7th Whole Grain Summit, Rome, Italy

"Dear Friends and Colleagues, 

As you all know, we had already announced that the next WGS would take place in Rome in November 2020 and we had started working towards that goal. However, as the COVID-19 virus pandemic, early in 2020, started spreading worldwide and disrupting travelling opportunities, the conference organizers have taken the responsible decision for the safety and well being of all participants to postpone the WGS to 25.-27. October 2021, always in Rome, in the same location. We believe in the numerous benefits of face to face scientific meetings and we hope the sanitary situation worldwide in October 2021 will be safe enough to allow the taking place of the WGS as planned with a great participation of people from all over the world.

The Whole Grain Summit (WGS) is a very focused event and a regularly organised international meeting (started in 2001, last meeting in Vienna in 2017) that encourages all sectors, disciplines and cultures to convene, collaborate and work towards understanding why and how to increase consumption of whole grain (WG) foods possibly through collective solutions. For this purpose, all stakeholders in the whole grains food chains are called to contribute, from plant and food scientists to health experts, food manufacturers and marketers, government regulators, communicators, focusing on the local and the international level. By the way, Rome is also the seat of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.

This 2021 WGS aims at building on past experience to update current knowledge worldwide on wholegrains and to prioritise interests, focus and leverage people, resources and funding around new models, approaches and initiatives within the Food System that help increasing WG intake in all sectors of the population. By inviting internationally renowned scientists as well as experts who shape the whole grain Food System (infrastructure) to participate, we collectively harness and directly apply the current body of biological and behavioural research & technology. This is also accomplished by strategically focusing on the development of new tools, methods, and approaches that fill critical gaps in the WG Food System, to enhance WG availability, accessibility and consumption, safeguarding sustainability and consumers’ health.

The Conference Committees made up of members from a variety of public and private Institutions from all over the world will be able to guarantee a plurality of opinions and build an outstanding programme spanning 3 days (25-27 October 2021), which encompasses oral presentations, workshops, panel discussions, tabletop exhibitions, poster presentations.

Please keep following all the developments on the conference website which will be constantly updated, while we'll do our best to provide you a safe environment for meeting again in Rome in 2021!"

Monday, October 25, 2021 to Wednesday, October 27, 2021