Join us in Copenhagen for 3 days of presentations combining the latest insights from science, regulation and business to provide you with the ultimate event to bridge the gap between the worlds of business, regulation, research and product development in the rapidly growing and overlapping fields of probiotics, prebiotics and the microbiome.

Designed to allow you to travel in and out within the 3 days our programme combines educational presentations with extensive networking opportunities designed to stimulate conversations between business and academia, scientists and product developers.

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Programme Overview

DAY ONE – 13 February 2019

In the morning, arrive in Copenhagen at your convenience in time for registration at 13.00.

The afternoon will explore the Microbiome through the lifestages. Dysbiosis of the microbiome has been linked to a raft of metabolic and lifestyle diseases. We will explore the cutting edge research linking diet to microbes throughout the human lifespan, and its impact on health and disease. Hear from speakers including Prof Tine Rask Licht and Prof Dennis Sandris Nielsen

The afternoon will close with a fun but informative ice breaker session, the perfect opportunity to get to know your fellow attendees. Join Peter Wennström to take the Probiotic Innovation Challenge!

At the end of the first afternoon of presentations, meet and mingle with fellow delegates whilst viewing the posters submitted to our Scientific Frontiers session whilst enjoying refreshments. Selected by our Scientific Committee the posters will present cutting edge findings in the fields of pre and probiotics and microbiome research.


DAY TWO – 14 February 2019

Day 2 opens with a deep dive in to the world of ‘Big Data’, population studies and personalisation. The sheer amount of data that can be captured by researchers and companies looking to measure the microbiome and health is vast. How and what can we learn from this data and how will this impact on our understanding of the microbiome, health and how to modulate this for the good of the individual? Join speakers including Prof Jeroen Raes and Dr Xiaoquan Su to learn more.

We will then explore the latest taxonomy updates to the Lactobacillus genus. It has been suggested that the genus “Lactobacillus” should be updated. This session will outline the key changes being made, and discuss the potential commercial, research and regulatory implications including an update from Dr Elisa Salvetti.

After the morning sessions take a break to meet your fellow delegates with our speed networking session and then join our roundtable lunch discussions to share insights on a topic of interest to you.

After lunch we open with an insight in to the latest market trends and innovation opportunities. Hear about some of the emerging product and technology trends in the space from Dr Harini Venkataraman before we turn to new product development and hear from companies capitalising on the growing interest from consumers in fermented food and drink.

The final sessions of the day will be a scientific update featuring the presentations from the highest rated abstracts submitted to our Scientific Frontiers session. We will also take a look at some of the emerging areas of science relating the microbiome and health

The highlight of the Probiota social programme, our evening reception offers an opportunity to relax and unwind with your fellow attendees after an exhilarating day of strategic thinking.


DAY THREE – 15 February 2019

Day three starts with insights in to the clinical opportunities and development of microbiome therapeutics. The red-hot interest and seemingly boundless opportunities of the microbiome has given rise to intense focus from researchers, investors, and companies working in both the nutraceuitcal and pharmaceutical space. As start-ups and global healthcare companies alike, look to build innovative pipelines based on microbiome science we discuss the opportunities driving the rapid shifts towards microbiome therapeutics.

Our closing Future Focus Workshop looks ahead to the development of the industry. Gain an insight from the European Commission on the areas receiving funding for future research and development. Discover the Probiota Pioneers setting new paths in the industry before the event closes with the Big Debate – Claims vs Consumers – what direction should the industry be taking?

Once the programme has come to an end cement new links in your network, discuss the insights you’ve learned from the programme and create lasting connections at our informal networking lunch before the event closes at 14.30.


Please note: All session content and timings are not final and are subject to change