The Federation of Oceanic Nutrition Societies (FONS) launch

Several years ago, with encouragement and support from the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS), members of the Nutrition Societies of Australia and New Zealand and representatives from Pacific Island Countries began conversations about the feasibility and usefulness of a Federation representing nutrition in Oceania.

Extensive consultation with stakeholders across Oceania representing various sectors (nutrition, dietetics, public health, NGOs, government, universities, and private practice) confirmed overwhelming enthusiasm and agreement that FONS can make a difference, and be a collective voice for, nutrition in Oceania, including all Pacific Island countries/jurisdictions, Australia and New Zealand.

The FONS inaugural Founding Members meeting was held on 11th October 2023 where the Constitution was approved, and Committee members were elected. 

The FONS was then launched at the recent Joint Conference of the Nutrition Societies of New Zealand and Australia in Albany, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, New Zealand (28 November 2023). The launch event featured an overview of the development of FONS, two guest speakers and the rolling out of the mat which symbolizes FONS’s values and commitment to family and fellowship, networking, collaboration, and creating space for people to come together to have a conversation / talanoa / yarn / korero. IUNS kindly supported scholarships for Pacific Islands based Early- and mid-career representatives to attend and present at the conference.

The FONS working group, new committee and guest speakers at the launch event. Back row: Prof. Eugeni Roura (Committee member, Australia), Ms Elisiva Na’ati (President-Elect), Prof. Pam von Hurst (Secretary), Prof. Welma Stonehouse (working group), Dr Sarah Burkhart (President), Dr Jeanne Teisina (Guest speaker), Associate Prof. Pragya Singh (Committee member, Pacific Islands), Mrs Mallika Janakiraman (Committee member, New Zealand), Mr Sefano Katz (Guest speaker). Front row: Mrs Mafi Funaki-Tahifote  (Treasurer), Associate Prof. Tracy McCaffrey (working group) and Prof. Alison Coates (working group). Absent: Ms Josephine Maelaua (Committee member, Pacific Islands).

The purpose and values of FONS, as agreed with stakeholders, is to bring together people for the advancement of nutrition science (human and animal), health and wellbeing throughout Oceania. FONS values are People at the centre of what we do; Knowledge and Translation; Family and Fellowship; Equity, Inclusivity and Transparency; Respect, Trust and Integrity. 

FONS is looking forward to 

  • Enabling regional and global collaboration​;
  • Building capacity and capability across the region through activities that enable sharing of knowledge, research and networks​;
  • Creating communities of research and practice around shared challenges​; and
  • Amplifying the collective voice of the region​. 

We welcome you to join us. Membership of FONS is open to any individual or suitable organisation whose interests align with the FONS purpose and values. Major membership types include Ordinary or Organisation Members. Founding members will be members who join FONS during its establishment phase, from now until 31 March 2024. Up until this date, membership will be free but Founding Members can make a koha (donation) if they want to. From 1 April 2024, membership fees will be charged but will be minimal. The Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA), Nutrition Society of NZ (NSNZ) and the Pacific Community (SPC), have already confirmed their Organisation Membership.

For more information on FONS, please see their website:

14th FENS Conference: Celebrating Success in Belgrade

In a resounding celebration of global collaboration and advancements in nutritional sciences, the 14th FENS (Federation of European Nutrition Societies) Conference unfolded in Belgrade, Serbia, from November 14 to 17. This momentous event, organised by FENS, a valued partner of the IUNS, brought together 1500 participants from across the globe.

A notable highlight of the conference was the presentation of the FENS Award to Professor Francesco Visioli, a distinguished figure renowned for his substantial contributions to the fields of nutrition and biochemistry. Professor Visioli’s research on the health benefits of bioactive compounds found in foods has significantly shaped the industry.

During the General Assembly on November 14, the conference witnessed the election of new FENS board members. Of particular importance was the appointment of Professor Sladjana Sobajic as the new president of FENS. Also, at the General Assembly, they agreed to launch a Task Force dedicated to enhancing standards in nutritional science. This initiative continues the work of FENS working groups over the last four years. It aims to establish and promote rigorous benchmarks, ensuring the highest quality research, and fostering advancements in the field for the benefit of professionals and the public.

The conference served as a dynamic platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas in the realm of nutrition, with 750 abstracts submitted. This underscored the commitment to fostering dialogue and collaboration within the global scientific community.

IAEA: Nuclear techniques to tackle nutritional challenges

IAEA-organized Technical Meeting on ‘the Role of Nuclear Techniques to Tackle Nutritional Challenges in the 21st Century’ RECORDINGS ARE NOW LIVE 

The recordings from the IAEA-organized Technical Meeting on ‘the Role of Nuclear Techniques to Tackle Nutritional Challenges in the 21st Century’ are now available on their website. 
Explore specific talks or discussions with time-stamped chapters aligned with the meeting agenda. A web article summarizing the key points of the meeting is also available. 

Recordings available here: Technical Meeting on the Role of Nuclear Techniques to Tackle Nutritional Challenges in the 21st Century | IAEA 

Paving the Way for Enhanced Nutrition Action Using Nuclear Techniques 

2016 to 2025 is the “Decade of Action on Nutrition.” Although there has been an improvement in the relevant nutrition area since 2016, much still remains to be addressed in the burdens of malnutrition. For this reason, the United Nations General Assembly underlined the need to prevent malnutrition, reverse rising trends in overweight and obesity, and reduce the burden of diet-related noncommunicable diseases. 

Until today, there have been many efforts and attempts to solve the challenge of malnutrition; however, the world now requires an effective and evidence-based strategy to overcome this challenge. An IAEA Technical Meeting held in Vienna from October 10 to 13, 2023, discussed the use of nuclear techniques to tackle the nutritional challenges of the 21st century. 

During the meeting, more than 40 nutritionists from around the world gathered to explore the potential use of nuclear techniques in addressing malnutrition and bridging the gap between research in this area. They provided IAEA recommendations on how to employ these techniques in the service of solving malnutrition challenges. 

The positive outcome of the meeting was the definition of a roadmap for research priorities and directions for the future, along with new collaborative opportunities both with the IAEA and beyond. 

For years, the IAEA has supported the progress and refinement of stable isotopes and nuclear techniques in nutritional assessment. These backing aims to enhance precision and accuracy across various applications, including gauging nutrient availability in foods, assessing diet quality, monitoring metabolism, and exploring the connections between cancer and nutrition. 

To read the full article on the IAEA website go to Paving the Way for Enhanced Nutrition Action Using Nuclear Techniques | IAEA 

Stakeholders present at the meeting expressed the belief that the IAEA can support nutritionists and professionals in the field by simplifying techniques for broader usability among other experts. Additionally, they recommended that the IAEA contribute by establishing mentorship programs, training courses, and regional centres of excellence. 

11th International Conference on Nutrition & Growth

N&G is holding the 11th International Conference on Nutrition and Growth ( N&G 2024) which will be the ultimate meeting place to discuss the interplay between nutrition and growth in the pediatric age group will take place in the beautiful city of Lisbon, Portugal on 15-17 February 2024. N&G is a platform for discussing the interplay between nutrition and growth in children, from disease factors through to treatment. It is ideal for paediatricians, gastroenterologists, endocrinologists, neonatologists, dieticians, nutritionists, nurses and all those involved in child development.

The Programme of the conference can be found here.

Register your attendance at this amazing conference here. Take advantage and register your attendance for early bird registration till 5th December 2023.

Join CNS in Advancing NNS Research for Health

The Canadian Nutrition Society (CNS) is hosting its upcoming Thematic Conference, “Advances in Research & Practice – Non-nutritive sweeteners & health,” on January 27, 2024, in downtown Toronto. For those who cannot attend in person, CNS is pleased to offer virtual attendance via live streaming for both individuals and groups. 

Non-nutritive sweeteners (NNS) are increasingly prevalent in food and beverages, while their health effects are still controversial and debated. This one-day conference will bring together renowned expert speakers, who will present the most recent evidence and insights on NNS and health. You will learn about topics such as metabolism, dietary guidance, microbiome, chronic diseases, and public health implications.

Now Accredited!

This continuing professional development activity is being held under the auspices of Continuing Professional Development, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and the Canadian Nutrition Society.

College of Family Physicians of Canada Mainpro+ (1 credit/hour) Group Learning: 6.0 credits*

Royal College Maintenance of Certification Section 1: 6.0 hours

Each participant should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent participating in the educational program. Attendees will receive a letter of accreditation following the conference.

To find out more about the conference program, please check out these links:




ICONIC’s Autumn Progress Update

ICONIC is one of the IUNS Task Forces and has been active for the last 5 years. Its term has been agreed to be extended until the next IUNS-ICN (ICN-2025). ICONIC is a collaboration of organisations in the field of cancer and nutrition with the aim of taking the lead in developing awareness of the importance of diet, nutrition, and physical activity in the causation and management of cancer within the international community. It also seeks to build capability and capacity, especially in LMIC. The International Union of Nutritional Science (IUNS), World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRF International), the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), the International Malnutrition Task Force (IMTF), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), and the UK NIHR Cancer and Nutrition Collaboration are among the organisations involved in ICONIC activities.

ICONIC’s activities are a result of collaboration among these organisations. They recently published a report on the activities they have actively undertaken by this autumn. Some of the notable activities include:

  1. Progress on establishing a Quality Assurance Framework and Nutrition for Africa (QAFANA): As a continuation of the work of a working group of ICONIC that developed and escalated a Quality Assurance Framework, initially for anthropometry but eventually for other markers of nutritional wellbeing, they succeeded in establishing two centres for nutritional assessment in Ghana and have started to generate support and engagement at the national level.
  2. Cancer and Nutrition Epidemiology for Africa: Update on CANA’s online grant writing course: As the third year of this pilot course, this year finished with a graduation ceremony where participants were presented with their certificates of attendance.
  3. Participation in the AORTIC conference in Senegal, November 2024.
  4. As a new feature of the ICONIC newsletter, there will now be a conversation with experts in the field of cancer and nutrition. This time, the Meet the Expert is Dr. Elom Agalago from Imperial College London.
  5. Facilitating international collaboration and developing activities in the area of childhood cancers, with the ambition to create a Community of Practice focused on diet, nutrition, physical activity and cancer in children, teenagers and young adults (CTYA) that seeks to align research and communication in order to advance the adoption of essential practices and better inform care for young cancer patients; 

For more details about each event, please visit the ICONIC website and make sure to subscribe to their biannual newsletter to stay updated with their activities.

Bidding application for IUNS-ICN 2029 is open!

IUNS is currently accepting applications from Adhering Bodies, in good standing, interested in hosting the next IUNS International Congress of Nutrition (ICN) in their country. Since selecting the next ICN organiser is a lengthy process, we strongly urge you to submit a formal Letter of Intent to host ICN-2029 to the IUNS Secretariat by January 30, 2024, before midnight GMT.

For more information: IUNS- ICN Bidding for 2029 Host

2024 Nutrition Congress to be Hosted in Durban

The coastal city of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, is gearing up to host the prestigious 29th Congress of the Nutrition Society of South Africa (NSSA) and the 17th Congress of the Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA) in 2024. This joint event, known as the 2024 Nutrition Congress, will take place from October 2 to October 4, 2024, and is set to be a pivotal moment for the field of nutrition.

The theme of the 2024 Nutrition Congress is “Spearheading Nutrition for All,” highlighting the urgent need to address the multifaceted challenges affecting the nutritional status, health, and well-being of individuals and communities in South Africa and beyond. These challenges carry the potential for devastating consequences for future generations. Simultaneously, the healthcare system is evolving towards universal health coverage, presenting opportunities and challenges for nutrition to take centre stage as the cornerstone of optimal health.

The 2024 Nutrition Congress aims to bring together various stakeholders, including practitioners, scientists, academia, policymakers, development partners, and other food and nutrition experts. This gathering will provide a platform for knowledge sharing and learning, facilitate discussions, and showcase cutting-edge research. It will also offer opportunities for professional development and the forging of valuable partnerships.

The congress will feature four distinct categories that explore the latest advancements in nutrition, spanning from disease prevention and treatment to food and nutrition technology, as well as professional practice. Regardless of one’s role in food and nutrition, whether in critical care or food product development, the 2024 Nutrition Congress promises to offer valuable insights and opportunities for all attendees.

For those interested in presenting their research at the congress, the abstract submission deadline is set for Monday, March 18, 2024. This deadline provides an opportunity for researchers, experts, and professionals to contribute to the discussions and innovations that will shape the future of nutrition in South Africa and beyond.

To find more information about the event, register to attend, or submit an abstract, please visit the official website for the 2024 Nutrition Congress (#2024nutritioncongress). This event promises to be a landmark gathering that will play a vital role in advancing the field of nutrition and promoting the well-being of individuals and communities.

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this transformative event in Durban in 2024.

JFN 2023: Nutrition Conference in Vibrant Marseille

The highly anticipated Francophone Days of Nutrition (JFN) are set to unfold in the vibrant and culturally rich city of Marseille, France. Hosted by the French Society of Nutrition (SFN) and the Francophone Society of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (SFNCM), the 2023 edition is scheduled to run from December 6 to 8 at the Palais des Congrès du Parc Chanot.

Marseille, renowned for its Mediterranean culture, delectable cuisine, and historical allure, offers a fitting backdrop for this nutrition-focused event. Attendees can look forward to exploring the city’s iconic Old Port and bustling streets, making it a delightful destination for lovers of the sea, gastronomy, and culture.

The JFNs, a gathering of industry leaders, researchers, and experts, provide a friendly atmosphere for learning and networking. The event combines a robust scientific program with quality industrial exposure, cementing its reputation as an unmissable occasion for nutrition enthusiasts.

This year’s congress offers a unique opportunity to engage with nutrition professionals from diverse backgrounds and delve into the latest developments in the field. Renowned experts will share their cutting-edge research on current topics, ensuring that attendees stay at the forefront of nutrition knowledge.

Don’t miss the chance to enhance your nutrition skills while immersing yourself in the charm of Marseille. Join the Francophone Nutrition Days 2023, where an enriching experience awaits. The organizers eagerly anticipate welcoming participants to this exciting event.

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Please visit the JFN website to access both the registration process and the program booklet.

New Physician Resource from the American Society for Nutrition 

The American Society for Nutrition is pleased to introduce RxNutrition, a series of online courses on the fundamentals of nutrition.  Developed by experts in medical nutrition, the latest course focuses on the diagnosis and management of metabolic syndrome.  Prior courses address critical care nutrition and malnutrition in the hospital setting.  The courses are targeted to physicians and advanced care practitioners.

This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Abbott Nutrition Health Institute.

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