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Coeliac Disease Awareness Month

During May, Coeliac Awareness Month, particularly on "International Coeliac Disease Awareness Day" on May 16, various coeliac organizations worldwide will unite in national and international campaigns to amplify their message and mission of raising awareness about celiac disease.

Some associations will host events throughout May, while others will highlight coeliac disease by participating in the "Shine a Light on Celiac Disease" movement.

On Shine a Light Day, coeliac organizations worldwide collaborate to illuminate landmarks and buildings on May 16.

The photo depicts the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 16, 2023, illuminated in green at the request of the Brazilian Coeliac Society, Movimento Celíacos do Brasil.

Photo credit: Movimento Celíacos do Brasil.

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The National Celiac Week

Date: 11-19 May, 2024
City: all over Italy
Place: Italy

The week takes place every year in May, coinciding with International Coeliac Day (May 16).

Nine days to shine a spotlight on the false myths and countless fake news that often contribute to misinformation, lack of knowledge about coeliac disease, and consequently the needs and rights of patients.

The events consists of a packed schedule of appointments dedicated to people with coeliac disease and beyond, thanks to the events and initiatives organized by the 21 territorial branches of AIC.

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Week of International Coeliac Day

Date: 11-19 May, 2024
City: all over Slovenia
Place: Slovenia

The Slovenian Coeliac Society organizes a series of events dedicated to the International Coeliac Day all over Slovenia. The events organized highlight the most pressing issues faced by coeliac patients in Slovenia, categorized into 3 main points: (i) prolonged diagnostic delays, (ii) eating outside the home, (iii) the financial burden for coeliac patients.

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Date: 15 May, 2024
Time: 16:45 - 17:00
City: Milano, Italy
Place: ESPGHAN Special Interest Group, Amber 6

The European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) every year organize an annual conference to discuss and share the latest novelties and advancements in paediatric gastroenterology.

This year the event takes place during Coeliac Awareness Month in May in Milano, Italy between May 15-18.

AOECS will be represented by our chairperson of the Board, Tunde Koltai who also will speak at the conference Special Interest Group progress meeting.

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Expert consultations

Date: 15 May, 16 May, 3 June, 2024
Time: 10:00 - 17:00 (depending on day)
City: Łódź May 15, Warsaw May 16, Łódź June 3
Place: National Health Fund, Łódź Voivodeship Branch and National Health Fund in Warsaw, ul. Chałubińskiego 8

In May and June, the Polish Coeliac Society will be holding expert consultations at the regional offices of the National Health Fund in Łódź and Warsaw. The public is warmly invite you to visit the stand and take advantage of free advice.

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Gluten-free lunch at Dr.Schär Headquarters

Date: 16 May, 2024
Time: 12 pm
City: Lyon
Venue: Dr.Schär Headquarters

The French Coeliac Society arranges a gluten-free lunch workshop, culinary entertainment and Schar quiz with gluten-free prizes.

French Society webpage


Celiac Strong Day

Date: 16 May, 2024
Place: Nationwide
Time: All day

On Thursday, May 16, 2024, in honor of International Celiac Disease Awareness Day, the Celiac Disease Foundation will support schools nationwide for an awareness day called Celiac Strong Day.

We are sending students and teachers materials to educate their schools about celiac disease, and our Proud Sponsor Nairn's will be providing gluten-free snacks.

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Day of Giving

Date: 16 May, 2024
Place: Global
Time: All day

For 24 hours, in recognition of International Celiac Disease Awareness Day, the Celiac Disease Foundation board of Directors will match gifts dollar for dollar up to $25,000

Together we have made tremendous progress towards accelerating diagnosis, treatments, and finding a cure for celiac disease. Your support today brings us one step closer to a world where no one suffers from celiac disease.

Link to page


Shine A Light on Celiac Disease

Date: 16 May, 2024
Place: Global
Time: Evening

Celiac disease organizations across the globe are once more coming together to shed light on the seriousness of this autoimmune condition and the need for ongoing research, treatments, and ultimately, a cure. The Celiac Disease Foundation is proudly aligning with this global initiative to amplify our unified message.

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Celiac Disease Awareness Day Proclamations

Date: 16 May, 2024
Place: Nationwide
Time: All day

Each year, elected officials across the United States make formal proclamations recognizing May 16 as Celiac Disease Awareness Day. The Celiac Disease Foundation encouraged our community to begin requesting proclamations in early April, as they vary in terms of lead time. See the event link for a map of the states involved.

Event link



ONCE lottery coupon

Date: 16 May, 2024
City: all over Spain
Place: Spain

The ONCE coupon in Spain refers to the daily lottery draw organized by the National Organization of Spanish Blind People (Organización Nacional de Ciegos Españoles - ONCE).

On May 16th the International Coeliac Disease Day is featured on the ONCE coupon to commemorate this important day and also that Federación de Asociaciones de Celíacos de España (FACE) have their 30th anniversary this year.

This action is part of the activities that FACE and the coeliac associations integrated into FACE are carrying out throughout the month of May.

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Seminar - Nourishing Celiac Health: News in Food Classification, Protocols, and Research

Date: 16 May, 2024
Time: 18:30
City: Barcelona
Place: L'Harmonia Museum, Placa Josep Bordonau i Balaguer 6

On this seminar, doubts regarding food classification will be resolved and the latest developments in food safety protocols, research, and investigation will be presented. The objective is to eduacate about coeliac disease in order to give a broader common knowledge.

Joel Huguet, Food Technologist and Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Nutrition, Chronic Diseases, and Healthy Aging, will be responsible for conducting the talk.




Conference on Coeliac Disease:
What It Is, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Date: 16 May, 2024
Time: 18:30
City: Lisbon
Place: Cultural Scope Room of El Corte Inglés in Lisbon - 6th Floor

The Cultural Scope of El Corte Inglés and the Portuguese Coeliac Society (APC) invite the public to this conference. Partnering with specialists in the field and collaborating with the Portuguese Coeliac Association, El Corte Inglés will promote an information session on a disease often misunderstood and disregarded.

Registration for the event is mandatory.

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Online presentation: From End to End with Lotte Fynne

Date: 16 May, 2024
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
Place: Online

What actually happens in the gastrointestinal tract, and how do you know if you have irritable bowel syndrome? And most importantly: What can you do about it?

Lotte Fynne is a specialist in gastrointestinal disorders and a lively communicator on the subject. Together with specialist nurse Gerd Johnsen, she has published the book "From End to End" about bowel problems.

At the webinar, Lotte Fynne will go through the gastrointestinal tract and talk about bowel disturbances, especially constipation and irritable bowel syndrome.

The event is reserved for members of the Danish Coeliac Society and registration beforehand is mandatory.

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Making coeliac bracelets

Date: 16 May, 2024
Time: 15:00 - 19:00
City: Stockholm
Place: The Park, Marievik, Årstaängsvägen 21

The Swedish Celiac Association and SCUF - Swedish Celiac Youth Association invites to a coeliac afternoon. There will be an opportunity to make celiac bracelets for a symbolic amount where all proceeds will go in full to the Celiac Fund - which raises funds for Swedish research on celiac disease.

In addition to beading, there will be lectures and gluten-free treats from ICA, Fria, Wellibites, Schär, and Coop. There will also be gluten-free lottery tickets sold to benefit the Celiac Fund.

Registration beforehand is mandatory.

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50 Years - Deutsche Zöliakie Gesellschaft

Date: 18 May, 2024
City: Stuttgart, Germany
Place: Römerkastell Stuttgart“, Naststraße 43 – 45

The central event for World Coeliac Disease Day goes hand in hand with the celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the German Coeliac Disease Society (DZG).

There will be a colorful entertainment program for all generations on Saturday, May 18, starting at 11 am. Live music, comedy,  theater, a special children's program and many interesting speakers about coeliac disease will ensure an entertaining and informative day.

Of course, there will be a large selection of gluten-free food and drinks. Visitors can go on a journey through time in the DZG Museum. Gluten-free food producers will be presenting their products and it will be like a class reunion for the coeliac community.

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Czech Republic


Date: 18 May, 2024
Time: 10:00 - 15:00
City: Prague
Place: PVA Expo, Hall 8, Beranových 667

The event is intended for anyone interested in coeliac disease and related conditions, gluten intolerance, and a gluten-free diet. Come listen to lectures by leading experts on coeliac disease and the gluten-free diet, and participate in subsequent discussions.

Presentations by manufacturers, importers, and sellers of gluten-free foods will allow you to learn about market innovations, taste a wide selection of gluten-free products, and make advantageous purchases. Some exhibitors offer the option to pre-order their products.

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Coeliac Conference

Date: 25 May, 2024
Time: 08:30 - 15:30
City: Zürich
Venue: Technopark

Experience informative sessions on the topics of pediatric gastroenterology, gluten-free nutrition, and psychology. Get individual advice on nutritional counseling as well as traveling with celiac disease and delve into the world of gluten-free products.

Registration for the coeliac conference can be done directly through the  online shop.

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Gluten-Free Festival

Date: 25 May, 2024
City: Apeldoorn
Place: Zwitsalterrein Apeldoorn

The founding meeting of the Dutch Celiac Association took place on September 21, 1974. This year they celebrate their 50th anniversary—a perfect time for a celebration!

Instead of the annual Dutch Celiac Disease Day, the Dutch Coeliac Society (NCV) organize a gluten-free festival for the first time for the members of the NCV. On Saturday, May 25, the Zwitsal site in Apeldoorn will transform into a festive venue! A day filled with food, drinks, demonstrations, lectures, and entertainment is promised.

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Târgul Happy Gluten-Free Fair

Date: 2 June, 2024
City: Bucharest
Place: Caro Hotel

The Happy Gluten Free Fair is organized by the Romanian Association for Gluten Intolerance (ARIG). It is one of the most important events in the industry, marking International Celiac Disease Day in Romania.

Dozens of producers, importers, and distributors are ready to present you with the latest products. An excellent opportunity to discover new tastes and textures. A moment of joy and connection for children and adults alike.

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Coeliac Day Virtual Run 2024

Date: 13-19 May, 2024
Where: anywhere
What: an excersize event to support food shipments to Ukraine

Join forces with AOECS and national coeliac societies across Europe for an exhilarating event like no other – the Coeliac Day Virtual Run! This isn't just any run; it's a pan-European movement to make a tangible difference. By registering, you're not just committing to a 3 km or 10 km run; you're becoming a vital part of a community rallying to support the shipment of gluten-free food to those in need in Ukraine. Lace up your sneakers, join the cause, and let's run for a purpose together!