IDF is bringing together the global dairy community to focus on “The role of dairy in sustainable diets” in Seville, Spain. This symposium features the public perception of dairy, health claims on dairy, public health nutrition, sustainable diets, mitigation of environmental impact and adaptation to climate change. It is an excellent opportunity to meet high-level representatives from dairy companies and other important stakeholders from all over the world.

The great city of Seville, its magnificent architecture and its gastronomic delights provides an excellent backdrop to the conference. We look forward to welcoming you to Seville on 1st and 2nd February 2018!

For further information, please contact Apolina Fos at: afos[at]


Day 1 – Nutrition


Welcome (11:00-11:15)

  • Judith Bryans (IDF President) Welcome from IDF and introduction to the event
  • Speaker tbc – Welcome to Spain

Session 1: Sustainable diets (11:15-13:00)

Chair: Judith Bryans (IDF President)

  • Nicole Darmon (FR) – Dairy Products: How do they fit in nutritionally adequate and sustainable diets?
  • Brad Ridoutt (AU) – A critical review of dietary strategies to reduce environmental impact
  • Ying Wang (US) – A US dairy consumption case study

Lunch and networking (13:00-14:30)

Session 2: Public perceptions of dairy (14:30-16:00)

Chair: Jan Steijns (IDF SPCC member)

  • Laurent Damiens (CNIEL, FR) – Public perceptions of dairy in different countries
  • Wim Verbeke (Ghent University, BE) – How to address consumer preferences and public concerns on nutrition and sustainability
  • Philippe LeGrand (INRA, FR) – Changing perceptions of saturated fats
  • Speaker tbc – Changing perceptions about animal health and welfare

Break (16:00-16:30)

Session 3: Dairy as part of a nutritious diet (16:30-18:00)

Chair: Jean Marc Delort (IDF SPCC Chair)

  • Ian Givens (University of Reading, UK) – Milk consumption and mortality
  • Valeriu Curtui (EFSA) – Health claims on dairy products
  • Speaker/sponsor tbd – Dairy-derived nutraceuticals

Day 2 – Sustainability

Session 4: Environmental and socioeconomic impact of dairy (9:30-12:00)

Chair: Rogier Schulte (NL)

  • Piercristiano Brazzale (Brazzale, IT) The environmental impact of food production
  • Eric Grande (Lactalis, FR) – Sustainability metrics used in dairy companies
  • Speaker tbc – Dairy farmer sustainability based on socioeconomic indicators
  • Veronique LaGrange (US) – Benefits of dairy nutrition in global development

Lunch (12:00-13:30)

Session 5: Mitigation of environmental impact and adaptation to climate change (13:30-16:00)

Chair: Ying Wang (US)

  • Brian Lindsay (DSF) The Dairy Sustainability Framework
  • Anne Mottet (FAO) Mitigating greenhouse gas impact of the dairy sector
  • Jørgen Eivind Olesen (Aarhus University, DK) – How the dairy sector can adapt to climate change
  • Rogier Schulte (NL) – The future of environmental policies for food

Closure (16:00)

  • Judith Bryans (IDF President)