14th European Nutrition Conference – FENS 2023

14th European Nutrition Conference - FENS 2023
Belgrade, Serbia
14/11/2023 – 17/11/2023


ILSI Europe will participate once more to the internationaly renowned European Nutrition Conference hosted by the Federation of European Nutrition Societies (FENS 2023), with four sessions and a boothMore details to come soon.

1. Gut microbiota & health throughout different life stages

Tue 14 | 13:30 - 15:00 | Symposium 4 - Room 9
Chair: Kristin Verbeke, Translational Research Center for Gastrointestinal Disorders -TARGID, BE
Co-chair: Elaine Vaughan, Sensus, NL

Prebiotics, infectious diseases and immunity
Speaker: Paul de Vos (University of Groningen, NL)
The talk will elaborate on the extent and mechanisms by which prebiotics impact the human host to support immunity in infection situations and vaccination efficacy

Biological ageing and the human intestinal microbiota
Speaker: Miguel Gueimonde, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)
The talk will discuss on the differences between two concepts of age, chronological vs biological, the role the gut microbiota and the possibilities for modulating the biological ageing process by microbiota-targeted dietary and/or lifestyle interventions.

A systematic review of breast milk microbiota composition and the evidence for transfer to and colonization of the infant’ gut
Speaker: Christine Edwards, Affiliation: University of Glasgow, UK
This review concluded, while there is considerable evidence that there is a diverse microbiota in human breastmilk across the period of breastfeeding with some consistency in composition, there are only limited data to support its role  in colonisation  of  the  infant  gut.

2. Food for thought, and for cognitive ageing

Wed 15 | 11:00 - 12:30 | Symposium 5 - Room 11
Chair: David Vauzour, Univ East Anglia, UK
Co-chair: Anirikh Chakrabarti, Cargill, BE

The EAT–Lancet reference diet and cognitive function across the life course
Speaker: Curie Kim, King's College London, UK
A deep dive into the EAT-Lancet reference diet and the evidence base to answer the crucial question: Is a sustainable diet also sustainable for your brain?

Prebiotics for a sharp mind? What we know and where to go next
Speaker: Boushra Dalile, PhD. , Translational Research Center for Gastrointestinal Disorders (TARGID), KU Leuven, Belgium
Presenting state-of-the-art on prebiotics and cognition and proposing a list of recommendation to move the field forward.

Multi-nutrient interventions and cognitive ageing: are we barking up the right tree?
Speaker: Hayley Young, Swansea University, UK
This talk will discuss modern approaches to modelling the complexity of diet and its relations with brain aging.

3. Dietary Carbohydrates and Health

Thu 16 | 16:30 - 18:00 | Symposium 5 - Room 11
Chair: Cristina Campoy, University of Granada, Sp
Co-chair: Stephan Theis, Beneo/Südzucker Group, De

Health Relevance of Lowering Postprandial Glycaemia in the Paediatric Population through Diet’
Speaker: Anette Buyken (Paderborn University, De)
Results from a multistakeholder ILSI-workshop on current knowledge and gaps regarding the role of postprandial glycaemic response in the paediatric population

Scientific review of digestible and non-digestible carbohydrates consumption for toddlers (1-3 years) in relation to health outcomes
Speaker: Bartlomiej Zalewski (Medical University of Warsaw; Chair of the ILSI Europe Dietary Carbohydrates expert group)
Effects of digestible and non-digestible carbohydrates in children aged 12-47 months on several outcomes of interest, based on RCTs and prospective cohort studies

Precision nutrition approaches to improve glucose homeostasis
Speaker: Ellen Blaak (Maastricht University, NL)
This lecture will focus on Precision nutrition approaches to improve glucose homeostasis and glycemic variability

4. Increase transparency in the food chain by technology to facilitate healthy food choices

Fri 17 | 11:00 - 12:30 | Symposium 6 - Room 13
Chair: Isabelle Guelinckx, ILSI Europe, Be
Co-chair: Jayne Woodside, Queens Univ Belfast, UK

Transparency solutions for transforming the food system: the TITAN project
Speaker: Isabelle Guelinckx, ILSI Europe, BE
Presentation of the 4-year Eu funded project that aims to enhance food transparency in order to transform the food system into a demand-driven economy that provides consumers with healthy and sustainable food.

A digital chatbot, the play-way to educate children and parents on nutritional habits
Speaker: Maijaliisa Erkkola, University of Helsinki, FL
Demonstration of how AI can be used to create an app consisting in an interactive place where children can learn from food by playing and interacting with a chatbot focused on their needs

A QR code, so much more than just a link
Speaker: Ciro Borrelli, QualityChain, CH
Illustration on how digital technology can better inform consumers, and anti-counterfeiting for food businesses and retail

Developing the Sus-Health index
Speaker: Jayne Woodside, Queens Univ Belfast, UK
This pilot plans to produce with stakeholders a pragmatic index to incentivises sustainable and healthy food consumption, test the index in 2 commercial food outlets and then upscale.


For more information and registration, visit the conference website: fens2023.org