The Turin ONCA Conference

A Nutritional Care Policy Summit - June 6 & 7 2024

Optimal Nutritional Care for All

Launched in 2014, the Optimal Nutritional Care for All (ONCA) campaign is a multi-stakeholder initiative to facilitate greater screening for risk of disease-related malnutrition/undernutrition and nutritional care implementation across Europe.
The campaign supports national professional societies, associations and patient groups in public health and health care in 19 countries to implement nutritional risk screening and optimal nutritional care. The European Nutrition for Health Alliance (ENHA) provides structure, coordinates, inspires and facilitates.


Through the EU4Nutrition programme, ENHA and ONCA engage with the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the EU, to secure nutrition care in European Union’s policies, and programmes and in the recommendations to its Member States.

Malnutrition: from Awareness towards Control

Malnutrition and undernutrition affect over 30 Million European citizens and place an unacceptable burden on European citizens and health care budgets.

Integrating patient-centered nutritional care in health policies will significantly contribute to prevention, better patient outcomes, and improved quality of life. Moreover, ample scientific evidence shows that optimizing nutritional care is a very (cost-) effective measure.

Despite this overwhelming scientific evidence, malnutrition is often underdiagnosed and undertreated, causing unacceptable inequalities between people and countries.

Optimal nutritional care must be considered a human right and patients should have equitable, timely access to the nutritional care needed to achieve their best possible outcome. The overall aim of the conference is to provide tools and background to implement nutritional care plans for all citizens, whether at home or in a health care facility.

Day 1 of the ONCA Conference will take place in the astonishing Teatro Reggio, the Royal Theatre of Turin.

Day 2 will take place in the beautiful conference rooms of the NH Centro Hotel, which is located close to Torino Porta Susa.

The Conference Programme

Join us for an inspiring journey at the Optimal Nutritional Care for All (ONCA) conference in the enchanting city of Turin, Italy. In 2024, the conference will be proudly hosted by the Italian ONCA team, which includes the society for artificial nutrition and metabolism SINPE, the Italian patient organizations, the active scientific societies collaborating with SINPE in the interdisciplinary effort to combat malnutrition, representatives of the Ministry of Health and many more.

This conference edition marks a significant step forward as we aspire to further transform the ONCA conference into an even more interactive ‘European nutritional care policy summit.’ While securing the patient’s perspective, we will explore both national and European Union-level policies, bridging the gap between nutrition science and effective policies.

Interested in attending the conference?

If you would like to attend the Turin Conference 2024, please send your request to our secretariat or check the industry delegate package.

Please find the preliminary programme for days 1 and 2 below.

Day 1
Day 2


9.00 – 10.30
Pre-conference Patient-session
10:00 - 10:45
Registrations and Coffee
Antonella Lezo
President of SINPE, Italian Society for Clinical Nutrition
Olle Ljungqvist
Chair of the European Nutrition for Health Alliance
Alberto Cirio
President of the Piedmont Region and Health Councilor of the Piedmont Region
11:30 - 13:00 Session 1
Setting the scene: Implementing Nutritional Care for Optimal Health
Andrea Pezzana
Coordinator Piedmont Clinical Nutrition network
Empowering Health Through Nutritional Care: A Patient-Centric Journey of Progress
Laura del Campo
Federazione italiana delle Associazioni di Volontariato in Oncologia (FAVO)
AGOP Cancer Patients Associations
Getting Grip on Nutritional Care at a National Level
Orazio Schillaci, tbc
Italian Ministry of Health
Global Insights into Disease-Related Malnutrition: Understanding the Worldwide Impact
Francesco Branca
Director, Department of Nutrition and Food Safety, World Health Organisation
Enhancing Healthcare Systems: The Value of Nutritional Care Policies
McKinsey Health Institute
12:45 - 13:00
Interactive Panel Discussion
13:00 - 14:00
Optimal Lunch for All
14:00 - 15:15 Session 2
Collaborative Initiatives and Declarations: Strengthening Partnerships in WHO Europe
Annemieke van Ginkel-Res
President of the European Federation the Associations of Dietitians (EFAD)
Rocco Barazzoni
President of the European society for clinical nutrition and metabolsm (ESPEN)
Fostering Patient Advocacy: Catalysts for Advancing Nutritional Care Policies in the European Union
Valentina Strammiello
Director of Programmes, European Patients’ Forum (EPF), European Health Parliament Initiative
Nutrition Matters: Championing Enhanced Care in the European Union - Cancer, CVD and Mental health
Francesca Peppucci
Member of European Parliament’s Health Committee
Uniting IF patients' voices - Are we ready to accept the challenge?
Sergio Settani
Un Filo per la Vita
Marek Lichota
Appetite for Life
15:00 - 15:15
Interactive Panel Session
15:30 - 16:15
Coffee Break & Group Photo
16:15 - 17:30 Session 3
Celebrating Triumphs: Acknowledging the Impact of Community Dietitians in Italy
Ersilia Troiano
Italian National Dietitians Association
Harmony in Action: The Success of ONCA through Collaboration
Joost Wesseling
Executive Director, The European Nutrition Health Alliance (ENHA)
Navigating Nutritional Policies in the UK: Valuable Lessons from Intestinal Failure Strategies
Simon Lal
Professor of Gastroenterology
Aligning Health: Nutritional Care Strategies in Pursuit of CVD Policy Objectives
José Ramón González Juanatey TBC
World Heart Federation
Exploring Examples and Challenges in Nutritional Care Continuity
Guido Giustetto
President of the Family Physicians, Piedmont Region
Leisure Activity
Optimal Dinner at Esperia


07:00 - 08:00
Turin Sunrise run and Tai Chi
08:45 - 10:00
Plenary Session
Antonella Lezo
Annemieke van Ginkel-Res
The Italian Plan of attack for 2024 – Italian Societies Campaigning
ONCA Pre-conference Patient Session Recap and Actions
10:00 - 11:15
Interactive Break-out Workshops Round #1
  1. Empowering Health through Knowledge: Implementing Successful Nutrition Education
  2. Campaigning: ONCA 2030
  3. Economic Foundations: Steering Nutritional Care Policies Towards Health
11:15 - 11:45
Coffee Break
11:45 -13:00
Interactive Break-out Workshops Round #2
  1. Enabling Patient Engagement: The Essential Driver for Advancing Nutritional Policies
  2. Optimizing Malnutrition Awareness Week: Fostering Good Practices for Collective Success
  3. Transforming Nutritional Care Policies through Data-Driven Paradigm Shifts
13:00 - 13:30
Plenary Round-up
Malnutrition in the European Healthcare Policies – Our Moonshot
Michela Zanetti
University Hospital of Trieste, Italy
Closing & Farewell