Webinar on Food Based Dietary Approaches for Nutrition Solutions

A webinar on Food Based Dietary Approaches for Nutrition Solutions will be held on Tuesday, 23 April 2024.

The webinar will cover:

  1. From seeds to nutrition: Improving vegetable diversity and diet quality in Northern Vietnam by Dr Deborah Nabuuma
  2. Promoting locally based foods for healthy diets for School-going children: The case for indigenous foods by Dr Vanessa Mbhatsani
  3. The Food Environment and the Food-Based Approaches Nexus by Professor Xikombiso Mbhenyane.

Date: 23 April 2024
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm (GMT+2)

Click here to join the meeting on Teams.

Scientific Roundtable Discussion: Interdisciplinary Approach towards Global Food and Nutrition Security of Sustainable Development Goals

Safe, nutritious, and palatable food that is available, accessible, and affordable to all citizens at all times is recognized as one of the greatest societal challenges as reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals. The future global food system must be sustainable and resilient to meet the demands of a growing world population with finite natural resources on the planet and exacerbating climate changes. Scientific discoveries and technological innovations are sought for effective tools to address the challenges.

The convergence of sciences through interdisciplinary efforts across all disciplines is being pursued to look for systematic solutions. This Scientific Roundtable Discussion (SRD) will feature several thought leaders of our time on interdisciplinary approaches to advancing the sustainable and resilient global food system. The distinguished speakers will offer their latest thinking on the intricate relationship among various dimensions of the global food systems, the current frontiers of food and nutritional sciences including food processing and processed food, opportunities, and anticipated impacts of effective interdisciplinary research among food, nutrition, and social sciences, the trends of food and nutrition industrial development, and an outlook of a much-improved food system to meet the SDG demands.

IUFoST, in concerted efforts with IUNS, FAO, UNIDO, and WHO, brings in experts to deliberate and suggest the way forward through a productive exchange and discussion with the audience and those interested.

The Scientific Round Table discussion with the experts is scheduled to be held on March 28, 2024. You can register here or scan the QR code below.

REGISTER: The Nutrition Society & IAEA Webinar, 14 March 2024

We would like to invite you to register and save the date for a webinar hosted by the Nutrition Society, supported by the IAEA, titled ‘Going beyond the surface: how stable isotopes are advancing nutrition research‘.

The webinar will cover a range of IAEA-supported isotopic methods that measure several outcomes related to human health and nutrition:

  1. A new method to assess long-term iron absorption and loss
  2. Infant feeding practices using the IAEA Human Milk database
  3. Findings on protein digestibility from plant-based diets

It will be held on 14 March 2024 at 14:00 CET.

Please register 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.

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:




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UN Nutrition Virtual Event 26 April 2023: Pursuing wins-wins for nutrition and the environment through a food systems approach

Side event – 4th Global Conference of One Planet network’s Sustainable Food Systems Programme


Date: Wednesday, 26 April 2023

Time: 6:00 p.m. ‒ 7:45 p.m. (GMT+7)

Registration link: https://bit.ly/40yijzq

Event co-organizers:

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica,
the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture, UN-Nutrition,
the United Nations Environment Programme, ICLEI, Rikolto and

Join us for the launch of a new discussion paper that unpacks the crucial interlinkages between nutrition and the environment. Developed under the umbrella of UN-Nutrition, thanks to the United Nations Environment Programme and other Member Agencies, the paper also explores strategies and methodologies that policymakers and other stakeholders can draw on to foster collaborative, evidence-based governance to achieve mutually reinforcing goals.

This side event will be also an opportunity to hear from different cities and regions around the world about the actions they are taking and how they are yielding co-benefits for nutrition and the environment. With a mix of speakers from government, the United Nations and civil society (provisional agenda below), the event will incite a dynamic discussion about the way forward.

Provisional agenda

6:00‒6:03 PM Welcome and opening remarks
Roberto Azofeifa, Chief of the Agro-environmental Production Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Costa Rica

6:03‒6:08 PM Objectives and agenda
Stineke Oenema, Executive Secretary of UN-Nutrition

6:08‒6:20 PM Setting the scene: Key messages of the paper
Steven Stone, Deputy Director of the Economy Division, UNEP

6:08‒6:20 PM Linking nutrition and the environment for people and the planet
Tom Arnold, Special Envoy for Food Systems, Ireland

6:25‒7:00 PM Panel: Local experiences on nutrition-environment interlinkages

  • Alwin Kopse (TBC), Head of International Affairs and Food Systems, Federal Office for Agriculture and National UNFSS Convener, The Swiss Confederation
  • Igor Barcellos, Food and Nutrition Security Coordinator of the Municipal Secretariat of Social Assistance, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Rose Achieng, Agri-Nutrition Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, Kisumu County, Kenya
  • Nyoman Suma Artha, Director, Pasar Rakyat, Bali, Indonesia
  • Runyararo Esther Chibota, Hivos Regional Coordinator Urban Futures Programme, Hivos Hub SAf, Zimbabwe

7:00‒7:30 PM Q&A

Moderated by Stineke Oenema, UN-Nutrition Executive Secretary, with the audience and speakers

7:30‒7:40 PM Wrap-up
Nancy Aburto, Deputy Director of the Food and Nutrition Division, FAO
Representative of the Coalition of Action on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems for Children and All

7:40 ‒7:45 PM Closing remarks
Stineke Oenema, UN-Nutrition Executive Secretary

Additional information about this event and other virtual side events taking place between 24 April and 26 April is available here.

We hope that you will join us and encourage you to share this invitation with others in your network.

With warm regards,
The UN-Nutrition Secretariat

ISFANEA 2023 pre-event webinar on Controversies around Ultra Processed Foods

Indonesian Nutrition Higher Education Association (AIPGI) and The Food and Nutrition Society of Indonesia (PERGIZI PANGAN Indonesia) will be holding an International Webinar named “Controversies around Ultra Processed Foods: Facts or Myths?”. This event will be a pre-event of the 5th International Symposium on Food and Nutrition, Expo, and Awards 2023 (ISFANEA 2023). 

The theme of the symposium is “Food and Nutrition Innovation for Sustainable Economy, Health, and Well-Being” and it will be held on 22-24 June 2023 in Bogor, Indonesia.

The International Webinar aims to give an understanding of millennials and Z generations regarding ultra processed food in relation to food security and health. The target participants are undergraduate and postgraduate students in related disciplines. To participate, students must download the poster of ISFANEA 2023 and captions and post them on at least one of their social media (FB/IG/Twitter) and mention the Food and Nutrition Society of Indonesia (PERGIZI PANGAN Indonesia) with specific hashtags.

In addition to the benefits of gaining an understanding of ultra processed food, participants of the International Webinar will receive two certificates, a competition participant certificate, and an ISFANEA 2023 participant certificate. Selected abstracts will also be published in the book of abstracts of ISFANEA 2023.

Students must submit an abstract of a maximum of 250 words expressing their position about the theme of the competition (Controversies around Ultra Processed Foods: Facts or Myths?), whether they are pros, cons, or pros-cons, and the reasons behind their stance. Submission of the abstract and evidence of social media postings must be done through bit.ly/ISFANEA2023UPFReg and must be done not later than 03 April 2023.

For more information, participants may contact the organizers through email, cellphone/Whatsapp, or visit their website at https://pergizi.org/isfanea2023/. Selected participants in this competition will be an online ISFANEA 2023 participant and will have the registration fee waived (USD 250). They will also have the opportunity to meet and greet with reputable experts in food science, food technology, and nutrition via Zoom meeting in the pre-event of ISFANEA 2023 (on the 2nd week of June).

Professor Edith Feskens, one of the IUNS Council will Speak at Symposium on Ultra Processed Foods in Indonesia

In a highly anticipated event, Professor Edith Feskens, a renowned nutrition expert and council member of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS) , will be speaking at the upcoming symposium titled “Controversies around Ultra Processed Foods: Facts or Myths?”. The symposium is being organised by the Food and Nutrition Society of Indonesia (PERGIZI PANGAN Indonesia) and is scheduled to take place on the 4th and 5th of April 2023.

As one of the leading authorities on nutrition and health, Professor Feskens will share her insights on the highly debated topic of ultra-processed foods. Her presentation will explore the controversies surrounding these foods, discussing the facts and myths that surround their consumption and impact on health. This symposium is expected to attract audience , as the topic of ultra-processed foods is of great interest to many.

Professor Feskens’ contribution to the field of nutrition research has been highly recognised, and her presentation at this symposium is sure to provide valuable insights and provoke thought-provoking discussions. Her experience and expertise in the field make her a highly sought-after speaker at international events, and her involvement in this symposium is a testament to its importance.

The symposium is set to be an informative and engaging event, with a range of other experts in the field also set to share their insights on this topic. Attendees can expect to leave with a better understanding of the controversies around ultra-processed foods and the impact they have on our health.

For more information visit Food and Nutrition Society of Indonesia website.

Last chance to register for the IUFoST Scientific Roundtable Discussion focusing on Millets for Enhancing Agri-economy, Nutrition, Environmental, and Sustainable Development Goals and  set for Friday, 31 March 2023.

The focus of this IUFoST – SRD would be to understand how Food Science and Technology can take the Challenges in the Millet Chain (MC) to deliver the needed end product to the consumer and the raw material for the food industries to make potentially nutritious, healthy and safe food products. The global experts will address the relevant issues in food science and technology applicable to millets and their role to enhance the global and regional awareness of dietary patterns with better nutrition and improved health through regular consumption of millets-based products. – Vish Prakash

Expert Speakers include Ismahane Elouafi, PhD – Role of Millets in a Dynamic Agroecosystem, FAO Chief Scientist; Ruth Oniang’o, PhD – Agricultural Diversity of African Millets, Founder and Director of Rural Outreach Africa, Kenya; CV Ratnavathi, PhD – Global Perspective on History of Production, Use & Agri-economics of Millet: Indian Institute of Millets Research, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad, India;   Anoma Chandrasekara, PhD – Bioactives and Health Implications of Millet: Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka;  Peter Pressman, MD – Millet – Demystifying Health Claims: Peter Pressman, University of Maine, USA.

The Council of Early Career Scientists of IUFoST is presenting its position on Millets, represented by Jay Yadav Kant, during the Roundtable. More on this and how IUFoST members and associates can use these expert Scientific Roundtable Discussion outcomes coming soon.

Register here

“All You Can Learn” in Nutrition for Health and Sustainability” by EIT Food Education

EIT Food Education Launches “All You Can Learn” Event Series with a Focus on Nutrition for Health and Sustainability

EIT Food Education, a leading provider of food education and training programs, has announced the launch of its new “All You Can Learn” event series. This series is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and confidence they need to start their learning journey with EIT Food Education.

The series includes multiple live sessions that allow learners to interact with course educators and explore various short courses on offer. Each session focuses on a specific course and features a presentation, Q&A session, and expert advice to enlighten participants on what they can gain from the course and address any doubts.

The first episode of the series will focus on EIT Food Education’s popular course, Nutrition for Health and Sustainability, on Wednesday, April 5th, at 6 pm CET. The course was designed initially for medical students and healthcare professionals and provides valuable insights into the latest scientific research on chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Participants will learn strategies for implementing sustainable dietary practices in both personal and professional settings to improve patient outcomes in clinical settings.

“We are excited to launch our ‘All You Can Learn’ event series and provide a platform for learners to connect with our expert educators,” said the EIT Food Education team. “We are confident that participants will leave this event feeling informed and inspired to take the next step in their learning journey.”

Registration for the event is now open.