DF18 Programme outline

4 June 2018 

  • Morning: 2 parallel workshops (Venue: De Doelen - rooms to be confirmed)

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

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MyNewGut Workshop: MyNewGut’s perspectives for innovations, health claims and impact on public health policies (09:10 - 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.

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Book both workshops seperately in the online registration system.

5 June 2018  

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

6 June 2018  

  • Plenary Sessions
  • Afternoon (ca. 16:10): Closing of DF18
  • ICC General Assembly (upon invitation)

Confirmed Speakers


    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").