Media advisory: ILSI 2021 Annual Symposium

April 7, 2021 

ILSI Global press contact:
Katherine Broendel
+1 (202) 659-0074 Ext. 175

International Life Sciences Institute 2021 Annual Symposium:
Schedule of sessions and press registration information now available

WASHINGTON—From April 13-15 and 20-22, the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) will host an all-virtual scientific symposium with hundreds of nutrition and health scientists from around the globe. This annual symposium will feature eight sessions with presentations on timely, innovative topics such as sustainable agriculture, resilient food systems, food safety issues, alternatives to plastic packaging and animal proteins, as well as the impact of COVID-19 on global food supply chains.

The 2021 ILSI Annual Symposium will feature discussions on scientific developments and identify areas where ILSI scientists and experts can positively impact public health. As a multidisciplinary meeting, the symposium will include stakeholders from government agencies, academia and nongovernmental organizations in the food and agriculture industries. The full list of sessions is included below, as well as information for press registration.

Schedule of sessions

Scientific sessions will be hosted on select days beginning Tuesday, April 13 through Thursday, April 22. The full roster of session co-chairs, presenters and panelists is available on the ILSI website.

Note: Events are listed in U.S. Eastern time (EDT). Session titles and emphases are subject to change, and panelists may be added or dropped prior to the start of each event.

Tuesday, April 13

8:00 – 10:00 a.m. EDT – Food Systems Transformation
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT – The Microbiome beyond the Gut

Wednesday, April 14

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT – Innovative Packaging

Thursday, April 15

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT – Advances in Enhancing the Microbiology Safety of Foods

Tuesday, April 20

8:30 – 10:30 a.m. EDT – Considerations for Implementing Globally Harmonized Nutrient Reference Values (This session is sponsored by the American Society for Nutrition.)
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT – Alternative Proteins
3:00 – 5:30 p.m. EDT – Greenhouse Gases from the Food Supply Chain: Paths to Mitigation and Sustainability

Thursday, April 22

8:00 – 10:30 a.m. EDT – COVID-19: Nutritional Vulnerabilities and Food Supply Challenges

Press registration

ILSI provides complimentary registration for members of the media covering the Annual Symposium. Press can register by sending an email to This email should include your name and the news outlet you represent. Please list “Journalist” in the subject line of your email. Press registration will be granted at the discretion of ILSI Global’s communications department.

Note: To be eligible for press registration, you must be employed full-time by a recognized media outlet. If applying for press registration as a freelance journalist, please provide at least three links to articles published by recognized media outlets within the past calendar year.


With 14 entities around the world, the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) is a global nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide science that improves human health and well-being, as well as safeguards the environment. For more than 40 years, ILSI has encouraged multidisciplinary, multisectoral research and international cooperation to best address complex science and health issues. ILSI is committed to achieving and maintaining the highest standards of scientific integrity and owns the independent, peer-reviewed journal Nutrition Reviews. Learn more at