IUNS -IUFoST knowledge sharing dialogue on “The Power of Food Science and Technology and Nutrition for Sustainable Planet Health” hosted by the International Science Council

Join the International Science Council  for a two-day event around nutrition and food science, discussing how to move forward the outcomes of the 2021 United Nations Food Systems Summit, which set the stage for global food systems transformation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Presented jointly by IUNS and IUFoST, this event is open to all, and registration is free. Simultaneous interpretation from both English to French, and English to Spanish will be provided.

  • 16 November, 08:00 – 12:45 UTC and 17 November, 15:00 – 18:15 UTC

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World Obesity: What next for European action on childhood obesity? Last chance to register

Childhood obesity is a major health problem in Europe, with dire long-term consequences for our health, society, and the economy.

Current trends indicate that there will be over 10 million children in the region affected by obesity in 2030. At the same time, initiatives such as the EU Farm to Fork StrategyEurope’s Beating Cancer Plan and the European Child Guarantee present many opportunities for action.

Organised in the framework of the Science and Technology in Childhood Obesity Policy project, join World Obesity for an interactive debate to discuss the best approaches and interventions which should be presented to the European Commission as input into the next version of the EU’s Action Plan on Childhood Obesity.

•             Date: 12 October 2021

•             Time: 15:00 – 16:00 CEST

Speakers include:

•             Franco Sassi, Consortium Lead, STOP project, Imperial College London

•             Jacqueline Bowman-Busato, EU Policy Lead, European Association for the Study of Obesity

•             Knut-Inge Klepp, Consortium Lead, CO-CREATE project, Norwegian Institute of Public Health

•             Milka Sokolović, Director General, European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)

•             Kremlin Wickramasinghe, Technical Officer, World Health Organization

•             Sara Cerdas, Member of European Parliament, Co-chair of the EP Working Group on Public Health

You can learn more about the event here.

SCOPE School 2021

SCOPE School: Revisiting the bi-directional relationship between obesity and CVD across the life course

The third SCOPE School Global of 2021, will be hosted by World Obesity held in conjunction with the World Heart Federation (WHF). On 27th-28th October they will be exploring the connections between CVD and obesity and considering clinical approaches to optimise treatment for patients presenting with these conditions. Speakers will also discuss potential barriers to effective treatment, the obesity paradox and the importance of supporting patients with obesity and CVD in making long-term lifestyle changes.

Recognising that obesity and CVD are associated with an increased risk of morbidity and mortality as well as reduced life expectancy, the overall objective of this event is to understand the clinical approaches that can help to optimise the treatment and care for people living with obesity and CVD.

The SCOPE School will supplement a new, six-module learning path entitled Obesity and CVD: A Complex Relationship which will be made available via SCOPE E-Learning in the coming months. All delegates are advised to take these modules in advance of attending the school.

ICD2021 Virtual Congress

The International Congress of Dietetics (ICD2021) virtual congress ran from 1 to 3 September 2021 and as reported by IUNS Council member, Professor Ali Dhansay, was a great success. Approximately 800 delegates attended this IUNS sponsored event. Professor Dhansay, served as a member of the Local Organising Committee, representing the NSSA (Nutrition Society of South Africa) together with Dr Elize Symington (chair of NSSA). The NSSA partnered with ADSA (Association for Dietetics in South Africa) to host the congress – both organizations are contributing members of the South African National Committee for IUNS.  The ICD falls under the International Confederation of Dietetic Associations (ICDA), which is an Affiliated Body to IUNS.

Nutrigenetics: Translation into Clinical and Nutritional Practice Webinar

Free Webinar | Nutrigenetics: Translation into Clinical and Nutritional Practice

7 Sep 2021, 14:00 (CEST) | 8:00am EDT | 8:00pm CST Asia

Genetic Testing, Personalized Nutrition, Precision Nutrition, Metabolic Health, Brain Health, Obesity

This FREE webinar features contribution and speakers from the IUNS Precision Nutrition Task Force and is supported by the IUNS Committee for Capacity Development.  

The number of participants to the live session is limited but the recording will be made available on Sciforum shortly afterwards. Registrations with academic institutional email addresses will be prioritized.


The human genome contains a huge amount of information. Information variability among human subjects is even greater. We are beginning to grasp this genetic variability and its implications for health, behavior, capacities (physical and intellectual), aging, and responses to different types of interventions. Even if still in its infancy, the development of nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics is already providing concrete examples regarding the interaction of genetics, nutrition, and health outcomes whose translation into clinical and nutritional practice begins to be feasible and advisable. This knowledge – in the form, for instance, of genetic risk scores covering known variability in relevant gene sets, or the identification of single genetic variants or haplotypes that are consistently linked to phenotypic traits or responses to diet – is instrumental to preventive and therapeutic approaches against nutrition-related disease conditions through personalized dietary choices and recommendations. Importantly, at the same time, the novel knowledge generated is helping to advance our understanding of human biology and physiology. As Editor-in-Chief of the Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics section of the journal Nutrients, it is my pleasure and my honor to have reunited, in this Webinar, three outstanding, scientists acknowledged worldwide in the field, who will show us relevant examples emerging from their research and the momentum of the area such that we can envisage the possibilities, and limitations, open to us.

Prof. Dr. María Luisa Bonet


International Union of Nutritional Sciences offers scholarships to support scholars who otherwise would not be able to attend academic conferences, including the online ISNN Congress 2021.

About the Congress

The ISNN 2021 Congress takes place on September 25-28 as a virtual conference.

The 2021 ISNN Congress will focus on cutting edge research on human metabolism and on the interaction of the human genome with the metabolome, on human chemosensing and its interactions with the genome, and on the nutrigenetics of salt sensitivity. Numerous nationally and internationally acclaimed speakers will present. Nutrition researchers, clinicians, dietitians, and other health care providers from the region and from around the world are expected to attend. These are the leaders in the development and practice of advanced nutrition solutions. The Congress organizers look forward to welcoming you to exciting discussions in ever more relevant areas of nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics, metabolome, and precision nutrition.

About the ISNN Scholarships

If you are applying for a scholarship, do not register for the virtual meeting until you receive notice of the status of your scholarship application.  The conference scholarships will cover registration costs.

Individuals eligible for a scholarship are:

• Early career professionals with a degree in nutrition & food or life sciences that are interest in acquiring new insights regarding nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics.

Please note the following:

• The scholarship includes a waiver for the conference fee only and it does not include membership dues.
• ISNN Membership is not a condition.

• Priority will be given to young (under the age of 40) first-time conference attendees and individuals who study/work in non-affluent regions and/or countries that have been historically underrepresented at prior ISNN conferences, particularly those from developing regions as specified by the United Nations.


The applications should be accompanied by a cover letter presenting your academic/training and career experience as well as your current resume.

The required documents should be submitted at the following email address: andreescu.nicoleta@umft.ro .

Application deadline: September 10, 2021.
A panel of Scientific Committee members will review and make decisions about the applications.

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Webinar: HIV prevention: antibodies and vaccine development

The International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) are hosting a successful second IUIS Webinar Series: Immunology without Borders, and are happy to announce the next live webinar on “HIV prevention: antibodies and vaccine development” with Lynn Morris on July 26!

About the Webinar

Despite 40 years of research the HIV epidemic remains a significant global health challenge and an HIV vaccine is still elusive. The recent results from the AMP trial have shown that a broadly neutralizing antibody can provide protection from infection. This has important implications for the pipeline of HIV broadly neutralizing antibodies being developed for prevention as well as vaccines that aim to elicit protective antibodies. This webinar will discuss the role of antibodies in both passive and active vaccination approaches.

When: Mon, Jul 26, 2021 · 3:00 PM CEST 

World Obesity Policy Laboratory

World Obesity Policy Laboratory: Obesity and food system actions under the microscope

As we reach the halfway point of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition, now is the time to review our progress to date and assess whether global food systems can deliver healthy and sustainable diets for everyone.

COVID-19 has exposed vulnerabilities in our current environments and revealed strained food systems alongside the absence of processes to protect the health of vulnerable populations, including people living with obesity. With undernutrition, overweight and obesity, and poor nutrition at risk of being exacerbated because of the ongoing pandemic, actions to strengthen food systems and address the commercial determinants of health are urgently needed to improve the food environments for everybody.

•             Date: Tuesday, 13th July

•             Time: 13:00 – 14:45 BST

The World Obesity policy laboratory will explore food systems’ central role in addressing the obesity pandemic. Through several case studies, speakers will highlight best practices on what has or should be implemented to achieve healthier, more sustainable and equitable food systems for everyone.

The event precedes the launch of their policy dossier on food systems and a briefing on the topic in September.

For full details of the speakers, visit the website here.

UNFSS Science Days Side Event. Achieving healthy diets for all: What are the gaps constraining progress?

Tuesday July 6th 13:30 -15:00 CET

Healthy diets are at the heart of the goals of the UN Food Systems Summit. Yet the global expert community has not coalesced around a common definition of a healthy diet, and comprehensive guidelines to characterize them across contexts are debated. In this session we will explore challenges and gaps to characterizing and achieving healthy diets. Presentations will address issues of food classification systems, evidence to identify and balance trade-offs between food and the environment, the role of indigenous foods, and issues related to food affordability. As an output of the session, areas of consensus and research priorities will be identified.


•   Introduction: Lynnette M. Neufeld, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Geneva, Switzerland

•   Food processing and implications for characterizing healthy diets, Jean-Claude Moubarac, Department of Nutrition, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada

•   Indigenous food systems and their potential for healthy diets and sustainable production, Namukolo Covic, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

•  Identifying and balancing food production and environment trade-offs, Marco Springmann, Oxford University, Oxford, UK

•   Food prices, diet costs and affordability, William Masters, Friedman School of Nutrition, Tufts University, Boston, USA

•   Comment and facilitated discussion, Fabrice deClerck, EAT/Stockholm Resilience Centre; Anna Lartey, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana

Contact: Lynnette M. Neufeld, lneufeld@gainhealth.org

It’s not too late to register for the 2nd WHO Western Pacific Region Partners’ Forum

WHO are pleased to extend the registration deadline for the Second WHO Western Pacific Region Partners Forum to midnight (GMT+8) tonight! If you have not yet registered, please do so here using code: P@rtn3rsh!ps21

The Forum takes place this week 30 June-2 July.

A detailed session outline is available on the event page. Highlights include:

  • Opening of the Forum by Dr Takeshi Kasai, WHO’s Regional Director for the Western Pacific
  • In-depth interactive sessions on key public health challenges for the Region
  • On Friday they’ll focus on engaging young people in public health and discuss practical ways for early and mid-career professionals to work with WHO
  • The opportunity to participate in their research project, “Exploring factors of success in public health partnerships in the Western Pacific”

They are excited to be using a virtual platform that enables them to connect with partners in different ways. You’ll be able to:

  • Let others know more about you by building your profile – upload a photo and tell us what interests you
  • Join a session of “speed partnering” on Day 1 and get to know other partners and WHO staff
  • Browse the virtual Partners Expo, where partners are showcasing their work (or sign up here to set up a booth of your own)
  • Make appointments with WHO technical directors, and with Dr Takeshi Kasai

The Forum platform will be open from 06:00 GMT+8 on 30 June to give you some time to get used to it before the opening session at 09:00.