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Background and Purpose of the Event

The 2021 ILSI Annual Science Symposium is a premier gathering of scientists from around the world. The primary focus of the meeting is to learn about new scientific developments in the key topics of ILSI’s focus, such as sustainability, food safety, nutrition and health 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. The attendees reach across all relevant ILSI stakeholders including government agencies, academia (including students), non-governmental organizations and the food and agriculture industries.

Even if you can't make it to some of the live sessions, those who register are entitled to priority online viewing of videos of session presentations for at least 60 days before the videos are made available to the general public.

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Michael Doyle, PhD

University of Georgia
USA

Kerr Dow

Kerr Dow, PhD

Cargill, Incorporated
USA

Food Systems Transformation

Tuesday, April 13,  8:00 – 10:00 am US Eastern Time

Introduction to the 2021 ILSI Symposium – ILSI Global Co-Chairs: Mike Doyle, PhD, University of Georgia, United States (retired) and Kerr Dow, PhD, Cargill Incorporated United States (retired)

Session Chair: Maha Tahiri, PhD, Nutrition Sustainability Strategies LLC, United States

  • Thinking beyond Sustainability: The Need to Negotiate Food Systems Resilience, John Ingram, PhD, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • How is Research and Innovation Policy Driving Sustainable, Healthy and Inclusive Food Systems? Karen Fabbri, PhD, Deputy Head of Unit Bioeconomy & Food Systems at European Commission, Belgium
  • Orbillion: Building the Future of Meat, Patricia Bubner, CEO of Orbillion, United States
  • BLUU - Cultivated Fish as a Sustainable Protein Source, Simon Fabich, co-founder of Bluu Biosciences, Germany
  • Panel Discussion: Speakers and Shenggen Fan (Chair Professor, and Dean, Academy of Global Food Economics and Policy China Agricultural University, China)

The Microbiome beyond the Gut

Tuesday, April 13, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm US Eastern Time

Session Chair: Christian Hoffmann, PhD, University of São Paulo, Brasil

  • Soil Microbiomes and Crop Health: Are soil microbiomes the key to sustainable cropping? Linda Kinkel, PhD, University of Minnesota, United States
  • Microbiomes, Ecosystem Functions and Sustainable Agriculture, Brajesh Singh, PhD, Global Centre for Land-Based Innovation, Australia 
  • The Oral Microbiome, Oral Health Resilience and Systemic Health, Egija Zaura, PhD, Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Microbiome and Neurobiology of Behavior: Philip Burnet, PhD, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Innovative Packaging

Wednesday, April 14, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm US Eastern Time

Session Co-Chairs: Ana Francis Carballo Arce, PhD, National University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica and Thomas Gude, PhD, Swiss Quality Testing Services (SQTS), Switzerland

  • The Road Towards Fully Cellulosic Barrier Materials: Possible Alternatives to Plastics, Caroline Locre, CTP - The Pulp and Paper Research & Technical Centre, France
  • Fighting Plastic Pollution with Innovative Food Packaging, Nathalie Gontard, PhD, INRAE, France
  • Renewable Materials Obtained from Agriculture and Aquaculture Residues in Costa Rica, the Experience of POLIUNA, Chemistry Department, Universidad Nacional, Marianelly Esquivel Alfaro, Msc., National University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica
  • Compostable Packaging: Technical Possibilities, Consumer Attitudes and Behaviours in the UK and China, Caroline Orfila, PhD, School of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Leeds, United Kingdom, on behalf of the Citrusafe consortium

Advances in Enhancing the Microbiology Safety of Foods

Thursday, April 15, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm US Eastern Time

Session Chair: Mike Doyle, PhD, University of Georgia, United States (retired)

  • Foodborne Disease Outbreak Detection and Surveillance Using Whole Genome Sequencing, Kelley Hise, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), United States
  • Advances in Metagenomic Approaches to Detect Foodborne Pathogens, Henk den Bakker, PhD, University of Georgia, United States
  • Applications and Future Potential of Next Generation Sequencing in Food Safety, Marc Allard, PhD, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), United States
  • Impacts and Risk of COVID-19 in the Essential Workforce of the Food Supply Chain, Lee-Ann Jaykus, PhD, North Carolina State University, United States

Considerations for Implementing Globally Harmonized Nutrient Reference Values

Tuesday, April 20, 8:30-10:30 am US Eastern Time

Session sponsored by the American Society for Nutrition (ASN).

Session Co-Chairs: Connie Weaver, PhD, Purdue University Distinguished Professor Emerita & CEO Weaver and Associates Consulting LLC., United States and Emorn Udomkesmalee (PhD, Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University, Thailand & Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, United States)

  • Introduction to the Session, Connie Weaver, PhD, Purdue University Distinguished Professor Emerita & CEO Weaver and Associates Consulting LLC., United States
  • The Current Status of Developing Harmonized NRVs, Lindsay Allen, PhD, USDA ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center, University of California, Davis, United Sates
  • Regulation and Labeling Considerations for Implementing Harmonized NRVs, Anna Lartey, PhD, University of Ghana, Ghana
  • A Case Study of NRV Development and Implementation, Anura Kurpad, PhD, St John’s Medical College, Bangalore, India
  • Implementing Globally Harmonized NRVs Moderated Panel Discussion – Moderator: Connie Weaver; Panelists: Lindsay Allen, Anna Lartey, and Emorn Udomkesmalee

Alternative Proteins

Tuesday, April 20, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm US Eastern Time

Session Co-Chairs: Louise Dye, PhD, Leeds University, United Kingdom and Catherine Lefranc Millot, PhD, Roquette, France

  • Scalable Technologies for the Production of Alternative Proteins: A Review, Blake Byrne, The Good Food Institute, United States
  • Alternative Proteins: Consumers and Market Landscape, Armando Perez-Cueto, PhD, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Food Safety Considerations of Alternative Proteins, Clare Mills, PhD, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Nutrition and Alternative Proteins, Emanuele Zannini, PhD, University College Cork, Ireland & European Union funded Smart Protein project coordinator

Greenhouses Gases from the Food Supply Chain: Paths to Mitigation and Sustainability

Tuesday April 20, 3:00 – 5:30 pm US Eastern Time

Session Co-Chairs: Geoffry Smith, Nutrition Strategies International Pte. Ltd., Singapore and François Eudes, PhD, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

  • If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Manage It. The Why, the What and the So-What of Greenhouse Gas Assessments in the Dairy Chain, Jeremy Hill, PhD, Fonterra, New Zealand
  • Rethinking Methane: Uncovering Climate Solutions within Animal Agriculture, Frank Mitloehner, PhD, University of California, Davis, United Sates
  • The Potential of Regenerative Agriculture for Carbon Management and Sustainability, Rattan Lal, PhD, The Ohio State University, United States; 2020 World Food Prize
  • Science for Agriculture – Thinking Outside the Box, John R. Tafkaj Porter, PhD, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Panel discussion with the speakers and Beata Madari, PhD, Embrapa, Brazil

COVID-19: Nutritional Vulnerabilities and Food Supply Challenges

Thursday, April 22, 8:00 – 10:30 am US Eastern Time

Session Co-Chairs: Philip Calder, PhD, University of Southampton, United Kingdom and Geoffry Smith, Nutrition Strategies International Pte. Ltd., Singapore

  • Control of Viral Infection: what is the Role of Nutrition? Philip Calder, PhD, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
  • Aging and Immunity, Tamas Fülöp, PhD, University of Sherbrooke, Canada
  • Dietary Fibers and Immunity: Paul de Vos, PhD, University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands
  • COVID-19 and the Food Supply Chain Disruption, Paul Ziemnisky, MBA, Dairy Management Inc., United States
  • Panel Discussion with the Speakers

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