Edulia Conference – Bringing down barriers to children’s healthy eating, 10-11th March

Here is preliminary program for the final Edulia conference, for more details on the conference, please follow this link 

Changes in the program may occur.

Thursday 10th March

0900 – 0930    Registration and Coffee/tea

0930 – 0945    Welcome Address from Coordinator and host institution. Paula Varela (Nofima, The Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research, Norway) and Sara Spinelli (University of Florence, Italy)  

0945 – 1000    The Edulia project “Bringing down barriers to children healthy eating” Paula Varela (Nofima, The Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research, Norway)

1000 – 1040    What veggies would teens like? Factors affecting vegetable preference and intake in European adolescents – evidence from the VeggiEat Project. Caterina Dinnella – (University of Florence, Italy)

1040 – 1100    Coffee break


1100 – 1200    Session 1 – Driving healthy eating through sensory pleasure   

Moderator: Gerry Jager – (WUR, Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands)

Food preferences and healthy choices. Valérie L. Almli (Nofima, The Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research, Norway)

Taste sensitivity and food preferences in preadolescents. Ervina (Nofima, The Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research, Norway)

Parental restriction of children’s access to sweet foods: A good strategy to reduce sugar intake and sweetness liking in young children? Carina Mueller (Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands)

1200 – 1215     Break


1215 – 1330    Session 2 – Supporting a healthy start in life (parents & peers)

Moderator: Alice Grønhøj  ( Aarhus University, Denmark)

TBC. Jessica A. Witzel ( Aarhus University, Denmark) 

De-romanticizing the family meal: Why parents alone are not able to solve the issue of childhood obesity. Andreia Ferreira de Moura ( Aarhus University, Denmark) 

“At least taste the food” – Maternal and paternal feeding practices for pre-schoolers. New insights from France and Denmark. Kaat Philippe (INRAE, French National Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment, France) 

Children’s food-related socialization and eating behaviour: The role of family and peers. Tija Rageliene and Alice Grønhøj ( Aarhus University, Denmark) 

1330 – 1430     Lunch


1430 – 1545     Session 3 – Promoting healthier environments   

Moderator: Leticia Vidal (Udelar, University of the Republic, Uruguay)

Facilitating healthier food environments to encourage healthier eating among young people. Ellen van Kleef (WUR, Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands)

Pre-adolescents and dealing with the tempting food environment: Role of parents, autonomy and nudging. Roselinde van Nee (WUR, Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands)

Tackling sugar reduction of products targeted at children. Ana Laura Velázquez (Udelar, University of the Republic, Uruguay)

Labelling regulations to promote healthier eating habits in childhood and beyond. Gastón Ares (Udelar, University of the Republic, Uruguay)

1545 – 1600     Coffee break


1600 – 1645     Flash presentations

Moderator: Eva Hnatkova

Selected through the call for papers

1645 – 1700     Summary and wrap-up of Day 1    


Friday 11th March

0900 – 0905     Welcome Day 2. Paula Varela (Nofima) and Sara Spinelli (UNIFI, University of Florence, Italy)  

0905 – 0945     Early development of children’s food preferences and eating habits. Sylvie Issanchou (INRAE, French National Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment, France)

0945 – 1000     Break


1000 – 1100     Session 4 – Empowering children and parents through food knowledge

Moderator: Sophie Nicklaus (INRAE, French National Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment, France)

TBC. Jeremie Lafraire (Institut Paul Bocuse, France)

Boosting food knowledge. Abigail Pickard (Institut Paul Bocuse, France)

A first step toward children’s healthy eating: evaluating the power of public health communication to increase parental knowledge about best practice. Sofia De Rosso (INRAE, French National Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment, France)

1100 – 1130     Coffee break


1130 – 1230     Session 5 – New methods for sensory and affective testing with children

Moderator: Erminio Monteleone (UNIFI, University of Florence, Italy)

Developing age-appropriate methods for sensory and affective testing with children. Sara Spinelli (UNIFI, University of Florence, Italy)

Indirect vs. questionnaire-based methods to assess food acceptance in preadolescents. Martina Galler (Nofima, The Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research, Norway)

A novel tool to measure food-elicited emotions in children: the emoji group questionnaire. Julia Sick (UNIFI, University of Florence, Italy)

1230 – 1330     Lunch


1330 – 1430    Round table: Translating science into practice, how to increase the impact of children healthy eating research

Moderator: Wenche Hægermark (Nofima, The Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research, Norway)

Panel: Edulia’s advisory board  and members of the scientific team

1430 – 1445    Break

1445 – 1530    Flash presentations

Moderator: Eva Hnatkova

Selected through the call for papers

1530 – 1600    Summary of Round table    

Wenche Hægermark and Ingunn Berget (Nofima, The Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research, Norway)

Bringing down barriers to children healthy eating: What’s next? Paula Varela (Nofima, The Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research, Norway)

1600    Goodbye