Tenth NAV Public lecture about Nutrition in crisis

On 23 January 2023 at Antropia in Driebergen-Zeist (the Netherlands) Dutch Academy of Nutritional Sciences (NAV) will hold the tenth public lecture in English. This year, the executive director of the Micronutrient forum, an international expert organisation, Saskia Osendrap, PhD will talk about the challenges of global food and nutrition security. 

The event is held also virtually which is free of cost. 

For those who attending physically in Driebergen-Zeist (NL) is free of charge if members of NAV and €15 for non-members.

The public lecture of Saskia Osendarp is entitled:

Nutrition in crisis:

Since 2020, crises have threatened global food and nutrition security. COVID-19, climate change, and conflicts. The iceberg is much bigger. Less visible is the rise in people who can’t afford a healthy diet with micronutrient-rich foods. Inflation makes nutritious foods unaffordable for many low-income consumers even in high-income countries. Preschoolers and pregnant women are vulnerable to micronutrient deficiencies because of this. Even in high-income countries, 56% of preschool children and 69% of women of reproductive age are micronutrient deficient. Billion women and children are affected. Early micronutrient deficiencies harm health and development for life. We have a strong evidence base on a suite of cost-effective interventions across food, health, and social protection systems, unlike other health or nutrition challenges. We need to learn more about interactions and trade-offs between these interventions, micronutrient status, and interrelated crises: climate change, pandemics, conflicts, and food price inflation. Some micronutrient interventions, like increasing animal food consumption, may improve micronutrient status but harm the climate. Climate change and extreme weather threaten micronutrient content of nutritious foods, reduce yields, and increase the risk of infectious diseases, increasing people’s need for micronutrients. These interactions show the need for more integrated solutions that put nutrition, specifically micronutrient nutrition, at the centre of our efforts to build resilience in a world of overlapping shocks and crises.

Call for nominations: 2022/2023 NSTF-South32 Awards

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) calls for nominations for the 25th NSTF-South32 Awards.

South African innovation in SET (science, engineering, and technology) is honoured with these renowned awards (SA). Since 2012, South32 has been a co-branding sponsor. Therefore, the awards are known as the National Science and Technology Foundation South by Southwest Awards (NSTF-South32 Awards).

NSTF’s theme for 2023Ocean science for sustainable development. This theme was chosen in response to the United Nations (UN) proclamation of the decadal theme of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development for 2021-2030.

Special Annual Theme Award for 2023: The NSTF is making a special award this year for an outstanding contribution to SET and innovation through research and innovation in ocean science for sustainable development. This Special Award is intended to focus on research and innovation in ocean science in support of attaining the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in South Africa.

Contributions recognised: Register nominations for individuals, teams, partnerships and organisations for an outstanding contribution to SET and innovation in SA. The contributions recognised are in the following broad areas:

  • Scientific research
  • Management of SET and innovation and related activities
  • Capacity building in engineering research
  • Water management solutions
  • Clinician-Scientists NEW
  • The Green Economy
  • Data for research
  • Innovations and their research and/or development
  • Communication and creating awareness of SET and innovation
  • Non-governmental organisation activities, which could include technologytransfer, and education and training activities
  • Ocean sciences for sustainable development

Award nomination process

This is a two-stage nomination process:

Stage 1 – Register a nomination by Thursday 15 December 2022

  1. Please note that the registration of a nomination is only the beginning of the two-stage nomination process. When you register a nominee, the NSTF Office will respond with the official category nomination form, to be completed by 3 March 2023 (Stage 2).
  2. Notify the nominee that you intend to nominate him/her/them (team/organisation). Ensure that you receive their agreement to participate.
  3. Complete and submit the online registration. The nominee will receive an email notification from awards@nstf.org.za confirming receipt of the registration of their contact details. Please alert the NSTF Office at awards@nstf.org.za should the nominee not receive this notification and the relevant forms (the subject line says: ‘Subscription Confirmation’).

Stage 2 – Submit completed nomination documents by Friday 3 March 2023

  • Ensure that the fully completed nomination form/s that you received from the NSTF office are emailed to the NSTF before the final deadline and that you receive a confirmation from the NSTF Office.
  • Please note that planning and time are required to complete the nomination document. Hence there is a two and a half months period (December to March) provided for this preparation.

For more information and a list of awards, and categories visit the NSTF website.

IAEA & EAGEN joint webinar

IAEA & EAGEN joint webinar on A novel 13C-Sucrose Breath Test to assess gut health and sugar intake in the context of the double burden of malnutrition will take place on 17 November at 15:30 CET.

Registration is required to join this event.

The headlines and speakers of the event are as follows

Understanding gut function and its relevance to child health from a stable isotope lens by Dr Victor Owino, Nutritional and Health-Related Environmental Studies Section, Division of Human Health, International Atomic Energy Agency, Austria 

13C sucrose breath test: what does it tell us about gut function in environmental enteropathy by Dr Douglas Morrison, Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre, Glasgow, United Kingdom and Dr Paul Kelly, Tropical Gastroenterology & Nutrition Group, University of Zambia School of Medicine, Zambia

13C-SBT in assessing intestinal function in EED and its link to growth: findings from Peru, India, and Bangladesh by Dr Nirupama Shivakumar, St John’s Research Institute, Bangalore, India

13C stable isotope breath testing to measure intestinal function and impacts of the double burden of malnutrition by Dr Roger Yazbek, Flinders University, Australia

Moderation: Professor Dr Heinz Hammer, Gastroenterology, Graz University Hospital, Austria

Nutrition at the 27th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP27)

The UN-Nutrition has announced the holding of 27th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP27)in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from 6 to 18 November. 

More than 45,000 persons representing Parties, UN and regional organisations, companies, civil society, the scientific community, indigenous and local communities enrolled to enhance and accelerate climate action and follow through on collective commitments and pledges.

Food systems are on the COP27 agenda this year like never before. UN-Nutrition, the United Nations coordinating mechanism for nutrition, will continue to actively engage in raising awareness about the interconnections between diets, food systems, and climate change, as well as emphasising the importance of addressing nutritional and environmental challenges through collaborative policy options that generate co-benefits for people and the planet. UN agencies play an important role in assisting international, national, and subnational policymakers in developing evidence-based policies and programmes that benefit nutrition and the environment. At COP27, UN-Nutrition will advocate for the inclusion of healthy diets derived from sustainable food systems and improved nutrition in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) (NAPs).

The following are some of the events that will be held that are related to nutrition:

  • For the first time in the history of the UN Conference of Parties, COP27 will have a pavilion dedicated to food and agriculture. Organized by FAOCGIAR and The Rockefeller Foundation, the Food and Agriculture Pavilion will host a rich program of events that will show how agrifood systems are part of the solution to the climate crisis, bringing together government and community leaders, farmers, academics and other experts who are taking decisions on innovative solutions to help countries take effective climate action.

Check out the Food and Agriculture Pavilion program here: https://cop27foodpavilion.cgiar.org/


  • Small-scale farmers produce up to 80 per cent of the food in developing countries but receive less than 1.7 per cent of climate finance. Also this year, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will be at COP27 to amplify the voices of small-scale producers and promote their role in climate change responses and resilient food systems.

Check out the IFAD Pavilion program here: https://www.ifad.org/en/web/events/cop27


  • Climate change is already affecting people’s health and will continue to do so at an accelerating rate unless urgent action is taken. The World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust and partners will host the Health Pavilion that will convene the global health community and its partners to ensure health and equity are placed at the center of the climate negotiations.

Check out the Health Pavilion program here: https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2022/11/06/default-calendar/cop27-health-pavilion


The International Science Council has announced that Dr Salvatore Aricò will take on the role of CEO

IUNS, as an ISC member, is pleased to share their announcement of the appointment of Dr Salvatore Aricò as Chief Executive Officer of The International Science Council. Dr Aricò will take over as CEO in January 2023, succeeding Dr Heide Hackmann.

Salvatore brings 30 years of international scientific experience, including as Head of Ocean Science at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO), Executive Secretary of the United Nations Secretary-Scientific General’s Advisory Board, Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the United Nations University, and Chief of Programme at the Convention on Biological Diversity.

GIRACT’S European PhD in flavour research awards 2022/2023

Applications deadline: 31st October 2022
Promoting Flavor Research amongst PhD Students in Europe

Giract is proud to announce that, following the success of its unique and innovative programme to promote flavor research amongst PhD students in Europe across various universities and institutes, 5 industry sponsors will continue to support the programme, now in its 13th year. This consortium aims to raise awareness of the industry and career opportunities in order to increase the flavor research talent pool in Europe. The 5 sponsoring companies are:
– Givaudan
– Kerry
– Lallemand Bio-Ingredients
– Lesaffre International
– PepsiCo

This 13th edition is organised by Giract, in coordination with Andrea Cattaruzza, Director of AndCat Ltd and Professor Emeritus Andy Taylor of the University of Nottingham, UK.

Purpose:

To promote innovative flavor research amongst PhD students across European universities and research institutes. PhD students enrolled in universities and research institutes in 32 European countries (European Union, UK, Switzerland, Norway, Turkey and Russia) are eligible to apply.

The project targets two different groups of PhD students:
Group 1: students who are about to complete their PhD and hence will soon be examining opportunities for employment

Group 2: students who are about to commence their PhD studies

This is translated into the following sub-objectives:
– Publicise the attractions of flavor research so as to pull high calibre students into appropriate PhD courses and then into industry
For Group 1:
-Solicit and evaluate innovative flavor research projects amongst these students
-Provide the Annual Savory Flavor & Food Industry Conference, held in Geneva in the spring of each year, as a platform for the winning student to present his/her work to ‘potential employers’

For Group 2:
-Award bursaries to 6 selected students who are planning to commence their PhD studies in flavor science during the 2022/2023 academic year
-Enable the 6 winning 1st year PhD students the opportunity of visiting the laboratory of certain sponsor companies during the second year of their PhD studies, by using a part of their winning bursary amount for their travel and stay. This will enable them to obtain a first-hand view of an industry R&D centre
Application deadline is on October 31, 2022.

For more information please visit: https://giract.com/flavor-research-programme.php

Sustainability and Mediterranean diets – IUNS and FENS to collaborate on joint international Task Force

The CIHEAM 3rd World Conference on revitalization of Mediterranean Diet was held on 28 –30 September 2022 in Bari, Italy. During the conference, Professor Dr Marcela Gonzalez-Gross, Professor Furio Brighenti and Professor Jacques Delarue participated on behalf of the Task Force on Mediterranean Networking of FENSheld a successful session titled ” Assessing and promoting the adherence of the Mediterranean Diet” with the Task Force on Sustainable Diets (chair: Professor Barbara Burlingame). The aim of this session was to develop the methodology permitting obtaining a single index for adherence to MedDiet setting the path for creating, evaluating and implementing a common frame for a new Mediterranean Dietary pattern for the 21st century.

 This session, which was held with the presence of 25 participants and 5 speakers, focused on addressing the health and nutrition challenges associated with adherence, and lack thereof, to the Mediterranean Diet. To propose actions, framed within the context of the Right to Food and the six principles of food security, they reached 11 outputs.

The outcome list is as follows:

  1. Acknowledgement of the difficulties and limits of using “health-derived scores” to describe the four benefits of an ideal dietary pattern (low environmental impact, positive economic return for local communities, high socio-cultural value, major health and nutritional effect).
  2. Currently, there are at least 22 different MD scores for analyzing adherence to Med Diet and deriving measures of effect on health.
  3. There are differences in country-specific food habits that may affect the scores, and (often) limits in methodology. 
  4. There is a consensus that some common metric can be useful for assessment and management at both population and individual level. However, developing a “unified” metric is a methodological challenge.
  5. First step is to agree on the need to move forward. Then set consensus on methodology. 
  6. Importance of what to measure (something that can be measured) and how it should be measured.
  7. Ideally, we should move towards a methodology with a more holistic approach, i.e., able to include sustainable (environmentally and economically), local Mediterranean diets. 
  8. Continue to promote adherence to the Mediterranean Diet through multisectoral programmes and campaigns, while concurrently developing the consensus methodology.
  9. Develop a set of guidelines for different sectors and professional groups, modelled on successful codes of conduct and/or voluntary guidelines, to encourage adherence.
  10. The way of moving forward is creating a Task Force including FENS and IUNS, but also other potential actors.
  11. role of this Task Force is setting the path for creating, evaluating and implementing a common frame for a new Mediterranean Dietary pattern for the 21st century.

Professor Jacques Delarue announced that a joint FENS-IUNS symposium will be held during FENS 2023 in Belgrade, Serbia, with the aim of presenting the final conclusions during IUNS-ICN Paris in 2025.

The UN-Nutrition strategy (2022-2030) online launch event

On Monday, 31 October 2022, from 11:00 to 13:00 EAT, The UN-Nutrition strategy (2022-2030) will be launched in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the margins of the 13th Africa Day for Food and Nutrition Security (ADFNS).

The UN-Nutrition will hold a free-hybrid event titled: On the Road to 2030: Putting the UN-Nutrition strategy into practice during the age of intersecting Crisis. In order to attend this event, registration is required. 

UN Nutrition is the United Nations’ platform for inter-agency coordination and collaboration on nutrition at the international and national levels.

It is expected to eradicate global malnutrition and hunger by 2030. In this regard, progress has been made in dealing with malnutrition, overweight, and obesity, but at a slow and inconsistent pace. As a result, achieving the goals that the world has set for itself by 2030 in order to solve nutrition-related problems such as malnutrition, obesity, and so on will be difficult. As a result, to meet the goals set by 2030, this programme must accelerate development.

This event will be the first-ever UN-Nutrition strategy meeting, discussing how UN agencies, funds and programmes come together to realise the joint commitment of having “one UN for nutrition.”

The event will focus on :

  •  applying the UN-Nutrition strategy in African countries to face today’s complex challenges
  • Putting nutrition at the top of the world agenda and, in accordance with the AU’s Year of Nutrition for Africa, raising awareness of how these crises are severely influencing nutrition.
  • To remind policymakers and other decision-makers that malnutrition is preventable, linked directly or indirectly to all SDGs and that investment in nutrition yields excellent benefits.
  • To emphasise more than ever the necessity for a harmonised and coordinated effort to attain WHA nutrition goals.

It will continue concerning the two interlinked goals and three “areas of joint work” that UN-Nutrition is pursuing. 

The open-access provisional agenda is available here.