ESPEN Research Fellowships for 2016

November 30th, 2015

ESPEN provides again a great opportunity to receive support for your research in continuously difficult economic times through the ESPEN Research Fellowships. Many relevant and successful research projects have been indeed funded in recent years. Research projects valued up to €50,000 will be considered for funding. Part funding for studies that have already been funded from other bodies may be considered (proof of funding must be provided).

Deadline for applying is March 4th, 2016 (17.00 Brussels time) and an ESPEN Membership of the main applicant OR the project supervisor is needed.

For more information, please find the Rules and the Application Form by clicking on the links

Meeting on all aspects of gastro-intestinal microbiota, prebiotics and probiotics in pediatrics

November 24th, 2015

A very interesting meeting on all aspects of pre- and probiotics in pediatrics will be held in April 2016 (28-30.04), 2016.This unique meeting is devoted to new developments in the areas of the gastrointestinal microbiota, pre- and probiotics in children. Many outstanding key-opinion leaders confirmed their participation.
All information can be found here

22nd ESPEN Advanced Course on Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism

November 23rd, 2015

‘The 22nd ESPEN Advanced Course on Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism was held in Bucharest on the 1-6 th November 2015. This course was organised by RosPEN under the supervision of Prof. Ioana Grintescu.
65 delegates did attend this course and really enjoyed the quality of the presentations. We also thank all the ESPEN speakers who took part in the event.The atmosphere was excellent and both participants and speakers were satisfied with the overall positive result.

See you next year in Poland!

ESPEN Experts’ course: Nutrition in the ICU

November 17th, 2015

ICU Nutrition CourseA course for health practitioners (MD, RD, RN) is organized for ESPEN members to learn the practical approach of this technique in intensive care patients. The course is open to physicians, nurses and dieticians that will learn the technique and use it back in their unit. A particular importance will be given to the interpretation of the results, which is not accessible from the literature.

The course will be concluded by a test to assess the level of knowledge acquired as well as an evaluation sent directly by mail to ECPC. Travel and housing will not be provided but lunch, dinner and coffees are included.

ESPEN Experts’ course in Intestinal Failure

November 17th, 2015

The next ESPEN Experts’ course in INTESTINAL FAILURE will be held in Manchester, UK (2016, April 15th-16th). ESPEN will be funding the course, whereas delegates have to fund a travel and accommodation.  Previous courses have been very well received particularly for the close supervision and the “hands-on” approach.

To apply for a place send your CV to or

3rd ESPEN Workshop succesfully held in Venice

November 14th, 2015

On November 8-9th, wonderful Venice hosted the 3rd ESPEN Workshop focusing on “Carbohydrates and insulin resistance – From basics to Clinical Nutrition”. Professors Rocco Barazzoni and Philip Calder supervised the organization of the event and its scientific programme, and more than 150 participants from 30 Countries and 3 Continents attended the meeting. The innovative workshop topic was thoroughly covered by an eminent international faculty through excellent lectures, that were followed by lively debate. The workshop was preceded by a very well attended LLL course on metabolic syndrome. The historic venue of the San Giovanni School in the old city center and the unique venetian atmosphere gave the completing touch to make the workshop an excellent success.

ONCA action (Optimal Care for All) in Berlin on the 3-4th of November 2015

November 12th, 2015
The European Nutrition for Health Alliance (ENHA) -in which ESPEN is a major stakeholder- has organized a meeting dedicated to the ONCA action (Optimal Care for All) in Berlin on the 3-4th of November 2015. The ambition of ONCA is: making nutritional care an integral part of health care.
During this 2- days meeting representatives of 13 national delegations were invited to present the ongoing and future actions for implementing screening of malnutrition and nutritional strategy in their own country. This meeting allowed to exchange experiences and ways to achieve goals. Delegations included members of various societies, MNI, members of Public Health Ministries and patients’ organizations.
The meeting was nicely moderated by Anne de Looy, Olle Ljungqvist and Frank de Man in a very positive atmosphere. A detailed report of this meeting will be available soon.
The next ONCA meeting will be organized late November 2016.

ESPEN guidelines on nutrition in dementia

November 9th, 2015

ESPEN is proud to announce the new guidelines on nutrition in dementia, which are published in Clinical Nutrition. The guidelines were developed by an international multidisciplinary working group in accordance with officially accepted standards. The GRADE system was used for assigning strength ofevidence. Recommendations were discussed, submitted to Delphi rounds and accepted in an onlinesurvey among ESPEN members.

Congratulation to the whole group and especially to the team leader Prof. D. Volkert for their outstanding work. All ESPEN guidelines can be downloaded here.

22nd ESPEN Course of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care

October 28th, 2015

The 22nd ESPEN Course of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care that will be held in Bucharest (November 1-6th 2015) is approaching. The main aim of this course is to provide a more practically oriented knowledge in the field of nutrition and every year the level of courses is becoming more and more advanced. The ESPEN Education and Clinical Practice Committee in close collaboration with the Romanian Society for Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition have built a solid curriculum to provide participants with practically oriented knowledge in the field of nutrition. In the best ESPEN tradition, it will include comprehensive workshops and lectures by international experts that cover a full span of major nutritional topics. Over 60 participants (4 from each country) will be accepted.

The final program for this top educational event and all the information regarding registration can be downloaded here.

ESPEN involvement in WHO initiative on nutrition care

October 6th, 2015

ESPEN is very pleased to announce its involvement in a new initiative from WHO to promote awareness on nutrition care issues in both malnutrition and obesity in hospitals and primary care. The international ESPEN family will collaborate through its network of Blockmember National PEN Societies representatives, who will receive WHO questionnaires and will provide most valuable expert information. Importantly, results will be made available at the level of national Health Ministries, with a strong potential for impact on national and international policies.

ESPEN is proud to participate and promote this initiative, representing a very meaningful step forward in ESPEN’s mission to promote awareness and recognition of the importance of nutrition care.