Summer conf 2023

Themes represent new and developing areas of nutritional science, they exist to promote and support the advancement of nutritional science. They support member focused interests, representing a more balanced portfolio and constituency between Theme Leads. Each Theme is led by a Theme Lead who acts as a direct link between you, the members, and the Science Committee.

The Special Interest Groups (SIGs) within each theme support members with specific areas of interest to ensure that the needs of the membership and their interests are fully supported.


Frequently Asked Questions about Special Interest Groups (SIG) for Co-Chairs.

Can anyone be a member of a Special Interest Group?

You need to be a current member of The Nutrition Society to be a SIG member as SIGs are a membership benefit. Please see here.

How can members join a Special Interest Group?

Members complete and submit the online application form here. The Membership Team will then check eligibility and add the members to the group.

Can members join more than one Special Interest Group?

Yes, members are welcome to be involved with one or more SIGs of interest.

How many Special Interest Groups are there?

We currently have seven Special Interest Groups:

  • Diet and Health of Ethnic Minority Groups
  • Global School Health and Nutrition
  • Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Cancer
  • Nutrition in Healthy Ageing
  • Phytochemicals and Health
  • School Food Systems
  • Workplace Diet and Health

Who can attend Special Interest Group meetings?

All SIG members are free to join, but sometimes it may be necessary to bring in specialists in the field to help with projects or act as speakers at meetings.

Is there funding to host events?

Yes, a limited amount of funding may be available on a case-by-case basis. Contact the Membership Team to discuss this further.

What kind of events can I hold/run?

You can plan formal or informal meetings. These events can be held online or in person at The Nutrition Society office or any other location. (The Membership Team will assist you with planning)

Who looks after the SIGS at the Society?

The Membership team looks after the Special Interest Groups. Alison and Luwam are here to support and help you.

What resources/support will be available?

The team will be able to help with the coordination of your group including sending out branded professional looking emails and invitations to promote the SIG's activities and membership. Anything else, just ask and we will try our best.

How will I contact my SIG members?

We can help you with contacting your SIG members by giving you regular updates on who those members are. You are free to email them directly, but if you want something a bit more on brand, corporate and professional looking we can help.

Some of the SIGs use the online discussion platform Member-Connect to hold initial debates and talk through issues. You also have an area for your SIG to do just that. Log on to Member-Connect via your member area and start your discussion in the forum area, where you will find the banner for your SIG.