Low vitamin D status is prevalent among the population and evidence suggests that current levels of sun exposure and dietary intakes may be insufficient for many people to maintain an adequate vitamin D status all year round. The implications of low vitamin D status to health is an area of increasing interest and research. On 20 May 2014, BNF held a half day symposium to discuss Vitamin D: Needs, Intake and Status – A European Perspective, where experts reviewed the current evidence base on Vitamin D, provided an update on European wide intake, status and recommendations, and looked at the role and type of fortification and the importance of maternal intake.

Chair: Dr Mairead Kiely, Vitamin D Research Group, University College Cork

This event is accredited by the Association for Nutrition.

Tuesday 20th May, The Royal College of Surgeons of England, 35-43 Lincoln's Inn Field, London WC2A 3PE 

A full programme is detailed below:

13.00 Registration and refreshments

13.30 Introduction: British Nutrition Foundation presents New insights into Vitamin D in Europe

13.50 Current and future perspectives on Vitamin D: What we know and what we need to know: A review of current and future directions

Professor Roger Bouillon (KU Leuven, Belgium)  

14.20 European Recommendations for Vitamin D: The evidence behind the increased Nordic Nutrition Recommendation for Vitamin D

Professor Christel Lamberg-Allardt (University of Helsinki)

14.50 Vitamin D2 or Vitamin D3: Are They One and the Same?

Professor Susan Lanham New (University of Surrey)

15.20 Vitamin D intake and fortification: What is the role of fortified foods in achieving adequate intake and status?

Dr Mairead Kiely (University College Cork)

15.50 The importance of maternal vitamin D intake: The impact of maternal vitamin D on offspring bone mass – an important implication for public health?

Dr Nicholas Harvey (University of Southampton)

16.20 Closing comments

Kellogg's Europe and the Garfield Weston Foundation provided educational grants towards the success of this conference. However, the conference programme has been directed by the Foundation alone, which is committed to producing independent, evidence-based science. Colleagues from the European Nutrition Foundations' Network contributed vitamin D data from their respective nations.