Annual Food Agenda World Food Day 2020

IMDEA Food institute, with the International Union of Nutrition Sciences (IUNS) and within the framework of the #AnnualFoodAgenda EIT Food project is pleased to invite you to the webinar “Can we ensure healthy and sustainable nutrition?” aligned with the FAO’s 75th-anniversary activities.

This webinar aims to offer potential answers to the future challenge of providing a healthy and sustainable diet for a growing world population, which will reach 10 billion people in 2050.

This free webinar will take place on Friday 16th October from 1pm to 6pm CEST and you can sign up HERE.

For further details about the conference, please see the Agenda here or contact carolina.rodriguez@imdea.org.

WHO DG Dialogue – Social Participation and Accountability Within and Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic

WHO extends invitations to all civil society members to participate in an interactive civil society dialogue with WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on the theme “Social Participation and Accountability Within and Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic”.

The virtual event will take place on Tuesday 13 October 14:00-15:30 Central European Summer Time (GMT+02:00). More information on the third CSO dialogue meeting with WHO DG Dr Tedros can be found here.

To request invitation details, please contact silberschmidtg@who.int.

2nd IUFoST Global Food Summit: Strategies and Actions for Sustainability of Future Food Systems

Nations around the world are facing serious challenges relating to food, water and energy security, health and environmental change, and the ever-increasing demand for science advice. The United Nations is convening a Food Systems Summit in 2021 as part of its Decade of Action to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.  The global pandemic has accelerated the need for a comprehensive and collective global response to the needs of future food systems.

IUFoST, the global scientific body for Food Science and Technology, announces the 2nd  Global Food Summit, Strategies and Actions for Sustainability of Future Food Systems, to be held virtually on 18 September 2020, beginning at 07:50. Eastern Time North America (GMT-4).

Visit here for more information on the programme and registration details.

World Obesity: Live Webinar

In response to the current COVID-19 Pandemic, the World Obesity Federation and colleagues launched a series of webinars on COVID-19 & Obesity.

This debate-style webinar will bring together World Obesity members and policymakers from around the world to discuss what and how needs to happen to fast track action on obesity globally in this moment of crisis but also opportunity.

The eight World Obesity Live webinar, ‘The time is now: action on obesity in the time of COVID-19’ will be taking place on the 17th September at 12:00 BST!

Learn more by visiting www.worldobesity.org/webinar-series. To register for this webinar, click here

IAEA: Nutrition and health-related environmental studies newsletter

Life has changed in the lapse of a few months and the COVID-19 pandemic is negatively affecting nutrition across the world. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) provides the latest newsletter highlighting nutrition activities in the first half of 2020  with a special focus on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  

Click here for the newsletter including their other activities, new publications and success stories over the last six months.

Gastro-omics and Precision Nutrition Summer Course – FREE Registration available

The Summer Courses Foundation of the University of the Basque Country is currently running a full two-day Summer Course program on the 20th and 21st August on the subject of Gastro-omics and Precision Nutrition.

This course targets university students, professionals and General public and runs programs both physically and LIVE to allow individuals to participate virtually from anywhere around the world.

The program organisers are giving the first 20 students* a chance to participate in this great opportunity FREE by emailing Angelina Arribas on angelines.arribas@uik.eus and Prof Alfredo Martinez on jalfmtz@unav.es with the following request and personal information.

  • Name
  • Contact email address (for registration purposes)
  • Association/University
  • A request for a place to be registered on the University of the Basque Country course quoting Code N03-20 for physical attendance and CODE X30-20 for online LIVE participation.

*selection of the 20 students will be on a first come first served basis.

More information of the programs and speakers can be found on https://www.uik.eus/es/gastro-omics-and-precision-nutrition.

Please contact angelines.arribas@uik.eus for any queries on the course.

Vacancy: Calling all Senior Nutrition Scientists

Development Initiatives (DI) is seeking to recruit a Senior Nutrition Scientist, to be responsible for providing scientific expertise to all Global Nutrition Report (GNR) products. DI is looking for somebody knowledgeable in nutrition research methodology, analysis and reporting.

Click here to see the Job Description and application instructions. Application closing date is 15th August 2020.

7th International Conference on Nutrition & Growth

To adapt to travel restrictions and the role of social distancing as a result of COVID-19, the N&G Organizing Committee has come to the decision to transform the 7th Nutrition and Growth Conference into a fully virtual meeting.

The virtual conference will take place on 27-29 August 2020. Virtual sessions will allow live interaction and will be available on-demand in the weeks following the Conference. N&G 2020 is the top meeting point to keep up to date with the rapidly advancing knowledge in the nutrition and growth field. The Conference brings together paediatricians, nutritionists, neonatologists, experts in child development and other specialists to discuss the nutrition and growth challenges in the paediatric age group.

Be part of this outstanding event by registering on at https://nutrition-growth.kenes.com/register-here/

Learn more by visiting  https://nutrition-growth.kenes.com/

ISIN Position Statement on Nutrition, Immunity and COVID-19

 There is lack of acquired immunity in populations across the world to COVID-19, no vaccine, uncertainty about the true infection rate within countries and, the elderly are a vulnerable group (particularly those in care homes and similar institutions). Nutritional advice is, therefore considered appropriate at this time. There is much evidence from animal and human studies that antioxidant nutrition and related nutrients support the immune system to function properly. The general advice is to eat a diverse and well-balanced diet rich in coloured fruit and vegetables (to increase the intake of antioxidant and associated nutrients) to support immune function. Specific advice in relation to the elderly is to increase the intake of Vitamin E (134 mg – 800 mg/day), Zinc (30 mg – 220 mg/day), Vitamin C (200 mg – 2 g/day) and particularly for those people with low serum vitamin D status, Vitamin D (10 μg – 100 μg/day). These nutrients have been shown to enhance T cell and B cell (antibody) immunity in human studies including in the elderly. There is no specific evidence these nutritional measures can help protect against, or even lessen the effects, of, COVID-19 infection. However, it does make pragmatic sense to support nutritionally both normal health and the immune system (with doses unlikely to be harmful) before, during and after COVID-19 infection. 

International Society for Immunonutrition (ISIN), Board members (March 2020). 

Laurence Harbige, Philip Calder, Ascensión Marcos, Mireille Dardenne, Gabriela Perdigón, Francisco Perez-Cano, Wilson Savino, Nora Slobodianik, Liseti Solano, Roxana Valdes. 

IAEA: Nutrition and health-related environmental studies newsletter

Proper nutrition is fundamental to health. The world is facing a double burden of malnutrition – undernutrition and obesity coexist, contributing to non-communicable diseases. Using stable isotope techniques, nutrition and health professionals can develop and evaluate nutrition actions to combat all forms of malnutrition.

Read the latest newsletter from the International Atomic Energy Agency.