Nutrition in Transition

NUTRICOM Consultancy is participating in Nutrition in Transition (NiT), a Dutch collective of academic nutritionists, medical doctors and social scientists. The goal of the initiative is to develop new conceptual and methodological approaches to attack the inherent boundaries of nutrition research. NiT is supported by NAV, the Netherlands Nutrition Science Academy.

Theo Ockhuizen was co-author in 2 papers published in peer-reviewed journals:
Capable and credible? Challenging nutrition science (PDF). Eur J Nutr publishes on line (2017).
Is nutrition science ready for the twenty-first century? Moving towards transdisciplinary impacts in a changing world. Eur J Nutr. 2020 May;59(Suppl 1):1-10

International workshop IUNS conference, October 2017, Buenos Aires

Nutrition in Transition organized a workshop during the IUNS conference in October 2017 in Buenos Aires. The title was: “Nutrition Science at a Crossroad”. Speakers were prof. Edith Feskens, dr. Jan de Vries, prof. Patrick Stover, dr. Anthony Fardett en prof. Martinez-Gonzalez. For a detailed report of the workshop (unfortunately only in Dutch) download the report:

   Report of the IUNC workshop (PDF)

Workshop at the 4de JPI HDHL conference, December 1, 2017, Brussels

Summary of the workshop

NUTRITION IN TRANSITION Nutrition sciences are meeting inherent boundaries that hamper conceptual and methodological progress, trust and translation of novel insights into societal benefits. In an interactive workshop these topics were extensively discussed. Evidence was seen as a concept that strongly builds on societal values to be combined with facts generated by multidisciplinary scientific research. Empirical research might provide a good foundation for the concept of health, distinguishing between biomedical, social and emotional aspects.

Three layers are recognized in studying effects of nutrition on health; diet patterns, product groups and nutrients. These should be studied in a multidisciplinary approach through shared research questions where standardization is considered to be key for all scientific disciplines. To really address the scientific and societal needs in food and nutrition, more and specifically innovative research is needed. The EU should be leading the organizational harmonization, stimulating scientists from different scientific disciplines working together. Opinions differed on whether the food industry should be involved in nutrition research and if so to what extent. Public-private partnerships may be the way forward when research independency can be guaranteed.

   Read the results of the workshop

VW 2020-Workshop on the challenges of Nutritional Sciences in 2020

November 24, 2016: The existential question was debated on how nutritional sciences could contribute to health and well-being of consumers. New concepts, methodology and technology are needed to address the challenges ahead.

NiT workshop at the spring meeting of the Dutch Academy of Nutritional Sciences (NAV)

March 21, 2017:  Presenting the results of the VW2020 workshop during the spring meeting of the NAV provoked a lively debate. Theo Ockhuizen summarized the outcome of the VW 2020 discussions on transmitting the scientific results to professionals and the public. Scientists should face the debate with the consumers on science in general and nutrition science specifically to curb the erosion of consumer trust.