Science Committee

The Science Committee is established to promote the advancement of scientific study of nutrition and its application to the maintenance of human and animal health through the promotion of innovative scientific activities.  The Committee's prime objectives are:

  • Develop and promote the communication for sound nutritional science
  • Approve topics and scientific programmes for the Society’s conferences
  • Oversee the delivery of these scientific conferences and symposia on behalf of the Society in collaboration with the Local Organiser
  • Develop and organise innovative scientific conferences for members
  • Develop and promote links with other scientific organisations through joint conferences and symposia
  • Identify and develop the Society’s electronic delivery of scientific activities for the benefit of the members

Members of the Science Committee include:

University of Aberdeen
Honorary Science Officer
Dr Frank Thies graduated in animal Physiology from the University of Burgundy (France) in 1987 before undertaking a PhD in Nutritional Physiology, also at the University of Burgundy and awarded in...
Scottish Agriculture College
Scottish Section Secretary
As a veterinarian, Dr Spiridoula Athanasiadou has a special interest in managing animal health, achieved with minimum input of chemical drugs and without compromising animal welfare. Her research...
University of Nottingham
Council Member - Animal
Dr John Brameld is an Associate Professor in Nutritional Biochemistry. He teaches on both the BSc and MSc Nutritional Sciences/ Animal Nutrition courses. John's research interests fall into three...
Univeristy College Dublin
Irish Section Secretary
Lorraine Brennan (BA, PhD) is a Conway Fellow and a PI in the UCD Institute of Food and Health. Her research interests revolve around metabolism and altered metabolic pathways in health and disease....
The University of Sheffield
Honorary Programme Officer
Dr Bernard Corfe joined the University of Sheffield as a lecturer in 2002 following training in molecular pharmacology. His research training was in microbial molecular biology and his first postdoc...
The Rowett Research Institute of Nutrition and Health (University of Aberdeen)
Editor of the Proceedings of the Nutrition Society (PNS)
Dr Janice Drew coordinates the Molecular Nutrition course within MSc Molecular/Human Nutrition programme at the University of Aberdeen. At the Rowett Research Institute, Dr Drew is involved in...
University of Chester
Honorary International Affairs Officer
Basma Ellahi is Professor of Public Health Nutrition in the Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Chester.  Having spent nine years in senior management roles, developing and leading...
University of Surrey
Cellular and Molecular Nutrition Theme Lead
Ruan is a Senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition at the University of Surrey where he has been based since 2011. Prior to this, Ruan completed his PhD at the University of Surrey before spending two...
University of Ulster
FENS 2019 Scientific Programme Committee Chair
Professor Alison Gallagher is currently Head of Doctoral College (Coleraine/Magee) at Ulster University. With over 75 peer-reviewed publications (h-index of 29 and 3479 total citations), Professor...
University of Surrey
Council member - Academia
Professor Griffin is a biomedical scientist with expertise in lipid metabolism, nutritional biochemistry and cardiovascular disease. After his BSc in medical laboratory science (1984), he gained his...
Newcastle University
Honorary Treasurer
Professor Chris Seal is chair of Board of Studies, Food & Human Nutrition BSc. He Joined Newcastle University in 1983 in the Department of Agricultural Biochemistry and Nutrition, where he stayed...
Universities of Liverpool and Buckingham
Honorary Publications Officer
Professor Paul Trayhurn, BSc (Reading), DPhil, DSc (Oxon) FRSE is Emeritus Professor of Nutritional Biology at the University of Liverpool, Professorial Research Fellow (part-time) at the University...
University of East Anglia
Public Health Nutrition Theme Leader
Ailsa is a reader in nutritional epidemiology involved in research and teaching at UEA since 2007. Before this she was a key researcher at the University of Cambridge with the European Prospective...
Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)
FENS 2019 representative
Dr Kate Younger undertook her first degree in Biology/Physiology (Hons) at the University of Durham, graduating in 1979, her final-year project was an electron microscopy study of stretch receptors...
King's College London
Whole Body Metabolism Theme Leader
Dr Wendy Hall (BA (Hons), MSc, PhD) is a Reader in Nutritional Sciences within the Nutritional Sciences Department of the School of Life Course Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, at...