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ECN webinars 2020 / Webinar- Proposal writing- 31 July 2020
We are also happy to confirm the scheduling of a webinar on the much requested topic of proposal writing on 31 July 2020:

“Ever wondered what happens to your proposal when you submit it?

This webinar seeks to give insight on how to write a successful grant proposal from the perspective of a proposal reviewer. Dr Sian Astley will uncover the essential steps to making your proposal sellable to the reviewers and will highlight some of the pitfalls to avoid.

For this special webinar, we would like to invite you to send any questions that you already have on the project proposal process by 11 July 2020 to: or comment directly on this post. Further information and registration details will follow.
ECN webinars 2020 / Webinar- Microbiota analysis for nutritional research- 5 June 2020, 16:00
DATE: Friday, 5 June at 16:00 h (CET)
TITLE: Microbiota analysis for nutritional research: concepts and tips to get started
HOST: Dr Kathryn Burton (Agroscope, Switzerland)

REGISTRATION: Attendance is FREE but registration is required.
Please register at:

Webinar resumé
The gut microbiota has emerged as an important predictor and potential influencer of health and disease. Consequently, the gut microbiota is increasing studied in nutritional studies. Inspired by the 6th Nutrition Winter School in Levi (Finland), ‘Diet & Microbes: Gut health for the brain and body’, this webinar seeks to introduce the core concepts and terminology used in microbiota research and provide a practical example of how sequencing technology (specifically focusing on 16SrRNA) can be used to explore the link between diet and nutrition, and the gut microbiota composition.

Kathryn is a dietitian and nutrition researcher working at Agroscope, the Swiss centre of excellence for Agricultural Research. Trained in clinical nutrition at the University of Nottingham (UK), she pursued a career in nutritional research with a masters in human health at AgroParisTech (France) leading to her PhD thesis on the nutrigenomics of dairy foods at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). After a short post doctoral experience at Agroscope, she is working as a research for the Human Nutrition Group with special interests in the effect of diet on the gut microbiota, analysis and integration of big data to better understand the role of diet on health. Kathryn has been a NuGO ECN board representative for the last two years.

The webinar will be recorded for those unable to attend live.
Job announcements / Post doctoral position at the Max Rubner-Institut- nutrition and metabolomics
In the EU-funded JPI project FoodPhyt ("Food phytochemicals matter for cardiometabolic health") a postdoctoral position (3 years) is offered.  The post is at the Max Rubner-Institut Karlsruhe, Department of Safety and Quality of Fruit and Vegetables. The overall aim of the project is to better understand and use the contribution of plant foods and their phytochemicals to health. The aim during the postdoc is the development of validated and targeted methods for the accurate assessment of plant food consumption using biomarkers. For further information please see attached advert.
Job announcements / Post doctoral position at ETH Zurich in collaboration with Agroscope
NutriExhalomics project

The postdoctoral position is offered in the framework of a project will combine the areas of breath analysis and nutrition by applying metabolomics technologies for the identification and quantification of metabolites derived from nutrition and present in exhaled breath. Prerequisites include a Ph.D. in chemistry or nutritional sciences; strong background in “big data” analysis and/or programming; experience with modern mass spectrometry is advantageous.

Application deadline: May 31, 2020
ECN webinars 2020 / Webinar- Dietary Challenges and Metabolomics Analysis - 24 April 2020
NuGO ECN are delighted to announce that our first webinar of 2020 will complete the multivariate statistics series with our special invited speaker Prof Jarlei Fiamoncini:

DATE: Friday, 24 April: 16:00 h (CET)
TITLE: Dietary Challenges and Metabolomics Analysis as Phenotyping Tools for the Identification of Metabotypes and Early Markers of Chronic Diseases.
HOST: Prof. Jarlei Fiamoncini (Dept of Food and Experimental Nutrition, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of São Paulo, BZ)
REGISTRATION: Attendance is FREE but registration is required. Please register at: GoToWebinar

Space is limited and priority is given to ECN members on a first-come-first-served basis.

Webinar resumé
In this webinar, we will talk about the application of dietary challenges combined with metabolomics analysis for the generation of data that allows the identification of individual post-prandial responses. In particular, we will discuss how multivariate statistics can be employed to reveal distinct human metabotypes and susceptibility to chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes.

Prof. Fiamoncini is a biologist working as an assistant professor in the Department of Food and Experimental Nutrition, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, at the University of São Paulo. This role follows his PhD in Human Physiology (University of São Paulo) and post-doctoral experiences in Prof. Hannelore Daniel’s group at the Technical University of Munich and in Claudine Manach’s group at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA). With a background in targeted and untargeted metabolomics and an interest in the metabolism of bile acids, Prof. Fiamoncini’s research is now focused on understanding post-prandial metabolic adaptations and how these are affected by different meal components.

Prof. Fiamoncini is also a former NuGO ECN board representative and we are delighted to welcome him back to share his recent research experiences.
Job announcements / Fellowship: Newcastle University (UK)
The 2020 Newcastle University Academic Track Fellowship Scheme, is now open for applications with a closing date of 6th March 2020.  Anyone within the ECN who is interested should contact Prof. John Mathers (email: ) in the first instance to let him know if they are interested in applying.  John will be delighted to give more background to the application process and the University to the potential candidate.

This is an excellent opportunity for talented researchers in nutrigenomics to develop towards an independent career.
NUAcT Clinical Fellows will join a thriving cohort of talented early career researchers across the NUAcT Scheme and across the whole University.
A candidate briefing pack for those applying to the Medicine and Biological Sciences panel is attached.
What does the NUAcT programme offer?
   • Five years' salary (or five years FTE equivalent if working part time)
   • Initial fixed term appointment with progression to an open-ended contract subject to review
   • Research expenses (up to £50k, subject to research programme needs)
   • Funding for a PhD studentship associated with the research project
   • Dedicated mentors with world class expertise and significant research management experience
   • The opportunity to join and participate in our world-class interdisciplinary research centres
   • A bespoke personal development plan and extensive training opportunities
   • Peer support from a cross disciplinary cohort of talented early career researchers
Further details about how to apply can be found by following this link.
A direct link to the recruitment portal for the NUAcT Clinical Fellowship can be reached by clicking here: