IUNS Capacity Development: EIT Food Free Course “Nutrition for Health and Sustainability”

As part of our commitment to supporting the development of early career nutrition scientists the IUNS Capacity Development Committee feature online short courses suitable for Continuing Professional Development on our website. for more information on these opportunities please visit:

This month our partners at EIT Food are launching a new, free, online course titled “Nutrition for Health and Sustainability”.

Course Details

Currently a key obstacle to medical professionals playing a stronger role in food systems transformation is their lack of training in nutrition.
If medical doctors had better knowledge of the link between food, health, nutrition and sustainability, they could play an active role in transforming our food system.

To overcome this gap in knowledge and to reinforce behaviour change towards healthier and sustainable diets, EIT Food has developed a free short online course on nutrition targeting medical students, health professionals and more generally curious minds interested in maintaining a balanced and healthy diet.

This course has been designed with and for medical students (undergrad or higher), and has been produced by the University of Reading, the University of Torino, the University of Hohenheim, the University of Groningen, IMDEA Food Institute and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), in collaboration with experts from the EAT-Lancet Commission (Dr. Walter Willet) and the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA).

The course will be included in “game-changing” solutions catalogue that EIT Food will present at the UN Food Systems Summit in September 2021.

The Course is open for enrolments, starts on 19/07, and is free to access. It is composed of 12 hours of learning broken down in 3 weeks.

IUNS at ASN Nutrition 2021 Live Online

Nutrition 2021 Live Online, starts today. The American Society for Nutrition’s Conference promises four days of the latest science from the leading nutrition researchers and academics, clinical practice breakthroughs, the latest public policy and practices.

 IUNS features on the schedule with “IUNS Actions on Capacity Development, Global Health and Sustainability”, a sponsored satellite symposium chaired by IUNS president, J. Alfredo Martinez MD, PHD, and IUNS Secretary General, Catherine Geissler, BDS, MS, PhD.

The Symposium takes place Tuesday, June 8, 2021 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM EDT and concludes with a live panel discussion.

This session discusses the diverse IUNS activities and approaches to sustainability, global nutrition, and capacity development. 

Specific examples of how Traditional and Ethnic Foods and Capacity Building by IUNS in South Asia, are applicability to addressing sustainability and unstable global food systems exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic; Taking a multifaceted approach to Planetary Nutrition concerns by incorporating precision-personalized nutrition with wider planetary considerations to address public health issues; How IUNS supports building capacity among nutrition scientists to implement dietary guidelines at a policy level within African countries will be presented. The session will conclude with a brief presentation from Professor Hisanori Kato about the 22nd ICN of IUNS to be held in Tokyo, Japan 2022.

Symposium Presentations:

  • IUNS Leadership on Global Food Concerns
    • Presented by Vishweshwaraiah Prakash, PhD – IUNS & CSIR-INDIA Former Director of CFTRI-INDIA
  • IUNS Insights on Dietary Guidelines in Africa
    • Presented by Francis B. Zotor, Ph.D Public Health Nutrition – IUNS & University of Health and Allied Sciences, Hohoe, Ghana
  • Planetary, Population and Personalized Precision Nutrition: IUNS Perspectives
    • Presented by J. Alfredo Martinez, MD PhD – IUNS & Universidad de Navarra, Spain
  • The Power of Nutrition: For the Smiles of 10 Billion People: The 22nd International Congress of Nutrition of IUNS, Tokyo, Japan 2022
    • Presented by Hisanori Kato, PhD – 22nd IUNS-ICN Organizing Committee & The University of Tokyo

Spanish Language Two Day Course June 16th and 17th: “Clinical Nutrition, Mediterranean Diet and Physical Activity”


As part of the IUNS’s commitment to building capacity and developing the skills of early career nutritionists we provide information about relevant, high-quality online nutrition courses and upcoming events.
In this context, we are sharing an upcoming event for our Spanish speaking Adhering Bodies.


FINUT are providing a two-day online course, delivered in Spanish on “Clinical Nutrition, Mediterranean Diet and Physical Activity”
The Course takes place on June 16th and 17th.
Registration is €12 and the price includes: access to the 2 days of course, certificate of attendance and unlimited access to the videos of the presentations following the course.

Nutrition and Aging: New Training Course from Fundación Iberoamericana de Nutrición (FINUT) 

FINUT has created a new course addressing nutrition, aging, and disease in older adults. The course is delivered in Spanish and is aimed at both early career nutritionists and professionals in Geriatrics wishing to gain nutrition training.

Together with the University of Antioquia (Colombia), which enjoys prestige in the area of public health research, FINUT have built this course in which the student will acquire knowledge about the process of nutrition and diseases in older adults, as well as aging and nutrition. :

 – Web for information and registration: https://www.finut.org/curso-nutricion_envejecimiento/

  • Tutors with degrees of professors and doctors, researchers, and experts knowledgeable in each topic.
  • Who is this course for?
  • Spanish speakers
  • Professionals in the field of Geriatrics who wish to be trained in Food and Nutrition. Graduates, graduates, and students of third year or more in Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Biology, Biochemistry, Food Science and Technology, Chemistry, Physical Activity, and Sports Sciences, as well as graduates related to Biomedical and Health Sciences.

  • Price (includes certificate). Possibility to pay in 2 installments
    • Standard fee: 402,50 Euros
    • FINUT students or UdeA graduates: 362,25 Euros. Includes students who did undergraduate studies at UdeA or were students of some of FINUT’s online courses.
    • Fee for members of entities with an agreement with Udea or FINUT: 350 Euros.
    • Fee for students: 322 Euros.