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.
The Society’s annual student conference has been re-branded as ‘Nutrition Futures’ to reflect the conference being open to both nutrition science students, and to graduates. Nutrition Futures provides attendees with an opportunity to develop essential skills to help build their career as well a chance to meet, collaborate and share ideas with other like-minded researchers. This year the conference was held at the Assembly Rooms in Newcastle on 10 and 11 September.
The 2018 Irish Section Conference, hosted by the University of Ulster, Coleraine, provided an overview of current issues in relation to micronutrient status at various stages of the lifecycle. Scientific Organisers, Dr Pamela Magee, Senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition, and Dr Mary McCann, Lecturer in Human Nutrition and Course Director of BSc Food and Nutrition programme, welcomed 180 delegates to the conference from across the UK and Ireland, and as far away as Japan and Hong Kong.
The 2018 Spring Conference, hosted by the Scottish Section and held at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow, explored the interactions between nutrients and the consequences of these interactions on health and disease. Acknowledging that nutrient interaction is often overlooked, the conference focused on the competition between nutrients and how this affects function and bioavailability of dietary compounds, and considered the mechanisms of nutrient-nutrient interactions demonstrating their role in protection from disease and how this can inform diets for health and welf