• Manifesto for the Implementation of Nutrition Education released by Rocco Barazzoni, Maurizio Muscaritoli and Cristina Cuerda.

    NEMS Press Release

    Medical doctors should be trained in Basic, Applied and Clinical Nutrition and Universities can use new tools to do so... because Food is Life! 

    Manifesto for the Implementation of Nutrition Education released by Rocco Barazzoni, Maurizio Muscaritoli and Cristina Cuerda.

  • MNI - Grant deadline extended until June 15, 2020

    MNI - Grant deadline extended until June 15, 2020

    The MNI grant rewards national initiatives or research projects for Optimal Nutritional Care.

    The objective is to support and/or inspire high quality initiatives. Over the past 10 years, the MNI Grant has supported or stimulated ambitious initiatives – endorsed by PEN (or sister) societies worldwide – which have contributed to improving nutritional care policies at national level. 

    The 2020 MNI Grant criteria have been enlarged to include initiatives on nutritional care of individuals with (risk of) SARS-CoV-2 and the deadline has been extended of an additional month, until 15 June 2020. >>

    Flyer MNA Grant 2020 (PDF)


  • Next ESPEN Treasurer

    Next ESPEN Treasurer

    The ESPEN Executive Committee is pleased to announce the next ESPEN Treasurer:
    Prof. Stéphane M. Schneider.


    This is the result of the ESPEN Treasurer election 2020. On Tuesday, July 7th 2020, two members of the Executive Committee (connected via videoconference) and a Notary counted the votes at the MCI office in Geneva, Switzerland. 

    The counting revealed that the majority of participating ESPEN members (190 from 370 votes) voted for Prof. Stéphane Schneider to become the next ESPEN Treasurer. 

    According to the constitution the result of this election will be presented at the next ESPEN Congress in September 2020 for final approval by the General Assembly. 

    We wish Professor Schneider a fruitful and successful term of office and we would like to thank both candidates, Prof. Dileep Lobo and Prof. Stéphane Schneider for their candidacy and by this for their enthusiasm and willingness to serve for ESPEN.

  • Nutrition in the ICU: Practical aspects and "Hands on" Course

    Nutrition in the ICU: Practical aspects and "Hands on" Course

    NOVEMBER 29-30, 2022 in Brussels

    more information will follow shortly

  • Nutritional care is a human right

    Nutritional care is a human right

    A new global campaign to promote nutritional care as a universal human right has been launched with support from ESPEN, ASPEN, FELANPE, PENSA and WASPEN, that appointed an international working group for this initiative. A position paper to describe the initiative and its foundation has been jointly published in Clinical Nutrition and Nutrition in Clinical Practice.

    Videos are also available on this dedicated Youtube channel.

    Article in Press
    Clinical nutrition and human rights. An international position paper

  • PENSA 2021 Joining Hands to improve Quality of Nutrition Support Practices

    PENSA 2021 Joining Hands to improve Quality of Nutrition Support Practices

    14-16 October 2021, BITEC, Bankong, Thailand

    The detail of the program and timeline of the congress can be found on



  • PROMISS (PRevention Of Malnutrition In Senior Subjects in the EU)

    PROMISS (PRevention Of Malnutrition In Senior Subjects in the EU) 

    The challenge of malnutrition

    With the European population growing older, the challenge is to keep an increasing number of seniors across all European countries healthy and active.

    In Europe, between 13.5 % and 29.7 % of older adults living at home are malnourished or at risk of protein energy malnutrition.

    PROMISS aims to better understand and ultimately prevent protein energy malnutrition in seniors. Thereby, PROMISS will contribute to improve active and healthy ageing

    PROMISS activities

    Within PROMISS, malnutrition is tackled with a specific focus on the prevention of protein-energy malnutrition.

    To do so, PROMISS makes use of large scale databases to understand the relationships between food intake, food characteristics, physical activity, the oral and gut microbiota, and poor appetite, malnutrition and poor health among older adults. Preferences and attitudes of older persons with regard to food intake and physical activity are also identified.

    Based on the outcomes of this research, PROMISS has developed optimised, sustainable and evidence-based dietary and physical activity strategies, which are now being tested for effectiveness and cost-effectiveness in a long-term intervention study.

    The project will show whether these strategies together with new food concepts and products will prevent malnutrition and support active and healthy ageing.

    Next steps

    The feasibility of increasing protein intake in older persons with a low protein intake, and the potential beneficial effect on relevant clinical outcomes are currently under study in our project.

    To disseminate on the final outcomes, PROMISS will also produce:

    •             a roadmap that outlines the steps, goals, milestones and deliverables for product development.

    •             a masterclass training course that translates scientific results of PROMISS for the food industry and small and medium enterprises.

    A list of continuously updated research highlights can be found here:

    PROMISS (PRevention Of Malnutrition In Senior Subjects in the EU) is a multi-country project aiming to turn the challenge of tackling malnutrition in community-dwelling older persons into an opportunity for healthy ageing for the future.

    The PROMISS consortium contains worldwide expertise in epidemiology, clinical trials, geriatrics, nutrition, physical activity, microbiomics, as well as in behaviour, consumer, sensory  and computer sciences. It builds on strong collaborations with food industry and SMEs to strengthen innovation of the European agri-food sector and their market position. Existing data from scientifically well-established prospective aging cohorts and national nutritional surveys from Europe and ‘third countries’ will be combined with new data from short- and long-term intervention studies in older persons at risk. Its holistic approach will provide insight in the causality of the links between diet, physical activity, appetite and malnutrition and underlying pathways, thereby providing the necessary evidence to develop optimal, sustainable and evidence-based dietary and physical activity strategies to prevent malnutrition and enhance active and healthy aging. PROMISS will also deliver food concepts and products as well as persuasive technology to support adherence to these strategies. The dietary and physical activity strategies and food products will be specifically developed with older user involvement to meet the needs and fit the preferences of older consumers. In close collaboration with stakeholders, PROMISS will translate these strategies into practical recommendations to guide policy and health professionals at EU- and Member States level. Dissemination and implementation takes place through strong dissemination partners operating on an European level and linked to national networks across Member States. PROMISS promises prevention of malnutrition, additional healthy life years and a strengthening of EU’s food industry.

    Work packages:

    PERT diagram showing the overall relationship of work packages of the PROMISS project

    First results:

    • Older adults with a poor appetite consumed less protein and dietary fiber, less solid foods, smaller portion sizes, less wholegrains, and less fruits and vegetables than older adults with a very good appetite. They consumed more dairy foods, fats, oils, sweets and soda’s. (van der Meij et al. 2017)
    • Of those aged 85 years and older, 28% were below the commonly used protein intake target (0.8g of protein per kg of adjusted bodyweight per day). This group ate less meat, more cereals and drank more non-alcoholic beverages than those who had adequate protein intake. (Menonҫa et al. 2017)
    • Older adults with a lower protein intake seem to be at greater risk of developing mobility limitations over 6 years. (Houston et al. 2017)
    • Low protein intake may negatively affect muscle strength and physical performance in late life, and a combination of adequate protein intake and physical activity may be necessary to reduce the loss of muscle strength in the very old. (Granic et al. 2017)
    • Higher protein intake may lower the risk of developing chronic protein-energy malnutrition in community-dwelling older adults. (Hengeveld et al. 2018)
    • The Protein Screener 55+ (Pro55+) was developed and validated to screen for low protein intake in community-dwelling older people. An online version is available for researchers and can be found at (Wijnhoven et al. 2018)
    • Four different disability trajectories were identified between the ages of 85 and 90: 1) a constant very low disability trajectory (difficulty with none or 1 ADL)  over the 5 years; 2) a low disability trajectory (difficulty with 2 ADLs) that steadily progressed to mild disability (5 ADLs); 3) a mild disability score (4 ADLs) at 85 that increased to moderate disability (10 ADLs) by age 90; and 4) a moderate disability score (9 ADLs) that progressed to severe disability (14 ADLs) after 5 years. Those with higher protein intake, especially those at or above 1 g per kg of body weight per day (70g of protein per day for a 70 kg person), were less likely to develop disabilities. (Menonҫa et al. 2018)

    25 Partners:

    VrijeUniversiteit Amsterdam, Haskoli Islands University Iceland, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne United Kingdom, National Institute for public health and the environment The Netherlands, SyddanskUniversitet Denmark, GoeteborgsUniversitet Sweden, Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research the Netherlands, VIVES University College Belgium, Ghent University Belgium, HAS University of Applied Sciences the Netherlands, Kellogg Management Services United Kingdom, Laboratoires Grand Fontaine Spain, Fonterra the Netherlands, Blonk Consultants the Netherlands, Frigilunch Belgium, Henri BV Belgium, University of Helsinki Finland, The European Federation of the Association of Dieticians the Netherlands, European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism Luxemburg, European Geriatric Medicine Society Belgium, Friedrich-Alexander-Universitaet Erlangen Nuernberg Germany, AGE platform Europe AISBL Belgium, Université de Sherbrooke Canada, Amsterdam AMC – location VU University Medical Center, HAN University of Applied Sciences the Netherlands.

    Contact & information:

    Please visit our website:

    Twitter: @PROMISS_VU 




  • Salford ESPEN - Intestinal Failure Workshop - Webinar

    Salford ESPEN
    Intestinal Failure Workshop

    The annual Salford ESPEN-endorsed Workshop on Acute and Chronic Intestinal Failure will be held as a webinar on 23rd & 24th April 2021

    The course will be virtual in nature and aimed at physicians, surgeons, dietitians, pharmacists, nurses and psychologists with an interest in Intestinal Failure.
    Delegates will gain experience in how a dedicated Intestinal Failure Unit functions and the role of the multidisciplinary team.
    Places are limited due the interactive nature of the programme.
    Preference is given to ESPEN members.
    Previous courses have been very well received, particularly the practical demonstrations of central venous catheter care and management, surgical-medical interaction, case-based discussions and patient-centred ward rounds.

    Numbers are limited to 40 delegates and ESPEN members have priority.

    COST: 120 Euros. To apply for a place, please send a CV to:
    Angela Page or contact: +44 161 206 5364
    or Professor Simon Lal, Course Director

    Download PDF Flyer

  • The importance of clinical nutrition by former ESPEN President Prof. André Van Gossum

    The importance of clinical nutrition by former ESPEN President Prof. André Van Gossum

    NutritionInsight spoke with Professor André Van Gossum, M.D, European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) Chairman at the 40th ESPEN Congress in Madrid, Spain, about the growing importance of nutritional therapies for clinical patients.

    View Video & Read Article

  • UEG public affairs report and action plan on nutrition

    UEG public affairs report and action plan on nutrition


    View report here (PDF document)

  • UEG Week Virtual 2021: October 3 – 5

    UEG Week Virtual 2021: October 3 – 5 

    In 2017, ESPEN was officially accepted as an affiliated member society of UEG (United European Gastroenterology).

    UEG unites all the leading European medical specialists and national societies focusing on digestive health and related disciplines representing their specialty on a pan-European level, meaning a community of over 50'000 digestive health specialists.

    As an UEG member society, ESPEN will be present at the UEG Week Virtual 2021 in the Societies Member Village and we invite you to check the programme of the meeting featured across many virtual lecture halls, covering all fields of Gastroenterology, as well as Nutrition concerns.

    ESPEN Overview


  • Video Message from Rocco Barazzoni, ESPEN Chairman

    Video Message from Rocco Barazzoni, ESPEN Chairman


    Play Video Message

    Register now on



    June 8. - 9. 2021. Live online event from University Hospital Centre Zagreb Croatia

    Download Program here


    • Prof. Željko Krznarić, MD, PhD
    • Ana Barišić, MD
    • Prof. Darija Vranešić Bender, BSc, PhD
    • Irena Karas, mag.nutr.
    • Dina Ljubas Kelečić, M Pharm
    • Andreja Horvat, nurse


    Online platform: streaming from University Hospital Centre Zagreb, Department of Internal Medicine, Unit of Clinical Nutrition & Department of Gastroenterology, Kišpatićeva 12, 10 000 Zagreb, Croatia / Educational Center & Clinic


    We can accept (only) 100 applicants for this workshop.

    Registration will take place on a first come first served basis. Priority will be given to ESPEN members. In your application, please indicate whether you are a member or not. Please also provide a short overview of your background and motivation to follow this workshop. We look forward to receive your application.

    Registration deadline is: June 1st 2021. Please, register at:

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