8 - 10 MARCH, 2006, Turku, Finland 






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PROGRAMME (in .pdf format here)
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Updated Feb 22, 2006

March 8, 2006

19:00 - 21:00 Get-together party at Brewery restaurant Koulu ("School"), address Eerikinkatu 18

March 9, 2006

08:30 Registration starts at Educarium building
Address Assistentinkatu 5, Turku

09:00 Buses leave from the congress hotels

Welcome to Functional Food Net General Meeting (chair Ms. Mäkinen-Aakula)

10:00 Welcome to Finland: some practical advise
Ms. Marjo Mäkinen-Aakula, Functional Foods Forum,
University of Turku, Finland

10:05 Functional Food Net: Progress through collaboration
Co-ordinator Finn Holm, FoodGroup, Denmark

10:40 Discussion on the project

Probiotics as a challenge for functional foods

11:00 Probiotics: basis, state of the art and future perspectives
Prof. Seppo Salminen and Dr. Guillermo Kociubinski,
Functional Foods Forum, University of Turku, Finland

11:45 Discussion

12:00 Lunch

New ingredients: functionality and nutritional impact A (chair Dr. Gormley)

13:00 Future directions for prebiotics
Dr. Kirsti Tiihonen, Danisco Innovation, Finland

13:30 Lactose-free milk and milk powder as a raw material of
functional foods
Research Manager Olli Tossavainen, Valio Ltd., Finland

13:45 Discussion

14:00 How can we optimize new food products
against obesity and diabetes type II?
Prof. Stephan Rössner, Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge, Sweden

14:45 Discussion

15:00 Coffee

New ingredients: functionality and nutritional impact B (chair Prof. Salminen)

15:30 Oat and β-glucan – healthy solutions for the consumers
Research prof. Kaisa Poutanen, VTT and University of Kuopio, Finland

16:00 Fish as a functional food
Dr. Ronan Gormley, National Food Centre, Ireland

16:30 Discussion

OUTSIDE THE AUDITORIUM: Food show of Finnish products

18:00-20:00 Welcome reception of the City of Turku

20:00 Buses leave for the hotels.

March 10, 2006

07:45 Buses leave from the congress hotels

Regulatory developments in the EU (chair Prof. Salminen)

08:20 EFSA and the risk assessment of novel and functional foods and
health messages
Dr. Pilar Rodriquez-Iglesias, European Food Safety Authority EFSA

09:00 Process for the Assessment of Scientific Support for Claims on Foods - PASSCLAIM
Ms. Sandra Tuijtelaars, International Life Science Institute (ILSI), Europe

09:30 Discussion: How to promote the functional food science and
ingredients in Europe: core competencies, shared agenda and
common goals

09:45 Coffee

Building the Functional Foods Network (chair Ms. Mäkinen-Aakula)

10:15 Mini-workshop on future work

11:00 Actions in building European Network for Functional Foods
Co-ordinator Finn Holm, FoodGroup, Denmark

11:30 Lunch

Marketing: consumer and branding (chair Ms. Side)

12:30 Overview on marketing functional foods in Europe
Consultant Catherine Side, Inside Consulting, United Kingdom

12:50 Wellness drinks and consumer perception - factors affecting consumer choice
Prof. Wolfgang Kneifel, University of Applied Life Sciences Vienna, Austria

13:20 Communication strategies in marketing functional and added value
products - is branding the key to the consumer trust
Consultant Vincent O’Brien, Obico Ltd. UK

14:00 Discussion

14:10 Closing of the First General Meeting
Ms. Marjo Mäkinen-Aakula

Buses leave for the Turku airport