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29 January 2013 In Events 0 comment


WineHealth 2013

  Sydney, 18-21 July 2013



Twenty years after the term the 'French Paradox' was coined, scientific studies continue to explore the complex relationship between the consumption of wine and health. This relationship has been the focus of a long standing series of scientific meetings starting in Udine (Italy) in 1996 followed by the New York Academy of Science Meeting in 2001 in Palo Alto, California (USA), Santiago (Chile) in 2002, Stellenbosch (South Africa) in 2005, Bordeaux (France) in 2007 and Friuli (Italy) in 2010. You are now invited to Sydney, Australia from the 18th to the 21st of July 2013 for WineHealth 2013.

 This Conference provides an opportunity to bring together world experts for a stimulating exchange of scientific information and ideas on the impacts of wine consumption on human health, and to explore the epidemiological evidence of the effect of wine as a unique alcoholic beverage.

 The Conference also aims to provide deeper insight into the biological mechanisms involved in any beneficial effects of wine on health, and how specific molecules present in grapes and wine have biological activities that may be harnessed for health. Sociological outcomes of the use and abuse of wine, and hence public health priorities will also be presented for debate and discussion.

 It is envisaged that these exchanges will contribute to the evidence base for public policy setting, provide direction for new research efforts into the health effects of wine, and offer opportunities for international collaborations.

 Key Dates and Deadlines

       Registration opens:  4 February 2013
Call for abstracts closes:  22 March 2013
Early registration closes:  5 April 2013
Author registration closes: 6 May 2013

For all the necessary information about the conference please visit the WineHealth 2o13.

29 January 2013 In Events 0 comment


36th World Congress of vine and wine

 Bucharest - Romania

 2-7 June 2013

 “Vine and Wine between Tradition and Modernity“


The XXXVIth World Congress of Vine and Wine and the 11th General Assembly of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) are to take place from 2nd to 7th June 2013, in Bucharest, Romania upon the invitation of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Romania. 

 Great specialists in the vitivinicultural sector form all over the world, will have wide-ranging discussions throughout the Congress, on the general theme: “Vine and wine between tradition and modernity”.

The OIV President Ms. Claudia Inés Quini in her invitation letter mentioned  "45 years after the last Congress held in Bucharest in 1968, it is a great opportunity to accept the invitation of the Romanian Ministry of Agriculture in order to get together during this important annual meeting of the world of vine and wine. Romania is a country with excellent climatic and geographic qualities, key factors for the production of high quality wines. This represents a great challenge and transformations focused on competition in the wine market worldwide.
I am convinced that all scientific presentations and exchanges will contribute to the development of a strong impulse to the OIV Strategic Plan."


Specialist in the Wine, Health and Social Aspects might be interested in the  topics of Culture, history and traditions in wine consumption, Consumer information and wine education of the 3rd Theme -Economy and law and of course of  the 4th Theme topics: Safety and Health.

Theme 4: Safety and Health

1.        Vitivinicultural products as part as of healthy diet
2.       Wine consumption patterns: health and social implications
Identification, reduction and removal of possible contaminants from vitivinicultural products.
Risk assessment, risk management and traceability

 Proposals for papers may be sent before 15th February 2013 via the website: 


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DG Sanco has announced on early December the adoption of the annual work plan 2013 for the health programme (COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION of 28 November 2012 concerning the adoption of the 2013 work plan in the framework of the second programme of Community action in the field of health (2008-2013), the selection, award and other criteria for financial contributions to the actions of this programme and the EU payment to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, serving as a financing decision - 2012/C 378/07).

Main priorities for 2013 will be:

  • Active and healthy ageing – focus on chronic diseases
  • Effective ways to invest in health – also health workforce
  • Patients' rights and safety
  • Advice and data, particularly on sustainable health systems

The work plan will also support the implementation of legislation in the following areas:

  • Safety and quality of tissues, cells and blood
  • Cross-border healthcare
  • Pharmaceuticals and medical devices 

More information on 2013 call for proposals for projects, conferences and operating grants

Scientists and Experts in the area of Alcohol and Health might find interesting the actions under the second objective " Promote Health"   like the  Joint action to support Member States in taking forward work on common priorities in line with the EU alcohol Strategy and the other actions linked to non- communicable and chronic diseases.

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