ILSI Europe Annual Symposium 2020

ILSI Europe Annual Symposium 2020
Brussels, Belgium
06/10/2020 – 07/10/2020

Due to the COVID19 outbreak, we regret to inform you that the ILSI Europe Annual Symposium 2020 due to take place in March 2020 has been postponed to 6th of October 2020. Our aim is, even being in unusual health circumstances, to keep our commitment with all of you and with the value we create through our activities.

However, the spread of the COVID-19 across Europe is rapidly changing from one day to the next, so we hope you will understand that we will keep this date as provisional. Our symposium is highly important to us, yet the safety of our experts and participants is now the priority. We are assessing and evaluating the European public health situation on a daily basis to further adapt, if appropriate.

In the meantime, SAVE THE DATE for our 2020 Annual Symposium on 6 October!


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:

  • Sweetness and sweeteners
  • Sustainable Food Systems
  • Microbiome and Microbiota

Early Career Scientist Awards  – New deadline 8 March 2020

This year, the spotlights will also be turned to the Early Career Scientists. At ILSI Europe we wish to reveal young talent and believe in the need to acknowledge their high-quality contributions to the fields of nutrition, food safety and sustainability. Therefore 3 awardees will be selected to give an oral presentation within the program of the symposium.

To be eligible for an award, participants need to be within ± 5 years of their PhD defense and submit their posters abstract by 8 March 2020. Please find the instruction details and the submission link for your abstract here.

The award categories are:

  • Nutrition award
  • Food Safety award
  • Innovation and sustainability award

The awardees will be offered travel funding and waived registration to this event. They may also benefit from:

  • Mentorship on one of their publications
  • Visit to an ILSI Europe industry member
  • Participation to ILSI Europe upcoming conference

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 09.00 and will finish at 16.00.

The print-friendly version is available here.

Session 1: The role of proteins in a sustainable diet
Starting at 09.00

  • EU project “FOOD2030 agenda” – Dr Karen Fabbri, European Commission – DG RTD (BE)
  • 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)

Session 2: How sweet is sweet?
Starting at 11.00

  • EU project «Sweet»  – Prof. Anne Raben, University of Copenhagen (DK)
  • Sweeteners from a different angle – Prof. Ellen Blaak, Maastricht University (NL)
  • Measuring sweetness across different food matrix: there is a need for a gold standard method – Dr Camilla Arndal Andersen, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences (DK)

Session 3: The Early Career Scientist Awards
Starting at 13.15

  • Nutrition award
  • Food safety award
  • Sustainability award

Session 4: The microbiome, what’s on the horizon?
Starting at 13.50

  • Quantitative analyses of the gut microbiota: key learnings from the Flemish Gut Flora Project’ – Dr Gwen Falony, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology (BE)
  • In vitro models used for microbiome research: how useful? – Dr Susann Bellmann, the TIM Company (NL)
  • In vivo models for microbiome research: how useful? – Prof. Hauke Smith, Wageningen University (NL)
  • Polyphenols and the gut microbiome  – Dr Michela Miani, ILSI Europe (BE)
  • Panel discussion around in vitro/in vivo models
    – Dr Gwen Falony, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology (BE)
    – Prof. Hauke Smith, Wageningen University (NL)
    – Dr Susann Bellmann, the TIM Company (NL)
    – Prof. Hannelore Daniel, Technische Universiteit Munchen (DE)
    – Prof. Kieran Tuohy, Fondazione Edmund Mach (IT)

Registration, Hotel Reservation and Payment
Online-registrations to the welcome dinner and the symposium can be made until 4pm on 31 March 2020.

Hotel reservations should preferably be made as soon as possible, because after 20 February 2020 the hotel reservations will be subject to availability and special rates may no longer apply.

Online registrations are subject to a registration fee and can be made by clicking HERE.

      • Academia and Public Sector: €160
      • Industry Registrant from a Member Company: €160
      • Industry Registrant from a non-Member Company: €400

The registration fee covers:

      • Admission to the symposium
      • Electronic Symposium booklet
      • Welcome dinner on 1 April 2020
      • Buffet lunch and refreshments served during the conference on 2 April 2019

Cancellation Policy
For meeting registrations, all cancellations should be made in writing to Mr Hugo Costa, Cancellations received by 10 March 2020 will be refunded minus €70 handling charges. Cancellations received after 10 March 2020 will not be refunded.

For hotel reservations, cancellations received after 20 February 2019 will be charged in full. Changes in hotel reservations or registration are accepted if made in writing to Mr Hugo Costa.

Venue & Accommodation
The event will be held at:

Hof Ter Musschen
E. Mounierlaan 2
BE-1200 Woluwe St. Lambert
Tel : +32 2 774 01 10

A number of standard guestrooms have been pre-booked at special rates in the Tangla Hotel – Woluwe St. Lambert (walking distance to the venue)
Rate Single Room: €184.24/night
Rate Double Room: €203.24/night

Rates include buffet breakfast, free access to WiFi and to the fitness centre, €4.24 city tax and 6% VAT.

Please note that if you are travelling by car, all cars need to be registered to enter Brussels. For more information, please visit here.


  • Deadline for abstract submission – 8 March 2020
  • Deadline for hotel reservations and cancellations – 20 February 2020
  • Deadline for registration cancellations – 10 March 2020


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 –

Ms Belinda Antonio
Project Assistant
+32 2 775 91 49 –

Registration, travel and accommodation arrangements
Mr Hugo Costa
Event and Office Assistant
+32 (0)2 771 00 14 –