Hosted by the University of Southampton, the 2021 Summer Conference provided a timely overview of the challenges that Nutrition Professionals are facing and will continue to face as we address the climate crisis. Having a huge impact on the way we now work and live, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the crucial need to address nutrition inequalities and immunological health requirements that exist amongst many populations as we shift to a more sustainable way of living.
For the first time, the Nutrition Society’s Postgraduate and Irish Section Nutrition Society Conference merged as a joint event hosted by the University of Limerick. The three-day virtual conference provided an overview of current issues in relation to specific chronic diseases associated with ageing populations including obesity, metabolic health, cognitive function, and sarcopenia.
Over 340 delegates from across 22 countries tuned in to attend the Nutrition Society’s online Spring Conference 2021. Organised by the Society’s Scottish Section, scientific experts gathered online on 29 and 30 March to share and discuss their findings and experience in research surrounding the gut microbiome and health.
Due to the restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Society’s annual Winter Conference, which usually takes place in London, was held as a virtual event on 8-9 December allowing the Society to continue welcoming speakers and delegates from all over the world. Despite ongoing restrictions and potential screen fatigue, 295 delegates from 17 countries across Europe, Africa, Asia, Russia and the United States, came together virtually to discuss the topic of micronutrient malnutrition across the life-course, sarcopenia and frailty.
This year’s popular Irish Postgraduate Conference was held at The Clayton Hotel Leopardstown in Dublin on the 12-14 February. Hosted by University College Dublin (UCD), the two-day conference was attended by over 70 postgraduate students and early career nutritionists from across Ireland and the United Kingdom.
This year the Nutrition Society’s Winter Conference 2019 was held in collaboration with the British Association of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN) and the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) on 2-4 December 2019. This was the first time the three organisations have collaborated on anything of this scale, with the topic of this year’s conference on ‘diet and digestive disease’ well suited to an audience consisting of nutritionists, dietitians, doctors and gastroenterologists.
The Nutrition Society hosted the 13th European Nutrition Conference (FENS2019) in Dublin on October 15-18, welcoming 1700 delegates from over 70 countries and as far away as New Zealand to the Convention Centre Dublin. The culmination of four years of planning, both the Society and FENS were delighted to see delegates wholeheartedly engaging with the speakers and topics in the programme over the course of the four days.
The 2019 Spring Conference, hosted by the Scottish Section, took place at Abertay University in Dundee, exploring inter-individual variation in the nutrition response. Nutritionists and dietitians have long been aware that what works for one person may not work for another, yet with most nutritional interventions continuing to be rather generic at a population-level, research is increasingly suggesting that such personalisation could be achieved by considering individual phenotypic and genotypic characteristics.
The popular Irish Postgraduate Conference was held at Magherabuoy House hotel in Portrush on 13-15 February. Hosted by Ulster University – celebrating the 30th anniversary of nutrition at Ulster – the two-day conference was attended by 90 postgraduate students and early career nutritionists from across Ireland and the United Kingdom.