The conference was chaired and facilitated by Professor Linda Tapsell from the University of Wollongong, Australia. Dr Luis Serra Majem, from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, opened the meeting, outlining the cultural heritage of the Mediterranean Diet and noting its recognition by UNESCO for representing Intangible Cultural Heritage. Dr Emilio Ros from the landmark PREDIMED study which proved the effects of the Mediterranean Diet gave a number of presentations from the study team.
There were a number of presentations by researchers from Australia and Spain which analysed various concepts of the Mediterranean Diet. Local researchers reported on studies of the Mediterranean Diet in Australia, with a particular interest in the effects of migration and cultural integration on eating patterns. Overall the conference was a great success, with a wide spectrum of presenters, ably followed up by a panel of experts.