The Programme Timeline, Sessions and Industry-sponsored sessions will be updated once the sessions and speakers have been updated for the new dates.



1 Opening

How to achieve healthy diets for all – a global perspective (Corinna Hawkes, University of London, UK)

2 Public Health

Public Health Nutrition – scientific insight and solutions for the next 20 years (Adam Drewnowski, University of Washington, USA)

3 Clinical

Genes and the prevention of type 2 diabetes, T2D-GENE trial (Markku Laakso, University of Eastern Finland, Finland)’

4 Physiology

Brown fat – an update (Kirsi Virtanen, University of Eastern Finland and University of Turku, Finland)




1 Public Health

Symposium title: A changing society and food-related behavior
1. Change and stability in Nordic eating practices – a sociological perspective (Lotte Holm, University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
2. Has the meaning of a meal changed? (Johanna Mäkelä, University of Helsinki, Finland)
3.  Responsibility of the consumer in dietary change: sweetness enhancers as an example of a possible solution. (Monique Raats, University of Surrey, UK)

2 Public Health

Symposium title: Modern methods for dietary analysis
1. Use of loyalty-card data in assessment of food consumption in the population (Jaakko Nevalainen, Tampere University, Finland)
2. Improving the accuracy of dietary intake assessment: From cameras to molecules (Gary Frost, London Imperial College, UK)
3. Challenges of collecting dietary data in low and middle income countries (Jennifer Coates, Tufts University, USA)

3 Public Health

Symposium title: Vitamin D  – requirements and public health policies in debate
1. Does vitamin D have a role in the prevention of non-skeletal diseases? (Lars Rejnmark, Aarhus University, Denmark)
2. Different vitamin D policies in the Nordic countries – effects on vitamin D intake and status (Suvi Itkonen, University of Helsinki, Finland)
3. Ethnic groups and vitamin D: a common challenge in the Nordic countries? (Ahmed Ali Madar, University of Oslo, Norway)

4 Clinical

Symposium title: Quality of dietary fat – beyond cardiovascular benefits
1. Diet and liver fat (Ulf Risérus, Uppsala, Sweden)
2.Glucose metabolism and low-grade inflammation (Maria Lankinen, University of Eastern Finland, Finland)
3. Omega-3 fatty acids – still important for cardiovascular disease prevention (Stine Marie Ulven, University of Oslo, Norway)

5 Clinical

Symposium title: Gut in the perspective
1. IBS – what is the best treatment? (Magnus Simrén, University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
2. Gluten sensitivity (Katri Kaukinen, University of Tampere, Finland
3. Nutrition Management of Eosinophilic Esophagitis (Berber Vlieg-Boerstra, OLVG Hospital and Hanze University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands)

6 Clinical

Symposium title: Prevention of type 2 diabetes: what did we learn from the DPS and PREVIEW projects?
1. Dietary regulation of glucose metabolism – implication for prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes (Michael Lean, University of Glasgow, UK)
2. DPS (Jaana Lindström, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland)
3. PREVIEW (Anne Raben, University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

7 Physiology

Symposium title: Towards alternative protein use – are all proteins equal?
1. Bioavailability of proteins and amino acids (Claire Gaudichon, AgroParisTech - INRA, France)
2. Plant-proteins: physiological insights (Anne-Maria Pajari, University of Helsinki, Finland)
3. New foods – insects as protein sources (Nanna Roos, University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

8 Physiology

Symposium title: Diet, microbiota and metabolism
1. Diet and gut microbiota (Anne Salonen, University of Helsinki, Finland)
2. A Microbiome Menu: The microbiota-gut-brain axis at the interface of appetite, food and mood (Harriet Schellekens, University College Cork, Ireland)
3. The role of gut microbiota in diabetes and cardiovascular disease (Victor Gerdes, Amsterdam UMC, The Netherlands)

9 Problem Based Session

Symposium title: New Nordic Nutrition Recommendations – towards 2020
1. Overview and status of the NNR 2020 working process (Rune Blomhoff, University of Oslo, Norway)
2. Sustainable future in NNR 2020 (Inge Tetens, University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
3. Hottest topics – anything to debate in NNR 2020? (tbn)

10 Problem Based Session

Symposium title: Careers and training in nutrition and dietetics
1.Implementation of Nutrition care Process (NCP) in higher education in dietetics (Hilde Brekke, University of Oslo, Norway)
2. Public Health Nutrition training (Bryndís Eva Birgisdóttir, University of Iceland, Iceland)
3. Nutrition teaching and training for doctors – life-long learning? (Robert Brummer, Örebro University, Sweden)

11 Problem Based Session

Symposium title: Diet during pregnancy, infancy and childhood – opportunities for future health
1. Danish and Norwegian birth cohorts: Diet in pregnancy – effects on the offspring health (Thorhallur I Halldorson, University of Iceland, Iceland)
2. Fish intake in the etiology of asthma and allergy in children (Anna Bergström, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
3. Early nutritional factors in the development of islet autoimmunity and type 1 diabetes (Suvi M. Virtanen, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland)

Problem Based Session

Symposium title: Diet and the UN Sustainability development Goals

1. Food and environmental sustainability – challenges in impact assessment (Hanna Tuomisto, University of Helsinki, Finland)

2. Sustainable future and global policies for food and diet (Marco Springmann, University of Oxford, UK)

3. Equity and diet: women, men or other risk groups? (Gun Roos, National Institute for Consumer Research, Norway)


Oral and poster abstract sessions

To be announced.