Opportunities to become involved and elections

There are several ways to become involved with The Nutrition Society from being a member of the Board of Trustees to volunteering as a Student Ambassador.  Below you will find a regularly updated list of opportunities.  

Become a member of the Scottish or Irish Section Committee

Once a year the elections for The Nutrition Society Irish or Scottish Section Committees take place.  The elections consist of nominating new Committee Members (traditionally known as 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 a Committee Member (including a Student Representative) or Secretary of the Committee. 

The remit of both sections is to provide and promote a forum for nutrition education and research within the section's location. 

Scottish Section Election

Be part of the Scottish Section Committee at an exciting time, as it begins to broaden the offering by planning for the section to be more proactive on a local level in organising meetings and events.

Committee positions currently available include:

  • Five Scottish Section Committee Members

Benefits of being a Scottish Section Committee Member include:

  • Providing an opportunity to influence the Society and how it is run in Scotland for the Society's Scottish Members.
  • Broadening the reach and role of nutrition research within Scotland.
  • Supporting the Society and helping shape its future.
  • A chance to learn new skills to enahnce a CV.
  • Enabling more networking which can foster collaboration and job prospects for the future.
  • Encouraging colleagues to become Nutrition Society members.
  • Helping Scottish members engage more by offering them more on a regional basis.

Nominations for the above roles can be made via the online election portal hosted by UK Engage.  All Nutrition Society members based in Scotland are eligible to nominate candiates and to vote.  Further details including the link to access the election portal have been sent directly to Scottish members via email.  Please contact us if you have not received your email (please also check your junk email box too).

Irish Section Election

There are currently no vacancies for the 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 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.

There are currently no positions available on the Board of Trustees.  Details of vacancies will be emailed to members when they become available.  


Become a member of the Advisory Council

The Advisory Council supports the Board of Trustees in its decision making process. The role and function is to bring the views and opinions of the membership to the attention of the Trustees, 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 positions available on 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 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 no current positions available on the Theme Leader.  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 Nutrition Society Student Ambassador

The Student Section was established to represent student members of the Nutrition Society. It is involved in shaping the developments for student members.  The Student Ambassador will support the Student Section and will be involved in:

  • Organising events, including the annual Nutrition Futures Conference in the UK, and networking and careers events at Nutrition Society conferences
  • Developing resources and opportunities available to student members 
  • Collating and providing views from the student members on various subjects to aid the Student Section Chair at Advisory Council meetings
  • Increasing Nutrition Society presence and support within universities

If you would like to find out more about being a Student Ambassador, please 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.  Read the full job description for the role.

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

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