Visa changes – Japan

Japan has announced that independent tourists can visit Japan visa-free from October 11 2022.

In the latest visa exemption and border rules update released by The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, foreign nationals from 68 countries and regions who wish to enter Japan for a short-term visit (up to 90 days) no longer need to apply for a visa. Tourists can visit Japan freely for tourism purposes without going through a travel agency.

Starting Tuesday, October 11, the following 68 countries and regions no longer need to apply for a visa when travelling to Japan. Please note that the stay period varies and additional conditions may exist. You’ll find more details here.

Asia

  • Brunei
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Republic of Korea
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Hong Kong 
  • Macao
  • Taiwan

North America

  • Canada
  • United States

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Argentina
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Chile 
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • Surinam
  • Uruguay

Oceania

  • Australia
  • New Zealand

Middle East

  • Israel
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates

Africa

  • Lesotho
  • Mauritius 
  • Tunisia

Europe

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • North Macedonia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

Tourists from China, Russia,  Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries (including Georgia), the Philippines and Vietnam must apply for a visa before visiting Japan. For more information, see here.

Note: these are the countries and regions listed on the MOFA page as of September 28 at 10 AM (BST).

Please see the IUNS-ICN website for further details and notes on the COVID-19 status requirements for entry to Japan

FENS workshop at IUNS-ICN

The Federation of European Nutrition Societies (FENS) will be very active at the upcoming ICN2022 conference in Tokyo in December this year.

As well as the FENS symposium on December 8 (13:15-14:45 JST), FENS will host an interactive workshop on Improving Standards in the Science of Nutrition on December 6 from 09:00 to 12:00 (JST) (before the ICN2022 opening plenary that afternoon). 

FENS would like to warmly invite you to participate in this workshop. 

Why does FENS need your participation? 

In October 2019, FENS kicked off the Improving Standards in the Science of Nutrition initiative, tasking three working groups to focus on problem themes generated by the Dutch-based “Nutrition in Transition” discussion group (summarized in: Calder et al., 2020; Penders et al., 2017; Tufford et al., 2020). 

The Improving Standards in the Science of Nutrition working groups have raised the following issues and are using ICN2022 to involve the global nutrition community in their interpretation: 

  • How can we optimally create and use appropriate concepts and methods to conduct nutrition research, that delivers credible and applicable results? 
  • How can we align these results with the current CONSORT guidelines, to best present them for use by the nutrition and wider community? 

Participants joining this World Café-style workshop will be expected to actively interact on specific questions within these issues. Results of the discussions will help to shape the outputs from the Improving Standards in the Science of Nutrition FENS initiative, in addition to the focus areas for the FENS conference in Belgrade, Serbia, 14-17 November 2023. 

Interested in helping improve standards in the science of nutrition? Join FENS for the workshop!

Please register by 30 November 2022. 

More Info and Register here

International Science Council calls for nominations to the 2022 ISC Fellowship

Submit your nominations for the next intake of 60 Fellows by 7 October.

On 9 June 2022, the International Science Council announced the creation of the ISC Fellowship and the appointment of 66 Foundation Fellows. ISC Fellows are eminent scientists, engineers and thought leaders from across the spectrum of science and society. The Fellowship is the highest honour that can be conferred on an individual by the International Science Council and recognizes outstanding contributions to the promotion of science as a global public good.

Sleep

NHLBI Workshop: Optimal instruments for measurement of dietary intake, physical activity, and sleep among adults.

Optimal Instruments for Measurement of Dietary Intake, Physical Activity, and Sleep Among Adults Workshop will be held on Sept. 21-20, 2022

The 2022 Optimal Instruments for Measurement of Dietary Intake, Physical Activity, and Sleep Among Adults Workshop will be held virtually on September 21- 22, 2022. The workshop times are 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT on September 21st, and 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT on September 22nd.

The purpose of the workshop is to review the state of the science regarding the validity, reliability, and sensitivity of instruments used to assess dietary intake, physical activity and sleep in large observational studies and clinical trials among adults. Additionally, the workshop will involve evaluating the pros and cons, including the feasibility of instruments to measure dietary intake, physical activity, and sleep in large studies, as well as recommend best practices to harmonize data from differing instruments across studies within each measurement domain to facilitate pooling studies as well as the possible incorporation of a new instrument within each domain into on-going studies while retaining the ability to perform valid longitudinal comparisons from previous instruments. Lastly, the identification of gaps and opportunities for future research to develop improved measurement tools for large studies to assess these key health behaviors including the use of biomarkers (“omics” such as metabolomics), mobile technology, sensors, etc. will be discussed.

The overarching goal of this 2-day (10-hours) workshop is to assemble a multi-disciplinary panel of experts across multiple domains to identify key knowledge gaps in measurements tools used to assess dietary intake, physical activity and sleep. The workshop is intended to guide researchers, NIH staff, and the community on the best methods and instruments for measurement of dietary intake, physical activity and sleep in large observational studies and clinical trials among adults. The workshop is intended to identify possible barriers and opportunities on the different measurement tools used to assess diet, physical activity and sleep in adults. Experts from multiple disciplines will be assembled to examine research gaps on such tools from behavioral, lifestyle, social, and technological perspectives.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/optimal-instruments-for-measurement-diet-activity-sleep-among-adults-tickets-414825483187

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IAEA Newsletter

The Nutritional & Health-related Environmental Studies Section is excited to share its second eNewsletter. 

In this issue:

  • A revised e-learning experience
  • A new research project and a new database on breast milk intake
  • The first ‘Nuclear in Nutrition’ interview
  • Highlights on the Coalition of Action for Healthy Diets for All

View the newsletter here

Call for Proposals: School Meals Coalition Week -One year since its launch!

The School Meals Coalition Week will be held on October 11-14, 2022. It will be a series of virtual events, led by partners and managed by the School Meals Coalition Secretariat to celebrate the first year since the launch of the Coalition and to put the focus on what needs to be done moving forward to achieve the Coalition’s objectives.

The Coalition is launching an open call for proposals for ideas to shape School Meals Coalition Week programming to complement sessions already being organized that will provide updates on the work of the Coalition’s initiatives and its leading governments.

It will be an opportunity to give partners visibility, raise specific issues they are interested in sharing, and showcase projects, success or progress towards the goals of the coalition. It will also be an opportunity to gather partners together, showing how multisectoral collaboration is working in practice.

The closing date to submit ideas is August 20th. See the attached application form for more information.

Application Form

CALL FOR POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS: SCIENCE BY WOMEN

Deadline, September 30, 2022

Women for Africa Foundation is launching the 8th call for fellowships of the program Science by Women, aimed at selecting 22 senior African women scientists to be integrated into 21 top research Spanish centers in the following areas: health and biomedicine, agriculture and food security, water, energy and climatic change.

So far more than 100 fellows have enjoyed six-month research stays which have contributed to enhancing their leadership in scientific research and technology transfer. You can find the presentation as well as the rules and guidelines in the link  Mujeres por África 8th Edition – Science by woman – Mujeres por África (mujeresporafrica.es)

The program’s ultimate goal is to enable African women researchers to play a leading role in the transition of Africa to a knowledge-based and innovation-led economy.

The Women for Africa Foundation is a private entity aimed at contributing to the sustainable development of Africa through the drive of its women. 

  For further information contact: science.by.women@mujeresporafrica.es 

June 7: World Food Safety Day

Safer Food, Better Health

Foodborne diseases affect 1 in 10 people worldwide each year. There are over 200 of these diseases – some mild, but others deadly. 

The United Nations General Assembly established World Food Safety Day in 2018 to raise awareness of this important issue. WHO and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) jointly facilitate the observance of World Food Safety Day, in collaboration with Member States and other stakeholders.

This year’s theme, “Safer food, better health”, highlights the role that safe, nutritional food plays in ensuring human health and well-being and calls for a set of specific actions to make food safer.

We all have a role to play; whether we grow, process, transport, store, sell, buy, prepare or serve food, food safety is in all our hands. And if we work together, we can all help achieve safer food for better health.

Visit https://www.who.int/news-room/events for more information on the events and how you can get involved.

Launch of AfriCAN May 25th

Join us under the Baobab tree for a webinar launch of Africa Catalyzing Action for Nutrition (AfriCAN), a new network with a mission to mobilise and harness Africa’s untapped and underutilised resources towards improving nutrition sustainably on the continent.

This event will introduce AfriCAN and feature a panel discussion on sustainable solutions to eliminate hunger and malnutrition. Speakers include:

  • Professor Francis B. Zotor, Professor of Public Health Nutrition and Director AfriCAN (Moderator)

  • Dr Namanga Ngongi, Former Deputy Executive Director WFP; Former Chair, UN Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN) & Board Chair, AfriCAN

  • Ms Isatou Jallow, Executive Director, AfriCAN

  • Ms Julia Tagwireyi, Former Director, Food and Nutrition Council, Zimbabwe and Director, AfriCAN

  • Dr Josue Dione, Former Director, Food Security and Sustainable Development Division, UNECA and Board Member, AfriCAN

  • Dr Charity Binka, Executive Director, Women, Media and Change

  • Dr Habiba Hassan-Wassef, Trustee, African Nutrition Society

  • Sheikh Tijan Tunkara, Youth Representative and Community Activist

  • Dr Lawalley Cole, Executive Director, Coalition on media and education for development, Africa Forum (CAFOR)  

For more info & register

Launch event of the Coalition of Action on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems for Children and All

Friday, 13 May 2022

14:00 to 15:00 (CEST)

Register Here

Health, nutrition and environmental sustainability need to be core, cross-cutting foundations of food systems transformation. During the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) of 2021 the call for action to deliver healthy diets from sustainable food systems echoed through dialogues, social movements and national pathways. Formed as an outcome of the UNFSS, the Coalition of Action for Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems (HDSFS) brings Member States, UN Agencies, Civil Society Organizations, Academic Institutions and social movements together to deliver on this call.
The Coalition will strive to act as a mechanism for coordinated action on healthy diets from sustainable food systems that provides countries the opportunity to share, learn and inform. It will foster, maintain and gain momentum from multiple stakeholders on the issue, and allow for all to inspire and be inspired. 
 
On Friday 13th of May 2022, join us for the official launch of the Coalition of Action for Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems. The event aims to celebrate the formation of the Coalition and showcase action for HDSFS, inspire current and new members, and catalyze support towards its vision at the country, regional and global level. Members and frontrunners countries will present the planned work and showcase progress so far under the Coalition’s workplan functions.

Additional information and the agenda of the event are available here.