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Scientific Programme Organisers: 

Local organising committee

Lisa Kelliher
Nutrition Society Irish Section Student Representative 2021-23
Lisa Kelliher is a fourth year PhD researcher within the Cork centre for Vitamin D and Nutrition Research, and The Irish Centre for Maternal and Child Health Research, at University College Cork. She completed her BSc Hons (First Class) in Nutrition and Health Science, at Cork Institute of Technology. Following this she progressed into her PhD programme, researching iodine intake in pregnancy and neurodevelopmental outcomes in infants. She has been Nutrition Society Student representative since June 2021, and formerly student representative

Ursula Leonard

Ursula Leonard is a second year PhD candidate based in the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences in UCC. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering from University of Galway and a Postgraduate Diploma in Nutritional Sciences from UCC. Ursula’s PhD is focused on the development of sustainable and healthy dietary guidelines, as part of the SuHeGuide Project funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Sarah Kate Walsh

Sarah is a second year PhD student based in the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences. She is a graduate of the BSc Nutritional Sciences (1H1) 2019 and MSc Analytical Chemistry (1H1) 2021 and former Quercus Academic Scholar. Sarah has previously completed internships in the Nestle Development Centre, Limerick and the Environmental Research Institute, Cork. Her research focuses on the physiological effects of food reformulation to increase dietary fibre levels as part of the Microbe Restore project funded by Science Foundation Ireland.  

Aidan O’Sullivan

Aidan is a second year PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Jens Walter and Dr. Alice Lucey, based between the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences and the APC Microbiome Ireland. Prior to the commencement of his PhD studentship, Aidan graduated from the BSc Nutritional Sciences programme at UCC and worked on dietary intervention studies with Atlantia Clinical Trials. Aidan’s research is focused on determining the effect of dietary fibre and synbiotics on human metabolism, microbiome functionality, and the prevention of chronic disease through dietary intervention studies, as part of the Microbe Restore Project, funded by Science Foundation Ireland.


The 32nd Nutrition Society Irish Section Postgraduate Meeting will be hosted by University College Cork, Cork at the Metropole Hotel, Cork City, from the 8 - 10 February 2023. 

This is a very unique conference as the organisation and running of the conference is carried out by PhD students and gives current research students within Ireland a valuable opportunity to present and promote their own research to their peers, whilst also gaining transferable research skills. The conference itself comprises of a 2-day symposium, workshops and career talks.


There will be no formal abstract submission, instead delegates will submit the title of their presentation and indicate if they wish to present for three-minutes or 10-minutes at the time of the registration

Three-minute presentations “Thesis in Three” are intended for students who wish to present an overview of their PhD but haven’t yet any results. Ten-minute “Original research” presentations should follow scientific presentation format and include results.

The programme is provisionally designed to include the symposia alternating sessions between “Thesis in three” and “Original research” (10 minutes), however this is subject to change depending on the number of abstract submissions in each category.