EuroFIR Food Symposium 2018:
Food Composition and Intake supporting research, policies and innovation in Europe

Date: Wednesday 11th April 2018 (09.00 – 15.15)

Read speakers’ biographies here

9.00 – 9.15  Introduction (Paul M Finglas, Quadram Institute, Norwich, UK & EuroFIR AISBL, BE)

9.15 – 9.40 South African food data, industry collaborations and future networking (Hettie Schonfeldt, University of Pretoria, ZA) – DOWNLOAD

09.40 – 10.10 Advances in Dietary assessment methodologies and tools (Prof Janet Cade, University of Leeds, UK)DOWNLOAD

10.10 – 10.30 Successful regional harmonisation in food and nutrition data collection and analysis for evidence based nutrition policy in Serbia and Western Balkans (Mirjana Gurinovic, Centre of Excellence in Nutrition and Metabolism, University of Belgrade, RS)DOWNLOAD

10.30 – 10.45 Coffee break 

10.45 – 11.15  Activities of the Nordic Food Analysis Network, (Liisa Valsta, National Institute for Health and Welfare, FI)DOWNLOAD

11.15 – 11. 45 Seafood from aquaculture, fisheries and processing industry in the ocean of tomorrow (Antonio Marques, Portuguese Institute for the Sea and Atmosphere, PT)DOWNLOAD

12.05 – 12.25  New analytical food composition data in Central Europe and Asia (Anna Giertlová, National Agricultural and Food Centre, SK) – DOWNLOAD

12.25 – 12.45 Developing our Database Assets: Strategic Food Information for New Zealand, (Carolyn Lister, Plant & Food Research NZ) – DOWNLOAD

12.45 – 13.45 Lunch break

14:15 – 15:15 Poster competition and awards


 EuroFIR Food Symposium 2017:
Food and Health Research Infrastructure
 – Current Status and Future Landscape

Date: Wednesday 5th April 2017 (09.00 – 12.55)

9.00 – 9.15  Introduction (Paul M Finglas, Quadram Institute, Norwich, UK & EuroFIR AISBL, BE) & & Sylvia Schreiber (CommBeBiz , BE)  

9.15 – 9.45 Progressing towards the construction of Metrofood-RI (Dr Claudia Zoani, ENEA, IT) – DOWNLOAD 

9.45 – 10.15 The EuroFIR Food Data Platform and Tools (Dr Karl Presser, Premotec, CH; Prof Barbara Koroušić Seljak, JSI, SI; and Paul M Finglas, Quadram Institute, UK) DOWNLOAD

10.15 – 10. 40 Introduction to RICHFIELDS & The Fake Food Buffet (Dr Tamara Bucher, ETH Zurich, CH) DOWNLOAD

10.40-10.50 Discussion

10.50 – 11.10 Coffee break 

11.10 – 11.40 The Quisper Platform for Personalised Nutrition Services (Jo Goossens, ShiftN, BE) – DOWNLOAD

11.40 – 12.05 The Precious Platform for diet, lifestyle and behaviour changes (Jose Costa-Requena and Edward Mutafungwa, AALTO, FI) DOWNLOAD

11.55 – 12. 25 Public and commercial data to model intakes, health and risk in consumers (Sandrine Pigat, Crème Global, IE)DOWNLOAD

12.25 – 12.55 Discussion & close



The EuroFIR Food Forum 2016 Symposium brought together EuroFIR Members and stakeholders, including food compilers, diet and health researchers, SMEs, NGOs, policy-makers and the food industry. The symposium focused on the latest European regulatory actions for food information, nutrition and health claims, and the safety for food allergic individuals as well as the impact these legal frameworks have on individuals and the food industry.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday 6th April 2016 (09.00-13.00)

Location: Penta Hotel, Brussels City Centre (BE)


CHAIRS: Paul Finglas (President, EuroFIR AISBL) and Dr Loek Pijls (Founder of Loekintofood GCV & Chief Scientific Officer for Quisper)

Dr Tim Gumbel

Directorate General for Health and Food Safety, European Commission (BE)

Tim GumbelPresentation: EU food information rules – recent developments Download presentation

Bio: Dr Tim Gumbel was appointed Deputy Head of Unit for Nutrition, Food composition and information in the Directorate General for Health and Food Safety of the European Commission in April 2015. Previously, he served for four years as Assistant to the Deputy Director General for the Food Chain of the same DG. From 2005-2011, he was a desk officer in different Units of the DG, where he was responsible for the legislative revision of the EU rules on animal by-products not intended for human consumption. He joined the Commission after some years as legal adviser in the German Federal Ministry of Consumer Protection, Nutrition and Agriculture, after legal studies in Germany and in the UK, completion of his legal professional training and a legal doctorate with a thesis on a topic related to competition law.

Prof. Judy Buttriss PhD, BSc, RNutr, FAfN, Dip Diet

British Nutrition Foundation (UK)

Judy ButtrissPresentation: Health claims regulation – opportunities and challenges in Europe with examples from the Bacchus project.          Download presentation

Bio: Judy is the Director General of the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF). Before this she was the National Dairy Council’s Senior Nutritionist. She is the chair of BBSRC’s DRINC Steering Committee and currently a member of the Food Research Partnership, Defra’s Family Food committee, and a number of PHE’s Reference Groups. She has been the work package leader for dissemination activities in EU FP5, FP6 and FP7 projects, including the BACCHUS project and has written a number of reviews, articles and book chapters, including topics such as health claims, child nutrition, healthy ageing, and sustainable diets. “.

Dr Igor Pravst

Nutrition Institute (SI)

Igor Pravst (Foto - Jernej Prelac)Presentation: The use of nutrition and health claims and symbols on prepacked foods: From consumers exposure to public health implications.                                                    Download presentation

Bio: Igor is the leader of the research group on Nutrition and Public Health at the Nutrition Institute (Ljubljana, SI), and works at the University of Ljubljana as an Assistant Professor in Nutrition. He is a Work Package Leader for the FP7 projects: REDICLAIM (Understanding the impact of legislation on “reduction of disease risk” claims on food) and CLYMBOL (Role of health-related claims and symbols in consumer behaviour).

Dr Anita Kušar

Nutrition Institute (SI)

Anita Kusar_fotoPresentation: The use of nutrition and health claims and symbols on prepacked foods: From consumers exposure to public health implications.                                                    Download presentation

Bio: Anita is an expert in quality and labelling of foods and dietary supplements at the Nutrition Institute (Ljubljana, SI). Anita works on FP7 EU projects: REDICLAIM (Understanding the impact of legislation on “reduction of disease risk” claims on food) and CLYMBOL (Role of health-related claims and symbols in consumer behaviour). She is a lecturer in Pharmacognosy at Higher School of Applied Sciences (Ljubljana, SI) .

Dr Sophie Hieke


Sophie HiekePresentation: Measuring the effects of health claims and symbols – the CLYMBOL methodological toolbox.         Download presentation

Bio: Sophie is leading consumer research at the European Food Information Council (EUFIC) and is the Principal Coordinator of the EU FP7 funded project CLYMBOL – Role of health claims and symbols in consumer behaviour. Sophie holds a PhD in Statistics and Consumer Research from Ludwig-Maximilians-University (DE). She is an associate editor at Public Health Nutrition and a reviewer for the Journal of Consumer Affairs, Appetite, and the Journal of Marketing & Public Policy. Since 2007, she has been lecturing in Germany, France and the US, and holds research positions at the Center for Marketing & Public Policy Research, Villanova University (US), the Munich Centre of Health Sciences (DE), and the University of Surrey (UK).

Dr Audrey Dunn Galvin

School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork (IE)  

Presentation:  The impact of ‘labelling’ on the beliefs, attitudes, and behaviours of consumers with food allergy : a multilevel perspective.                                                                             Download presentation


Bio: Dr Dunn Galvin is part of the Department of Paediatrics Food Allergy research group in UCC, which has led the international field in the development of qualitative and quantitative examination of the issues of quality of life for food allergic and coeliac children, adults and parents, and the group has established research links with academic units in the US, Canada, Australia, and Singapore and throughout the EuroPrevall consortium. She  has a strong track record in research into food allergy, and celiac disease, long-term condition management, applied  health care research and patient-focussed quality of life measurement, developmental trajectories, psycho-educational intervention design, translating research into practice and policy, and statistical predictive modelling (worldwide patent granted for the recent development of a mathematical algorithm), in children, teens, parents, and adults

Katia Merten-Lentz

Keller and Heckman LLP (BE/FR)

Impact of new health claims & food labelling regulations on the food industry and future innovation potential.                                                 Download presentation

Bio: Katia is a partner at Keller and Heckman LLP specialised in agri-food law at national (French and Belgian) and European level. Katia assists agri-food companies in counselling and litigation of the implementation of EU food regulations. She assists operators from farm to fork as well as being pro-active in food-innovation and often intervenes in the law-making process. Katia has expertise in areas such as health and nutrition claims, novel foods, food waste and food labelling.