9 October 2018 from 09:00 to 17:30

Future Food Hub - Yearly Symposium

Future Food Symposium 'Food & Health' - Registration is closed

According to the United Nations, sufficient healthy and sustainable food production by 2050 represents a major challenge of our times. The challenge of healthy planet diets is clearly rooted in complex modern societal and environmental changes, many of which have effects on immune and metabolic processes in humans, animals and plants. A better understanding of the nutritional and environmental role in balancing immune health, may lead towards more resilient organisms better equipped to cope with environmental changes.

The Future Food Utrecht Hub will hold the symposium 'Food & Health' on 9 October 2018, and gladly invites you to participate. Several internationally renowned speakers from the Netherlands and abroad will share their visions on how science can contribute to tackle this global food challenge. Please take a moment and register to attend, as there is only a limited number of places available.


09:00   Registration

09:30   Welcome by Prof.dr. Rens Voesenek, Chair of the Future Food Utrecht Board

09:35   Opening by Prof.dr. Annetje Ottow, Vice President, Executive Board Utrecht University

09:45   ‘The Blue Zones, areas around the world where people are living longer and better’

Michel Poulain, Emeritus Professor University of Lovain, Senior Researcher Tallinn University

10. 30  Coffee & Tea break

11:00   ‘Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems: which leverage points can we identify and how can we make an impact?’

Pauline Scheelbeek, Assistant Professor in Nutritional and Environmental Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

11.25   ‘The role of the food environment in food choices and health’

Maartje Poelman, Assistant Professor Social Urban Transitions, Faculty of Geography, Utrecht University      

11.50  'Specialized nutrition as integral part of healthcare' by Ardy van Helvoort, Director Research at Nutricia Research and Associate Professor at Maastricht University.

12:15   Lunch

13.15   ‘We become what we eat’

Arienne de Jong, PhD, Head of Department Nutrition and Health - National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)

13:40   ‘The importance of a resilient immune system and its key drivers’

Marca Wauben, Professor Intercellular Communication, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University

14.05   Coffee & Tea break

14:30   ‘Plant immunity: from basic mechanisms to engineering resilient crops for sustainable agriculture’

Guido van den Ackerveken, Professor Translational Plant & Microbial Biology, Faculty of Science, Utrecht University

14:55   ‘Keeping it natural: healthy animal protein production in a changing world’

Johanna Fink-Gremmels, Professor Emeritus Pharmacology, Pharmacotherapy and Clinical Toxicology, Utrecht University

15:20   Discussion moderated by Aletta Kraneveld

Professor Interdisciplinary Translational Pharmacology, Faculty of Science and Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University

16.10   Closing

16:15   Networking and drinks

17:30   End of symposium


Participation in the event is free, however the organisers kindly ask you to register promptly, as the number of places is limited! 

We encourage participants to use public transport (plan your journey at 9292ov) as parking lots in the Uithof are available but space may be limited.

For more information about the event contact the organisation:

Ms. Margit van Boheemen, e.m.vanboheemen@uu.nl  (+31 302537666) or Ms. Maria Jose Rojo Martinez, M.J.RojoMartinez@uu.nl (+31 30 253 46 45).

We look forward to meeting you at the symposium!

Dutch AfriFood week

This symposium is one of the many events organized during the Dutch AgriFood Week. Interested in participating in many other food related events? Visit the Dutch AgriFood Week webpage!

Start date and time
9 October 2018 09:00
End date and time
9 October 2018 17:30