SNFS Dialogue

SNFS Dialogue is a series of symposia addressing current topics of interest in the nutrition and food sciences. They usually take place in german language.

Upcoming SNFS Dialogue:

Food intolerances and allergies - Lifestyle diseases or metabolic disorders of increasing importance?

October 21, 2019, 02:00-05:00 pm

Universitätsclub Bonn e. V., Schumpeter Sitzungsraum (1. OG), Konviktstraße 9, 53113 Bonn

Interested journalists and the general public are cordially invited to attend the event with presentations, subsequent question and answer session and discussion!

Fructose intolerance, lactose intolerance, celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, allergies to milk protein, fish, nuts and so on... More and more people - so it seems at least - are affected by food intolerances and allergies. This is reflected, among other things, in a growing offer of "free of" foods in supermarkets.

The causes of the disorders are manifold, as are the symptoms. The increasing presence of nutrition topics and cooking shows in the media and the growing attention of consumers with regard to the topic of "health and nutrition" seem to be one reason for the increasing sensitivity of the population and the accumulation of self-diagnosed intolerances and allergies. 

SNFS would therefore like to take up the topic of "food intolerances and allergies" and, in this context, help to separate the myths from the facts. Together with proven experts, SNFS examines the patho-physiological basics, the differentiation of various disease patterns associated with food intolerances and allergies, their frequency in the population and the recommended diets.

Prof. Dr. Jan Frank (University of Hohenheim, Institute of Nutritional Sciences, Stuttgart; President of SNFS) 


Dr. Claudia Laupert-Deick (Practice for Nutrition Therapy and Coaching, Bonn): Nutrition trend Food intolerances - For whom does it really make sense to omit food?

Prof. Dr. Jörg Kleine-Tebbe (Allergy and Asthma Center Westend, Medical Practice Hanf, Ackermann & Kleine-Tebbe, Berlin): Allergies and food intolerances: between lifestyle diseases and death risk

Prof. Dr. Nanette Ströbele-Benschop (University of Hohenheim, Institute of Nutritional Medicine, Stuttgart):  Psychological and social aspects of food intolerances and allergies

Download poster (in German) here:

Participation is free of charge. 

The registration is closed.

Please note: 
The SNFS Dialogue will take place in german language!

Past SNFS Dialogue: 

Fats and oils in foods - from food technology to nutritional physiology


On February 20, 2018, SNFS, together with dedicated experts,  shed some light on the importance and role of fat in the diet and foods. Why do we need fats in our diet? What is their role in health and disease? Do we eat too much or the wrong kinds of fats? Why are certain fats frequently used by the food industry? These questions and more were addressed by our experts Dr. Sarah Egert, Professor Stefan Lorkowski and Professor Eckhard Flöter and intensively discussed with the audience. 

Prof. Dr. Jan Frank, President of SNFS and Professor of Food Biofunctionality at the University of Hohenheim, moderated an intensive discussion on the topic of fats with many nutrition and food scientists, journalists and representatives of professional societies and associations. 

"It is not the quantity but the quality of the dietary fats that is decisive for human health," concluded the nutrition and food experts at the end of the event. And palm fat also fulfils important technological functions in many foods and therefore cannot be easily replaced. 

Speakers and presentations:

PD Dr. Sarah Egert (German Nutrition Society & University of Bonn): 
The role of fats in nutrition

Prof. Dr. Stefan Lorkowski (University of Jena): 
Fats: What do nutrition societies currently recommend and do we need to reformulate recommendations based on findings from recent studies?

Prof. Dr. Eckhardt Flöter (Technische Universität Berlin):
The food technology of fats

Please read the joint press release (in German) of SNFS and the University of Hohenheim for further details.

Past SNFS Dialogue: 

Communication between scientists and (science) journalists - Pitfalls and solutions

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Simplifying scientific data and  and communicating them through media to the general audience without distorting the findings can be a challenge for both scientists and journalists. This symposium was held September 22, 2016, in Berlin and brought together researchers and (science) journalists, highlighted pitfalls and present some solutions for improved communication between them to ensure accurate presentation of research and scientific findings in the media.

Speakers and presentations:

Prof. Dr. med. Jörg Hasford (Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich)

presented common types of human studies, explained basic principles and methodology and gave an overview of their significance and permissible and impermissible conclusions.

Kathrin Zinkant (Editor in the Knowledge Department of the Süddeutsche Zeitung):

talked about her work as a science journalist and explained how she selects scientific topics for the media, reviews study results and conclusions and prepares them for the reader.

Prof. Dr. Peter Stehle (Institut für Ernährungs- und Lebensmittelwissenschaften, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

talked about his personal experiences as a scientist in his communication with journalists and how he prepares and presents his research data for journalists.

Click here to read a brief report (in german) on this SNFS Dialogue.