Our 2019 programme below was presented to a sold out room in Copenhagen in February. We are currently working on the 2020 programme so please check back here for updates.

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 as well as the product opportunities this is providing. Hear from speakers including Prof Tine Rask Licht and Prof Dennis Sandris Nielsen and Ewa Hudson.

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

Join us for a morning run sponsored by Probi. Everyone is welcome to take part in a 5K run led by a running coach. A pleasant combination of running technique drills, intervals and fun! A good start and a healthy boost to energise yourself before attending the rest of the conference.

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 day will close with a thought-provoking presentation from Prof Gregor Reid

This year the Probiota evening reception is out of this world!  Join us for a journey in to space at the Tycho Brahe Planetarium where you will take in the stars, and network with your fellow delegates. You can take some time to experience the new ‘Made in Space’ exhibition, a story about space, you and where you came from. The planetarium is located just across the road from the conference hotel meaning afterwards you are perfectly located to explore the culture of Copenhagen.


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. Hear about the opportunities within the phageome for novel therapeutics with Dr Lorraine Draper and the therapeutic potential of the microbiome in the field of metabolism from Dr Georges Rawadi

During the morning we will be delighted to welcome our Probiota Pioneers to the stage to present their innovative companies, setting new paths in the industry.

Our Future Focus Workshop sponsored by Pen & Tec will be a fully interactive session with discussions and live audience polling.  It will explore the issue of claims vs consumers – With health claims related to probiotics remaining elusive, what are the options for the industry in developing products and reaching new consumers in this area? As the programme comes to a close gain insight from the European Commission on the areas receiving funding for future research and development, before rounding up with the Big Debate –Where are the growth opportunities in the microbiome, probiotics and prebiotics?

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