ISDI Virtual Events Series

ISDI is pleased to announce the launch of a virtual event series on policy and regulatory issues related to special dietary foods.

These virtual events over the course of 2021 will bring together a first class faculty of international speakers from authorities, academia and industry. They will share their knowledge and experience on a comprehensive range of topical issues relating to special dietary foods:

  • NCDs & malnutrition
  • Infant nutrition (innovations, nutrient deficiencies)
  • Regulatory environment (complementary foods, baby formula)
  • Food safety (additives, contaminants)
  • Medical nutrition (stability of nutrients in FSMPs)
  • Analytical methods 

ISDI aims to connect experts in infant, medical and special dietary foods from across the globe.

It goes beyond an online seminar experience – it’s designed to bring the special dietary foods community together in new and exciting ways at a time when staying connected matters most.

The programme is spread over the year and will include two events per quarter, packed with world-class experts, panel discussions, engaging breakout discussions, special social hours, and more. 

Each event will typically last 60 minutes to accommodate the participation of experts across the globe in different time zones and will last a maximum of 2.5 hours.

There will be opportunities for interaction and engagement through special tools and techniques in order to nurture current relationships and build new ones. We are developing the programme in a flexible way and will provide you with more insights upon request.

The thematics are built around the current topics which are being addressed within ISDI. The events can therefore have a different nature: informative, exchange of views, starting further internal reflection.

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Kick-off event on 20 January 2021, 12:00-13:00 CET

To kick off our series, ISDI is honoured to welcome Prof. Dr. B. Koletzko on 20 January 2021 to address the dialogue between paediatric associations and manufacturers of baby food.

Prof. Koletzko will share the views of 7 paediatric societies on interactions between societies and industry, as well as address the topics of continued medical education (CME) and public-private collaborations.

The position of the 7 societies – ‘Promoting Breastfeeding and Interaction of Pediatric Associations With Providers of Nutritional Products’ – is published in Frontiers in Pediatrics (25 November 2020) and can be found here.

The 7 societies are: EAP (European Academy of Paediatrics); ESPGHAN (European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition); ESPID (European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases); ESPNIC (European Society of Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care); ESPN (European Society for Paediatric Nephrology); ESPR (European Society for Paediatric Research); and EUSEM (European Society of Emergency Medicine, Paediatric Section). 

Prof. Dr. Koletzko is Else Kröner-Seniorprofessor of Paediatrics at LMU – University of Munich in Germany and Consultant Paediatrician at the Dept. of Paediatrics, Dr. von Hauner Children’s Hospital, University of Munich. He has authored >1050 journal articles, 222 book chapters, and 40 books. He is inter alia President of the Federation of International Societies of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (FISPGHAN), Strategic Advisor on Nutrition and Standing Committee Member, International Paediatric Association, and Chair Tertiary Care Council, European Academy of Paediatrics). His full biography can be found on the University of Munich’s website here).