International Conference on Polyphenols and Health
Yves Desjardins : Event Ambassador
2 October 2017
Professor at the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences and researcher at the Institute of Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods and the Horticulture Research Centre, at the Université Laval, Mr Yves Desjardins was named Ambassador or the year 2016. He is the event ambassador behind the 8th International Strawberry Symposium held at the Québec City Convention Centre in August 2016 and the 8th International Conference on Polyphenols and Health (ICPH) held October 3 to 6, 2017.
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME AN AMBASSADOR?
You need to be recognized by your peers as a reference in your field and have a real desire to get involved and help advance science. And you really need to be part of an international scientific association or society, because they’re the ones holding events on a regular basis.
A CONFERENCE THAT WAS PARTICULARLY SUCCESSFUL?
The International Society for Horticultural Science’s 8th International Strawberry Symposium in August of 2016. It took four years of hard work to book the event, which drew some 600 delegates from all over the world and contributed $1.1 million to the city’s economy.
The 8th International Conference on Polyphenols and Health, October 3–6, 2017, at the Québec City Convention Centre. 500 people are expected. Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants found primarily in fruits and vegetables, as well as in tea, wine, and chocolate. They have many beneficial properties and play an important role in human health and the prevention of chronic disease. The focus of the conference will be on their positive health effects.
WHY WAS QUÉBEC CITY CHOSEN FOR THE CONFERENCE?
For the past decade, this biennial conference has been held in either Europe or Asia, but never North America. At the last conference in 2015, Yves Desjardins was approached to host the event in Québec City in 2017. He jumped at the chance, with support from the Québec City Convention Centre.