International Affairs Committee

From its earliest years, the Nutrition Society has had an international presence, and it continues to strive to extend its role around the world.  The main objective is to promote the advancement of scientific study of nutrition through the Society's work and evidence based nutritional science externally to communities and organisations.  The Honorary International Affairs Officer leads the international programme in promoting the Society’s work internationally.  Each committee member is responsible for a specific region.

The prime objectives of the International Affairs Committee are:

  • Sign the Memoranda of Understanding with other Societies/organisations
  • Promote the scientific exchange of information – joint conferences/symposia
  • Communicate openly with other Societies
  • Promote Nutrition Society representation on international organisation committees
  • Promote the Nutrition Society journals and textbooks internationally
  • Maintain a workshop training programme internationally  


University of Chester
Honorary International Affairs Officer
Basma Ellahi is Professor of Public Health Nutrition in the Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Chester.  Having spent nine years in senior management roles, developing and leading...
University of Greenwich
Committee Member (Africa)
Paul Amuna, MB ChB (MD); M.Med Sci; RNutr; FRSM is a medical doctor by training, a consultant in international nutrition and public health and Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. He has over two...
King's College London
Committee Member (Americas)
Professor Catherine Geissler was appointed Professor of Nutrition and Head of the Division of Health Sciences in 1994, and Head of Department of Nutrition and Dietetics in 1990-5, she was made ...
University of Central Lancashire
Committee Member (Asia)
Nicola Lowe is Professor of Nutritional Sciences and Co-Director of the International Institute of Nutritional Sciences and Food Safety Studies. Her research interests include micronutrient...
University of Ulster
Committee Member (Europe IUNS)
After graduating with a BSc (Chemistry), BAgr (Agricultural Chemistry) and PhD (Nutrition Biochemistry), from Queen’s University, Belfast, Professor Strain spent several years (1977-1980) in academia...