Probiotics, prebiotics and synbiotics aimed at improving intestinal
health currently represent the largest segment of the functional foods market in Europe,
Japan and Australia. Evidence continues to emerge demonstrating that these ingredients
have potential to improve human health in specific intestinal disorders. The European
Commission, through its 5th Framework Programme, is presently investing a substantial
research effort in the intestinal microbiota, their interaction with its host and methods
of manipulating their composition and activity for the improvement of human health.
The Food, GI-tract Functionality and Human Health (PROEUHEALTH)
Cluster (from 2001 to 2005) brings together eight complementary, multicentre
interdisciplinary research projects. All have the common aim of improving the health and
quality of life of European consumers. The collaboration involves 64 different research
groups from 16 different European countries. The research results from the cluster are
disseminated through annual workshops the first of which was held in Saariselkä, Finland
in February 2002. Our Taormina event is the second one in the series of workshops and
involves the activities of three different platforms: a science, an industry and a
The 2nd PROEUHEALTH Workshop in beautiful Taormina will also serve as an arena for
combining many other European research efforts on health foods. The EU Commission, in
conjunction with the PROEUHEALTH Cluster, has established a series of other projects which
are ongoing in the health and food area and the audience has the priviledge of enjoying
many prospects of future health foods research.
Registration fee: 600 incl. VAT 20%
One person/contractor representing a partner in the PROEUHEALTH
Cluster project may participate free fo charge. The project coordinators are kindly asked
to give the names of these persons to Ms. Patrizia Contri (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible in order
to avoid unnecessary payments.
Registration can be done via the Internet: http://www.ideacpa.com/congressi2003/taormina/index.html
or by sending Ms Patrizia Contri a registration by mail.
All lectures during the workshop will be held in English.
POSTERS AND ABSTRACTS
Participants are welcome to submit abstracts within the scope of the
workshop for poster presentations. One poster board will be assigned to each poster.
Please send your abstract (max. 200 words) in Word or Rich Text
format (.rtf) as an e-mail attachment to Ms. Annemari Kuokka (email@example.com) before 1 October 2002.
The abstracts will be evaluated by the Scientific Committee of the Workshop.
The workshop will be held in the Grand Hotel San Domenico Palace
which is a former 14th Century monastery. Situated on the Taormina terrace, San Domenico
has one of the most beautiful views over the Mediterranean Sea.
Taormina is a small picturesque Sicilian town close to the sea and
Mount Etna. It lies on a hill called Monte Tauro. Taormina is a world famous holiday
resort with a mild climate.
TRANSPORTATION AIRPORT - TAORMINA - AIRPORT
The closest airport Catania Fontanarossa International
lies 55 km from Taormina.
Public transportation (1 hour 15 min) from the Catania Airport to
*7:00 - 8:45 - 10:54 - 12:45 - *13:45 - 16:45 - 19:45 h
Public transportation from Taormina to the Catania Airport:
6:40 - *8:00 - 9:00 - 11:00 - *14:00 - 16:00 - 18:00 h
* every day except on Saturday and Sunday
Due to local rules the times of public transportation can be
changed. Before your departure check on the organizing secretariat web site if there are
The organizers offer the following bus transportation: From the
Catania Airport to Taormina
1 and 2 March: 8.00 - 12.00 - 15.00
Bus transportation will be organized at the end of the workshop
programme on 5 March according to flight times. Information will be given on a bulletin
board near the secretariat desk during the workshop.
Our hotels are presented in the hotel
accommodation form. You can check the distance from each hotel to the workshop venue
on the web site of our congress service: http://www.ideacpa.com/congressi2003/taormina/mappa.html.
1 March, 2003 Get-together for the project partners
2 March, 2003 Workshop get-together
3 March, 2003 Italian evening in Taormina
4 March, 2003 Workshop dinner at San Domenico
The registration fee (200 ) for the accompanying persons
includes all of the get-togethers and dinners that will be arranged during the Workhop.
Notification of cancellation must be made in writing to the Rome
office of iDeaCpA and a refund will be issued after the conference as follows:
Cancellation by 30 December, 2002: 50% refund of total amount of registration fee.
Cancellation after December, 2002: no refund.
Registration, hotel bookings: Ms Patrizia Contri, IDea Congress
s.r.l., Tel. +39-6-35402148, firstname.lastname@example.org, fax. +39-6-35402151, www.ideacpa.com
Posters, abstracts: Ms Annemari Kuokka, VTT, Tel. +358 9-4565823,
fax +358-9-4552103, email@example.com
Programme: Ms Paula Bergqvist, VTT, Tel. +358-9-4565161, fax
Prof. Willem de Vos
Prof. Glenn Gibson
Prof. Michael Blaut
Dr Jöel Doré
Prof. Charlie Daly
Prof. Dietrich Knorr
Dr. Annick Mercenier
Prof. Fergus Shanahan
Prof. Herman Goossens
Prof. Luc de Vuyst
Dr Jürgen Lucas
Dr Liisa Lähteenmäki
Prof. Tiina Mattila-Sandholm
Ms Paula Bergqvist
Dr Liisa Lähteenmäki
Prof. Tiina Mattila-Sandholm
Ms Päivi Myllärinen
Dr Maria Saarela
Dr Jaana Mättö
Hotel bookings by 20 September, 2002
Abstracts by 1 October, 2002
Hotel payment by 30 October, 2002
Registration by 10 December, 2002
Cancellation of participation before10 December, 2002
Closed project meetings on 2 March, 2002
Workshop on 3 - 5 March, 2003