Connecting the nutrition community
Connecting the nutrition community
The 2019 summer conference season opened in an intense way for me. With barely one intervening week, I had the privilege of attending two fascinating conferences that differed in most aspects but converged on the complementary pathways towards the common and ultimate goal of a better-nourished and healthier world.
The IV World Public Health Nutrition Congress held within NUTRIMAD in Madrid from October 24 – 27, 2018 at the Melia Castilla Hotel. As with its predecessors in Barcelona (2006), Oporto (2010), and Las Palmas in the Canary Islands (2014), an Iberian setting hosted the event. Sponsored by the Spanish Society of Community Nutrition (SENC), the meeting was organized by CEU San Pablo University of Madrid, with Prof. Gregorio Varela-Moraias presiding. Some 450 speakers, professionals and students were registered; the majority was from Spain, along with attendees from Austria, Belgium, France, Finland, Greece, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands, and the UK. Additionally, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Guatemala, Mexico and the USA from the Western Hemisphere had attendance at the WPHNC. African and Asian nations were not represented.
The XVIII Latin American Congress on Nutrition was held in Guadalajara in the state of Jalisco in Mexico from November 11 – 16, 2018. Since 2016, the Presidency of the Latin American Society of Nutrition (SLAN) has been in the hands of Dr. Juan Rivera-Domarco, a graduate of Cornell University and currently the Director of the National Institute of Public Health (INSP) in Cuernavaca, Mexico. On January 1, 2019, the Presidency of SLAN will have passed from Juan Rivera and Mexico to Rafael Figueredo-Grijalba and Paraguay, for the following triennial congress in Asuncion in 2021. Meanwhile, Dr. Wilma Freire of Ecuador was installed as President-Elect of SLAN, such that her Andean nation will host of the 2024 meeting of SLAN.
The 2018 edition of the Latin American Society for Nutrition (Sociedad Latinoamericana de Nutrición, SLAN) conference took place in Guadalajara, Mexico from 12-15 November.
On June 7th, 2018, only three-days after starting my summer internship with Sight and Life, I found myself on a long-haul flight traveling to Boston, Massachusetts, from Switzerland. I was invited to join the Sight and Life team at the American Society for Nutrition’s (ASN) Nutrition 2018 conference – what an incredible opportunity! I could not have been more excited for this perfect introduction into the world of nutrition, particularly since I am interested in applying my current academic background in economics and law to the field of nutrition.
Sight and Life was a major sponsor of the first Central Eurasian Nutrition Forum (CENF), which was held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia from June 7 to 9, 2017. The three-day forum was hosted by the Mongolian Ministry of Health and the Mongolian Ministry of Food, Agriculture & Light Industry, Standing Committee on Social Policy, Education, Culture and Science of Mongolia, and was excellently organized by the Mongolian Health Initiative (MHI). CENF 2017 builds on a workshop at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, which took place in October 2016 and was organized by Radcliffe Institute Fellow Dr. Ganmaa Davaasambuu.
Kesso Gabrielle van Zutphen, Sight and Life’s Knowledge and Research Specialist, provides the key points from her experience at the Experimental Biology 2017 conference in Chicago.
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