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2024 symposium

Sustainable and nourishing diets: how to meet both targets?

May 3, 2024 Brussels 13:00-18:00

13:00 Introduction Prof. Y Larondelle, UCLouvain and president BNS

13:05-14:00 Oral contributions

  • Claire Denos (Sciensano, UGent & ULB) The environmental impacts of current Belgian diets
  • Ide Antoine (UCLouvain) Characterization of Ricinodendron heudelotii kernel oil, a natural source of conjugated linolenic acids and evaluation of its effects on human skin
  • Nora Lorenzo I Sunyer (Sciensano) Towards a healthier and more sustainable food system in Brussels city: current status and main gaps
  • Medalit Martine Gutierrez De La Fuente (UGent) Willingness to incorporate unconventional flesh food sources in diets

14:00-14:05 Introduction of keynote speakers and thematic session, Prof. F Leroy, VUB

14:05-14:45 Flaminia Ortenzi Research Associate, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Geneva, Switzerland: "Achieving micronutrient adequacy within planetary boundaries globally: one of the greatest challenges of our time"

14:45-15:45 Coffee break and poster session

15:45 - 16:30 Thomas Ponsioen, independent environmental consultant, FootPrinting, The Netherlands: “How to compare the environmental impact of apples, oranges and other food… and why we want to do this” 

16:30-17:30 Oral contributions

  • Tonny Kiyimba (Kyanbogo University, Uganda & KULeuven) Effect of Tamarindus indica L on cardiometabolic health of patients living with HIV and elevated triglyceride: a dose-response double-blind, randomized exploratory trial
  • Sara Dastoum (Sciensano) Commitments and practices of the food industry in Belgium using the Business Impact Assessment for Obesity and Population Nutrition (BIA-Obesity) and the BIA-Sustainability
  • Mano Autuori (UCLouvain) Identification of novel compounds released in exhaled air as representative of gut microbiota activity in humans

17:30 Award for best oral and poster presentation. Prof JC Preiser, ULB

18:00 Closure session 

Submit abstracts for poster presentation (template here deadline April 22th). All contributions related to nutrition research, including topics outside the scope of the congress, are welcome. To submit your abstract, mail it to

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