Conference outline

4 June 2018 

Morning: Workshops

  • Megazyme and Eurofins - Analysis of dietary fibres – new developments and challenges (09:00 - 12:00)

Analysis of fibre is of key importance due to the growing interest in having high levels of DF in food products and in analysis of specific fibres – linked with specific physiological effects and health benefits. Although steady progress is being made, e.g. by the introduction of new, improved standard methods, and automated methods can help in getting reproducible results, a number of challenges remain, such as for analyzing correctly

  • Viscous/ gelatinous polysaccharides (e.g. pectins, psyllium)
  • Cyclodextrins
  • Isomalto- and charged oligosaccharides
  • Fructo- and galacto oligosaccharides and other components in baby formulations

In addition, new regulations, as in the USA, are creating new analytical challenges


  • MyNewGut Workshop: focus on opportunities for innovation arising from MyNewGut (09:30 - 12:00)

MyNewGut (2013-2018) a project funded by the EU’s 7th Framework Programme, investigated the influence of the human gut microbiota and its genome (microbiome) on obesity, behavioural- and lifestyle-related disorders. Through the development of insights related to the role of food products/ingredients for the prevention of diet- and brain-related disorders, MyNewGut may have a major impact on the health and quality of life of EU citizens. This workshop will present and discuss the innovations arising from MyNewGut, the market opportunities and threats, as well as strategies for maximising the exploitation of the outcomes from the project.

Book both workshops seperately in the online registration system.

Afternoon: Opening of DF18   

Plenary Panel discussion: “Nutrition Facts Label: make fibre listing mandatory!” (17:25-18:00)

Evening: Welcome reception at the Conference venue

5 June 2018  

Day 2 of DF18 - Plenary Sessions

Evening: Conference dinner - at the SS Rotterdam – a historic cruise ship and a top tourist attraction

6 June 2018  

Day 3 of DF18 - Plenary Sessions

Afternoon (ca. 16:10): Closing of DF18

ICC General Assembly (upon invitation)

Confirmed Speakers

  • Nathalie Delzenne

    Nathalie Delzenne

    UCL, Louvain


  • Knud Erik Bach Knudsen

    Knud Erik Bach Knudsen

    University of Aarhus Denmark

  • Louise Dye

    Louise Dye

    University of Leeds

    United Kingdom

  • Stephen O’Keefe

    Stephen O’Keefe

    University of Pittsburgh


  • Karen Madsen

    Karen Madsen

    University of Alberta


  • Stefano Renzetti

    Stefano Renzetti

    TNO and Wageningen University & Research Center, The Netherlands

  • Raylene Reimer

    Raylene Reimer

    University of Calgary


  • Paula Trumbo

    Paula Trumbo

    FDA, USA


    I.   Opening Session

    II. Fibre studies – guidelines and methods

    Ending with Panel discussion: “Nutrition Facts Label: make fibre listing mandatory!”


    III. Fibres, fermentation and the gut microbiome


    IV. Fibre and metabolic health


    V.  Fibre - Characterisation and assessment


    VI.  Fibres in foods - impact on product structure


    VII.  Health benefits of specific fibres


    VIII. Fibre intake and well-being 


    IX.  Higher fibre intake - needs and challenges


    Gala Dinner - SS Rotterdam

    SS Rotterdam

    Steamship Rotterdam is the fifth ship with this name, put into service by the Holland America Line. It is the largest passenger ship ever built in the Netherlands perfectly representing Dutch craftsmanship when shipbuilding is involved. The beautiful rooms and terraces gives the guests the opportunity to relax and enjoy! The Gala Dinner will be celebrated 5 June - book your ticket online (when logged in, go to "see what is in the store").