ILSI Europe 2012 Annual Symposium – The 21st Century Food Chain

Brussels, Belgium
29/03/2012 – 30/03/2012
Crowne Plaza Brussels Airport



Under the theme “The 21st century food chain”, ILSI Europe’s 2012 Annual Symposium covered a broad selection of topics including primary production and sourcing, processing technologies, food intake physiology and societal impact of food, concluding with future outlooks for ILSI Europe.

Following the General Assembly of Members scheduled on 29 March 2012 from 10:00 to 12:00, the Annual Symposium started at 12:00 and ended with a closing lunch on 30 March 2012 from 12:30 to 14:00.

On 30 March 2012, before the first presentation, optional breakfast meetings were organised to present ILSI Europe’s work programme and possibly develop new activities.


The ILSI Europe Annual Symposium was organised back to back with the General Assembly of Members. The objective was to address topics that are related to ILSI Europe’s work programme and emerging issues.


This multidisciplinary event was of interest for scientists working in food safety, nutrition, toxicology and related areas, regulators from industry and government, and representatives of international organisations.


To download the complete programme, please click here.


The food chain in the Anthropocene
Dr. Nico van Belzen, ILSI Europe, BE

Introduction to the symposium
Prof. Gerhard Eisenbrand, University of Kaiserslautern, DE
PDF | Speaker Bio

Sustainable water management for crops
Prof. John Fawell, Independent consultant, UK
PDF | Speaker Bio

How mainstream food production can be based on sustainable agriculture and supply
Mr. Peter Erik Ywema, Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform, NL
PDF | Speaker Bio

The impact of Europe’s Common Agricultural Policy on Food and Nutrition
Dr. Josef Schmidhuber, FAO, IT
PDF | Speaker Bio

Too good to waste - Food loss reduction and sustainability
Mrs. Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, Members of the European Parliament, BE
Speaker Bio

Benefits and risks of food processing
Prof. Tiny van Boekel, Wageningen University, NL
PDF | Speaker Bio

Food packaging and environmental sustainability
Dr. Yves Wyser, Nestlé, CH
PDF | Speaker Bio

Metabolic imprinting: is the die cast before birth?
Prof. Michael Symonds, University of Nottingham, UK
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Gut health – you never walk alone
Prof. Willem de Vos, Wageningen University, NL
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Nutrition and mental performance
Dr. David Kennedy, Northumbria University, UK

Consumer response to novel agri-food technologies
Prof. Lynn Frewer, Newcastle University, UK
PDF | Speaker Bio

Sustainability and responsibility in consumer food choice
Prof. Klaus Grunert, University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, DK
PDF | Speaker Bio

Future outlook for ILSI Europe
Dr. Gert Meijer, Unilever, NL
PDF | Speaker Bio


Prof. Gerhard Eisenbrand, University of Kaiserslautern, DE
Chair Bio

Mr. Reg Fletcher, Kellogg Europe, IE
Chair Bio

Prof. John O'Brien, Nestlé, CH
Chair Bio

Prof. em. Gérard Pascal, INRA, FR
Chair Bio

Dr. Geoff Thompson, Danone, FR
Chair Bio


The Crowne Plaza Brussels Airport
Leonardo Da Vincilaan 4
Tel: +32 (0)2 416 33 33
Fax: +32 (0) 416 33 44

Registration is free of charge and includes access to the symposium, the meals and refreshments served during the breaks on 29-30 March 2012, as well as the social dinner on 29 March 2012.


For more information about the symposium, please contact:
Ms. Ruth Marquet
Conference & Membership Development Manager
ILSI Europe
83, Av E. Mounier, Box 6
Tel: +32-2-775 91 40