ILSI Europe Annual Symposium 2023

Brussels, Belgium
24/10/2023 – 25/10/2023
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

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About the event

The ILSI Europe Annual Symposium (IEAS) will be back on 24 & 25 October 2023 in Brussels.

IEAS is a gathering of experts from around the world who meet to shed light on the current and future challenges in food safety, nutrition and sustainability. It is also an opportunity for stakeholders to take part in the debate around those topics and create connections.

This year, we also propose as a side event an interdisciplinary interactive workshop on the health benefits of prebiotics. (fully booked)

Programme and activities

Tuesday 24 October: ILSI Europe Annual Symposium

Scientific sessions and keynote presentations from top-notch experts in the field of food safety, nutrition and sustainability. A breakfast buffet will be available to participants upon arrival and the symposium will be followed by a reception on Tuesday 24.



Confirmed speakers include:

Dr. Paul Cotter

Head of Food Biosciences Department, Teagasc (IR)

Anna Stubbendorff

PhD Student, Sustainable Nutrition, Lund University (SE)

Dr. Boushra Dalile

Postdoctoral Researcher, KU Leuven (BE)

Dr. Ermolaos Ververis

Scientific Officer at Nutrition & Innovation Unit, EFSA (IT)

Prof. Julia Stingl

Professor, RWTH Aachen University (DE)

Dr. Willian Abraham da Silveira

Lecturer in Molecular Genetics and Genomics, Staffordshire University (UK)

Dr. Stefano Renzetti

Senior Scientist and Project Leader, Wageningen University (NL)

Dr. Torstein Skåra

Senior Scientist at Nofima (NO)

Prof. Ciarán G. Forde

Professor at Wageningen University & Research (NL)

Dr. Miguel Gueimonde

Research Scientist at IPLA-CSIC (ES)

Prof. Marco Arlorio

University of Piemonte Orientale (IT)

Organising Committee

Prof. Bas Blaauboer​

University of Utrecht (NL)
President of 
ILSI Europe (BE)

Dr. David Vauzour​

Associate Professor, University of East Anglia, Norwich Medical School (UK)

Dr. Laura Righetti​

Assistant Professor, Wageningen University & Research (NL)

Dr. Carolien van Loo-Bouwman

Senior manager Nutrition and Innovation, Yili Innovation Center Europe (NL)

Clémentine Thabuis

Nutrition Research Manager, Roquette (FR)

Dr. Jan de Vries

Consultant, De Vries Nutrition Solutions (NL)

Call for abstracts

We accept abstracts for the following sessions:

  • Session 2: Beyond bread and beer: unleashing the power of fermented foods
  • Session 3: Waste not, want more: creating ​value from food by-products and waste streams​

Abstracts will be selected based on scientific excellence and relevance for the sessions. Submissions are accepted until August 31st. Presenting authors will be informed between Sept 1st and Sep 15th. If the presenting author is an Early Career Scientist, he/she will get priority over a senior scientist. An Early Career Scientist is defined as postgraduate student or a scientist from academia or industry who has received his/her highest degree (MSc or PhD) within the past ten years. Travel and accommodation for the selected presenting authors will be covered by ILSI Europe.

Abstracts submission is closed. 

Wednesday 25 October: Prebiotics “sandpit”
Identifying knowledge gaps and a roadmap for building a health claims portfolio


Interdisciplinary interactive workshop organised by the Prebiotic Task Force to identify current gaps in scientific understanding and support for prebiotic health benefits and the link to microbiota modulation.


  • Provide a state-of-the-art overview of the scientific evidence on the health benefits of prebiotics and the link to microbiota modulation.
  • Identify the current routes to make a prebiotic claim for food or food supplements in Europe and compare these with worldwide health claim regulations (e.g. North America, Asia-Pacific).
  • Design and co-build a roadmap to progress scientific support for prebiotic health effects and health claim substantiation.

What to expect from the interactive sandpits?

Three experts in the field will give a presentation on the mechanistic, clinical and regulatory insights related to prebiotic health benefits. The session will be closed with a 40min interactive discussion, in which the experts and workshop participants aim to answer the following questions:

  1. What is the consensus position with regard to the mechanism(s) and evidence linking prebiotics, microbiome modulation and physiological function for the corresponding topics?
  2. What are the gaps (both scientifically and from a regulatory perspective) regarding health claims for prebiotics and the corresponding topic?
  3. What is needed (or should be done) to approach/tackle these gaps?
  4. What could be an ideal roadmap to address these gaps and develop further support for prebiotic health effects and health claim substantiations?




Confirmed speakers include:

Prof. Paul de Vos

University of Groningen (NL)

Prof. Nathalie Delzenne

UCLouvain (BE)

Prof. Gemma Walton

University of Reading (UK)

Prof. Seppo Salminen

University of Turku (FI)

Prof. Kieran Tuohy

University of Leeds (UK)

Prof. Ellen Blaak

University of Maastricht (NL)

Prof. Philip Calder

University of Southampton (UK)

Prof. Louise Dye

University of Leeds (UK)

Dr. Kathy Musa-Veloso

Intertek Scientific and Regulatory Consultancy (CA)

Dr. Alessandro Busetti

Metabolon (IT)

Dr. Annegret Nielsen

Analyze & Realize GmbH (DE)

Dr. Alwine Kardinaal


Prof. Philip Burnet

University of Oxford (UK)

Dr. Lesley A. Houghton

University of Leeds (UK)

Organising Committee

Dr. Anirikh Chakrabarti

Senior Scientist, Cargill (BE)

Dr. Elaine Vaughan

Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, Sensus (NL)

Dr. Damien Guillemet

Scientific Development Director, Nexira (FR)

Prof. Kieran Tuohy

Professor of Energy Metabolism and Microbiome, University of Leeds (UK)

Dr. Lucien Harthoorn

Director Research & Development, Clasado Biosciences (UK)


Registration for IEAS on 24 October
To attend the ILSI Europe Annual Symposium, register using the blue button below. Different fee categories are proposed. The registration fee for the Annual Symposium gives you access to the workshop on 25 October. Early bird fees are valid until 30 June 2023.

Registrations for workshop on 25 October
Registrations for the prebiotics workshop are closed.

Cancellation policy

Registration cancellations should be addressed in writing to Hugo Costa ( Cancellations received before 10 October 2023 will be refunded minus €50 handling charges. Cancellations received after 10 October 2023 will not be refunded. Substitutions of attendees are accepted if addressed in writing to Hugo Costa.

Venue and access

The Symposium will take place in Comet Meetings Louise: Place Stéphanie 20, 1050 Brussels.

Metro, tram and bus

Comet Meetings Louise is located in the heart of the Louise district. Public transport is an excellent option to reach the venue:

  • (M) Louise - Lines 2 and 6 (5 min walk)
  • (T) Louise - Lines 8, 92, 93, 97 (5 min walk)
  • (T) Stéphanie - Lines 8, 92, 93 (2min walk)
  • (B) Stéphanie - Line N11 (3min walk)

If you decide to come by your own car, you will find several parking options just a few minutes' walk away.

  • Inter-Parking Parking Stéphanie (4min walk)
  • Q-Park Parking (4min walk)
  • ZenPark Parking (5min walk)

Access to the conference will be granted to registered participants only. Upon arrival, participants should present themselves at the registration desk and will receive a personal badge. The registration desk will be opened from 08:30am to 09:30am.

Accessibility for everyone is one of our priorities. Comet has put in place various devices that make their facilities accessible to people with reduced mobility (PRM).

Free internet is provided by WiFi throughout the venue.

If you have any questions or specific access requirements, please email us at any time at


Moxy Brussels City Center (Bruxelles, Belgique) : tarifs 2023 et 16 avisAll pre-booked rooms at Moxy Hotel for our upcoming event have been reserved. In case you were unable to secure a room, we have provided a list of nearby hotels from the venue for your convenience. Some of these hotels offer a discount code that can be used to secure a room at a better rate. Please follow this link for alternative accommodation options and to have access to these discounted rates.

Recording and photos

Video recording and photos will be taken during the event for communication purposes.


For more information about the symposium program, please contact Isabelle Guelinckx at

For questions about the registration, please contact Hugo Costa at