National and International Secretariats
The Nutrition Society is the secretariat and an active member of the International Union of Nutrition Sciences (IUNS) and Federation of European Nutrition Societies (FENS). The Society is secretariat and a founder of The Academy of Nutrition Sciences.
International Union of Nutrition Sciences (IUNS)
Following the successful negotiations in 2014 with the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS), the Society began the hosting of their Secretariat in January 2015, and in 2017 agreed an extension to the hosting for a further four years. IUNS will extend this a further 20 months, as the term of office of the present IUNS Council has been extended due to the postponement of the IUNS Congress and General Assembly until December 2022.
Federation of European Nutrition Societies (FENS)
In 2019, the Society expanded its secretariat support through the hosting of the new secretariat for the Federation of European Nutrition Societies (FENS). The Society were pleased to host the 13th European Nutrition Conference, Federation of European Nutrition Societies (FENS) 2019 at the Dublin Convention Centre in Ireland. This major European event, attracted over 2,000 scientists, government officials, academics, industry participants and NGOs from across the world to a highly successful 4-day scientific conference. The Society is using the extensive experience gained by hosting the 13th European Nutrition Conference of FENS to advise and support the organisers of the 14th European Nutrition Conference, in Belgrade, Serbia in 2023.
The Academy of Nutrition Sciences
In 2017, the Society’s Board of Trustees began to develop plans to create an umbrella body – an Academy of Nutrition Sciences – in partnership with the British Dietetic Association (BDA), The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF), the Association for Nutrition (AfN), to provide a unified voice for evidence-based nutrition science. This was formally developed in 2018 by a Working Group made up of the four founding organisations. The group successfully drafted a constitution and byelaws and following the granting of charitable status by the Charity Commission, launched the Academy to the nutrition community in October 2019. The Society now hosts the secretariat of the Academy.