The words "2nd International Yale Symposium on Olive Oil and Health" with olive branches behind them

The 2nd International Yale Symposium on Olive Oil and Health will take place at the European Cultural Center of Delphi, Greece, December 1-4, 2019. Olive oil experts, scientists, nutritionists, marketers, farmers, entrepreneurs, international dignitaries, and chefs from Greece, Italy, Spain, USA, UK, Japan, and Brazil will present the latest developments.

The Symposium’s Program includes presentations and discussions on nutrition, cooking, climate change, cultivar diversity, sustainable farming, marketing, consumer education, and research on olive products and derivatives and their established and potential health benefits.

Informative sessions will be interspersed with discussions and activities such as olive oil tastings, a chefs’ showcase, an olive grove tour, and a tour of the famous archaeological site of Delphi, which the ancients considered the center of the universe. During breaks, participants will have the opportunity to explore additional issues and findings presented on posters.

As the Symposium website indicates, the goal is to “present, discuss, and collectively pave the way forward towards a concerted effort to advance and promote the olive tree and its products, in the context of both human and planetary health.” The international organizing committee hopes to “encourage and stimulate discussion and propagate partnerships and collaborations among individuals and entities as part of the effort to establish a Yale Institute that will be devoted to the olive tree and its products.”

Organizers Tassos Kyriakides and Vasilis Vasiliou of the Yale School of Public Health point out the symbolic significance of this year’s Symposium location, Delphi: people from all over the world are coming to a place that was once viewed as the center of the universe. “The olive tree connects people, and what better place to gather than in the midst of one of the oldest olive groves in the world, the Delphic grove.”

Kyriakides and Vasiliou invite everyone interested in knowing more and engaging in discussions about the magnificent olive tree and its products to attend the Symposium. Online registration will be available through the end of November.

Kyriakides says he is looking forward to a very energetic and stimulating Symposium in Delphi. He expects this Symposium to provide a major boost toward the realization of the Yale Institute in the next few months.


Thanks to the Symposium organizers for the photos used with the article.

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