ESPEN Experts’ Course in “Intestinal Failure” to be held in Manchester, UK

December 18th, 2014

The ESPEN  Experts’ Course on Acute and Chronic Intestinal Failure will be held again (20-21.03.2015) at the Intestinal Failure Unit , Salford Royal Hospital Manchester, UK.  ESPEN will fund the course, whereas delegates have to fund a travel and housing.

The previous courses have been very well received particularly the close supervision and  “hands-on” approach. Efforts will be made to strike a balance amongst differing health care professionals to encourage the team approach. Numbers are limited to 25 delegates and ESPEN members have priority.

Please send a CV to: or (Course Director)

2nd International Course on the Metabolic and Nutritional issues in the ICU

December 17th, 2014

The 2nd International Course on the Metabolic and Nutritional issues in the ICU will be held next June 2-3 at the Erasme University Hospital in Brussels. For more information please see the preliminary announcement or visit the website.

Technology Innovation with Industry Partnership ESPEN Grant

December 16th, 2014

As of last year, a new funding opportunity from ESPEN is available through the “Technology Innovation with Industry Partnership ESPEN Grant”. The purposeof this grant is to facilitate the dialogue between scientific/clinical experts and industry to develop new or better tools or to improve availability of tools.

ESPEN invites members to submit a proposal for funding in the field of innovative technology.  One “Technology Innovation with Industry Partnership ESPEN Grant” will be awarded (sum of up to €30,000 is available) to an expert or a group of experts proposing a project. Applicants should submit a two page proposal describing the project and expected outcome and benefits and a one page document outlining costs and anticipated timing of the project.

Proposals should be submitted as an email attachment (word or pdf) to Philip Calder, Chair of the ESPEN Scientific Committee at pcc[at], by no later than 17:00 hours (CET) on 6th March 2015.

Click here to find all related information!

Mark your calendars: 3rd ESPEN Workshop “Carbohydrates and insulin resistance – From basics to clinical nutrition”, Venice, Italy November 8-9th 2015

December 2nd, 2014

With the second ESPEN workshop in Tel Aviv just over and a huge success, ESPEN is very pleased to invite everybody to mark their calendars for the 2015 event. The 3rd ESPEN workshop will be held in wonderful Venice, Italy, November 8-9 th 2015, on the topic of “Carbohydrates and insulin resistance – From basics to clinical nutrition”. In the best ESPEN tradition, all aspects of carbohydrate utilization in nutritional care will be covered by a panel of distinguished international experts.

Come to Venice to hear on (among other lectures): basic aspects of carbohydrate fuel utilization and metabolism, their role in the regulation of gut microbiota, what options are available for carbohydrate administration in nutritional support, how to optimize artificial nutrition in the obese and diabetic patient, use and limitations of carbohydrates for optimal glucose targets in nutritional care of surgical and ICU patient.

We look forward to welcome you for an unforgettable experience in Venice for the 3rd ESPEN workshop! Look out on the ESPEN website and Newsletters for further information on program, venue and how to register soon.

2nd ESPEN workshop on “Lipids in the ICU’ successfully held in Tel Aviv

November 26th, 2014

Under the auspices of the ESPEN executive committee, the 2nd ESPEN workshop on “Lipids in the ICU’ attracted more than 160 participants from 22 countries (including a strong delegation from China, USA, Canada, Mexico, Russia and South Korea in addition to the European countries) last 23 and 24th November 2014 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Outstanding lectures given by the most eminent scientists in this field contributed to a better understanding of the topic. Numerous questions from the audience increased the level of the debate.Addiotionally, an LLL Course on Nutrition in the ICU was held Sunday morning before the workshop and 75 participants could learn the last advances in this field.

ESPEN scientific chairman and co chairman of this workshop, Prof Philip Calder will supervise, together with the other co Chairman of the workshop Prof Pierre Singer, the edition of an ESPEN position paper on this subject, which will be released in the next future in Clinical Nutrition. All the presentations will be soon accessible on our website.

Top experts from across eight European countries have signed a Charter for Optimal Nutritional Care

November 24th, 2014

On 4-5 November, participants from across eight countries (Croatia, Germany, Spain, Turkey, France, Israel, Poland and Slovenia) gathered for a working conference in Brussels to launch a European campaign on Optimal Nutritional Care for All. Organised by the European Nutrition for Health Alliance (ENHA), the conference brought together delegates from national medical societies for clinical nutrition and metabolism, patient groups, healthcare professionals, dietitians, policy makers, hospital managers, carers, industry and advocacy experts. Over the course of two days, delegates from the different disciplines were asked to define national priorities and contribute to enhancing a European-wide approach through exchange of good practices.

At the end of the event, participants signed the Charter for Optimal Nutritional Care, a document which invites individuals to commit to a shared vision for improving nutritional care. The Charter calls for identification of those at nutritional risk through screening, following by appropriate nutritional intervention and monitoring, making nutritional care an integral part of patient care.

ESPEN Research Fellowships for 2015

November 12th, 2014

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 6th, 2015 (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

Final countdown! November 6th 2014 is nutritionDay

October 21st, 2014

The nutritionDay will be held on November 6th.

Time is running fast, so don’t miss the great opportunity and register for this major event!

nutritionDay (nDay) is a one-day cross-sectional audit with outcome evaluation. On a specific day every year hospital wards and nursing homes around the world have the opportunity to participate in a one-day cross-sectional audit. nDay participants complete questionnaires about the patients’ nutrition risk profile and the unit’s nutrition care structures. They collect the unit‘s anonymised data and upload it to the nDay database. Afterwards the participants receive a unit based feedback report showing their results in comparison to other participating institutions. The annual nDay check constitutes a unique chance to monitor and benchmark the institution’s nutrition care on an international level. Participating in nutritionDay worldwide is free of charge.

This worldwide initiative is conducted to increase people`s awareness of the widespread problem of malnutrition in hospitals, nursing homes and intensive care units.

We invite you to join the large nutrititionDay community of doctors, dieticians, nurses and pharmacists and support the fight against malnutrition and benefit from nDay!

Here you will find further information in 12 steps! In case of questions please don’t hesitate to contact the nutritionDay office: or browse through our website:

Participation is easy and does not require any specific knowledge!

21st ESPEN Course on Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic care sucesfully held in Hradec Kralove (Czech Republic)

October 15th, 2014

The 21st ESPEN Course on Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic care was held in Hradec Kralove (Czech Republic) from the 5th through 10th of October, 2014. This course was flawlessly organized by Lubos Sobotka in a beautiful facility located in the center of this attractive city. The 60 attendees included professionals from 22 different European countries and an anesthesiologist from India.

The course was very intensive thanks to the collaboration of the excellent faculty speakers. The participants greatly appreciated the lectures, cases, discussion, and demonstration sessions. The opportunities for interaction between speakers and attendees were remarkable.

Again, congratulations to the organizing committee and to all the attendees.

16th PENSA Congress (24-26 July, 2015 Japan)

October 13th, 2014

The 16th Congress of the Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Society of Asia (PENSA 2015) will be held at Nagoya Congress Center for three days from July 24 (Friday) to 26 (Sunday), 2015. The main theme of PENSA 2015 will be “All for Patients! Using Our Full Power of Metabolic and Nutritional Management.” The biannual congress offers wonderful opportunities for physicians, other medical professionals, and researchers engaged in nutritional management and therapy in Asian countries to meet, present new findings and achievements in their routine practice and research, and exchange the latest knowledge. The congress is expected to greatly contribute to nutritional management and therapy and help improve people’s health and welfare in Asia through basic and clinical research.

You can find more information here.