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ILSI believes scientists
from all sectors of society must work together to anticipate, identify, and resolve complex science and health issues of common concern.



Scientific Collaboration

ILSI’s achieves its mission is to provide science that improves human health and well-being and safeguards the environment by creating a platform for coordination, cooperation, and collaboration among experts from industry, government, and academia and other civil society organizations. We actively design our programs to foster multi-sector collaboration conducting, gathering, summarizing, and disseminating science related to the world’s most pressing health issues.
Scientific Value
Better decisions affecting public and environmental health and safety are made when they are based on good science. ILSI believes its science – as part of the larger body of scientific information – helps industries make safer, healthier products and helps governments, civil society organizations, and individual health professionals provide effective and practical guidance to promote safety, health, and well-being.

Four Thematic Areas Provide Focus

ILSI strategy encourages global action on identifying and then resolving outstanding scientific questions in four thematic areas that capture the core of ILSI’s work:
  • food and water safety
  • toxicology and risk science
  • nutrition, health and well-being
  • sustainable agriculture and nutrition security
These focus areas provide structure for responding to and raising awareness of the pressing issues society faces. They also help elucidate new opportunities for driving scientific progress.

Food and Water Safety
Nutrition and Health
Risk Assessment and Toxicology
Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrition Security


​Four Thematic Science Areas

Food and Water Safety
ILSI science on chemical, microbial, and viral contamination of food and drinking water has helped improved safety from farm to table and source to bottle.

Nutrition and Health
ILSI improves scientific understanding of macronutrients, essential micronutrients, and food components that contribute to health beyond basic nutrition. We also explore the complex mix of physiologic and psychological factors contributing to overweight and obesity and their comorbidities.

Risk Assessment and Toxicology
ILSI’s very first work in 1978 focused on the toxicology and risk/benefit of food ingredients. Since then, our clinical research and translation of science into practical tools has expanded to all areas of risk science: environmental; food and water; and consumer products.

Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrition Security
ILSI’s science and technical capacity building programs are making it possible for the world community to make informed decisions about what it will take to meet future nutrition needs in safe, sustainable ways.