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!

Travel to Seville (from the Lonely Planet website):
Seville Airport, 7km east of the city, has flights to/from Spanish cities and destinations across Europe including London, Paris, Amsterdam, Dublin, Frankfurt, and Rome. It’s served by international airlines such as Ryanair, EasyJet and Vueling Airlines.
From Seville Airport to the symposium venue, you can take the EA Bus (€4), which runs to/from Plaza de Armas bus station. The stop Enramadilla (Apeadero San Bernardo) is 600 m from the Hotel NH Collection Seville, the venue of the IDF event. Bus departures from Seville airport are every 20 to 30 minutes between 5.20am and 12.45am. A taxis charge set fare is around €22.
From the AVE Rail Station, city bus line C2 will bring you to the symposium venue. The stop Campus Ramon y Cajal (Facultad empresariales) is 5 minutes on foot from the Hotel NH Collection Seville. You also can take a taxi for approximately 8 Euros.

Venue: NH Collection Sevilla, Avda Diego Martinez Barrio, 8 – 41013 Spain, Tel:  +34 95 4548500, e-mail:

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


Day 1

Welcome (11:00-11:15)

  • Judith Bryans (IDF President) Welcome from IDF and introduction to the event
  • Luis Calabozo Moran (FENIL) – 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
  • Olivier Jolliet (Univ of Michigan, 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
  • Emily Meredith (NMPF, US) – 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 and dairy foods and risk of cardiometabolic diseases
  • Silvia Valtuena Martinez (EFSA) – Health claims on dairy products
  • Gregorio Varela Moreiras (Univ CEU San Pablo/Spanish Nutrition Foundation) – Dairy’s role in the health of the Spanish population

Day 2

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

Chair: tbc

  • Piercristiano Brazzale (Brazzale, IT) The environmental impact of food production
  • Eric Grande (Lactalis, FR) – Sustainability metrics used in dairy companies
  • Torsten Hemme (IFCN) – Dairy farmer sustainability based on socioeconomic indicators
  • Dacia Whitsett-Morrow (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: Piercristiano Brazzale (IT)

  • Judith Bryans (IDF President) 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
  • Mary Beth Hall (USDA) – Exploring a world without livestock

Closure (16:00)

  • Judith Bryans (IDF President)