18th Annual International Symposium on Milk Science and Health


IMGC VIRTUAL Symposium 2021

Wageningen University & Research (WUR)

Wageningen, The Netherlands

June 15-16, 2021

For Registration and Details Visit the Symposium Website Here!

Our flagship conference brings together international experts in lactation, milk science, chemistry, microbiology, immunology, nutrition, genomics, anthropology and bioinformatics to discuss and share the outcomes and implications of the latest discoveries in scientific research on lactation and milk.  

This year we will host two symposia. The first symposium will be co-hosted by Wageningen University and Research on June 15-16, 2021 and the second symposium will be co-hosted in the fall of 2021 (date and co-host to be determined).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, both 2021 symposia will use the same interactive and engaging virtual format as the 17th Annual Symposium is co-hosted by the University of California Davis in October 2020. The second symposium may include a hybrid format (virtual and in-person) if it is only considered safe by international health and safety organizations. Stay tuned for updates on our website.

Key Dates:

Symposium Portal Opens: June 8, 2021

Symposium Theme: 

Future Perspectives on Milk Bioactives and Proteins

Session Topics:

  • Bioavailability and Targets of Milk Bioactive Peptides and Proteins

  • Emergent Immunological Properties of Milk

  • Novel Functions of Milk Bioactives

  • Roles of Milk Proteins for the Future of Nutrition, Health and a Sustainable Agriculture

Meet the world-renowned keynote and invited speakers who are scheduled to present at the 2021 virtual symposium!

Dr. David Dallas, Oregon State University, USA
Dr. Sharon Donovan, University of Illinois, USA
Dr. Adam Drewnowski, University of Washington, USA
Dr. Kasper Hettinga, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands
Dr. Katie Hinde, Arizona State University, USA
Dr. Joost van Neerven, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands
Dr. Stephan Peters, Dutch Dairy Association, The Netherlands
Dr. Bernd Stahl, Danone Nutricia Research, The Netherlands
Dr. Valerie Verhasselt, University of Western Australia, Australia

Details about the Virtual Format:

Each oral presentation will be live during the symposium and also available as recordings until March 1, 2022.

The dates/times listed for each session on this website are in Central European Summer Time (CEST). For planning purposes, use a time converter calculator like this one to convert dates/times to your time zone. Note, the dates/times shown for all sessions on the symposium portal will automatically be converted to your time zone.

The symposium will include interactive Q&A, break-out sessions, prizes and more!

Educational Credits:

Attendees who participate in any oral presentations that specifically address human milk and lactation may earn up to 5.75 Lactation-Continuing Education Recognition Points (L-CERPs).

Cost for Attendance:

The following options include access to live oral presentations, break-out sessions with the speakers, and recordings of each oral presentation until March 1, 2022. 

Don’t miss out on the early-bird special which expires May 31, 2021!

Industry (for-profit organizations), Early-Bird Rate: $200

Academic, Government, Non-profit Organization, Early-Bird Rate: $100

Dairy Farmer (owners and employees), Early-Bird Rate: $100

Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) and Counselors (LEC, CLC), Early-Bird Rate: $50

Trainee (post-doctoral scholars, fellows, etc.), Early-Bird Rate: $50

Student (requires proof of current enrollment, limited availability), Early-Bird Rate: FREE 

Recordings ONLY, Early-Bird Rate: $75

Interested in partnering with the IMGC and sponsoring the symposium?

For information contact Dr. Jennifer Smilowitz: jsmilowitz@milkgenomics.org

Learn more about the IMGC here!

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