Conferences on food, nutrition & health

International conferences about food, nutrition and health

To share scientific knowledge with scientists and health professionals, the Danone Institutes promote scientific exchanges by organizing scientific meetings, symposia or workshops. They involve some of the most renowned experts worldwide. These events present the most recent developments in the field of food, alimentation, nutrition and health, identify new research avenues, and explore the practical implications of new knowledges.

Upcoming conferences

Balancing planetary and human health: the crucial role of biodiversity

Save the date for the next Symposium organized by the Yogut in Nutrition Initiative for sustainable balanced diets. The symposium will be online on June 10, 2021, from 12:00 to 13:30 EDT (18:00 to 19:30 CET), as sponsored satellite event of ASN Nutrition 2021 Live Online.

Online access opened to all scientists registered to join the ASN Nutrition 2021 Live Online, June 7 – 10.

balancing planetary and human health - yogurt in nutrition

> For more information regarding the program, speakers, synthesis… you are welcome on the yogurt in nutrition website.

2nd edition of the Danone International Prize for Alimentation Award and lecture

Dr. Jess Haines, Associate Professor at the University of Guelph, Canada, is awarded the Danone International Prize for Alimentation (DIPA) for her groundbreaking research into promoting sustainable healthy eating among families, through novel, interdisciplinary research and knowledge mobilization. We invite you to attend the online Award ceremony during the ASN Nutrition Online Preconference Week, on 3rd of June 2021, 10:00 AM EDT.

Free registration is opened on

> More information about the Prize and the laureate on our dedicated page.

Previous conferences

Live expert panel on sustainable diets

YINI Live virtual conference on sustainable diets

The Yogurt in Nutrition initiative organized an open online Q&A session with experts on sustainable diets on  December 10th, 2020.

Three worldwide guests co-hosted the event: Pieter van’t Veer (the Netherlands), Professor in Nutrition, Public Health and Sustainability at Wageningen University, who did shortly present his latest research on diet optimization through modeling; Sharon Donovan (USA), Chair of the Yogurt In Nutrition Initiative, who did open the event andAzmina Govindji (UK), an expert nutritionist and dietitian, who did animate the debate.

> Find the recap on the “yogurt in nutrition” website

Eating to protect our health and our planet- Online event (e-Nutrition 2020)YINI symposium eating to protect our health and our planet

The American Society for Nutrition organized in June 2020 its annual congress on live format. YINI had a e-symposium during this live online event, chaired by Sharon Donovan and Olivier Goulet, with the following program:

  • Creating a sustainable food future: a menu of solutions to feed nearly 10 billion people by 2050 – Janet Ranganathan
  • Healthy and sustainable diets: What do we learn from modeling studies?– Pieter van’t Veer
  • How to achieve sustainable healthy eating in practice?– Jess Haines

Can yogurt address malnutrition? (FENS 2019, Dublin, Ireland)

DII/YINI New symposium during FENS 2019 - Can yogurt address malnutrition?

A YINI symposium has been organized during FENS 2019, on October 16th, in Dublin.

The symposium, chaired by Prof. Sharon Donovan, PhD, RD (Past President American Soc. for Nutrition, Professor of Nutrition, University of Illinois, USA) and Prof. Olivier Goulet, MD, PhD (Professor of Pediatrics Hôpital Necker Enfants Malades University Paris Descartes, France) proposed the following program:

  • An easily digested fermented milk and a nutrient-rich option (Dr Barbara J. Rolls)
  • Yogurt consumption & NCD associated with malnutrition, overview of epidemiological data (Prof. Angelo Tremblay)
  • Can yogurt be a sustainable food choice? (Prof. Frans Kok )

> You can find  the synthesis of the conferences on

Sustainable diets (ASN 2019, Baltimore, USA)

The “Yogurt in Nutrition Initiative” gathered experts during the ASN annual meeting, Nutrition 2019,  in Baltimore in June 2019. This YINI symposium, organized on  June 10th, 2019,  was on “Sustainable diets”.

> Discover abstracts, bios and detailed synthesis on

Yogurt as a vehicle of healthy eating in children (Nutrimad 2018, Madrid)

YINI experts gathered during the IV World Congress of Public Health and Nutrition,  on 24-27 October 2018 in Madrid (Spain). This  YINI symposium was organized  with the following program:  “Yogurt as a vehicle of healthy eating in children”.

> More info on

Yogurt, more than the sum of its parts (Nutrition 2018, Boston)

The 6th YINI summit was organized during the Nutrition 2018 Congress, on June 10st, 2018. This year topic: “Yogurt, more than the sum of its parts”.

> The abstracts, synthesis and speakers presentations are available on

Nurturing Children’s healthy eating (N&G 2018, Paris)

DII N&G Nurturing Children Healthy EatingThis DII symposium was organized during the Nutrition & Growth Conference, on March 2nd, 2018.

The topic: Nurturing children’s healthy eating.

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