Nutrition and healthy ageing

25 Nov 2015

Organised by Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue
Location: Rüschlikon/ Zurich, Switzerland

About the event

People are living longer than ever before. It is a great achievement; but comes at a cost, notably an increase in chronic conditions and the need for care. There is growing evidence that healthy behaviours will play a large role in how long we will live and quality of our final years. We are what we eat; and good nutrition is emerging as a vital component of healthy ageing.

The conference brought together representatives and experts from the nutrition and food industry, healthcare, policy making and insurance to discuss the latest research and best practice from the field. We focussed on recent scientific findings such as the impact of nutrition on healthy aging; the understanding of nutrient-gene interactions; and the use of biomarkers in determining the contribution of nutrition to health. The conference also considered the behavioural component of nutritional intake; and how we can encourage populations to improve their diets. 

Participation is by invitation only.

Recordings and PDFs


Registration and welcome coffee


Welcome and introduction
Christoph Nabholz, Head Business Development, Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue


Healthy ageing: A futile or realistic objective?
Manfred Eggersdorfer, Senior Vice President Nutrition Science & Advocacy, DSM Nutritional Products, and Professor for Healthy Ageing, University Medical Center Groningen


Is deteriorating health an inevitable consequence of ageing?
Kevin Somerville, Medical Consultant, Life & Health Products, Swiss Re


Coffee break


Nutritional strategies in healthy ageing
Heike A. Bischoff-Ferrari, Chair, Department of Geriatrics and Ageing Research, University of Zurich and University Hospital of Zurich, and Principal Investigator and Coordinator of DO-HEALTH


Personalised nutrition in healthy ageing
Sebastiano Collino, Platform Manager and Senior Scientist, Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences


Incentives for a healthy living
Panel discussion moderated by Christoph Nabholz, Head Business Development, Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue

  • Bas Kremer, Head of the Technology Cluster Innovations4Health, Berenschot BV
  • Christel Lamberg-Allardt, Professor, Department of Food and Environmental Science, University of Helsinki
  • Stephan Wilms, Chief Financial Officer, Visana Services AG


Networking and refreshments



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Photos by Deniz Kenber