“Game changing medicine through plant-based nutrition” was the motto at VegMed 2018. With over 1,300 visitors and 50 speakers, the 5th VegMed was the most successful event so far. The congress this year (April 20 – 22 in Berlin) included original research through keynote speeches, research sessions, debates and panel discussions, plus ample time for audience participation. In addition, an accompanying program was offered, including practice-oriented workshops and platforms for professional networking. VegMed 2018’s mission was to foster the development of new collaborative global activities and to establish networks in order to strengthen existing international partnerships within the field of plant-based nutrition research and practice.
For the first time VegMed made it possible to take part in the event without the need to actually be there in person, through online-streaming. For a reduced fee, people from all over the world could see and hear talks, presentations and discussions. Neal Barnard, a star in the plant-based science community held a very much appreciated keynote speech in which he talked about cheese as a potential contributor to obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The fact that the German Nutrition Society, traditionally a conservative NGO dealing with nutrition, had sent their president, Prof. Dr. Ulrike Arens-Azevedo to hold a keynote speech was another highlight that shows that plant-based diets are becoming a mainstream topic.
The next VegMed Germany will take place in 2020, and there are already concrete plans to launch VegMed UK in Great Britain in 2019.
About VegMed: VegMed is a scientific congress on plant-based nutrition and a shared project by a reputable consortium of the Charité Medical University, the Immanuel Hospital Group, Stiftung Reformhaus-Fachakademie and ProVeg, along with a number of affiliated high-profile partner institutions. Together with our scientific advisory board, all speakers are selected critically and carefully to provide a sophisticated platform for medical doctors, dietitians, other health care professionals, researchers and students.
More information: http://vegmed.org/