Get Involved

There are several ways to get 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.

At the January 2018 Trustee Meeting the Society’s Trustees decided to establish a new Honorary Officer position on the Board of Trustees. The position will be titled Honorary Membership Officer.  Download the full job description for the role

Further details will be available soon.

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

The Nutrition Society’s Theme Leader for Cellular and Molecular Nutrition (CMN), Dr Bernard Corfe, is stepping down from his role following his election to the Society’s Board of Trustees. A vacancy therefore exists for a new CMN Theme Leader.  The Cellular and Molecular Nutrition (CMN) Theme supports and enables the application of cellular and molecular approaches to the study of nutrition, including the limitations of such approaches and the need to take an integrative view, and promotes emerging strategies and their potential impact upon nutritional research.

The deadline for applications is 15 April.  Download the full job description for the role.  To apply, send your CV and a cover letter to the Society's Chief Executive, Mark Hollingsworth via email by the deadline.  The covering letter should explain why you believe you are suitable for the role of the CMN Theme Leader and how you intend to develop the role for the benefit of the Society and its members.

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.

There are no current vacancies for the Advisory Council.  Details of vacancies will be emailed to members when they become available. 

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.

There are no current vacancies for the Scottish or Irish 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 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.