ILSI Europe Annual Symposium 2020

ILSI Europe Annual Symposium 2020
Brussels, Belgium
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Background & Purpose
The 2020 ILSI Europe Annual Symposium (IEAS) is a premiere gathering of scientists from around Europe that meet to shed light on nutrition, food safety and sustainability. The IEAS addresses the current and future challenges that our society will be facing. It is a key opportunity for our stakeholders to contribute to the solution, discussing and debating on the themes in the spotlight:

  • Sustainable Food Systems
  • Proteins in sustainable diet
  • Sweetness and sweeteners
  • Microbiome and Microbiota

Early Career Scientist
This year, the spotlights will also be turned to the Early Career Scientists. At ILSI Europe we wish to highlight young talent and believe in the strength of acknowledging their high-quality contributions to the fields of nutrition, food safety and sustainability. In a physical conference you would walk by their poster to explore their science and potentially interact with them. During our e-symposium you can do exactly the same: visit the e-booths where Early Career Scientists will present their research via a 3 minutes video. You even have the opportunity to show them your interest, and acknowledge their work.

IEAS 2020 – Programme

Please find below the list of confirmed speakers. Kindly note that the title of the presentations are subject to change. The symposium will start at 09.30 and will finish at 16.00. The event platform will be open as of 09.00.

The print-friendly version is available HERE

09:00 Discover our Platform and E-Booths

09:30 – Welcome Note
Mr Ignacio Garamendi, ILSI Europe Executive Director
Prof. Philip Calder, ILSI Europe President

09:40 – Keynote lecture
FOOD 2030, Research and innovation for tomorrow’s nutrition and food systems – Dr Karen Fabbri, European Commission – DG RTD (BE)

10:00 Session 1: The role of proteins in a healthy & sustainable diet

  • Shifting towards plant-based diets: can optimum protein intake be maintained in all age groups?  – Prof. Daniel Tomé, AgroParis Tech (FR)
  • The digestome of novel proteins: what is IT telling us? – Ms Chiara Nitride, University of Naples “Federico II” (IT)
  • ILSI Europe New Activity – Dr Matthieu Flourakis, ILSI Europe (BE)


11:30 Session 2: How sweet is sweet?

  • EU project «Sweet»  – Prof. Anne Raben, University of Copenhagen (DK)
  • Sweeteners from a different angle – Prof. Ellen Blaak, Maastricht University (NL)
  • Creating the perfect sweetener – Dr Camilla Arndal Andersen, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences (DK)
  • ILSI Europe New Activity – Dr Lucie Geurts, ILSI Europe (BE)



14:00 – Session 3: The microbiome, what’s on the horizon?

  • Quantitative analyses of the gut microbiota: key learnings from the Flemish Gut Flora Project’ – Dr Gwen Falony, Catholic University of Leuven (BE)
  • In vitro models used for microbiome research: how useful? – Dr Susann Bellmann, Triskelion (NL)
  • Functional validation of microbiome research: from humans to in vivo models – Prof Dr Dirk Haller, Technische Universität München (DE)
  • ILSI Europe New Activity – Dr Michela Miani, ILSI Europe (BE)
  • Panel Discussion – Dr Gwen Falony, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology (BE), Dr Susann Bellmann, Triskelion (NL), Prof. Hannelore Daniel, Technische Universiteit Munchen (DE), Prof Dr Dirk Haller, Technische Universität München (DE) and Prof. Kieran Tuohy, Fondazione Edmund Mach (IT)


Dr Laurent Le Bellego, ILSI Europe Chair
Mr Ignacio Garamendi, ILSI Europe Executive Director

Until 16:30

Registration and Payment

After registration, a confirmation email will be sent to you. the platform is user-friendly and easy to access. If all this is new to you, don’t worry: guidance on how to participate and interact with us during the e-Annual Symposium will also be sent!

For more information about our activities, please contact Erin Vera Communications Manager at or Tel. +32 (0)2 775 91 43.

Event Contacts
Symposium Programme

Dr Isabelle Guelinckx
Scientific Program Director
+32 2 775 91 42 –

Registration and Payment
Mr Hugo Costa
Event and Office Assistant
+32 (0)2 771 00 14 –