Nourishing Diversity: Building Inclusive Teams in Nutrition and Why it Matters

A significant body of evidence shows that diverse teams and inclusive environments result in higher quality and more impactful research. However, challenges in creating diverse teams and inclusive cultures can involve (but are not limited to) institutional and attitudinal barriers (such as racism, white fragility, ableism, homophobia etc.) as well as very real fears of making mistakes and not knowing where to start. In addressing these challenges, openness and authenticity are essential for learning, followed by putting that learning into action. 

Who conducts the research inextricably impacts how research is done. It is well established that diverse teams lead to better outputs and have a greater impact. Knowing how to find, recruit, on-board, support and promote a diverse team to enable an inclusive, productive and creative environment is an important core set of competencies for any professional, including those currently in a leadership role or those aspiring to become team leaders.  Similarly, being part of a team, and knowing how to contribute to productive and inclusive cultures is an essential skill set for all of us. 

While this workshop will focus on research environments, the content will support learning and competency development across multiple sectors to create understanding and the awareness and application of strategies to form inclusive teams in a variety of settings. 

The Canadian Nutrition Society is thus having a mini virtual conference on Wednesday, 26th June 2024 from 12:00 pm – 3:35 pm (ET) to talk about “Nourishing Diversity: Building Inclusive Teams in Nutrition and Why it Matters”.

For more information and to register, please visit here.

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:

14th FENS Conference: Celebrating Success in Belgrade

In a resounding celebration of global collaboration and advancements in nutritional sciences, the 14th FENS (Federation of European Nutrition Societies) Conference unfolded in Belgrade, Serbia, from November 14 to 17. This momentous event, organised by FENS, a valued partner of the IUNS, brought together 1500 participants from across the globe.

A notable highlight of the conference was the presentation of the FENS Award to Professor Francesco Visioli, a distinguished figure renowned for his substantial contributions to the fields of nutrition and biochemistry. Professor Visioli’s research on the health benefits of bioactive compounds found in foods has significantly shaped the industry.

During the General Assembly on November 14, the conference witnessed the election of new FENS board members. Of particular importance was the appointment of Professor Sladjana Sobajic as the new president of FENS. Also, at the General Assembly, they agreed to launch a Task Force dedicated to enhancing standards in nutritional science. This initiative continues the work of FENS working groups over the last four years. It aims to establish and promote rigorous benchmarks, ensuring the highest quality research, and fostering advancements in the field for the benefit of professionals and the public.

The conference served as a dynamic platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas in the realm of nutrition, with 750 abstracts submitted. This underscored the commitment to fostering dialogue and collaboration within the global scientific community.

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.

Join CNS in Advancing NNS Research for Health

The Canadian Nutrition Society (CNS) is hosting its upcoming Thematic Conference, “Advances in Research & Practice – Non-nutritive sweeteners & health,” on January 27, 2024, in downtown Toronto. For those who cannot attend in person, CNS is pleased to offer virtual attendance via live streaming for both individuals and groups. 

Non-nutritive sweeteners (NNS) are increasingly prevalent in food and beverages, while their health effects are still controversial and debated. This one-day conference will bring together renowned expert speakers, who will present the most recent evidence and insights on NNS and health. You will learn about topics such as metabolism, dietary guidance, microbiome, chronic diseases, and public health implications.

Now Accredited!

This continuing professional development activity is being held under the auspices of Continuing Professional Development, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and the Canadian Nutrition Society.

College of Family Physicians of Canada Mainpro+ (1 credit/hour) Group Learning: 6.0 credits*

Royal College Maintenance of Certification Section 1: 6.0 hours

Each participant should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent participating in the educational program. Attendees will receive a letter of accreditation following the conference.

To find out more about the conference program, please check out these links:




JFN 2023: Nutrition Conference in Vibrant Marseille

The highly anticipated Francophone Days of Nutrition (JFN) are set to unfold in the vibrant and culturally rich city of Marseille, France. Hosted by the French Society of Nutrition (SFN) and the Francophone Society of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (SFNCM), the 2023 edition is scheduled to run from December 6 to 8 at the Palais des Congrès du Parc Chanot.

Marseille, renowned for its Mediterranean culture, delectable cuisine, and historical allure, offers a fitting backdrop for this nutrition-focused event. Attendees can look forward to exploring the city’s iconic Old Port and bustling streets, making it a delightful destination for lovers of the sea, gastronomy, and culture.

The JFNs, a gathering of industry leaders, researchers, and experts, provide a friendly atmosphere for learning and networking. The event combines a robust scientific program with quality industrial exposure, cementing its reputation as an unmissable occasion for nutrition enthusiasts.

This year’s congress offers a unique opportunity to engage with nutrition professionals from diverse backgrounds and delve into the latest developments in the field. Renowned experts will share their cutting-edge research on current topics, ensuring that attendees stay at the forefront of nutrition knowledge.

Don’t miss the chance to enhance your nutrition skills while immersing yourself in the charm of Marseille. Join the Francophone Nutrition Days 2023, where an enriching experience awaits. The organizers eagerly anticipate welcoming participants to this exciting event.

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Please visit the JFN website to access both the registration process and the program booklet.

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.


International Symposium on Dietary Protein for Human Health to Convene in Utrecht, The Netherlands

Utrecht, The Netherlands – Registration and Abstract Submission Now Open for the Symposium Scheduled for 14 – 16 September 2023

Scientists, researchers, and experts in the field of nutrition are invited to attend the highly anticipated International Symposium: Dietary Protein for Human Health in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Co-organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), two prominent universities, and in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the three-day event aims to shed light on the vital role of protein in human nutrition, health, and overall well-being.

The Symposium will encompass a diverse range of topics, including protein nutrition and its implications for health, amino acid requirements, digestibility, and availability. Distinguished researchers from around the world will deliver presentations and engage in discussions on dietary protein quality, assessing its influence on growth, development, and whole-body protein metabolism. Additionally, the event will explore the future sustainability of protein sources and their impact on global food security.

Building upon the success of the previous summit held in Auckland, New Zealand in 2011, this Symposium promises to be a landmark event, attracting international leaders in protein nutrition and related fields. It will serve as an authoritative platform, providing an update on the latest scientific advancements that hold critical importance for human welfare and sustainable food practices.

Prospective attendees are encouraged to register for the Symposium and submit their abstracts to share their groundbreaking research and insights with the global scientific community. The event offers a unique opportunity for networking, collaboration, and gaining knowledge from leading experts in the field.

Don’t miss this chance to contribute to the advancement of dietary protein research and its impact on human health and food security. Secure your place at the International Symposium: Dietary Protein for Human Health and join the quest for a healthier and sustainable future

For registration and abstract submission, please visit the official Symposium website.


This year, there is an abundance of international and regional nutrition conferences and events to choose from. While the following selection provides a glimpse into some of the options available, it is important to visit our Events page regularly for a comprehensive list. Scientific conferences offer delegates a valuable opportunity to present their research to fellow experts, expand their professional network, and enrich their continuous professional development (CPD). 


Boston, MA, USA 

22nd – 25th July 

Nutrition 2023, the American Society for Nutrition conference returns to Boston, Massachusetts this year. This varied conference covers multiple nutrition topics and opportunities for career development and networking, taking place from July 22nd-25th at the Sheraton Boston Hotel.



Pacific Harbour, Fiji 

10th – 11th August 2023 

August sees the 11th OCEANIAFOODS conference taking place in Fiji. The theme of the conference is Biodiversity and Food Composition in Oceania. 


OCEANIAFOODS is the Pacific regional operation of INFOODS (the International Network of Food Data Systems) which is a worldwide network of food composition experts aiming to improve the quality, availability, reliability, and use of food composition data. Food composition data is needed to properly underpin not just public health and individual health care, but many areas of public policy, including the environment, sustainability, food security, and agriculture. Countries under the umbrella of OCEANIAFOODS are Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Communities (SPC, formerly the South Pacific Commission), which represents 22 Pacific Island governments.    The conference features IUNS Council member, Professor Barbara Burlingame as a keynote speaker.



Chengdu, China 

14th – 17th September 2023 

The 14th Asian Congress of Nutrition takes place in Chengdu, China from 14th – 17th September 2023. Organised by the Federation of Asian Nutrition Societies (FANS) and the Chinese Nutrition Society with support from IUNS. The theme of the congress is “Feeding the Future by Sustainable Nutrition”.  

Featured speakers include members of the IUNS Council, Dr Lynnette Neufeld, Professor Dr Hyun-Sook Kim, Professor Rubina Hakeem and past president of IUNS Professor J. Alfredo Martinez

Regular registration closes on 15th July 2023. 



Utrecht, the Netherlands 

14th –16th September 2023 

This three-day symposium takes place in Utrecht, the Netherlands starting on the 14th of September and will include presentations and discussions on protein nutrition and health; amino acid requirements; amino acid digestibility and availability; dietary protein quality, including PDCAAS and DIAAS; the influence of protein quality; influence of protein quality on growth and development and on whole-body protein metabolism; protein and future food sustainability. 

The symposium is jointly organised by Wageningen University, the Riddet Institute and FAO and in cooperation with IAEA. 

Utrecht, the Netherlands.


The Hague, the Netherlands, World Forum. Hybrid: Online and in person 

October 16th – 20th, 2023 

Registration is open for the Nutrition for Resilience (N4R) themed global conference of the Micronutrient Forum.  The world is being confronted by multiple, complex, cascading challenges and shocks that impact on human well-being, including nutrition and micronutrient security. Achieving the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development in an era of crisis upon crises depends on our ability to strengthen the resilience of individuals and populations – as well as the systems on which they depend. 


SLAN (Sociedad Latinoamericana de Nutricion) – XX Latin American Nutrition Congress 2023

Cuenca, Ecuador 

October 21st – 26th 2023 

The twentieth SLAN congress will delve into multidisciplinary approaches to overcoming the challenges of achieving sustainable and inclusive nutrition solutions. SLAN congresses focus on the generation and application of nutrition science to improve and maintain optimal nutrition conditions for the population of Latin America. Around the themes: nutrition through the life cycle, food systems and production, environments and behaviour, public politics, clinical nutrition, promotion and prevention 

Keynote sessions include “Advances in Definitions and Data to Inform Effective Actions” by IUNS President, Dr Lynnette Neufeld. 

Cuenca, Ecuador 


Belgrade, Serbia  

14th – 17th November 2023 

The early bird rate has been extended until 24th July 2023. 

Belgrade, Serbia

Register now for the conference being touted as” the Nutrition event of the year!” 



Dakar, Senegal 

19th -24th November 2023

Early bird registration is open until 31st July 2023. 

The conference theme is a Multisectoral approach to strengthening food systems and achieving sustainable nutrition targets in Africa and will be delivered through plenary and parallel symposia focused on 14 subthemes.  

Dakar, Senegal

An exciting schedule of pre-conference and post-conference workshops will take place on 19th and 24th of November 2023.


Visit the IUNS Event page for a comprehensive list of events for 2023 and beyond. Additionally, if you would like to submit your own nutrition events, you can contact the IUNS secretariat.

Last chance to register for the IUFoST Scientific Roundtable Discussion focusing on Millets for Enhancing Agri-economy, Nutrition, Environmental, and Sustainable Development Goals and  set for Friday, 31 March 2023.

The focus of this IUFoST – SRD would be to understand how Food Science and Technology can take the Challenges in the Millet Chain (MC) to deliver the needed end product to the consumer and the raw material for the food industries to make potentially nutritious, healthy and safe food products. The global experts will address the relevant issues in food science and technology applicable to millets and their role to enhance the global and regional awareness of dietary patterns with better nutrition and improved health through regular consumption of millets-based products. – Vish Prakash

Expert Speakers include Ismahane Elouafi, PhD – Role of Millets in a Dynamic Agroecosystem, FAO Chief Scientist; Ruth Oniang’o, PhD – Agricultural Diversity of African Millets, Founder and Director of Rural Outreach Africa, Kenya; CV Ratnavathi, PhD – Global Perspective on History of Production, Use & Agri-economics of Millet: Indian Institute of Millets Research, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad, India;   Anoma Chandrasekara, PhD – Bioactives and Health Implications of Millet: Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka;  Peter Pressman, MD – Millet – Demystifying Health Claims: Peter Pressman, University of Maine, USA.

The Council of Early Career Scientists of IUFoST is presenting its position on Millets, represented by Jay Yadav Kant, during the Roundtable. More on this and how IUFoST members and associates can use these expert Scientific Roundtable Discussion outcomes coming soon.

Register here