The 2020 virtual meeting will feature a variety of interactive and pre-recorded sessions over 2 days. On the first day, Bonnie Schmidt from Let’s Talk Science will provide perspective on strategies to communicate science to a range of stakeholders. This theme will be carried forward immediately into an interactive “springboard” session.

Pre-recorded talks will include updates on Lactobacillus taxonomy changes and ISAPP consensus panels on synbiotics, postbiotics, and fermented foods. Also stay tuned for a virtual ‘Late Breaking News’ session (5-minute rapid-fire talks submitted by any participant) to complement the plenary lectures by top experts in the field.

NOTE: Previous registrations for the ISAPP 2020 annual meeting are no longer valid. Links will be available shortly for members to register to join the virtual live events via Zoom. Space is limited, so these registrations are on a first come, first served basis.

­ISAPP 2020 annual meeting virtual program

The virtual ISAPP 2020 annual meeting is open to speakers, 2020 IAC members, and ISAPP Students and Fellows Association (SFA) speakers. Registration is required to access the live events. A Zoom link will be sent to registered participants in advance of each session.

All recorded events will be available below from the release date through December 31, 2020. A password will be required for access. Please contact for more information.


Live event times in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (UTC-4), or New York Time

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

LIVE SESSIONS – Registration required to join via Zoom. Keynote, springboard summary, and consensus panel updates will be available afterward for on-demand viewing.

10:00-11:20 am

ISAPP welcome, Seppo Salminen, University of Turku, Finland

Introduction, Gregor Reid, University of Western Ontario, Canada

Keynote lecture: Own the message, Bonnie Schmidt, Let’s Talk Science, London, Canada

Summary of learning for ISAPP, Chris Cifelli

11:20-11:45 am


11:45 am -12:00 pm

Virtual Springboard session opening comments: Effectively communicating probiotic and prebiotic science: what are the ways forward? Glenn Gibson, University of Reading, UK. Session description.

12:00-12:55 pm

Virtual springboard concurrent discussions
Session A: Messaging for the general public, Glenn Gibson and Mary Ellen Sanders
Session B: Messaging for scientists and nutrition professionals, Gregor Reid and Brendan Daisley
Session C: Messaging for physicians, Dan Merenstein and Colin Hill
Session D: Messaging for traditional media and social media, Chris Cifelli and Kristina Campbell

12:55-1:15 pm

Virtual springboard summary, Glenn Gibson, Dan Merenstein, Gregor Reid, Chris Cifelli

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

LIVE SESSIONS – Sign-up required to join via Zoom. Lightning talks will be available afterward for on-demand viewing.

Discussion group written summaries will be posted by 8:00 am EDT (New York Time) on June 5, 2020.

8:00-9:30 am

Virtual discussion group: How your gut microbiota can help protect against viral infections, Karen Scott & Sarah Lebeer

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Virtual discussion group: Environmental probiotics, Gregor Reid & Greg Gloor

RECORDED SESSIONS – Registration not required. These lectures will be posted by 8:00 am EDT on June 2, 2020 for speakers, IAC members, and SFA members to view on demand.

ISAPP president’s update, Seppo Salminen, University of Turku, Finland

Synbiotics consensus panel, Kelly Swanson, University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana, USA

Fermented foods consensus panel, Maria Marco, University of California – Davis, USA

Postbiotics consensus panel, Gabriel Vinderola, UNL-CONICET, Santa Fe, Argentina

Short talk: Update of the taxonomy of the Lactobacillus genus complex, Sarah Lebeer University of Antwerp, Belgium

Short talk: ESPGHAN recommendations on probiotics for preterm infants and for acute gastroenteritis, Hania Szajewska

Short talk: Asian recommendations on probiotics, Reuben Wong, National University of Singapore

Short talk: AGA recommendations on probiotics for GI conditions, Geoffrey Preidis, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA

Plenary lecture: Microbial ecology: a framework for understanding probiotics/prebiotics, Isabelle Laforest-Lapointe, Université de Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada

Plenary lecture: Prebiotics and degenerative neurological disease, Ali Keshavarzian, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, USA

Plenary lecture: Precision microbiome modulation through discrete chemical carbohydrate structures, Jens Walter, University College Cork, Ireland

Students and Fellows Association Lightening Session. 10 min talks

Late Breaking News. 5 min talks