Call for Late-breaking Abstracts: Canadian Nutrition Society Annual Conference

The Canadian Nutrition Society (CNS) invites you to submit an abstract and take advantage of the opportunity to have your work presented at the CNS Annual Conference taking place May 2-4th, in Edmonton, Alberta. Some abstracts may also be selected for a presentation during a conference session.

Please note that Late-Breaking Abstracts will not be published in APNM, nor will they be eligible for CNS Abstract or Trainee Awards. 

Deadline to submit: 11 March 2024

For more information, please visit the CNS Conference website.

2024 Nutrition Congress: Abstract Submission Closing 18 March 2024

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 with a thematic focus on ‘Sprearheading Nutrition for All.’.

The 2024 Nutrition Congress Scientific Committee invites delegates to make a contribution to the 2024 Congress by submitting abstract presentations – Including Oral, Poster, Symposia and Pecha Kucha formats. Abstracts can be Scientific/Research-based as well as Information-based; the latter is the sharing of experiences, knowledge, project implementation etc. that is not necessarily research-based.

Abstract Submission Deadlines:

  • Monday, 18 March 2024: Deadline for abstract submissions
  • Tuesday, 25 April 2024: Feedback in terms of whether your submission has been accepted for inclusion in the 2024 Congress programme
  • Tuesday, 30 April 2024: Accepted abstract submitters are to register online by this date

More information about the Congress can be found at: www.nutritioncongress.co.za.

Call for Abstracts: IUFOST 2024 World Congress of Food Science and Technology

The abstract submission will officially close on 7 March at 23:59 CET without further postponement. The submission is open for:

  • Authors willing to present their abstract in Oral communication or Poster sessions
  • Authors willing to compete for the IUFoST Young Scientist Awards
  • Speakers involved in invited Sessions

Abstract review and registration:

  • Abstracts submitted for Oral communication or Poster sessions will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee after the closing of the submission
  • Authors will receive the notification of acceptance after the review, at the beginning of April
  • Authors will still be able to benefit from the early bird fee to pay their registration, and have their abstract included in the Scientific Program

You may find all the information on the Congress website.

Nordic Nutrition Conference 2024

Jointly organised by the Norwegian Nutrition Society, co-hosted by the Institute of Marine Research and the University of Bergen, the Nordic Nutrition Conference 2024 (NNC 2024) will be held at Grieghallen Conference Centre in Bergen, Norway, June 17-19, 2024. 

The conference will cover diverse topics ranging from nutrition throughout the life-course to dietary habits and sustainability. It will also provide a comprehensive update on nutrition research not only in the Nordic countries but beyond, serving as a bridge between research and its application in society and clinical practice. 

Deadline for abstract submission on: 31 March 2024

For more information, please visit the NNC 2024 website here.

Scientific Roundtable Discussion about “Precision Nutrition and Food Science Strategies to Combat Persistent Metabolic Challenges Associated with Long-COVID SRD

SARS‐CoV‐2, the etiological agent of COVID-19, is devoid of any metabolic capacity; therefore, the viral pathogen must hijack host cellular metabolic machinery for its progeny and propagation. Emerging clinical data suggest that about 25-70% of virus-free COVID-19 survivors continue to sustain viral-induced human metabolic reprogramming dysregulation (HMR/D) and exhibit a wide range of symptoms that are persistent, exacerbated, or new ‘onset’ clinical manifestations, collectively termed as post-acute sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC) or long COVID. PASC patients experience several debilitating clinical conditions with >200 different and overlapping symptoms that may last for weeks to months. Nutritional intervention is an important aspect of recovery from and management of PASC that often concomitantly presents severe inflammation, malnutrition, and sarcopenia, especially in those with preexisting health conditions, and typically at risk of adverse health events, such as among pediatric populations, the elderly, and women of childbearing age. An adequate food supply and availability of foods that contain an array of potential bioactives may be critical in reducing risks associated with PASC, the ongoing global health crisis.

Join the upcoming Scientific Roundtable Discussion about “Precision Nutrition and Food Science Strategies to Combat Persistent Metabolic Challenges Associated with Long-COVID”.

Date: 29 February 2024
Time: 07:30 Eastern Time USA and Canada/ GMT-5
Register in advance for this Scientific Roundtable Discussion here.
For more information, please click this link.

Submit your nomination for the International Congress of Obesity Awards

The deadline for submitting your nomination for the ICO Awards is less than one week away, Friday 23 February.

These prestigious awards recognise outstanding achievements in research and contributions to the field of obesity. Recipients will receive travel, accommodation and registration to ICO in Sao Paulo and a speaking slot in the programme. This excellent opportunity should not be missed!

  • Willendorf Award
    Recognises outstanding clinically oriented research. Candidates for this award must demonstrate substantial contributions to clinical research related to obesity.
  • Wertheimer award 
    Candidates must demonstrate substantial and outstanding basic research contributions related to obesity.
  • William Philip T James1 award 
    Acknowledges outstanding achievement in surveillance, prevention and management of obesity and overall contribution.
  • Emerging Leader award 
    This award is for outstanding advocacy efforts in the field of obesity and recognised youth proposed solutions to address overweight & obesity. Must be under 30 years old.

For Willendorf, Wertheimer or William Philip T James Award you will need the following items submitted with your nomination form:

  • At least one letter of recommendation to support the nomination endorsed by 2 individuals (this can be the nominator and another)
  • Summary CV of nominee – with example list of publications
  • 3 key papers in PDF format (optional)

For the Emerging Leader Award the nominee will need to upload:

  • At least one letter of recommendation to support the nomination endorsed by 2 individuals
  • Personal statement (maximum 2 pages)

Complete the nomination form here and email for any questions please contact ico@worldobesity.org.

  1. William Philip T James was our Council Member from 1997 to 2001 and Vice President from 2001 to 2005. He was also the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 for his outstanding contributions to nutrition of regional or global significance working in a developing country. ↩︎

International Day of Women and Girls in Science, 11 February 2024

Are cultural norms the main reason for the underrepresentation of African women in science? The NSTF marks International Day of Women and Girls by considering how women are underrepresented in science and technology, wondering about the reasons for this, and celebrating three phenomenal women in science who are current NSTF-South32 Award winners.
 
International Day of Women and Girls in Science: In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution recognising the critical role women and girls play in science and technology. The UNGA declared 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science to promote participation in science and equal access to it.  It should help to dissipate the narrow and singular approach to science, technology and innovation as the preserves of men alone.

Gender equality and transformation are at the heart of the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF). The NSTF’s vision includes the ideal that professionals in science, engineering, technology (SET) and innovation should represent the demographics of the general population of South Africa (SA).

Gender disparities in STEM: breaking barriers and building equity: The 2021 United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Report: Chapter 3:  Women and the digital revolution chapter, states that

  • Women make up 33.3% of all researchers in 107 countries around the world in 2018.
  • Women remain in the minority in certain fields: engineering, mathematics, physics and digital information technologies.
  • They account for only 22% of researchers in artificial intelligence.
  • Women are less likely to receive research funding and less likely to become promoted and hold leadership roles in research.

The World Economic Forum recently stated that in 2023:

  • In technology globally, women comprise about 24% of leadership roles
  • and less than 30% of science researchers worldwide are women.

The situation is unfortunately similar in sub-Saharan Africa, where female researchers only make up 30% of the total. Professors Ayotola Aremu and Adefunke Enike, authors of the book Making the Future of African STEM female, expressed how, for many African women the root cause of this underrepresentation of women in STEM is systemic gender bias. Boys and girls are generally raised differently in African households: boys are steered towards mechanics and engineering and the girls are pushed towards domestic activities. The girls are encouraged to conform to the traditional role of being mother and wife, perpetuating the misconception that ‘science is a man’s playground’.

Female role models can mend the leaky pipeline in STEM studies: Many girls choose to learn STEM subjects in school and later enrol in STEM fields at universities, but later become deterred along the way. The UNESCO Report says that women globally have reached parity at Master’s degree level (representing 45-55% of the cohort) but that there is a bottleneck at that point in their careers.  

Many women do not get as far as that. This is especially true in the case of young black women. Because there is too little representation at that level, young women and girls do not have enough role models who look like them and share their same experiences, to inspire and guide them. An important aspect for girls to gain opportunities and feel they can pursue further education and a career in science, is having female role models, who can share their successful experiences and endeavours. Having someone they can look up to can spark an interest and break down barriers for them.

The NSTF developed the Motivational Talks Programme where role models are invited to address the first-year students of the NSTF Brilliants Programme (for top achievers in physical science and mathematics), to inspire them and give them advice about careers, studies and personal development. Students often find it difficult to navigate through the transition from high school to tertiary level studies. On 11 September 2023, the NSTF  hosted the annual Motivational Talks Programme online, this time with the 2023 NSTF-South32 Award winners, to engage with the year’s group of Brilliants students. The talks featured no less than three esteemed women of colour, who had recently been crowned as NSTF-South32 Award winners, namely:  Prof Salome Maswime (Clinician scientist – obstetrician and gynaecologist), Prof Usisipho Feleni (Electrochemist) and Prof Nosipho Mloto (Energy materials scientist and inorganic chemistry Research Professor).

The esteemed and inspirational female NSTF-South32 Award winners: These ground-breaking Professors come from humble beginnings and overcame all the odds that were stacked against them and persevered to attain success in their STEM careers. They continue to inspire young women, garnering more accolades to break the ceiling of gender disparity and discrimination in science.

Prof Usisipho Feleni, Associate Professor and thematic leader in the Applied Electrochemistry Institute for Nanotechnology and Water Sustainability: University of South Africa (UNISA) is a winner of the 2023 NSTF-South32 TW-Kambule Emerging Researcher Award. From humble beginnings in a small village in the Eastern Cape, she was driven by a need to help combat high numbers of deaths from HIV/AIDS. She ventured into the study of electrochemical biosensors that monitor the workings of Anti-Retro Viral (ARV) drugs, synthesisation of nanoscience and nanotechnology. She went on to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship and became an industry professional and mentor, enriching young minds as a full Professor at UNISA from 2018. Prof Feleni spoke to students about being proactive in research, and collaborating with others, as well as the importance of “raising your hands early” to make use of the available opportunities.

Prof Salome Maswime is an obstetrician and gynaecologist (OB/GYN), a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and head of the Global Surgery Division: Wits University. She won the first NSTF-SAMRC Clinician-Scientist Award in 2023. From humble beginnings in Polokwane, Limpopo, she went on to do her post graduate studies in gynaecology at Wits and then continued to PhD studies through the clinician scientist programme sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. She also got an opportunity to do her postdoctoral studies at Harvard University and was able to directly collaborate as a sitting member of the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). She is now a Professor at the University of Cape Town (UCT), a position she attained at the age of 39. She advised the Brilliants students to try to overcome the loneliness of success and the imposter syndrome. She urged them to remain grounded saying, “You need to be real, you need to be you, you need to be authentic.” She concluded by emphasising that a successful career is a complex interplay of personality, character, excellence, serendipity, relationships, resilience, and reputation.

Prof Nosipho Moloto from Kwa-Mashu township in Durban is a Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Wits, where she holds the NEDBANK-DSI SARChI Chair in Energy Materials and she is a 2023 Engineering Research Capacity Development Award winner. She tells the story of how she had to overcome culture shock and imposter syndrome when she went to study at the University of Zululand. There she later learned to appreciate difference and diversity, and how to believe in herself. She was introduced to nanoscience at this point and later got an opportunity to study at the University of Manchester. She was able to publish four papers while doing her Master’s degree and she got to work with the Centre for Nanotechnology Materials at the CSIR (South Africa). She also got to do her postdoctoral studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She urged the Brilliants students to put themselves out there, saying: “If you strive for success, you attract success.” It is important for young women to have role models they can relate to, to help them realise their capabilities and believe in themselves.

In the current era, often called the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)’, it is more important than ever that girls and women should not be excluded.  The World Economic Forum’s 2022 Job Report projected that there will be a loss of 4.7 million white collar jobs such as clerical duties and administrative work, which are predominantly held by women. Increased women’s participation in STEM studies and careers is essential. Making a concerted effort to Include girls in the STEM subjects, as well as creating role model programmes and mentorship would help to achieve this necessary goal.

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IAEA Newsletter

The latest newsletter from Nutritional and Health- related Environmental Studies team of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is available.

In this issue:

New UN-Nutrition chair, Najat Mokhtar. Photo by IAEA
  • IAEA Deputy Director General Najat Mokhtar appointed Chair of UN-Nutrition.
  • October meeting recordings on nuclear techniques for nutrition available.
  • Call for IAEA Body Composition Database Management Group members.
  • Updates on TC Programme Cycle and new Master of Nutrition and Nuclear Techniques.
  • Share nuclear technique study photos or videos.
  • Publications, success stories and more.
Read more here

Call for nominations – International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IAFoST): Fellows, Young Researcher and Lifetime Awards

The International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IAFoST) is requesting nominations for outstanding achievements and honours through nominations for significant honours in IUFoST.

Nominations of Fellows to IAFoST.

The Nominations for the 2024 Class of Fellows closes on 31 December. We want to be sure to continue to include the best and brightest, most diverse leaders from all aspects of Food Science and Technology – academic/ government/industry/key organisations in related fields – to help steer our discipline forward in these challenging times.
https://www.iufost.org/webform/nomination-form-academy-fellow-2024

Young Researcher Award

This award is an opportunity for us all to identify the young leaders in our midst and their outstanding work. Please consider nominations you may wish to make: https://www.iufost.org/awards-and-honours/overview-and-criteria-young-re…

Lifetime Achievement Award

And lastly but no less important is to recognize an outstanding scientist and leader for lifetime achievement. Complete details and a list of the distinguished colleagues globally who have previously received this award are available here: https://www.iufost.org/awards-and-honours/overview-and-criteria-lifetime…

Abstracts open – IUFoST 22nd World Congress of Food Science and Technology

The future of food is now: Development, Functionality & Sustainability

Submit your abstract now to join over 2,500 delegates from the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and around the globe at the upcoming congress, where an exciting program awaits. The programme includes industry-based workshops, distinguished plenary and keynote speakers, concurrent sessions led by industry experts, applied research presentations, and ample networking opportunities. The congress is designed to address the new challenges facing the sector by fostering a collaborative, interdisciplinary meeting of scientific communities that often operate in isolation. The side programme offers a mix of professional activities, such as visits to major food companies, and tourism experiences in iconic destinations like Venice, Milan, Rome, Naples, and more.

Abstract submission is open until midnight Central European Time on February 18, 2024.

The Congress takes place in Rimini, Italy from 8 – 12 September 2024.

IUFOST 2024 | 22nd World Congress of Food Science and Technology (iufost2024-italy.com)