At a Glance Programme

On the agenda this year are engaging sessions and discussions based on the latest research and science, inspiring case studies from across the region and interactive panel discussions with industry leaders. Take a look at the day-by-day agenda or discover more with the buttons below.

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Tuesday 5 June


Registration from 2pm

2.30pm – First Focus workshop

Prebiotics: From early life nutrition to weight management and bone health, we explore latest developments in prebiotic research, new prebiotic ingredients and their impact on health.

Speakers include:
Liliana Cardemil, University of Chile
Monika Fleshner, University of Colorado
Anna DeBoer, Nutrasource
Rob Wotring, Greenteaspoon
Dr Brad Saville, Prenexus Health

5.30pm – Keynote speaker

Invisible influence: The microbiome in precision medicine
Professor Jack Gilbert, University of Chicago

6.30pm – Welcome reception & Scientific Frontiers poster session

The Scientific Frontiers poster session presents the latest state-of-the-art developments in all aspects of prebiotic, probiotic and microbiome science relevant to health, well-being, consumers and industry.  Posters will be selected based on abstracts submitted and reviewed by our Scientific Committee.

Wednesday 6 June


08.45am – Welcome from the Chair

09.00am – Morning plenary sessions including:

Market insights and industry initiatives: Our experts will discuss the current and future market forces for probiotics and prebiotics across the Americas, while industry representatives will update attendees on their initiatives to advance quality and safety standards across the sector.

Speakers include:
Ewa Hudson, ‎William Reed Business Media

Regulatory panel discussion Experts will discuss a range of important regulatory issues across multiple countries – how are the regulations changing and challenging industry in Canada, the USA, Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico?

Speakers include:
Ivan Wasserman, Amin Talati Upadhye
David Pineda Ereño, DPE International Consulting

Panel discussion – next-generation analytical tools
Advances in genetic testing of microorganisms have significant implications for the assessment of safety at the species level and efficacy at the strain level. This panel discussion will unite experts from industry and academia to explore probiotic ID testing now and in the future.

Speakers include:
Buffy Stahl, DuPont Nutrition and Health
Scott Jackson, National Institute of Standards and Technology

12.00pm – Networking and poster viewing Take time to build your network or a second chance to view the Scientific Frontiers Posters.  Your opportunity to make new contacts and investigate areas of mutual interest.


1.00pm – Lunch with roundtable discussions – Tables will be hosted by an expert from industry or academia who will lead an informal discussion on an industry hot topic. Join the table that suits you best, subject to availability.

2.00pm – Afternoon plenary sessions including:

Promoting peak performance:  Identifying and isolating novel probiotics from athlete microbiomes
Jonathan Scheiman, FitBiomics


7.00pm – Probiota Americas dinner

Thursday 7 June


08.45 – Chairman’s re-cap of Day 2 and welcome back

09.00am – Morning plenary sessions including:

The gut-brain axis: Data from pre-clinical and clinical studies will illustrate the vast potential in the gut-brain axis, including post-natal depression.

Speakers include:
Caroline Wallace, Queen’s University, Canada
Rebecca Slykerman, University of Auckland, New Zealand

11.00am – Scientific frontiers session The authors of our highest rated Scientific Frontiers abstracts – selected by our Scientific Committee – present key findings and impacts of their research.


1.35pm – Networking Lunch

2.30pm – Departures


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