The International Sweeteners Association (ISA) Conference 2018

Date: 6th November 2018, London, UK

“The science behind low calorie sweeteners: where evidence meets policy”

ISA Conference 2018 registration linkTuesday, 6 November 2018
Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole street, London, UK

Registration now open!

We are delighted and proud to announce that the International Sweeteners Association (ISA) is organising its next Conference in 2018, themed “The science behind low calorie sweeteners: where evidence meets policy”. We are pleased to announce that registration to the conference is now open, and to invite you to attend this leading scientific event around low calorie sweeteners’ science in London, on 6th November 2018. More information about the ISA Conference 2018, the scientific programme and practical details is available below. Don’t miss the opportunity to join us for what promises to be an insightful scientific day and register today for the early bird rate by clicking here!

About the International Sweeteners Association (ISA) Conference 2018

Committed to its mission to inform about and to enhance understanding of the most up-to-date nutritional and scientific information in relation to low calorie sweeteners’ use, role and benefits, the International Sweeteners Association (ISA) organised its first scientific conference in Brussels in 2011, followed by a second ISA Conference in 2014.

This year, the third ISA Conference is moving to London and is held at the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM), one of London’s premier conference venues located in the city centre, and home of the RSM since 1912. So, don’t forget to save the date: Tuesday, 6th November 2018.

Since the last ISA Conference in 2014, a wealth of new scientific research has been conducted providing further evidence about low calorie sweeteners’ use, benefits and role in the diet, and new recommendations and nutrition policies regarding sugar reduction have been developed in Europe and around the world. Therefore, in times when these subjects are of high relevance to public health, we believe that the theme of the ISA Conference in 2018, which is “The science behind low calorie sweeteners: where evidence meets policy”, will be of high scientific interest.

The ISA Conference 2018 will bring together leading international scientific experts on low calorie sweeteners who will present latest research and evidence-based information and discuss recent public health and nutrition policies related to sugar reduction. Hence, the scientific programme will cover subject areas around the use, safety and benefits of low calorie sweeteners in weight management and glucose control, as well as their role in today’s dietary recommendations.

We therefore look forward to welcoming you in London on 6th November 2018 for the third and insightful International Sweeteners Association (ISA) Conference.

The ISA Conference 2018 programme will cover a wide range of scientific and nutrition policy subjects around low calorie sweeteners. To set the scene, the conference will open with a keynote speech by Prof Adam Drewnowski (USA) on the current setting regarding low calorie sweeteners’ role in the context of public health. This will be followed by three sessions with the participation of international scientific experts on low calorie sweeteners who will present latest evidence and research around low calorie sweeteners’ use and intake, as well as their role in weight management and diabetes control. The conference will conclude with a panel discussion session around sugar reduction and the use of low calorie sweeteners from a public health perspective.

Please find below the final scientific programme of the ISA Conference 2018, which will be moderated by Stefan Gates (UK). The full list of speakers confirmed is included in the below programme.

Conference programme: "The science behind low calorie sweeteners: where evidence meets policy"

8.30-9.15 Registration, tea and coffee
9.15 Welcome and Introduction Robert Peterson, ISA Chairman
Keynote speech Chair: Prof Alison Gallagher (UK)
9.30 Keynote speech: Low calorie sweeteners in the current public health discussion Prof Adam Drewnowski (USA)
Session 1 (10.00-11.25) Setting the scene: An introduction to low calorie sweeteners
Chair: Prof Carlo La Vecchia (Italy)
10.00 Regulation and approval of low calorie sweeteners by international authorities Dr Rebeca López-García (Mexico)
10.25 Evaluating research by understanding the metabolic fate of different low calorie sweeteners Dr Berna Magnuson (Canada)
10.50 Low calorie sweeteners’ use: a review of recent dietary intake assessment data Dr Séverine Goscinny (Belgium)
11.15 Q&As
11.25-11.50 Tea and coffee break
Session 2 (11.50-13.20) Does evidence support a role for low calorie sweeteners in weight management?
Chair: Dr France Bellisle (France)
11.50 Sweet taste, appetite and obesity: Is there a link? Prof Kees de Graaf (Netherlands)
12.15 Latest evidence on low calorie sweeteners’ role in weight management in children and adults Dr John Sievenpiper (Canada)
12.40 How does consumer perception about low calorie sweeteners affect food behaviour and energy intake? Dr Charlotte Hardman (UK)
13.05 Q&As
13.20-14.10 Lunch break
Session 3 (14.10-15.40) Low calorie sweeteners and glucose control: can they be an aid in diabetes management?
Chairs: Dr Marc Fantino (France); Dr Wendy Russell (UK)
14.10 Do low calorie sweeteners affect glycaemic control and insulin sensitivity? Dr Hugo Laviada-Molina (Mexico)
14.35 Low calorie sweeteners and gut microbiota: Why is there a debate? Prof Ian Rowland (UK)
15.00 Low calorie sweeteners’ role in the dietary recommendations for people with diabetes Dr Duane Mellor (UK)
15.25 Q&As
15.40-16.00 Tea and coffee break
Panel discussion session (16.00-17.00) Sugar reduction and low calorie sweeteners’ use from a public health perspective
Chair: Prof Peter Rogers (UK)
16.00 The use of low calorie sweeteners in sugar reduction: challenges and opportunities Prof Judith Buttriss (UK)
16.20 Panel discussion: Prof Peter Rogers (chair)
Panel speakers: Prof Judith Buttriss, Prof Adam Drewnowski, Prof Alison Gallagher, Prof Carlo La Vecchia, Dr France Bellisle, Dr Marc Fantino
Closing remarks

Conference speakers (listed in alphabetical order)

  • Dr France Bellisle, Nutri Psy Consult, France
  • Prof Judith Buttriss BSc PhD DipDiet RNutr FAfN, Director General, British Nutrition Foundation (BNF), UK
  • Prof Kees de Graaf, Wageningen University, Netherlands
  • Prof Adam Drewnowski, University of Washington, USA
  • Dr Marc Fantino, CreaBio Rhône-Alpes research center, France
  • Prof Alison Gallagher, Ulster University, Northern Ireland, UK
  • Dr Séverine Goscinny, Scientific Institute of Public Health, Belgium
  • Dr Charlotte Hardman, PhD, Lecturer, Department of Psychological Sciences, Univeristy of Liverpool, UK
  • Prof Carlo La Vecchia, University of Milan, Italy
  • Dr Hugo Laviada-Molina, MD, MMedSci, Marist University of Merida, Mexico
  • Dr Rebeca López-García, PhD, Logre International Food Science Consulting, Mexico
  • Dr Berna Magnuson, Health Science Consultants, Canada
  • Dr Duane Mellor, Senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition, Coventry University, UK
  • Prof Peter Rogers, Univeristy of Bristol, UK
  • Dr Ian Rowland, Emeritus Professor of Human Nutrition, University of Reading, UK
  • Dr Wendy Russell, Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, University of Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Dr John Sievenpiper, University of Toronto, Canada

The conference will provide a unique opportunity to network with international delegates from academia and research, public health, civil society, professional health organisations, and the medical field.

We are excited about what promises to be a strong scientific programme with the participation of globally renowned scientific speakers. If you would like to be the first to get all updates about the speakers and the final scientific programme of the ISA conference, please sign up to our newsletter here.

[Abstracts and speakers’ biographies will be available soon]

Congress Language

The official language of the congress is English. No simultaneous translation will be provided.

Registration now open

Registration to the ISA Conference 2018 is now open. Only limited places will be available, so do not miss the opportunity to attend this conference and register now by clicking here. Please find below the registration rates:

ISA Conference 2018 registration rates

* Registration fees include 20% UK VAT.

Registrations for students will open on 15th September. Limited places may be available.

Register today for the lower early bird rate!

ISA Conference 2018 registration link

Conference venue

The conference will be held at the building of the Royal Society of Medicine (1 Wimpole street, W1G 0AE, London, UK), home of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) since 1912 and one of London’s premier scientific conference and event venues located in the heart of London city centre.

For more information about the RSM venue and about how you can get there, please visit the venue’s website at:


The conference venue, the Royal Society of Medicine, is centrally located near many hotels and is conveniently located between Bond Street and Oxford Circus underground lines. For an overview of the hotels available in this area, please visit the HotelMap website (external website) by clicking here.

About previous ISA Conferences

The International Sweeteners Association (ISA) organised its first scientific conference in Brussels, in 2011, on “Low calorie foods, beverages and sweeteners: Can they really contribute to a healthier future?”. More information can be accessed here. This was the starting point of the organisation of a successful scientific event around low calorie sweeteners’ science, leading to another ISA Conference in 2014 in Brussels, on “Making low calorie count: the effective use of low calorie sweeteners in the diet”. For more information about the ISA Conference in 2014 please click here.

About the ISA

The International Sweeteners Association (ISA) AISBL is an international non-profit organisation with scientific aims representing suppliers and users of low/no calorie sweeteners, including tabletop sweetener manufacturers. The ISA shares new and existing science on the benefits of consuming foods and drinks with low calorie sweeteners as part of a balanced diet. The ISA is recognised by the European Commission, national and international regulatory authorities, and the World Health Organization, and has Non-Government Observer status with the Codex Alimentarius Commission which establishes international food standards. To read more about the ISA, please click here.