News from The Hellenic Dietetic Association
  • The Hellenic Dietetic Association celebrated its 50-year anniversary at the highly successful 15th Hellenic Congress on Nutrition and Dietetics.

    The Hellenic Dietetic Association is proud to present the key features and success factors of the 15th Hellenic Congress on Nutrition and Dietetics that took place in Athens, Greece, on 13-15 December 2019. Being the most important Greek scientific event on Nutrition and Dietetics, and one of the most successful nutrition events in Europe, the congress was attended by more than 2000 delegates.  

    One of the most important moments of the 15th Hellenic Congress on Nutrition and Dietetics was the plenary event to celebrate the launch of the Hellenic Dietetic Association 50 years ago. In a sentimental celebration, past presidents of the Hellenic Dietetic Association since its creation in 1969 were invited to give a speech and receive an honorary award. 



    For the scientific program of the congress, this year the Hellenic Dietetic Association joined forces with the Hellenic Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (GrESPEN) to co-organize the 15th Hellenic Congress on Nutrition and Dietetics together with the 4th Hellenic Congress on Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism. With the participation of 167 expert speakers, including leading academics, scientists and well-respected professional dietitians-nutritionists from Greece and abroad, the two major scientific events hosted 79 sessions, comprising of round tables and symposia, invited lectures, oral and poster presentation sessions as well as educational seminars, clinical tutorials and LLL courses. 

    The role of the Dietitian - Nutritionist in promoting health, nutrition education and scientific knowledge was a key topic of the scientific program. One of the success factors of the Hellenic Congress on Nutrition and Dietetics over the recent years is the level of advanced education and professional practice of Dietitians – Nutritionists in Greece. Research on diet, food, nutrition and their effects on health is progressing and constantly evolving in the last 20 years in Greek Universities, and Greek Dietitians – Nutritionists are playing a key role by actively leading or participating in research projects. The bi-annual Hellenic Congress on Nutrition and Dietetics is a great opportunity for researchers dietitians – nutritionists to present their work and share their findings with their peers. 



    The congress also provided the opportunity for delegates to get informed on the most updated clinical nutrition recommendations on certain diseases, to attend the latest scientific evidence and public health policies regarding the prevention, management and care of obesity and related non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, and to get an insight of scientific developments on emerging research topics such as sustainable diets, innovations in food science and technology, nutrigenomics and the effect of diet on gut microbiota, among a number of other subjects.  

    As socially responsible and sensitized members of the society, Dietitians-Nutritionists in Greece are actively supporting the notion that what and how people eat affects not only our body’s’ but our planet’s health as well. In this context, during the preparation and the whole duration of the 15th Hellenic Congress on Nutrition and Dietetics, the Hellenic Dietetic Association took environmentally sustainable actions such as recycling, food leftover offerings and no-food-waste activities, meeting the standards of international conferences. 

    We are proud to have organized one of the most successful local nutrition and dietetics conferences in Europe and we look forward to the 16th Hellenic Congress on Nutrition and Dietetics that will take place in Athens, Greece, in 2021. 

    15th Hellenic Congress on Nutrition and Dietetics and the 4th Hellenic Congress on Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism: http://www.hdacongress.gr/?lng=1
    Hellenic Dietetic Association: http://www.hda.gr (available in Greek)