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Calling all students: Join the ENDietS team

The EFAD's European Network of Dietetic Students (ENDietS) is currently recruiting for the following positions:

  • Junior Promotion & Recruitment Anchor 
  • Junior Conference Anchor 
  • Social Media Anchor
  • National Key Contacts from France, Belgium, United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Lithuania, Italy, Poland, Germany, and Spain

If you are an enthusiastic active nutrition or dietetic student (undergraduate, MSc, PhD) and want to become a member of ENDietS, find out more about each role and how to apply here. The deadline for application for all roles is 5 March.


Public Health ESDN attends workshop on processed foods

Teresa Rodrigues, from the Public Health ESDN represented EFAD in the workshop organised by the European Food Information Council (EUFIC) which invited stakeholders from various fields.

Here are the key points Teresa shared:

  • Most foods are processed to some degree, so it’s important to make clear the difference between processed and ultra-processed foods
  • Consumers usually associate processed foods with the use of additives, mass production and packaged food
  • Health professionals should invest in teaching their community about processed foods and their effects on health and the environment
  • There seems to be disagreement among professionals on differentiating processed and highly processed foods and the usefulness of ultra-processed foods for vulnerable groups, which is a worrying reality of the food aid distribution programs
  • It is important to adopt a consensus, especially in information aimed at consumers, to increase the population's food literacy and work for 'one health' - and to reach a clear and robust regulation to protect consumers from abusive practices of the food industry
  • We need evidence-based communication and multidisciplinary teams with public health dietitians to promote healthy and sustainable food consumption based on seasonal and regional foods, which also promotes the circular economy.

The results of this workshop will be published in a peer-reviewed publication.


Don't forget to submit your entries for the next edition of the EFAD journal

The second issue of the EFAD Kompass Nutrition and Dietetics will be published in April - there's still time to submit information from your society or country for the Kaleidoscope or Calendar of Events.

The Kaleidoscope section offers a space to share new initiatives or research from your organisation. 

Please submit copy (max 2,000 characters) along with a headline, any graphics or imagery, and the name, logo and address of the relevant institute/organisation.

If you have an event you'd like to include, please supply the name, details, location and web link.

The deadline for submissions is 15 March. Please send submissions to the journal coordinator Elke Naumann at Aquesta adreça de correu-e està protegida dels robots de spam.Necessites Javascript habilitat per veure-la..



Healthcare professionals called on to promote COVID-19 vaccination

The Coalition for Vaccination, convened by the European Commission, brings together European associations of healthcare professionals and relevant students' associations in the field, as well as associated professional organisations working in the field of public health and immunisation, to promote vaccination against COVID-19.

It has underlined three key reasons why all healthcare professionals should get vaccinated against COVID-19 when they have the opportunity to do so and why they should help promote the vaccination among the general public. Their health is paramount for the functioning of health systems, even more so in times of crisis.

Read the article (sign-in required)

COVID-19 vaccination - what you need to know as a health professional

The Health Policy Platform Webinar on 10 February aimed to respond to questions and concerns that health professionals might have about COVID-19 vaccines amid the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination campaigns in EU Member States.

Via its EU Strategy for COVID-19 vaccines, the Commission has secured access for Member States to these vaccines, and with three vaccines having been authorised for the EU market from BioNTech-Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca, vaccination is ongoing, with a focus on priority groups such as health professionals.

Click here to view the presentation about the safety aspects of the COVID-19 vaccine on our website.

You can find out more about the speakers and access further presentations here (sign in required).

Stay up to date with the latest health news from the European Commission - sign up to join the EU Health Policy Platform for free.

EUFIC launches innovative micronutrient tool

The European Food Information Council's (EUFIC) new interactive and colourful resource provides clear and actionable science-based information about vitamins and minerals and emphasises the importance of a varied and balanced diet to get all the necessary nutrients.

Each article contains visuals and is easy to understand, and can be used by educators and health professionals.

Access it here


Calls for submissions

Last chance to apply for awards for obesity work ahead of #ECO2021

Alpro Foundation calls for research submissions


The European Association for the Study of Obesity offers several prestigious awards for scientific excellence at #ECO2021.

Early career professionals are invited to join the New Investigator United Network and to apply for awards in Basic Science, Clinical Research, Public Health and Childhood Obesity Research.

The deadline is 28 February.

Plus, you can submit and share any late breaking abstracts with the global obesity community. The deadline is 12 March. See full details on the #ECO2021 website.

Alpro Foundation is calling for systematic reviews or meta-analysis with a research question focused on cardiometabolic health.

The aim is to understand the role of plant-based eating patterns,plant-based foods and dietary patterns on cardiometabolic health, weight management, MAFLD (metabolic dysfunction-associated fatty liver disease), obesity and diabetes.

The deadline for submitting a short proposal is 15 May. Find out more here.

The Scientific Advisory Committee of Alpro Foundation will shortlist proposals, and a research grant should begin in 2022.


Events and webinars

1 - 4 March
Odisee's International Week

Odisee University of Applied Sciences is an EFAD Education Associate Member.

Its International Week in 2021, open to staff members and management from partner universities interested in knowing more about the way Odisee works, will be held online.

The main topics are global engagement and internationalisation at home.

Register here.


4 March
10am - 12.30pm CET
European Obesity Policy Conference

The European Association for the Study of Obesity and The European Coalition for People Living with Obesity are organising the annual European Obesity Policy Conference which will be held online.

This is a high-level conference on the European obesity epidemic and the crucial role and impact of prevention and treatment.

Register here.


8 - 12 March
Thomas More International Days: 
“Intrapreneurship - innovate within the organisation”

The 16th edition of International Days will take place this year, featuring keynote speaker Thierry Geerts, Country Director at Google Belgium.

Thomas More is an EFAD Education Associate Member. Its International Days aim to bring together its partners to share their expertise, give online guest lectures, network and much more - inspiring perspectives, policies and practices from all over the globe.

Find out more about the event on our website here.


9 March
7pm CET
ENDietS Webinar - Diet and Gut Microbiota: Their role in the development of Cardiovascular Diseases

This webinar will discuss data from a systematic review and meta-analysis, evaluating the effectiveness of diet in modulating the gut microbiota composition and improving cardiovascular biomarkers in overweight/obese people.

Speaker Nina Padrón is a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist with a Master's in Translational Medicine Research at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain.

Register for free here.


26 March
12pm CET
EFAD Education and LLL Committee Webinar - INPRO: Interprofessionalism in action

The INPRO project is a three year Erasmus+ co-funded project which aims to align interprofessional education and collaboration in practice, using promising regional experiences for international exchange.

Seven partners from Austria, Belgium, Finland and The Netherlands, organised in regional partnerships of a HEI plus a rehabilitation center, have started to collaborate on this important topic.

Register for the webinar here.


31 March - 4 April
10th International Nutrition and Dietetics Congress

Organised by EFAD Education Associate Member Hacettepe University, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, the event will be held online this year.

There will be a variety of conferences, panels and presentations across five days from speakers around the world. Click here to access the event programme and register here.

Should you wish to submit your own research, you can submit your abstracts online by 5 March here.


17 - 21 May
European Public Health Week (EUPHW)

The EUPHW aims to:

  • Make the case for public health and a more inclusive society across Europe
  • Raise awareness and amplify existing messages on five specific public health themes, in line with key organisations at European level
  • Create trust and innovative ways of collaboration among all professionals contributing to public health at local, national, regional and European level

We will be sharing more information on each of the five themes across future newsflashes, but if you want to find out more now click here.


Job opportunities

The British Nutrition Foundation (UK) is currently looking for a Nutrition Research Manager and a Communications OfficerFind out more about the roles, deadlines and how to apply here.


Spoon Guru (UK) is searching for a new Head of Health and Sustainability to help them impact on changing shopping behaviour with retailers around the world to impact healthier and more sustainable choices.

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The Department of Food, Nutrition and Culinary Science at Umeå University (Sweden) is recruiting a Professor. The position focuses on meals in a professional context, from the perspectives of professionals and customers/guests. Find out more and apply here.

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