Submit your nomination for the International Congress of Obesity Awards

The deadline for submitting your nomination for the ICO Awards is less than one week away, Friday 23 February.

These prestigious awards recognise outstanding achievements in research and contributions to the field of obesity. Recipients will receive travel, accommodation and registration to ICO in Sao Paulo and a speaking slot in the programme. This excellent opportunity should not be missed!

  • Willendorf Award
    Recognises outstanding clinically oriented research. Candidates for this award must demonstrate substantial contributions to clinical research related to obesity.
  • Wertheimer award 
    Candidates must demonstrate substantial and outstanding basic research contributions related to obesity.
  • William Philip T James1 award 
    Acknowledges outstanding achievement in surveillance, prevention and management of obesity and overall contribution.
  • Emerging Leader award 
    This award is for outstanding advocacy efforts in the field of obesity and recognised youth proposed solutions to address overweight & obesity. Must be under 30 years old.

For Willendorf, Wertheimer or William Philip T James Award you will need the following items submitted with your nomination form:

  • At least one letter of recommendation to support the nomination endorsed by 2 individuals (this can be the nominator and another)
  • Summary CV of nominee – with example list of publications
  • 3 key papers in PDF format (optional)

For the Emerging Leader Award the nominee will need to upload:

  • At least one letter of recommendation to support the nomination endorsed by 2 individuals
  • Personal statement (maximum 2 pages)

Complete the nomination form here and email for any questions please contact ico@worldobesity.org.

  1. William Philip T James was our Council Member from 1997 to 2001 and Vice President from 2001 to 2005. He was also the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 for his outstanding contributions to nutrition of regional or global significance working in a developing country. ↩︎

The Federation of Oceanic Nutrition Societies (FONS) launch

Several years ago, with encouragement and support from the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS), members of the Nutrition Societies of Australia and New Zealand and representatives from Pacific Island Countries began conversations about the feasibility and usefulness of a Federation representing nutrition in Oceania.

Extensive consultation with stakeholders across Oceania representing various sectors (nutrition, dietetics, public health, NGOs, government, universities, and private practice) confirmed overwhelming enthusiasm and agreement that FONS can make a difference, and be a collective voice for, nutrition in Oceania, including all Pacific Island countries/jurisdictions, Australia and New Zealand.

The FONS inaugural Founding Members meeting was held on 11th October 2023 where the Constitution was approved, and Committee members were elected. 

The FONS was then launched at the recent Joint Conference of the Nutrition Societies of New Zealand and Australia in Albany, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, New Zealand (28 November 2023). The launch event featured an overview of the development of FONS, two guest speakers and the rolling out of the mat which symbolizes FONS’s values and commitment to family and fellowship, networking, collaboration, and creating space for people to come together to have a conversation / talanoa / yarn / korero. IUNS kindly supported scholarships for Pacific Islands based Early- and mid-career representatives to attend and present at the conference.

The FONS working group, new committee and guest speakers at the launch event. Back row: Prof. Eugeni Roura (Committee member, Australia), Ms Elisiva Na’ati (President-Elect), Prof. Pam von Hurst (Secretary), Prof. Welma Stonehouse (working group), Dr Sarah Burkhart (President), Dr Jeanne Teisina (Guest speaker), Associate Prof. Pragya Singh (Committee member, Pacific Islands), Mrs Mallika Janakiraman (Committee member, New Zealand), Mr Sefano Katz (Guest speaker). Front row: Mrs Mafi Funaki-Tahifote  (Treasurer), Associate Prof. Tracy McCaffrey (working group) and Prof. Alison Coates (working group). Absent: Ms Josephine Maelaua (Committee member, Pacific Islands).

The purpose and values of FONS, as agreed with stakeholders, is to bring together people for the advancement of nutrition science (human and animal), health and wellbeing throughout Oceania. FONS values are People at the centre of what we do; Knowledge and Translation; Family and Fellowship; Equity, Inclusivity and Transparency; Respect, Trust and Integrity. 

FONS is looking forward to 

  • Enabling regional and global collaboration​;
  • Building capacity and capability across the region through activities that enable sharing of knowledge, research and networks​;
  • Creating communities of research and practice around shared challenges​; and
  • Amplifying the collective voice of the region​. 

We welcome you to join us. Membership of FONS is open to any individual or suitable organisation whose interests align with the FONS purpose and values. Major membership types include Ordinary or Organisation Members. Founding members will be members who join FONS during its establishment phase, from now until 31 March 2024. Up until this date, membership will be free but Founding Members can make a koha (donation) if they want to. From 1 April 2024, membership fees will be charged but will be minimal. The Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA), Nutrition Society of NZ (NSNZ) and the Pacific Community (SPC), have already confirmed their Organisation Membership.

For more information on FONS, please see their website: https://oceanicns.org/

Call for nominations – International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IAFoST): Fellows, Young Researcher and Lifetime Awards

The International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IAFoST) is requesting nominations for outstanding achievements and honours through nominations for significant honours in IUFoST.

Nominations of Fellows to IAFoST.

The Nominations for the 2024 Class of Fellows closes on 31 December. We want to be sure to continue to include the best and brightest, most diverse leaders from all aspects of Food Science and Technology – academic/ government/industry/key organisations in related fields – to help steer our discipline forward in these challenging times.
https://www.iufost.org/webform/nomination-form-academy-fellow-2024

Young Researcher Award

This award is an opportunity for us all to identify the young leaders in our midst and their outstanding work. Please consider nominations you may wish to make: https://www.iufost.org/awards-and-honours/overview-and-criteria-young-re…

Lifetime Achievement Award

And lastly but no less important is to recognize an outstanding scientist and leader for lifetime achievement. Complete details and a list of the distinguished colleagues globally who have previously received this award are available here: https://www.iufost.org/awards-and-honours/overview-and-criteria-lifetime…

IAEA: Nuclear techniques to tackle nutritional challenges

IAEA-organized Technical Meeting on ‘the Role of Nuclear Techniques to Tackle Nutritional Challenges in the 21st Century’ RECORDINGS ARE NOW LIVE 

 
 
The recordings from the IAEA-organized Technical Meeting on ‘the Role of Nuclear Techniques to Tackle Nutritional Challenges in the 21st Century’ are now available on their website. 
 
Explore specific talks or discussions with time-stamped chapters aligned with the meeting agenda. A web article summarizing the key points of the meeting is also available. 

Recordings available here: Technical Meeting on the Role of Nuclear Techniques to Tackle Nutritional Challenges in the 21st Century | IAEA 

Paving the Way for Enhanced Nutrition Action Using Nuclear Techniques 

2016 to 2025 is the “Decade of Action on Nutrition.” Although there has been an improvement in the relevant nutrition area since 2016, much still remains to be addressed in the burdens of malnutrition. For this reason, the United Nations General Assembly underlined the need to prevent malnutrition, reverse rising trends in overweight and obesity, and reduce the burden of diet-related noncommunicable diseases. 

Until today, there have been many efforts and attempts to solve the challenge of malnutrition; however, the world now requires an effective and evidence-based strategy to overcome this challenge. An IAEA Technical Meeting held in Vienna from October 10 to 13, 2023, discussed the use of nuclear techniques to tackle the nutritional challenges of the 21st century. 

During the meeting, more than 40 nutritionists from around the world gathered to explore the potential use of nuclear techniques in addressing malnutrition and bridging the gap between research in this area. They provided IAEA recommendations on how to employ these techniques in the service of solving malnutrition challenges. 

The positive outcome of the meeting was the definition of a roadmap for research priorities and directions for the future, along with new collaborative opportunities both with the IAEA and beyond. 

For years, the IAEA has supported the progress and refinement of stable isotopes and nuclear techniques in nutritional assessment. These backing aims to enhance precision and accuracy across various applications, including gauging nutrient availability in foods, assessing diet quality, monitoring metabolism, and exploring the connections between cancer and nutrition. 

To read the full article on the IAEA website go to Paving the Way for Enhanced Nutrition Action Using Nuclear Techniques | IAEA 

Stakeholders present at the meeting expressed the belief that the IAEA can support nutritionists and professionals in the field by simplifying techniques for broader usability among other experts. Additionally, they recommended that the IAEA contribute by establishing mentorship programs, training courses, and regional centres of excellence. 

11th International Conference on Nutrition & Growth

N&G is holding the 11th International Conference on Nutrition and Growth ( N&G 2024) which will be the ultimate meeting place to discuss the interplay between nutrition and growth in the pediatric age group will take place in the beautiful city of Lisbon, Portugal on 15-17 February 2024. N&G is a platform for discussing the interplay between nutrition and growth in children, from disease factors through to treatment. It is ideal for paediatricians, gastroenterologists, endocrinologists, neonatologists, dieticians, nutritionists, nurses and all those involved in child development.

The Programme of the conference can be found here.

Register your attendance at this amazing conference here. Take advantage and register your attendance for early bird registration till 5th December 2023.

2024 Nutrition Congress to be Hosted in Durban

The coastal city of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, is gearing up to host the prestigious 29th Congress of the Nutrition Society of South Africa (NSSA) and the 17th Congress of the Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA) in 2024. This joint event, known as the 2024 Nutrition Congress, will take place from October 2 to October 4, 2024, and is set to be a pivotal moment for the field of nutrition.

The theme of the 2024 Nutrition Congress is “Spearheading Nutrition for All,” highlighting the urgent need to address the multifaceted challenges affecting the nutritional status, health, and well-being of individuals and communities in South Africa and beyond. These challenges carry the potential for devastating consequences for future generations. Simultaneously, the healthcare system is evolving towards universal health coverage, presenting opportunities and challenges for nutrition to take centre stage as the cornerstone of optimal health.

The 2024 Nutrition Congress aims to bring together various stakeholders, including practitioners, scientists, academia, policymakers, development partners, and other food and nutrition experts. This gathering will provide a platform for knowledge sharing and learning, facilitate discussions, and showcase cutting-edge research. It will also offer opportunities for professional development and the forging of valuable partnerships.

The congress will feature four distinct categories that explore the latest advancements in nutrition, spanning from disease prevention and treatment to food and nutrition technology, as well as professional practice. Regardless of one’s role in food and nutrition, whether in critical care or food product development, the 2024 Nutrition Congress promises to offer valuable insights and opportunities for all attendees.

For those interested in presenting their research at the congress, the abstract submission deadline is set for Monday, March 18, 2024. This deadline provides an opportunity for researchers, experts, and professionals to contribute to the discussions and innovations that will shape the future of nutrition in South Africa and beyond.

To find more information about the event, register to attend, or submit an abstract, please visit the official website for the 2024 Nutrition Congress (#2024nutritioncongress). This event promises to be a landmark gathering that will play a vital role in advancing the field of nutrition and promoting the well-being of individuals and communities.

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this transformative event in Durban in 2024.

New Physician Resource from the American Society for Nutrition 

The American Society for Nutrition is pleased to introduce RxNutrition, a series of online courses on the fundamentals of nutrition.  Developed by experts in medical nutrition, the latest course focuses on the diagnosis and management of metabolic syndrome.  Prior courses address critical care nutrition and malnutrition in the hospital setting.  The courses are targeted to physicians and advanced care practitioners.

This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Abbott Nutrition Health Institute.

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IAEA: Nutrition and health-related environmental studies newsletter

The Nutritional & Health-related Environmental Studies Section is excited to share its eNewsletter. 

In this issue:

  • How total energy expenditure has changed over time
  • Infant body composition reference charts
  • IAEA’s nutrition work
  • New protein quality of foods database
  • Benefits of using nuclear techniques to address malnutrition -IAEA’s podcast
  • Upcoming IAEA event: the use of nuclear techniques to address the nutritional challenges
  • Upcoming conferences where you can meet and hear from IAEA – FENS, FANUS

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Bidding for ICN-2029 is OPEN

Following the 20th International Congress of Nutrition (ICN) held in Tokyo in December 2022, which also saw the election of a new council, the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS) is delighted to announce the initiation of the bidding process for the 22nd ICN set to take place in 2029. Additionally, preparations for the 21st ICN, scheduled for 2025, are underway.

Official invitations have been sent out to all of IUNS’s adhering bodies, inviting their participation in the bidding process for hosting ICN-2029. However, IUNS wishes to emphasize the importance of updated contact information. If your organization, as a member of an adhering body of IUNS, has not received the official invitation from the Secretary-General, it may be due to outdated contact details. To ensure that your organization remains well-informed, please take a moment to review and update your contact information through this webform or reach out to the secretariat for assistance.

For those who aspire to become a volunteer host for the 22nd ICN in 2029, your adhering body must submit a formal Letter of Intent to host ICN-2029 by January 30, 2024, before midnight GMT. The Letter of Intent should bear the signatures of the Current President or equivalent and another board member and must include the following information:

1. Proposed ICN-2029 location, specifying the city and country.

2. Plenary hall details, including capacity and facilities.

3. Break-out room information, specifying the number and dimensions.

4. Nearby hotel options for participants.

5. Accessibility for international delegates.

Upon receipt of your Letter of Intent, our team will provide comprehensive guidance through the bidding process.

The IUNS eagerly awaits receiving Letters of Intent from prospective hosts, with the aspiration that ICN-2029 will continue to foster global collaboration and innovation in the field of nutrition. For further inquiries and submission guidelines, please visit the IUNS website.

7th June, Food safety day, Food safety, everyone’s business

Proper nutrition is one of the fundamental pillars of good health. However, this pillar can only fulfil its rightful role when it reaches the consumer in the right manner. If nutrition fails to reach the consumer properly, it can even become a determinant of health. But the one thing that can ensure that nutrition will not be a determining factor is nothing but food safety.

Every year, on June 7th, a day is dedicated to honouring the efforts of 188 countries and one organization (the European Union) that tirelessly work to ensure that food is unquestionably free from any hazards and safe for consumption. This day is named World Food Safety Day, recognizing the ongoing commitment and activities undertaken to guarantee the safety of our food.

In short codex, or Codex Alimentarius Commission, is the international food safety and quality standard-setting body, where this assurance and peace of mind come to fruition.

From the moment you feel about eating something, starting with the first step of washing your hands and ensuring the cleanliness of utensils, you are unknowingly fulfilling your role to ensure that you eliminate all possibilities that could jeopardize your health. However, when it comes time to use the purchased food items, you don’t hesitate for a moment. Without anyone prompting you, you have the reassurance of a monitoring system meticulously examining all the details to ensure that no factors related to the food endanger your well-being. Behind the scenes, a trust-based relationship is at play, establishing the framework of food safety.

The International Union of Nutritional Science (IUNS) has a long-standing relationship with the World Health Organisation (WHO).

No longer after FAO was founded in 1945, the first joint meeting between FAO and WHO in the field of nutrition, food additives and related areas took place in 1950. IUNS was subsequently granted expert ‘ Specialized Consultative Status ‘in relation to the work of FAO and other organisations such as CIOMS, IICD and UNESCO.

In the cycle of food security, your role in implementing food security is determined by where you stand in this cycle. As an individual working in a government organization or someone actively involved in the food business, whether it be in the food industry, restaurants, or supermarkets, it doesn’t matter. In any case, you have an influential role in implementing food security in the community because food safety is everyone’s business.

Teaching about basic food safety is an issue that needs to be addressed from a young age in schools and continued through adulthood. It is important to provide education and awareness on this subject so that individuals, as they grow older, are familiar with it and can assess whether food safety practices are being followed in their work environments or not. As food safety is an essential factor in any workplace. And we all need food that is safe, and Food Safety Day is an opportunity to learn how to buy, store, cook and eat while we are sure that food stays safe.

One of the main activities of the IUNS is to study and investigate the current challenges of nutrition on a global scale through task forces. These task forces, supported by the IUNS, align with the goals set by the World Health Organization, which are also based on the fundamental principles of food security.

The IUNS invites all those who prioritise their own health and the health of others as stakeholders aligned with the goals and objectives of the World Health Organization. It encourages them to utilize the tools provided by Codex to take even small steps towards improving food security. The hope is to witness a decrease in the current alarming statistics, which indicate that 1 in every 10 individuals worldwide falls ill due to the consumption of unhealthy food. This is concerning considering there are over 200 different diseases threatening global health, with contaminated food being responsible for approximately 5 million annual deaths worldwide due to infections, a significant portion of which can be attributed to contaminated food.