FENS – 14th European Nutrition Conference Abstract submission and registration open

The 14th European Nutrition Conference of FENS will take place in Belgrade, Serbia from 14th to 17th of November 2023.

This year FENS is offering a special early, early bird rate. As there is great interest in this, especially from young nutrition researchers and professionals, but also colleagues from low and middle-income countries, the Organizing Committee decided to extend the deadline for early early bird registration fee rates until 14 February 2023. FENS invite you to use this special opportunity to register for the conference and send your abstracts.

Belgrade, Serbia

Early, Early Bird registration rate closes on 14 February 2023

Abstract submission closes on 30 April 2023

For more information visit the conference website:

The 5th FANUS Conference – Call for Abstracts

The Federation of African Nutrition Societies will be holding the 5th FANUS conference with the title of Multisectoral approach to strengthening food systems and achieving sustainable nutrition targets in Africa on 19-24 November 2023 in Dakar Senegal.

Congress Theme and Symposia: The conference will be delivered through plenary sessions and parallel symposia focused on 14 sub-themes (ST).

Abstract Topics (sub- themes ):

  • : Adolescent and child nutrition
  •  :Nutrition before and during the first 1000 days
  • : Micronutrient deficiencies
  • : Double-burden of malnutrition
  • : System approach to nutrition 
  • : Nutrition education and behavior change
  • : Nutrient and bioactive components of food
  • : Food biotechnology, processing and safety
  • : Innovative approaches in nutrition assessment
  • : Geriatric and clinical nutrition 
  • : Nutrition policy and program 
  • : Food and nutrition governance
  • : Food system and climate change
  • : Nutrition budget and finance

Call for abstract

The call for abstract submission will be launched on December 15, 2022 on the FANUS website and shared through local, regional and international networks and platforms.

Abstract submission: December 15, 2022 – April 31, 2023

Registration Fees

Early Bird Registration. -Ends May 31, 2023Fees
International participants250 $
Student from Africa Region100 $
Student from non-Africa Region150 $
Late and onsite registration – June, 1st – November 24th 2023 
International participants300 $
Students from African Region150 $
Student from non-African Region200 $

*The registration fee will cover a registration package, conference proceedings, daily tea breaks, lunches and admission to all congress events. Single registration permits only one person to attend the conference. 

Venue

Information about Conference venue and other moderate accommodations in Dakar will be shared through the FANUS conference website.

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.

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

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.

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
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

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.