European PhD Flavour Research Programme – CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

The programme to promote Flavour Research amongst PhD students in Europe by awarding six first year bursaries and one best thesis prize is a great with enthusiastic participation from many universities across Europe.

A consortium of companies including DSM,  Givaudan, IFF, Kerry, Lesaffre, MCLS Europe and Nestle support the programme which is not in its ninth year.

Giract is now accepting applications for the 9th edition of the programme. For more information including how to apply for the programme please visit the Giract website.

Noguchi Prize Africa

The Hideyo Noguchi Prize is now taking applications. The Prize aims to honour individuals with outstanding achievements in the fields of medical research and medical services to combat infectious and other diseases in Africa, thus contributing to the health and welfare of the African people and of all humankind.

For more information including application criteria please visit the Noguchi Prize website via this link.

ICSU/NASAC/ISSC call for pre-proposals: Pathways towards Sustainable African Urban Development

International Council for Science (ICSU), in partnership with the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) will support up to 11 collaborative research projects across Africa (to the value of up to 90,000 Euro each over two years) that will that explore integrated approaches for sustainable urban development in Africa.

ICSU invited African early career scientists to submit collaborative research proposals that apply a systems approach to analysing urban processes in Africa.

For more information and how to apply please click here.

IAEA Call for Papers for ‘International Symposium on Understanding the Double Burden of Malnutrition for Effective Interventions’

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have announced that they will be holding an ‘International Symposium on Understanding the Double Burden of Malnutrition for Effective Interventions’. The purpose of the symposium is to strengthen understanding of how to tackle the double burden of malnutrition by sharing recent findings as well as experiences with the implementation of relevant interventions, programmes and policies.

The IAEA are calling for papers for the symposium. For more information on the symposium and on how to submit a paper please follow this link.

Nominations for Global Nutrition Report Independent Expert Group

The Global Nutrition Report (GNR) is refreshing its Independent Expert Group (IEG). We are looking to create a dynamic and innovative group who will guide and help draft the content of future GNRs. We need experts from within the nutrition community and also way beyond that. Please take a look at our blog post to see the criteria and process, and nominate yourself, or submit any nominations of others. For more information please click here.

The deadline is 25th January 2018.

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 before 15th January.

If you have any queries please contact the IUNS Secretariat at

IUNS Welcome New Council and host city for ICN 2025 announcement

At the IUNS General Assembly in October during the IUNS-ICN in Buenos Aires, Adhering Bodies voted for their new IUNS Council for the period 2017 – 2021. After the voting had been counted and overseen by representatives of three Adhering Bodies (Denmark, Taiwan and Burkina Faso) the new Council was announced as:

President: Professor Alfredo Martinez (Spain)

President-Elect: Dr. Lynnette Neufeld (Canada)

Vice-President: Prof. V. Prakash (India)

Secretary General: Prof. Catherine Geissler (UK)

Treasurer: Prof. Helmut Heseker (Germany)


Council Members:

Prof. Benjamin Caballero (Argentina/USA)

Prof. Ali Dhansay (South Africa)

Prof. Hyun-Sook Kim (Korea)

Prof. Teruo Miyazawa (Japan)

Prof. Andrew Prentice (UK/Gambia)

Prof. Francis Zotor (Ghana)

The new Council will meet for the first time in early 2018.

In addition to the Council Election the General Assembly also voted on the venue for the 23rd IUNS-ICN in 2025. The contenders for this were Australia (Melbourne), USA (Honolulu, Hawaii) and France (Paris). At the end of the IUNS General Assembly the winner was announced as Paris, France. The President of the French Nutrition Society, Professor Monique Romon, and the Vice-President for International Affairs of the French Nutrition Society, Professor Jacques Delarue, thanked the General Assembly for their support and invited them to Paris in 2025.

For more information on each of the IUNS Council Members please visit their bio page on the IUNS website, accessible via this link.