ILSI Europe’s Annual Symposium 2018

ILSI Europe's Annual Symposium
Brussels, Belgium

This year our Annual Symposium will take place all day on 27 March 2018.
The General Assembly will take place the day before 26 March 2018.

Within the frame of the programme, optional breakfast meetings will be organised on 27 March 2018, from 07:30 to 08:30, to present the work programme of a selection of ILSI Europe's Task Forces to new potential members.

To begin the Symposium we will be organising five parallel breakfast meetings.
Find out more here.

ILSI Europe will be offering several Young Scientist Travel Awards.
Applications are currently being reviewed.

The main topics for discussion at our Annual Symposium are:
• Food of the Future
• Proteins of the Future
• Consumer Behaviour and Nutritional Intake


Session 1 – Food of the Future
Healthy and Sustainable Food of the Future
Dr Cristina Tirado, Loyola Marymount University, US

Processed Foods (Focus on Future Technologies)
Prof. Henry Jäger, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BoKU), AT

Session 2 – Proteins of the Future
Insect Proteins
Prof. Arnold van Huis, University of Wageningen, NL

Plant-Based Eating and Implications for Nutritional Status and Health
Prof. Ian Rowland, University of Reading, UK

The Position of Cultured Meat in a Sustainable Food System
Prof. Mark Post, University of Maastricht, NL

Session 3 – Consumer Behaviour and Nutritional Intake
Internet Shopping: The Supermarket Model and Customer Perceptions
Prof. Mark Xu, Head of Operations and Systems Management, University of Portsmouth, UK

Evaluation of New Methods for Dietary Intake Assessment
Dr Alison Eldridge, Nestlé, CH

Dietary Patterns vs. Health Status
Prof. Janet Cade, University of Leeds, UK

Nudging and Sustainable Changes Towards Healthier Food Choices
Dr Nathalie Martin, Nestlé, CH

External Cues and Appetite Control
Dr Ellen van Kleef, University of Wageningen, NL

Background & Purpose
Targeted to a multidisciplinary network of experts in food, nutrition and health, the 2018 Annual Symposium will feature presentations by leading experts on three major themes: Food of the Future, Proteins of the Future, Consumer Behaviour and Nutritional Intake.

The aim is to gain insight in the addressed topics, better understand the issues at stake and identify existing and future challenges that ILSI Europe could proactively tackle by fostering public-private collaboration.

Within the frame of the programme, optional breakfast meetings will be organised on 27th March 2018, from 7:30 to 8:30, to present the work programme of a selection of ILSI Europe's Task Forces and potentially develop new activities.


The flyer including the programme is available here.


Attendance to the workshop is upon invitation but a limited number of seats are available for interested experts subject to payment of a registration fee €200.00
If you are interested in participating, you can register online by clicking here.
Registration will be accepted on a ‘First Come, First Served Basis’.

Registration covers:
• Admission to the symposium
• Symposium booklet
• Welcome dinner on 26 March 2018
• Buffet lunch/refreshments served during the conference on 27 March 2018

Registrations and hotel reservations should be made prior to 5 March 2018. An invoice will be sent to paying registrants after payment of registration fee by credit card when registering on-line. Requests of registrations and hotel reservations received after 5 March 2018 are subject to availability.

To register and to make your hotel reservations at the HotelBloom, please click here.

Registration Cancellation Policy
All cancellations of registrations and hotel reservations should be made in writing to Ms Ruth Marquet at Cancellation of registrations received after 5 March 2018 will not be refunded.

Venue and Accommodation
The Event will be held at:
Rue Royale 250
B-1210 Brussels, Belgium
(: +32 (0)2 220 69 51 *:

Located close to Place Rogier and next to the Botanical Garden, in the centre of Brussels, the hotel is within walking distance to the railway station Bruxelles-Nord with departures to and from Brussels Airport, and in direct connection to Bruxelles-Midi with the International lines Eurostar and Thalys by underground.

A number of standard guest rooms have been pre-booked at special rates in the HotelBloom where the symposium will take place.
• Rate Single Room: €143.24/night
• Rate Double Room: €163.24/night
Rates include buffet breakfast, free access to WiFi, €4.24 city tax and 6% VAT.

Hotel reservations and online registrations should be made together and preferably by 5 February 2018. After this date, registrations and reservations are subject to availability.

For cancellations of hotel reservations received after 12th March 2018, the HotelBloom will charge the full stay. Substitutions of hotel reservations are possible and should be made in writing

How to Reach the Venue
• From Brussels Airport:
From the airport railway station, direct trains leave every 10 to 15 minutes and take you in less than 15 minutes to Bruxelles Nord railway station located at a 15-minute walk from the hotel (one way fare: €8.50). At the station, take exit Rogier/Centre and walk straight ahead, from the Rue du Progrès to the Av. du Boulevard that you have to walk up to the Rue Royale. The hotel is on your left side. To check train schedules, click here.

• From Brussels Midi:
By underground with line 2 Direction Elisabeth, that will take you directly to the Metro Station Botanique. To view a map of the metro lines click here.