Proteins for life


Protein for life

Future trends in nutrition for both humans and animals show that the formulation of food and feed products will face an increasing challenge of a global protein shortage. Solutions to this challenge require a multi-targeted approach including efficient use of existing protein sources, and development of new protein sources for human and animal consumption. The Protein for Life conference will explore potential solutions combining the broad expertise of industry and knowledge institutes!

Organised by Wageningen Food & Biobased Research, Wageningen University & Research

Sun 23 October 2016 until Wed 26 October 2016

Venue De Reehorst, Ede, the Netherlands

Conference themes

  • Science of protein including,
    - Processing and functionality
    - Protein digestion to post-absorptive utilisation
  • Protein nutrition in practice including,
    - Food
    - Feed
  • Societal aspects of global protein supply, novel protein sources potential

Keynote speakers


Prof. dr. ir. Louise O. Fresco is president of Wageningen University and Research Centre, one of the leading research Institutes worldwide in the field of Food, Agriculture and Life Sciences.
She served as Assistant Director-General for Food and Agriculture of the UN’s FAO in Rome, conducted field work in over 50 developing countries, served on the supervisory board of Rabobank, serves on the Board of Unilever and is also a published author and documentary maker. For details see

She adresses the opening lecture


Prof. dr. Howard-Yana Shapiro, Plant Science and External Research, Mars Incorporated.

Within Mars, Incorporated, Dr Shapiro is responsible for the plant science of their primary agricultural products, investigation of potential new plant based solutions for use in brands, review and oversight of existing and future plant based research, co-chair of the Plant Science Pod of the Mars Sustainability Advisory Council, member of the Technical Committee, and leader of the sustainability/production models for agroecological, agroforestry and agroeconomics of multifunctional cacao systems globally.

He is Adjunct Professor in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, The University of California, Davis. 

He has twice been a university professor, twice a Fulbright Scholar, twice a Ford Foundation Fellow and winner of the prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities Award. He has worked with indigenous communities, non-governmental organisations, governmental agencies and private institutions throughout the world and many national and regional agricultural institutions as an advisor and policy maker including, but not limited to, ACDI-VOCA, Winrock International, Gates Foundation, AFD, World Bank, UNDP-GEF, United States Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service, United States Agency for International Development, United States Forest Service, ICRAF (The World Agroforestry Centre), Conservation International, WWF, International Institute for Tropical Agriculture, The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and more.

Prof Shapiro is the author of three books and he is currently co-authoring three books, Chocolate: History, Culture and Heritage (published date 16 February 2009); the Science of Theobroma cacao: Botany, Chemistry & Medicine (publication date spring 2010); and the Future of Agroforestry and Landuse Globally (publication date fall 2010).

His presentation is entitled: “Alternative protein sources and future protein demand”


Prof. dr. Moughan, Riddet Institute, Massey University, New Zealand graduated PhD from Massey University in the area of mammalian protein metabolism in 1984. His early research career focused on digestive physiology and the mathematical modelling of amino acid digestion and metabolism in monogastric species of animal, especially avian, porcine, feline and human. Over the last 20 years he has led a systematic discovery-based research programme into the effects of diet on gut metabolism and digestion and, amongst other discoveries, is credited with establishing the role of food peptides in influencing gut protein metabolism. He has also made significant contributions to knowledge in the chemical analysis of foods and the development of bioassays of nutrient availability. The latter have had considerable application in practice. He is widely regarded as a world authority on mammalian protein metabolism and food evaluation science. He was a member of the 2001 FAO/WHO/UNU Expert Consultation to review the protein and energy requirements of humans and in 2011 he chaired the FAO Expert Consultation to review recommendations on the characterisation of dietary protein quality for humans. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, England and has published over 400 works of scholarship. In 2012 he was awarded the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Science Award and in 2014 an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Guelph.

His presentation is entitled: “Advances in a description of dietary protein quality for humans”


Prof. dr. Susanne Klaus, German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE) graduated PhD from University of Marburg (Germany) with a PhD in animal physiology in 1988.
Her research focus and expertise is on:

  • energy metabolism, thermogenesis and obesity
  • role of macronutrients and intestinal microbiota in energy metabolism and development of metabolic syndrome
  • role of adipose tissue and skeletal muscle in energy metabolism
  • mouse models for nutrition, energy metabolism, and aging research
  • nutritional intervention studies

Since 1997 she is professor of Physiology of Energy Metabolism at the University of Potsdam, Department of Nutritional Sciences, and group leader at the German Institute of Human Nutrition in Potsdam (DIfE).

Her presentation is entitled: “Diet and protein in relation to metabolic health’


Harry Aiking, formally retired from VU University in Amsterdam In May 2014 as an Associate Professor in “Chemistry & Food”. Continuing to supervise PhD students, he remains affiliated with the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM-VU), where he has been leading dozens of multidisciplinary projects on the interface of natural and social sciences since 1980. From 1999-2005, he led the interdisciplinary NWO programme PROFETAS (Protein Foods, Environment, Technology And Society).

He published over 350 publications and has been a European Registered Toxicologist (ERT) since 1997. With a background in biochemistry and microbiology, he worked as a research associate at Indiana University in Bloomington (IN), USA. Subsequently, he became a KWF (Dutch Cancer Fund) Fellow at the Central Blood Bank Laboratory in Amsterdam before he joined IVM-VU.

His presentation is entitled: “Sustainability and protein provision: drawing on a dozen different disciplines”


Alan Mackie, University of Leeds, United Kingdom, joined the Institute of Food Research in 1983. Since then he has worked on Interfacial layer composition, where the work was key to understanding how caseinate emulsions (common food systems) are stabilised and how that stability can be manipulated to give specific textures. This was subsequently focused on protein surfactant interactions: In particular he was interested in understanding how the interaction between proteins and surfactant at interfaces affected colloidal stability to flocculation and coalescence. They showed that proteins and surfactants stabilise colloidal structures in different ways and that these two mechanisms are incompatible and lead to phase separation at the interface known as Orogenic displacement.

More recently he has worked on Colloidal behaviour in the GI tract where his team has shown the ability of dietary fibre to limit hydrolysis products from in vitro digested emulsions from diffusing into intestinal mucus. In this work they have used multiple particle-tracking of latex beads to reveal the microstructure of intestinal mucus. They also show for the first time that the high negative charge imparted be bile adsorption to the oil droplets allows them to penetrate the mucus layer. Recently, he has used MRI to look at the link between gastric behaviour and physiological responses. In particular they show the importance of understanding the effects of the food matrix on rates of nutrient release.

In September 2016 he moved to University of Leeds to continue these studies as chair of colloid chemistry in the School of Food Science and Nutrition. He has over 180 peer reviewed publications, Total citations (non-self) = 4616, Average citations per item = 28.3, H-index = 44.

His presentation is entitled: “The effect of processing on the rate of protein digestion”

Organising Committee

Scientific Committee


Registration fee - terms of payment

Full fee PhD/MSc Student fee 24 October 25 October 26 October
500 400 200 275 175

The registration fees include:

  • Access to the conference; full program including plenary meetings for 24, 25, 26 October 2016
  • Coffee/tea/lunches during the conference
  • Conference bag
  • Use of wireless internet connection during the conference
  • Welcome Event on 23 october 2016
  • Conference Dinner on 25 October

Terms of payment

Practical information


For the conference “IPOP2016, Protein for life” we arranged several options for reserving rooms at 4 hotels in Ede. All hotel rooms can be reserved by contacting them directly by telephone or email. Do not forget mentioning 'IPOP2016', Only then you are assured to get the conference price.

Hotel and Congress Centre De Reehorst, Ede is situated nearby the railway station Ede-Wageningen and is also the venue for the Conference. 75 rooms in option for 'IPOP2016’ € 49,00 - € 59,00 per room, breakfast € 15,00 p.p., Tourist Tax p.p. € 2,00 Reservation through +31 318 750300 or sending an email to

Hotel Van der Valk, Veenendaal A newly build hotel, situated near highway A12, distance approx. 10 minutes by car from De Reehorst 25 rooms in option for 'IPOP2016’ € 85,00 per room breakfast included, Tourist Tax p.p € 1,00 1 person extra in the same room € 5,00, Tourist Tax € 1,00 Reservation through +31 318 799061 or sending an email to

Hotel De Paasberg, Ede Is situated in the Centre of Ede, distance approx. 10 minutes by car from De Reehorst 50 rooms in option for 'IPOP2016’ € 55,00 - € 65,00 per room breakfast included, Tourist Tax p.p € 2,00 1 person extra in the same room € 10,00, Tourist Tax € 2,00 Reservation through +31 318 651020 or sending an email to

Hotel PTC+, Ede Is situated nearby the Congress Centre De Reehorst, distance approx. 10 minutes on foot from De Reehorst 26 rooms in option for 'IPOP2016’ € 55,00 - € 65,00 per room breakfast included, Tourist Tax p.p € 2,00 1 person extra in the same room € 10,00, Tourist Tax € 2,00 Reservation through +31 318 712066 or sending an email to

Publication conference abstracts in a NJAS

The abstracts of the Protein for life conference can be published as full paper in a special issue of Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences (NJAS), the quarterly journal of the Royal Netherlands Society for Agricultural Sciences. The Scientific Committee of the Protein for life conference will make the selection of the potential papers from the received conference abstracts. Publications in NJAS must fulfil the qualification criterion of integrating scientific disciplines. More information on NJAS can be found on