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.

IUFoST 2018 Poster and Oral Deadlines

IUFoST 2018 held in Mumbai, India have released information on how to submit oral and poster presentations. For more information about the Conference and how to submit oral and poster presentations please follow this link.

VACANCY: Assistant or Associate Professor of Nutrition and Planetary Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

The Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health seeks candidates for the position of assistant or associate professor in nutrition and planetary health. The search committee welcomes applicants from a wide variety of fields including but not limited to nutrition, environmental sustainability, ecology, and agriculture. This is a tenure-ladder position, with the academic rank to be determined in accordance with the successful candidate’s experience and productivity.

For more information on the role and how to apply for the role please visit the Harvard recruitment website via this link.

IPBES Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

The ongoing global assessment (GA) of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is seeking inputs from experts on and representatives of indigenous peoples and local communities from around the world. The GA is examining status and trends in biodiversity and ecosystem services in land, inland waters, coastal zones and oceans that have taken place over the last 50 years, as well as short and long-term future scenarios.

IPBES would like your contributions to help advance the inclusion of indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) in the IPBES Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. This could include for example information about publications and reports, data, information about organizations, name of individual experts that work on indigenous and local knowledge. This survey would take 5-15min to complete. (English)

The call is available in English, Spanish, and French, and linked to an online Google Translator for other languages.

This online CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS is intended to invite experts on ILK, holders of ILK, as well as their organizations and networks to provide inputs such as: 1-Publications (peer-reviewed and technical), reports and case studies, websites, and data; 2-Information about organizations and networks; 3-Name of individual experts. 

Deadline for contributions: Friday 15 September 2017

July edition of ICSU Newsletter

The July edition of the ICSU Newsletter is available to read now online. This includes the latest news from the ICSU and it’s regional offices. Click here to read the newsletter.

First External Review Now Open for IPBES Global Assessment

The external review for the first order drafts of the chapters of the IPBES global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services is open.

The period for this first external review of the global assessment is from 15 June until 15 August, 2017.

If you would like to be an expert reviewer for the global assessment, please follow these easy steps:

1) Register as user of the IPBES website ( if you have not already done so.

2) Apply to become an IPBES external reviewer for individual chapters of the global assessment at (this will only work when logged in first as IPBES website user).

3) Once registered, you will immediately receive an email providing confidential access to the draft chapters and will be requested to submit your comments in English using a template that is available on the same webpage.



IPBES – External review now open for the Americas assessment

IPBES are pleased to announce the start of the external review for the second order draft of the chapters and the first order draft of the summary for policymakers of the IPBES regional assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services for the Americas.

Experts and Governments wishing to review the Americas regional assessment will first need to register as users of the IPBES website via this link: They can then apply to become an IPBES external reviewer for individual chapters of the assessment as well as for the summary for policymakers at