September 17, 2018
A nice souvenir and illustration of the very positive cooperation with the Asian PEN Society

April 19, 2018
2018 October 14-15 “6th ESPEN Symposium Perioperative Nutrition”

We are happy to announce the ESPEN Symposium in October on the very important topic of perioperative nutrition. In the beautiful setting of Nottingham, the international faculty with experts in the field will bring your knowledge to the next level, making you the expert! Clinicians, scientists, nurses and dieticians are welcome… An LLL Course in perioperative care will precede the meeting.
Registration deadline: 30th September 2018,
Info/register: and
Fees £165-£275
Link to the program:

MNI Grant 2018: Submission deadline May 15th!

If you have an initiative or research project which could influence nutrition policy by its results, and you are endorsed by a national (PEN) society, please let MNI help you! €30,000 is available to make advancements in the area of clinical nutrition. Have a look at past achievements and get more information!
Grant deadline: May 15th 2018
Submissions and enquiries:

March 7, 2018
Save the date for nutritionDay: 15th November 2018!

nutritionDay is a worldwide initiative for hospital wards and nursing homes. It allows to evaluate the current nutrition status and care of your patients and residents using easy to complete questionnaires.

After participation you will receive an anonymous feedback report which compares the nutrition status and nutrition care of your patients or residents to our international reference. This information can be used for monitoring and quality improvement. 60 countries and 245.000 patients/residents have participated in nutritionDay since 2006.

More information: /

February 23, 2018
CIF Action Day

Please join us on March 1st 2018: the 4th ESPEN “CIF Action Day”, the database for Chronic Intestinal Failure promoted by the HAN & CIF special interest group of ESPEN.
Help us to collect data on this very important patient group, and grab the opportunity to cooperate in the scientific part of the project. 79 centers cooperated last year to collect data on 6600 patients!
Read the program and subscribe through the link

February 1, 2018
ESPEN Council Winter Meeting

The Council meeting was attended by representatives from 38 national PEN societies and 7 reporting ESPEN officers (a total of 45 participants). We welcomed colleagues from Asia (Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand), Australia, Latin America (Brazil), Africa (South Africa), and 30 from European PEN societies.
Many interesting topics were discussed, reports were approved, Discussions held on Medical education, Scientific realisations and ESPEN Guidelines, Communication channels, and information was provided on the upcoming congress in Madrid.

January 22, 2018
2018 ESPEN Research Fellowships

The Scientific Committee of ESPEN is pleased to announce the opening of the competition for the 2018 ESPEN Research Fellowships. Applications for projects in the field of Nutrition and/or Metabolism from junior researchers will be considered. ESPEN will award 6-7 Fellowships up to a maximum of €50,000 per application. The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 5 pm CET on 1 April 2018. Applications should be sent to . Find here the Rules (PDF) and an application form (DOC) to download.

January 11, 2018
ESPEN Guideline clinical nutrition in neurology

To start 2018 in a strong, positive way, the ESPEN Society is proud to announce the launch of the ’ESPEN Guideline clinical nutrition in neurology’. Developed by an expert group, recommendations are now available for the treatment of malnutrition in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) patients, for Parkinson´s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, dysphagia, and for the use of body composition analysis in nutritional follow-up and for means to target nutrition, using indirect calorimetry or body weight. Strong consensus is available on a lot of topics, although for stimulation treatments or pharmacological treatments, an individualized approach is advocated.

You can access the guideline through,
Or in our Guideline Section of our home-page.

Burgos R, et al., ESPEN guideline clinical nutrition in neurology, Clinical Nutrition (2017),

December 19, 2017
Season’s Greetings

Dear ESPEN members and followers,

In 2017, the ESPEN Community reached 3’248 members who belong to 57 National PEN societies but also who joined us as Individual members! A record!

ESPEN in 2017 organized very successful events: the 39th ESPEN Congres in Den Haag,the 5th Workshop on Intestinal Failure in Bologna, the 24th ESPEN Course on Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism in Thessaloniki and several Experts’ courses.Congratulations to all those who were involved in the organization of these events.

The Impact Factor of Clinical Nutrition was still increasing and Clinical Nutrition ESPEN has been accepted on PubMed.

Six new Guidelines were fully published in 2017 and are available (free access) via the ESPEN website.

ESPEN has been welcomed as a new affiliated Society to UEG (United European Gastroenterology).

Nutrition Day took place on the 9thof November 2017 throughout hundreds of units around the World!

In 2018 ESPEN will organize and celebrate the 40th ESPEN Congress to be held in Madrid (September, 1-4, 2018 ). Don’t miss this extraordinary event!. The 6th Workshop on Perioperative Nutrition will take place in Nottingham (UK) on October 14-15, 2018.The 25thCourse on Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism will be organized in Zagreb, Croatia (October 5-10, 2018).

The new Edition of the Blue Book will be released in 2018 on the occasion of the Madrid Congress.

ESPEN is growing: we still need your dedication, enthusiasm and participation.

The ESPEN committees’ officers wish you the best on a professional and individual levels for this coming year.

Season’s Greetings,

André Van Gossum,Chairman
Matthias Pirlich, General Secretary
ZeljkoKrznaric, Treasurer

November 27, 2017
5th ESPEN Workshop ‘Intestinal Failure in Adults’

The 5th ESPEN Workshop ‘Intestinal Failure in Adults’, held in Bologna, Italy on 15 and 16 October 2017, was attended by 128 delegates from 23 countries. Read all about in this report.

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