18th Annual International Symposium on Milk Science and Health


IMGC VIRTUAL Symposium 2021

Wageningen University & Research (WUR)

Wageningen, The Netherlands

June 15-17, 2021

Submit your abstract 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 mini-symposia. The first mini-symposium will be co-hosted by Wageningen University and Research on June 15-17, 2021 and the second mini-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 mini-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 mini-symposium may implement 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.

Each oral presentation will be live with interactive Q&A, and include live chat rooms, social mixers, games, prizes and more.

Each oral presentation will also be available as recorded sessions on our event portal through March 31, 2022. 

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

Key Dates:

Abstract submission opens: February 8, 2021
Abstract submission closes: March 23, 2021, 11:59 PM PDT
Abstract acceptance notifications will be sent: April 5, 2021
Registration opens: April 15, 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. Kevin Nicholas, Monash University, Australia
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

Submit your abstract for the following presentation types here!

• Oral Presentation
• Student Award Oral Presentation

-Abstract submission is complimentary for all presentation types.

-Accepted abstracts for oral presentations (including Student Award) include complimentary registration for all symposium-related activities.

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