Symposium: From bricks to clicks: Challenges and opportunities of digital choice environments for healthy food choices

Date: Time: 12:30 Location: Mindlabs

The digital transformation of the food environment (e.g., supermarket websites and apps) presents both opportunities and threats regarding responsible consumption, particularly for promoting healthy food choices. In the past, digitalization has given rise to disparities resulting from a digital divide. Similarly, digital choice environments have shown potential for promoting healthy food choice, for example by personalised nudging, but these potential benefits have predominantly been reaped by individuals of higher socioeconomic position.

In this public symposium, organized to mark the launch of the DIGIQUITY4HEALTH project, speakers will outline key developments in digital food retailing, and address the transition from physical to digital choice environments and their implications for healthy food choices. Specifically, speakers will introduce 'just-in-time nudges': personalized and timely prompts or interventions designed to influence individuals' decisions and behaviours at the moment when they are making a choice. 

Furthermore, ethical issues associated with the use of such technologies will be explored. In alignment with the DIGIQUITY4HEALTH project's focus, speakers will consider the inclusivity and effectiveness of digital interventions among vulnerable groups and people lower in socioeconomic position. 

During the panel sessions, we will engage with stakeholders from both research and practice to discuss the practical implementation of these technologies and the factors crucial for achieving adoption and effectiveness among individuals with diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.
Audience: This symposium is targeted at researchers and professionals in the health promotion field, consumer behaviour & retail, and HealthTech. For example, academic and applied researchers, representatives from health organisations, R&D, product, brand, nutrition and health managers, innovation managers, business developers, and nutritionists are welcome, as well as anyone else whose interest is caught by the topic.


Tilburg University, Mindlabs (Locomotiefboulevard 101-119, 5041 SE Tilburg, The Netherlands).


12:30 - 13:00Walk-in and registration 
13:00 - 13:10 Welcome and opening by scientific lead Digital Sciences for Society ProgramBoudewijn Haverkort
13:10 – 13:20 DIGIQUITY4HEALTH project introductionNynke van der Laan
13:20 – 13:50Advances in digital food retailing: emerging opportunities and threats for healthy diets Barbara Deleersnyder 
13:50 – 14:20 Including lower SEP populations in health researchGera Nagelhout, Maastricht University 
14:20 – 14:50 Personalised Just-In-Time Nudges for Healthy Food choice Nynke van der Laan 
14:50 – 15:20 The Ethics of Personalized Digital Choice EnvironmentsBart Engelen
15:20 – 15:50Break: coffee/tea/water 
15:50 – 17:20Parallel sessions: panel discussions
In panel discussions, invited panel speakers present their perspective on the central question in 5-10 minutes, followed by a discussion and questions from the audience. 

Parallel session 1: Implementation in practice of digital choice environments stimulating healthy food choices 





Discussion leader: Arjen van Linn 
Invited panel: 

Len Clabbers – Nakko
Nard Clabbers – CNCC consultancy

Bart Bronnenberg - Tilburg University

More panel members will be announced



Parallel session 2: From creation to adoption: key considerations when designing digital choice environments for people with a lower socioeconomic position



Discussion leader: Nadine van der Waal

Invited panel: 

Kim Tenfelde – Tilburg University

More panel members will be announced. 

17:20Networking and drinks/bites 

Participation and registration

Participation at the event is free of charge, but registration is compulsory