Co-building ILSI Europe’s new future-looking research agenda

Brussels, Belgium
9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Comet meetings Louise


About the event

Bring your research needs to the table! In 2022, ILSI Europe embarked on a transformation journey with the aim to evolve into a more agile, future looking, and member- & stakeholder-centric organization. In the process of developing a new value proposition, ILSI Europe organized three tripartite expert panels in November 2022 to identify the current and upcoming priorities in terms of research across three pillars: ‘Food safety and quality’, ‘Food, nutrition and health’ and ‘Food security and sustainability’.

It is now time to build upon their recommendations and refine the research activities that ILSI Europe and its members will focus on in the coming months and years.

During this in person workshop, the experts will present the selected themes. Representatives of companies active in the field of food or food-related sector will then have the opportunity to exchange on emerging issues within these themes and bring their research questions forward to co-build new activities within ILSI Europe’s new future-looking research agenda.

Join us for a morning of interactions together with seasoned, new and potential ILSI Europe industry members, and the experts who co-developed the pillars. And be inspired by our keynote speaker, Prof. Olivier De SchutterUN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights and Co-chair of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food).


  • 09:00 Introduction by Isabelle Guelinckx
  • 09:15 First "World Café" on research themes from our three pillars, followed by a plenary debrief.
  • 10:45-11:00: Break
  • 11:10 Keynote presentation by Pr. Olivier De Schutter, followed by Q&A.
  • 11:50 Second "World Café" on transversal research themes, followed by a plenary debrief.
  • 13:15 Conclusion
  • 13:30-14:30 Lunch

The Word Café animation technique will allow for a dynamic workshop during which all participants will be able to provide input to all the themes, and network at the same time.

About the themes

Here are some of the themes that were put forward as priority research areas by the expert panels and that will be proposed in the workshop to formulate research questions:

  • Ingredients, foods and diets for the future
  • Processing for safe, nutritious & sustainable food
  • Stratified approaches to screen & address double burden of malnutrition
  • Characterising & evaluating health impact of what we eat
  • 15 years of health claim: where are we now and where are we heading?
  • Assessing reality of risk
  • Risk vs benefit in Food Safety
About the speakers

Prof. Olivier De Schutter (LL.M., Harvard) teaches at the University of Louvain (UCL) and at Sciences Po (Paris). A member of the Global Law School Faculty at New York University, he was a visiting professor at Columbia University in 2008-2013, and he helped launch the Berkeley Food Institute in 2013-2014. In 2013, he was awarded the prestigious Francqui Prize for his contribution to the social sciences and the humanities.
Mr. De Schutter was the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food between 2008 and 2014. In that capacity he travelled to investigate on the situation of the right to food in different world regions, and he presented a total of 30  reports to the Human Rights Council and to the UN General Assembly on various aspects of the food systems or on his country missions (see An expert on social and economic rights and on economic globalization and human rights, was elected to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in 2015, a position he left to become the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights in 2020. He co-chairs the International Panel of experts on sustainable food systems (IPES-Food) since the establishment of IPES-Food in 2015.

Dr. Isabelle Guelinckx, Scientific Director at ILSI Europe, Brussel, Belgium since September 2019. She received her MSc and Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. She also completed a second Master of Science in Physical Activity and Health at the University Maastricht, the Netherlands and a professional Bachelor in Dietetics and Nutrition at the Catholic College Leuven, Belgium. After 10 years within academia, Isabelle jointed the central R&D of Danone Nutricia Research, France where she managed R&D projects and later on R&D team. Her major research focus with over 40 publications was on the nutritional assessment of fluid intake via the Liq.in7 surveys in populations worldwide. At ILSI Europe Isabelle is responsible for the identification and implementation of scientific profolio, Eu-funded projects and the link with the Scientific Advisory Committee.


Limited to 45 participants. Register to the workshop below before 17 April 2023.

Registrations are closed for this event.

Cancellation policy

For registrations, all cancellations should be made in writing to Hugo Costa ( Cancellations received before 10 April 2023 will be refunded minus €50 handling charges. Cancellations received after 10 April 2023 will not be refunded. Substitutions of registrations are accepted if made in writing to Hugo Costa.

About the venue and getting there

The Conference will take place in Comet Meetings Louise - Pl. Stéphanie 20, 1050 Brussels  ( (Open from 8am to 18pm)

The Comet Meetings Louise is located in the heart of the Louise district. Public transport is an excellent option to reach the venue. You can find the public transportation timetable here:

Metro, tram and bus
  • (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)

The registration desk will be opened during the following hours:
19th April: 08:30 – 09:30

Access to the conference will only be granted to registered participants. Upon arrival all participants will be checked in, a personal badge and lanyard will be provided.

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

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


Free internet is provided throughout the venue.


Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements. A list of hotels close to Comet Meetings Louise can be found here.

Recording and photos

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


For more information about the workshop aims and program, please contact Isabelle Guelinckx at

For questions about the registration, please contact Hugo Costa at