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.

Free Webinars: CNS

The Canadian Nutrition Society is offering many free educational webinars on various topics of interest including a wide variety of nutrition topics, evidence-based practice, and education and research skills. The webinars are 1 hour long and run from September – December 2019. The lineup can be viewed on the CNS website: here

CALL FOR EXPERTS – updating FAO/WHO recommendations on nutrient requirements for children aged 0 – 36 months – Zinc, Calcium and Vit D – deadline 15 September 2019

As part of the planned updating of WHO guidance on complementary feeding, the FAO Nutrition and Food Systems Division (ESN) and the WHO Department of Nutrition for Health and Development (NHD) are establishing an expert group on nutrient requirements which will update nutrient requirements for children aged 0 – 36 months. The first 3 nutrients to be addressed are vitamin D, zinc and calcium.

If you are interested in joining this expert group, more information and how to apply can be found on the FAO website here: http://www.fao.org/nutrition/requirements/call-for-experts/en/.

Deadline for applications is 15th of September 2019.

IUNS at ACN 2019

The 13th Asian Congress of Nutrition took place in Bali, Indonesia, August 4-7, 2019. This congress is a four-yearly meeting of the Federation of Asian Nutrition Societies (FANS) and promotes scientific exchange between food and nutrition researchers, academia and professionals from Asian countries and globally.  The plenary speakers on the opening night of the Congress spoke on the theme of “Nutriomic applications and food Innovation Using cutting-edge technologies for well-being” and featured both the IUNS President, Professor Alfredo Martinez; and IUNS council member and President of FANS, Professor Teruo Miyazawa.

Extended – IUNS Re-Integration Grant – Apply Now!

The closing date for the IUNS Re-Integration Grant has been extended and is still open for applications. This grant is to enable early career nutritionists who have completed their doctoral training in a developed country to start their career and or settle in their jobs in their home country. Closing date for applications is Tuesday December 31th.

For more information on how to apply for the grant please click here.

IUNS-FANUS TRAVEL FELLOWSHIP 2019

As part of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS) efforts to support learned societies in the developing countries, the IUNS-FANUS Travel Fellowship 2019 Award supports deserving students worldwide to enable them participate in the 4th FANUS Nutrition Conference, Kigali, 26th to 29th August 2019.   

The Fellowship is open to university students or young scientists with an interest in nutrition who wish to participate in the largest continental scientific gathering on nutrition in Africa taking place from 26th to 29th August 2019, in Kigali, Rwanda. The award is given as a contribution towards travel costs including return air travel, accommodation and conference participation. In order to qualify for an Award, the applicant should have submitted an abstract for the conference which has been accepted either for an oral or a poster presentation. The selection for the award will also take into account equitable regional/ country distribution of those who meet the criteria. Four to five will be presented and these will vary between $800 – 1000 depending on costs. Closing date for applications is 15 July 2019 at noon.

For more information and an application form, please visit the FANUS website at this LINK

Free Webinar: Improving Birth Outcomes: What’s Next on Multiple Micronutrient Supplementation

WHEN: June 25, 2019; Two sessions from 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
(10:30 – 11:30 am is for policymakers and program implementers; 12:00 – 1:00 pm is for researchers and clinicians.)
WHERE: Online only

The New York Academy of Sciences are holding a free webinar on the benefits, risks, and cost-effectiveness of multiple micronutrient supplements (MMS) during pregnancy.
REGISTER: 
nyas.org/mmspregnancy. 

Flavor Research European PhD Awards

Now in its 10th year, Giract is now accepting applications from PhD students studying in Europe and specializing in Flavor Research for their Best PhD Thesis Award and bursaries for first year PhD students.

The programme is sponsored by seven industrial leaders and aims to raise awareness of the industry and career opportunities in order to increase the flavor research talent pool in Europe. Closing date for applications is 31 October 2019. For more information visit the Giract website here

VACANCY – WHO, Consultancy for Research on Infertility and Human Rights.

The WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) seeks an individual to assist with the systematic reviewing of its work on infertility and human rights. Closing date for applications is 31 May 2019.

Further details can be found on the WHO website:

What’s new page, under opportunities section: https://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/news/en/

Or the WHO Employment Page: https://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/hrp/employment/en/

IUNS Newsletter May 2019

The IUNS newsletter, May 2019 edition is now available to read online or to download in pdf form.

This edition contains a report on the Codex Alimentarius, an update on the IUNS-ICN preparations and news from the IUNS Task Forces.