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New Task Force for FENS

Continuation of work to improve standards and ensure trust in nutrition science

Since 2019, the presidential activity for the 2019 – 2023 term has been centred on enhancing standards within the science of nutrition, with a primary goal of fostering trust in nutritional research. The three working groups, comprising over 60 members, are primarily drawn from the member societies of FENS, along with a select few from the broader international nutrition community. It is crucial to note that all the efforts of these working group members are entirely voluntary.

Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, the working groups have shown remarkable resilience. After nearly four years of dedicated effort, they have achieved considerable progress, with some work already published and others either accepted, submitted, or in progress for publication. Witnessing such a diverse group of scientists engaged in discussions about the foundational aspects of “credibility and capabilities” in nutrition sciences has been impressive. We extend our heartfelt thanks for the unwavering support that has contributed to the accomplishments we celebrate today.

Buoyed by the success of the working groups, there is a shared determination to take their efforts to the next level. The FENS board presented a proposal to the General Assembly, seeking to establish a new Task Force focused on ensuring trust in nutrition science. We are thrilled to report that the proposal garnered unanimous approval from the General Assembly.

Leadership of a FENS Task Force involves steering committee responsibilities, with members also serving on the FENS board. These individuals are nominated by FENS member societies that are in good standing and are elected to their roles by the General Assembly of FENS.

We take pride in the achievements of the working groups and appreciate the resounding support from the FENS membership for the importance of their work. As a testament to our commitment to advancing nutritional science, in early 2024 we will be opening the call for nominations from FENS member societies for the newly proposed FENS Task Force. Your active participation is crucial in shaping the future of nutritional science and ensuring its continued trustworthiness.