GIRACT’s European PhD in Flavor Research Awards 2021/2022

Applications deadline: 31st October 2021

Promoting Flavor Research amongst PhD Students in Europe

Giract is proud to announce that, following the success of its unique and innovative programme to promote flavor research amongst PhD students in Europe across various universities and institutes, 5 industry sponsors will continue to support the programme, now in its 12th year. This consortium aims to raise awareness of the industry and career opportunities in order to increase the flavor research talent pool in Europe. The 5 sponsoring companies are:

             FIRMENICH

             GIVAUDAN

             KERRY

             KIKKOMAN

             LESAFFRE INTERNATIONAL

This 12th edition is organised by Giract, in coordination with Andrea Cattaruzza, Director of AndCat Ltd and Professor Emeritus Andy Taylor of the University of Nottingham, UK.

Purpose

To promote innovative flavor research amongst PhD students across European universities and research institutes. PhD students enrolled in universities and research institutes in 32 European countries (European Union, UK, Switzerland, Norway, Turkey and Russia) are eligible to apply.

The project targets two different groups of PhD students:

             Group 1:  students who are about to complete their PhD and hence will soon be examining opportunities for employment

             Group 2:  students who are about to commence their PhD studies

This is translated into the following sub-objectives:

             Publicise the attractions of flavor research so as to pull high calibre students into appropriate PhD courses and then into industry

             For Group 1:

             Solicit and evaluate innovative flavor research projects amongst these students

             Provide the Annual Savory Flavor & Food Industry Conference, held in Geneva in the spring of each year, as a platform for the winning student to present his/her work to ‘potential employers’

             For Group 2:

             Award bursaries to 6 selected students who are planning to commence their PhD studies in flavor science during the 2021/2022 academic year

             Enable the 6 winning 1st year PhD students the opportunity of visiting the laboratory of certain sponsor companies during the second year of their PhD studies, by using a part of their winning bursary amount for their travel and stay. This will enable them to obtain a first-hand view of an industry R&D centre

World Food Convention 2021

At the World Food Convention – “Science for the society – How to secure food in a sustainable way” latest presentations from leading experts await you. Find out who they are and follow their live discussions on June 24th from 2:00 pm CEST (+2UTC).

The global society is facing major challenges. The growing population of the planet must be fed in a fair and sustainable manner. Producing enough food causes new, different problems which harm the climate. On top of that, the COVID-19 pandemic endangers the security of food production and the stability of supply chains, threatening food safety.

Against this backdrop, scientific institutions as well as companies from both the old and the new economy are searching for ways to cope with these challenges. At the 5th World Food Convention, the leading minds from science, politics and the economy will discuss how food security can be ensured all over the planet without further exacerbating climate change and to find strategies to address these issues with regard to possible future pandemics.

The focus will not only be on the technological and technical aspects of food production and distribution but also on related ethical questions and political considerations. Topics will include genome editing, carbon farming, the farm to fork strategy, food security and innovations in food.

Apply Now: NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program

Are you a researcher or clinician with a demonstrated interest in cancer prevention?

The USA based National Cancer Institute are now accepting applications for their fellowship program.
The application period is open and runs from May until August 16th 2021. For more information visit
Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program

The program supports postdoctoral research and professional development, plus offers:
• Competitive stipends, relocation expenses, health insurance benefits, and travel allowances
• Support for up to four years
• Opportunity to earn your M.P.H., sponsored by NCI
• Research opportunities with experienced NCI mentors
• A cohort of fellows spanning STEM and other fields


This is a multidisciplinary fellowship open to candidates from Epidemiology, Biomedical Sciences,
Behavioural Sciences, Nursing, Medicine, Health Services, Disparities, Psychology, Nutritional Sciences, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Biostatistics, Engineering, Translational Science, Public Health, etc.

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. 

EASO COMS Exchange & Mentoring Programme

Obesity is recognised as one of Europe’s priority health challenges, however specialised obesity services are not widely available and obesity treatment and care can therefore vary enormously across European regions. 


The EASO COMs Exchange and Mentoring Programme provides a solution by supporting the establishment of new centres that improve access to and delivery of quality, multi-disciplinary care.

The COMs network includes university, public and private clinics. The exchange programme is open to Primary Care Physicians, General Practitioners or Health Care Professionals.

The COMs Exchange and Mentoring Programme will provide candidates with the knowledge, skills and tools required to establish and run new multi-disciplinary treatment centres: 

  • Candidates will learn about COMs structures, processes and set-up procedures
  • Ongoing mentoring will help these new centres to become accredited members of the EASO COMs network
  • Candidates will be hosted by EASO COMs in several European countries, willing to share practices and expertise
  • Candidates will be matched with host centres that most closely reflect their national health systems and language capabilities.

The programme is fully funded.  You can find out more and apply to join the programme on the EASO website.

IUNS Task Force applications (2017 – 2021)

IUNS addresses global issues of nutrition through its committees known as ‘Task Forces’. Task Forces consist of a membership with broad geographical representation and organise international workshops or meetings on topics currently significant in nutrition which result in publications in peer reviewed journals or monographs. Several IUNS Task Forces have later developed to become larger bodies, such as the World Obesity Federation (previously known as the International Obesity Task Force). IUNS provides funding for Task Forces and they are expected to send yearly reports on their work.

IUNS Council is currently reviewing all Task Forces from the period 2013 – 2017 and considering new proposals. If you would like to submit a Task Force proposal please download the form attached here.

Please fill the Name of the Task Force, Proposed Chairs, Proposed Members and Plan for the next Council Period and send this to the IUNS Secretariat at office@iuns.org before 15th January.

If you have any queries please contact the IUNS Secretariat at office@iuns.org.

Young Global Changers Scholarship Programme – APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW

Applications are welcomed from early career professionals from all over the world who are working on a project or research topic that addresses one or more of the key challenges of human development (i.e. globalisation, migration, climate change, digitalisation) to the Young Global Changers Scholarship Programme.

Successful candidates will attend the Think 20 summit in Berlin (29th – 30th May 2017). The deadline for applications is 10th April 2017.

More information including how to apply, can be found here.