design: Innovating with Sustainability in Mind

Nearly all human activities can result in resource depletion, ecological damage, and environmental pollution. To minimize these potentially damaging effects, change is necessary towards a more responsible way of designing human activities. This includes food production and processing. To implement such change, we should apply sustainable design principles: consider and minimize environmental impact when developing ingredients, products, and food production processes. This can be done by finding ways to reduce waste, reuse resources, and recycle products and materials. This is known as the “3R principles”, which can be further extended to the 10R principles: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Renew, Recharge (or Refill), Repair (or Remedy), Re-manufacture (or Recover), Replace (or Replant), Re-clear (or Refine) and Remove.

Chair: Bas Blaauboer, Emeritus professor of toxicology at Utrecht University (NL)


To be defined

10:30 - 11:00
Networking break & Poster session
11:00 - 12:30
Session 2 - Up-cycling the up-cyclable: new perspectives in green, bio-based, and circular valorisation of food waste and food by-products

The agri-food chain is affected by resource scarcity, food loss, and waste and by-products production. A specific life cycle assessment of agri-food chains can highlight the critical points, elucidating the targets that research and policy management must work with in the near future. The EU waste policy aims to contribute to the circular economy by extracting high-quality resources from waste as much as possible. The European Green Deal aims to promote growth by transitioning to a modern, resource-efficient, and competitive economy. As part of this transition, green and bio-based approaches will drive new perspectives in food waste and by-products up-cycling, including recalcitrant biomasses. Fermentation, precision fermentation, and bio-catalysis coupled with other green approaches will permit the release of new processes, new products, and new capacities. This session will explore the crucial connections between the process technologies, the regulatory aspects (e.g. for novel ingredients) and the sustainable perspectives in the agri-food area, exploring the resilient capacity to drive the future human nutrition.

Chair: Marco Arlorio, Director of Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Università del Piemonte Oriental (IT)


Giancarlo Cravotto, Full Professor of Chemistry at Dipartimento di Scienza e Tecnologia del Farmaco, University of Turin (IT)
Presentation: Semi-industrial cascade protocols under non-conventional technologies for the valorization of agri-food by-products

12:30 - 14:00
Lunch Break
14:00 -15:00
Session 3 - Career Development

More info soon

15:00 - 15:30
Networking break & Poster Session
15:30 - 17:00
Session 4 - From the Ground Up: Exploring the Vital Links between Soil Health and Sustainable Food Systems

Soil is the foundation of our food system. Healthy soils are essential to provide healthy food, reverse biodiversity loss, and safeguard human health, but also for achieving climate neutrality, a clean and circular economy and halting desertification and land degradation. Yet it is estimated that 60 to 70% of European soils are unhealthy, degraded or depleted. We urgently need to protect and restore these invaluable resources, as outlined by the EU Soil Strategy for 2030. Soil regeneration offers a pathway forward, combining practices to improve soil health and productivity. This session will explore the crucial connections between soil, human and planetary health. Their understanding is key to design solutions for resilient agricultural systems and sustainable food production.

Chair: Emilie Weynants, EU-Projects & Communication Manager at ILSI Europe


To be defined

17:00 - 17:15
Awards & Closing