The 2020 ILSI Annual Meeting & Science Symposium is a premiere gathering of scientists from around the world. The primary focus of the meeting is to learn about emerging food safety and nutrition science and identify areas where ILSI can have an impact on public health. This multidisciplinary meeting is an opportunity for experts from all sectors to collaborate and share knowledge.

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The Science Symposium includes presentations on new technologies in the following thematic areas:

Food Safety

Consumer Behavior

Smart Packaging

Food Allergens

Science Symposium

Smart Consumer Protection and Increasing Consumer Trust

Monday 20 January | 8:30 - 10:00

  • New Solutions to Ensure Food Authenticity, Paul Brereton, Queen’s University Belfast, Ireland
  • The Use of Blockchain to Improve Traceability and Food Safety, speaker TBC
  • Avoidance and Mitigation of Pathogens in Food
    • Avoidance of Contaminants: Jessie Usaga, National Centre of Food Technology of the University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica
    • Guidance on Process Validation of Control Measures for Foodborne Pathogens in Foods, Erdogan Ceylan, PhD, CFS, Mérieux NutriSciences, France

Session sponsored by ILSI Europe and ILSI Mesoamerica




Food Allergens: A Continuously Evolving Public Health Issue

Monday 20 January | 10:30 – 12:30

  • Co-Chairs: Jason Hlywka, PhD, Kraft Heinz and Stefano Luccioli, PhD, FDA
  • Emerging Allergens: Case Study on Alpha-Gal Syndrome, Jamie Waldron, MD, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
  • Allergens from Emerging Foods, Joseph Baumert, PhD, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • Utility of Allergen Thresholds from a Public Health Perspective
    • Peanut Allergen, Lynne Haber, PhD, University of Cincinnati
    • What is Safe?  Applicability & Utilization of Thresholds: Public Health Impact and Canadian Regulatory Perspective, speaker TBC
  • Brief Remarks: Industry Perspective on Applicability & Utilization of Thresholds, Kevin Boyd, PhD, The Hershey Company

Session sponsored by ILSI North America

Global Harmonization of Nutrient Recommendations

Monday 20 January | 14:00 – 16:00

  • The Case for Harmonizing Nutrient Reference Values Around the World, Susan Fairweather-Tait, University of East Anglia
  • A Resource Toolbox to Standardize Recommendations, Janet King, Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute, University of California at Berkeley and Davis
  • Proposed Global Harmonized Values, Lindsay Allen, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agriculture Research Service
  • Sustaining Global Nutrient Recommendations in the Future, panel and audience discussion

Session sponsored by the American Society for Nutrition (ASN)




Trends in Nutrition

Tuesday 21 January | 8:00 - 10:00

  • Personalized Nutrition by Prediction of Glycaemic Responses, David Zeevi, The Rockefeller University
  • Data Science and Precision Healthcare
  • Future Foods: Alternate Protein Sources – Report from ILSI North America Roundtable Event, Wendelyn Jones, ILSI North America
  • Non-Animal Testing in Food Safety and Nutrition: Alternative Strategies, Alie de Boer, University of Maastricht, NL

Session sponsored by ILSI Southeast Asia Region, ILSI Japan, ILSI North America, and ILSI Europe




Eating by the Headlines: Impact of Consumer Food Behavior on Health and the Food Industry

Tuesday 21 January | 10:30 – 12:30

  • Co-Chairs: Fergus Clydesdale, PhD, University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Tia Rains, PhD, Ajinomoto
  • Impact of Consumer Choices on Diet Quality, Jason Riis, PhD, Behavioralize
  • Health Implications of Trendy Diets & Poor Food Choices, Jacqueline A. Vernarelli, PhD, Sacred Heart University
  • Consumer Food Choice: Implications for the Food Industry, Eric Decker, PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Session sponsored by ILSI North America



Smart Packaging for a Sustainable and Healthier World

Tuesday 21 January | 13:30 – 15:30

  • The Smart Packaging Revolution: Intelligent and Active Food Packaging Solutions to Extend Shelf Life, to Monitor Freshness, to Display Information on Quality, to Fight Fraud, Silvia Goyanes, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Detection & Characterization of Microplastics Accumulation in the Food Chain and Associated Health Risks, speaker TBC
  • Sustainability and Circular Economy, Víctor Umana, Latin American Centre for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLACDS) at INCAE Business School, Costa Rica

Session sponsored by ILSI Europe and ILSI's Latin American Entities

Contributions of Food Science and Technology to Assure Safe, Healthy and Smart Eating in Latin-America

Tuesday 21 January | 16:00 – 17:30

  • Co-Chairs: Carmela Velazquez, Univeristy of Costa Rica and Mr. Jorge Jara, ILSI Mesoamerica President / Coca-Cola
  • Future Food: The Role of Food Science and Technology, Ana María Quirós, Universidad de Costa Rica, President of the Costa Rican Association of Food Technologists
  • Contributions to Health from Processed Foods Now and in the Future, Susana Socolovsky, President of the Argentine Association of Food Technologists
  • Healthy Eating and Living for a Healthy Ageing, Sara Esther Valdés Martínez, University of Mexico, President of the Latinamerican and Caribbean Association of Food Science and Technology (ALACCTA) & Rafael Ponce de León, Medical Scientific Unit, Nestlé Nutrition México

Session organized by The Federation of the Institutes of Food Science and Technology in Latin America – ALACCTA

Who Is an Expert, Who Gets to Decide?

Sunday 19 January | 14:00 – 17:00

  • Moderator: Sylvia Rowe, SR Strategy
  • Defining the Issues, Sylvia Rowe, SR Strategy
  • Policy Panel Selection Processes in North America, Ann Yaktine, Director of the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
  • Expertise of Policy Panels, Connie Weaver, PhD, Purdue University Distinguished Professor Emerita
  • Role of Public-Private Partnerships, Alan Boobis, OBE, Professor, Imperial College London

Session organized by ILSI. Session takes place during the ILSI Stakeholders Gathering.







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Enjoy Costa Rica!

Arriving early or staying after the conference? Take advantage of all Costa Rica has to offer! The Costa Rica DMC has put together several excursion options and can also coordinate private excursions. More information. 

Waterfall near Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus infuscatus), taken in Costa Rica
Photogrpah of a Costa Rican coffee plantation located high in the mountains.  Example of intensive agricultural practice.

Why Attend

ILSI’s mission is to provide science that improves human health and well-being and safeguards the environment. There is no substitute for the in-person engagement that has come to define ILSI’s Annual Meetings. Each year, we join scientific colleagues from academia, government, industry, and civil society for state-of-the-science symposia, keynote lectures, networking events, and ILSI branch meetings.

Learning Opportunities
Get the latest information in new technologies and innovations for diet and activity assessment, study design, food safety, novel foods, and food processing & waste. The scientific program at the ILSI Annual Meeting is relevant for all experts in the food safety and nutrition communities.

Nothing beats the value of interacting with colleagues in-person. ILSI brings scientific thought leaders together from all sectors, allowing for face-to-face discussion and collaboration to solve and identify some of the biggest challenges facing the food safety and nutrition community. 

Attending ILSI Annual Meetings allows participants to take a step back and look at challenges in nutrition, food safety, and health through the viewpoint of colleagues that they don't engage with normally.

Attending ILSI Annual Meetings allows participants to draw attention to challenges that not everyone is aware of.  It is a chance to connect with other experts and take a leadership role while using the resources and network provided by the unique ILSI platform.

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