Become involved

There are several ways to become involved with The Nutrition Society from being a member of the Board of Trustees (traditionally known as Honorary Officers) to volunteering as a Student Section member.  Below you will find a regularly updated list of opportunities.  

Become a member of the Board of Trustees

The Nutrition Society is governed by a Board of Trustees elected by the Society's members.  The Society's Trustees, headed by the Society's President, perform a very important role in guiding and shaping the strategic direction and work of the Society, and thereby helping to define the way nutrition science is presented and disseminated to those with an interest in human and animal nutrition.  The Trustees oversee all Society activities.  Their decision making is assisted by the Society’s Advisory Council.

The Nutrition Society is a registered charity and as such, the Trustees have legal responsibilities to act in accordance with the laws governing all charities, overseen by the Charities Commission.  

The Trustees, are elected for a three-year term, after which they may be re-elected for another three years. However, they cannot serve more than two terms concurrently.

Positions available

For 2018, the Society is seeking to recruit for five positions on the Society's Trustee Board.  The following positions are therefore open to members for nomination as per Rule 3.2.4. stated in the Rules of the Nutrition Society:

Board of Trustees:

All Nutrition Society members of three years or more are eligible to nominate themselves or nominate fellow members to stand for these positions.  Members may nominate themselves or a fellow member via the Election Portal by 5pm on 6 June 2018, for up to two of the above positions, on either the Advisory Council (below) or the Board of Trustees.   The member will be required to provide a photograph and ‘manifesto’ detailing what they can bring to the role for which they are applying.

If you require further information or have any questions, please contact us.


Become a member of the Advisory Council

The Advisory Council supports the Trustee board in its decision making process. It's role and function is to bring to the attention of the Trustees the views and opinions of the membership and act as the members’ voice in matters that affect them.  Different areas of nutrition are represented by different members of the Advisory Council.  Each lead their area of interest, and represents the views of the membership. 

The Advisory Council, are elected for a three-year term, after which they may be re-elected for another three years.  However, they cannot serve more than two terms concurrently.  Except, the Student Section Chair (previously known as Student Representative) who sits on the Society's Advisory Council holds the position for two years.  The Nutrition Society Student Section Chair is a student member based at a UK or Ireland University, willing to represent the Nutrition Society's student membership.

Positions available

For 2018, the Society is seeking to recruit for four positions on the Advisory Council.   The following positions are therefore open to members for nomination as per Rule 3.2.4. stated in the Rules of the Nutrition Society:

Advisory Council:

  • Council Member for Industry
  • Council Member for Policy
  • Council Member for Academia
  • Council Member for Animal Nutrition

All Nutrition Society members of three years or more are eligible to nominate themselves or nominate fellow members to stand for these positions.  Members may nominate themselves or a fellow member via the Election Portal by 5pm on 6 June 2018, for up to two of the above positions, on either the Advisory Council or the Board of Trustees (above).   The member will be required to provide a photograph and ‘manifesto’ detailing what they can bring to the role for which they are applying.

If you require further information or have any questions, please contact us.


Become a member of the Scottish or Irish Section Committee

Once a year the elections for The Nutrition Society Irish or Scottish committees takes place.  The elections consist of nominating new Ordinary Members and/or a Secretary into the committee.  A benefit of being a Nutrition Society member allows you the opportunity to nominate and vote for other Nutrition Society members to be an Ordinary Member (including a Student Representative) or Secretary of the committee.  The remit of the sections is to provide and promote a forum for nutrition education and research within the section's location.

Irish Section Committee vacancies:

For 2018, the Society's Irish Section would like to welcome nominations for the new Student Representative.  The successful candidate will represent students across Ireland and their areas of professional interest.  The opportunity will develop their transferable skillset, be part of the Irish Section committee, and help and guide the Society with the support of colleagues, other committee members and staff.  

Laura Kehoe (outgoing Irish Section Student Representative) and Aoife McNamara both enjoyed the role of Student Representative and comment

Applying and succeeding in becoming the Student Representative on the Irish Section committee has provided us both with an invaluable opportunity to expand our skills base. We would highly recommend this position to students who would welcome the opportunity to get involved in the Nutrition Society; acting as ambassador for all students, communicating and disseminating key pieces of information both to and from the committee and to create some fantastic networks in the field of Nutrition.”

Nominations for this position will take place online and the deadline to apply is 5pm on Wednesday 16 May.  All Society Irish Section members will receive the information to nominate online via email.  

There are no current vacancies for the Scottish Section Committee.  Details of vacancies will be emailed to members when they become available.  

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Become a Theme Leader

The Nutrition Society Themes were set up to represent new and developing areas of nutritional science.  These themes include Cellular and Molecular Nutrition (CMN), Public Health Nutrition (PHN) and Whole Body Metabolism (WBM).  Each Theme is led by a Theme Leader who acts as a direct link between the membership and the Science Committee.  They liaise with, and represent the interests of, Nutrition Society members.

There are currently no vacancies available for a Society Theme Leader.

If you require further information or have any questions, please contact us.


Become a Nutrition Society Student Section member

The Student Section (previously known as Student Body) was established in May 2011 to represent student members of the Nutrition Society. It is involved in shaping the developments for student members and aims to:

  • Organise events, including the annual Student Conference in the UK, and networking and careers events at Nutrition Society conferences
  • Develop resources and opportunities available to student members 
  • Collate and provide views from the student members on various subjects to aid the Student Section Chair at Advisory Council meetings
  • Increase Nutrition Society presence and support within universities

If you would like to find out more about being a Student Section member, contact contact us.


Become a Nutrition Society Ambassador

If you are a course leader/director, lecturer or senior researcher or a PhD student based at a University and are interested in representing The Society within your university, please get in touch. The main responsibility of being an NS Ambassador is to promote what the Society does. For example, promote membership to colleagues and peers, help the Society promote upcoming events (training, conferences and call for abstract deadlines) and promote the Society's activities. In turn, being a Nutrition Society Ambassador enhances your CV, provides you with first hand information about up coming Nutrition Society activities, and discounted membership is available to all ambassadors.  Download the full job description for the role.

If you are interested and would like to put yourself forward, please contact contact us.    

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