13th European
Grangeneuve, Switzerland
11 – 13 October 2023
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Wednesday, 11 October 2023

Farm and Dairy visits (2 farms and 1 dairy per technical tour)

08:30 – 17:00
Optional selection of dairy and farm visits:

  • Tour 1: Gruyère AOP
  • Tour 2: Vacherin fribourgeois AOP
  • Tour 3: Mountain cheese from Fribourg
  • Tour 4: Emmental AOP
  • Tour 5: Various cheeses from Berne

Details about the tours

18:00 – 19:30

Joint apéro

19:30 – 22:00
Joint dinner with representatives from the Swiss dairy sector. Swiss Federal
Councillor Guy Parmelin will be among us, if possible.

Thursday, 12 October 2023

08:30 – 12:00

Optional selection of workshops and presentations as well as a tour of
Liebefeld Kulturen AG

Details about the workshops

FACE General Assembly

12:00 – 13:30


Possibility to visit the poster exhibition and the information stands

12:00 – 13:30

FACE Conference

13:30 – 18:00
Languages: German, French and English (with simultaneous translation)
Presentations available online after the conference (no proceedings)


13:30 – 14:45
Welcoming addresses and introduction of the conference programme
Chaired by Marie-Therese Fröhlich-Wyder, Head of the Scientific
Programme Committee

  • Christian Hofer, Director Federal Office for Agriculture
  • Didier Castella, Government Councillor of the Canton of Fribourg
  • Kerstin Jürss, President of FACEnetwork
  • Hans Aschwanden, President of Fromarte
  • Daniela Weber, Cheese maker and managing director

Session 1: Quality and safety

15:15 – 16:25

Ending the War on Artisan Cheese
Catherine Donnelly, University of Vermont, Emeritus (USA)

Safety and quality of raw milk cheeses: Two sides of the same coin
Hans-Peter Bachmann, Agroscope (Switzerland)

3 short presentations of posters
Chaired by Hans-Peter Bachmann, Scientific Programme Committee and Local Organizing Committee

16:25 - 16:40

Panel discussion on Current and future challenges for raw milk products
Moderated by Monika Lüscher Bertocco, Local Organizing Committee

16:40 – 17:10

European Cheese Buffet


BOC: Bring your own Cheese

Are you a cheesemaker?
Then you are very welcome to participate in the BOC.
Bring your own cheese for the European Cheese Buffet.

Friday, 13 October 2023

FACE Conference

09:30 – 12:40

Session 2: Sustainability

09:30 – 10:40

The role of sustainable grassland management for food security and maintenance of natural resources
Urs Niggli, agroecology.science, Institute of sustainable food & farming systems (Switzerland)

Guide for sustainability in artisanal cheese dairies in Switzerland
Elisabeth Eugster, School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL, Zollikofen (Switzerland)

Session 3: Health effects

Micronutrient-transport to immune cells by whey proteins: A missing link to health and immune resilience
Franziska Roth-Walter, University of Vienna (Austria)

The protective effect of raw milk and raw milk Kefir on the development of allergic disease
Betty van Esch, Utrecht University (Netherlands)


12:40 – 14:00

Session 4: Microbial biodiversity

14:00 – 15:10

Microbial transfers across a food chain: from grassland to cheese using systemic and multidisciplinary approaches
Céline Delbès, INRAe Aurillac (France)

Importance of raw milk lactic acid bacteria for cheesemaking: a new approach for their detection
Elena Bancalari, University of Parma (Italy)

Coffee Break

15:10 – 15:40

Panel discussion on “Conclusions from the conference”
Moderated by Stefan Truttmann, Local Organizing Committee

15:40 – 16:10


16:10 – 16:20
Chaired by Hans-Peter Bachmann, Scientific Programme Committee and Local Organizing Committee

- Poster Award
- Acknowledgements & Outlook for 2024

Apero riche - A glass of friendship at the end
16:20 – 18:00

Following optional program:
(no registration needed)

Saturday, 14 October 2023

Open Days in Grangeneuve

Sunday, 15 October 2023

Open Days in Grangeneuve