Back to All Events

Ending Iodine-Deficiency by 2020

  • Impact Hub Geneva Rue Fendt 1 1201 Geneva Switzerland (map)

Iodine deficiency is the world’s most prevalent, yet easily preventable, cause of brain damage. Iodine deficiency disorders (IDD), represent a serious threat to children’s mental health and often their very survival. Universal salt iodization – the practise of adding iodine to salt – is the most cost effective way to tackle iodine deficiency disorders.

Today we are on the verge of eliminating iodine deficiency.

To celebrate success and explore future opportunities, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Iodine Global Network (IGN), the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and the Effective Altruism Geneva organize the event ‘Towards the Elimination of Iodine Deficiency by 2020’ on Tuesday, 23 May 2017 from 18:30 at Impact Hub, Geneva.

Speakers include:

Prof. Michael Zimmerman, MD, Chair, Iodine Global Network (IGN)
Dr. Valeria Galetti, PhD, Human Nutrition, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)
Dr Francesco Branca (TBC), Director of the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, World Health Organization (WHO)
Jonas Vollmer, Director of Communications, Effective Altruism Foundation

Moderator: Greg S. Garrett, Director, Food Fortification, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

A reception will follow the panel discussion.

RSVP by Monday, 22 May 2016 here: or write to


You need to sign up for this event, as attendance is limited.

Official event page:

Earlier Event: May 16
Social meetup