Satellite workshop FENS conference

Dublin, October 14, 2019

We proudly announce our pre-conference satellite workshop to the 13th European Nutrition Conference:

Robust nutrition sciences

Regaining trust and restoring relevance

Date: October 14, 2019, 10 AM – 5 PM

Venue: Convention Centre Dublin (CCD)


In the midst of increasing societal challenges, the nutrition sciences are faced with a loss of public credibility and a need for innovative methodologies. This workshop will interactively explore how the nutrition sciences can regain the trust of the public and restore the discipline’s former relevance for pressing health issues, by addressing, for instance, the challenges of healthy and sustainable diets. The event builds on the analysis by the Dutch Foundation Nutrition in Transition: ‘Capable and credible: challenging nutrition sciences’ (2017, European Journal of Nutrition, 56:6)), and the scientific need to develop a common basis for transdisciplinary research (FENS, FNH-RI).


The FENS satellite workshop brings together scientific disciplines that are related to nutrition sciences. It unites about 100 personally invited experts from academia, governmental bodies, NGO’s and industrial organizations.


Identify and discuss pathways to improve the robustness of the nutrition sciences and restore public trust.


The workshop applies the World Café method that facilitates discussion within and among alternating groups of participants. In several rounds, groups meet around four thematic discussion tables and will

  1. discuss which science domains are crucial for researching food, nutrition, and health, and their societal contexts
  2. reconsider concepts like ‘health’, ‘proof’, ‘causality’, and the need for a shared ontology for nutrition sciences
  3. find ways to extend classic research methods towards innovative approaches for key societal challenges
  4. discuss scientific-societal co-creation pathways to achieve societal benefit and restore public trust


We look forward to your much valued expert contribution in this workshop for more robust nutrition science.

Thank you for appreciating our initiative,

Edith Feskens and Jan de Vries (co-chairs Foundation Nutrition in Transition)

Philip Calder (co-chair FENS Conference Dublin 2019)

Pieter van ’t Veer (Food Nutrition and Health Research Infrastructure, FNH-RI)

Nutrition in Transition - Discussing the future of nutrition science