25 years of EUFIC

Misinformation in the food and health space is not a new challenge. When EUFIC was founded in 1995, a time prior to mainstream access to the internet, it was to help address this very problem. The gap EUFIC was set out to fill was that of an impartial organisation that makes science about food and health issues more accessible and easier to understand among the public.

Our vision of a world where people live a healthier life because they know how to has been our compass ever since. Our ways to work towards our mission however have evolved, driven by our ambition to stay at the forefront of content formats and routes to reach people.

Travel with us across 25 years of EUFIC, and be awed at the different stages of our journey, as remembered by our Director General, Dr Laura Fernández Celemín

A history of EUFIC

In its early days, EUFIC’s mission was ‘to provide opinion formers (such as food information institutes, consumer associations, governmental authorities, health professionals, teachers, and media alike) clear, scientific and directly comprehensible information in order to improve the comprehension of matters related to nutrition and health, food safety and quality and other subjects in connection with food, for the benefit of the consumer’.

How has EUFICs mission changed over the years?

In the course of our history, these were the main changes to our mission:

  • Broadening our target audiences to include the general public – as we came to realise that with the development of technology (internet, social media), we were able to reach directly the public with our materials. Now, our primary audiences are both the general public and multipliers, with a focus on healthcare professionals, educators, media and science communicators.
  • Adding lifestyle to the equation – as research showed that both diet and lifestyle pave the way to better health.
  • Including sustainability – as it is paramount for the healthiness of the people and the planet.
  • Acknowledging that ‘engagement’ is key for making science understandable but also to inspire change in behaviour. Our materials adapted to the changes in which people consume information – we made them shorter, more visually appealing, very accessible and actionable.

Reflecting the over 25 years of experience in our work, and taking stock of the ever changing scenario our food systems develop in, EUFIC’s current mission is ‘to provide engaging science-based information to inspire and empower healthier and more sustainable food and lifestyle choices’.

We continue to be inspired in our work by our vision, a world where people live a healthier life because they know how to.

Here the EUFIC history in a nutshell:

infographic on the history of EUFIC

1995 – 2000

Birth of EUFIC as an internet pioneer

In 1995, a small group of companies founded the organisation as they realised the challenge of misinformation in the food and health space. They believed that increasing the knowledge people have of food and health topics was crucial to help them make better choices with regards to their diet. Therefore, they decided to come together to fund an ‘impartial’ organisation, which will communicate science-based information about food and health issues, and that will do so in a way that was easy to understand. 

Back then EUFIC had no online presence and consisted only of one person – the first director Anna Jung, who led EUFIC until 2005.

From the start EUFIC dealt with food and health as well as food safety and quality topics like carbohydrates, fats, food safety standards, food additives, etc.

In 1997 EUFIC became a pioneer of food information on the internet, with at that time only about 1 million websites online across the world, and EUFIC was one of the first ones providing sound information on food.

EUFIC also developed its first newsletter Food Today, which was then in print. The first five issues of the newsletter dealt with consequences of obesity and the meaning of nutrition and its key parameters.

EUFIC old logo

2001 – 2005

EU research & engagement of kids

EUFIC expanded its target audience to include children in 2001, with the webpage CoolFoodPlanet.org, a fun interactive learning tool for children.

In 2004, EUFIC started its first EU-funded research project, SAFE FOODS (2004-2008), with the aim  to improve food safety management and transparency.

In the spirit of trustworthiness, EUFIC obtained the HONcode certification in March 2004. Health On The Net (HON) is a non for profit organisation that promotes transparent and reliable health information online.

Cool Food Planet

2006 – 2010

EUFIC grows – More scientific publications, partnerships & multimedia

In 2006, Dr Josephine Wills started as EUFIC director, and led EUFIC until 2014.

In the same year, EUFIC joined the EU Platform for Action on Diet Physical Activity & Health, a forum for European-level organisations.

Until then, EUFIC content had been presented in the form of classical articles and newsletters, but in 2006 we produced the first EUFIC multimedia content through podcasts and webinars.

2006 was also the year EUFIC published its first scientific publications:

This publication deals with the requirements for food risk communication research, explaining the take home lessons from past food risk communication topics and how food safety issues vary from culture to culture. It sums up the output of an academic workshop organised by EUFIC, with main academics in the field, to address this issue.

A summary can be found here.

This article covers the challenges of communicating science to the lay public, such as the diversity of consumer audiences, their need for clear messages, the different agendas of all the communicators, and the inherent complexity of the scientific message. It also addressed the role of the media and scientists in bringing scientific communication to the public and how this could be improved.

In 2007 EUFIC publishes its first Global Update on Nutrition Labelling and coordinates the EU-funded project FLABEL (Food Labelling to Advance Better Education for Life).

To help people understand how energy balance works in practice, EUFIC created an interactive online energy balance tool in 2008.

energy balance

In 2009 EUFIC’s focus was on partnerships, as for example a workshop organised in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on food based dietary guidelines. 14 EU countries participated.

In order to reach more people in the whole EU, EUFIC re-launches its website in 11 languages in 2010. In the same year, EUFIC published its first Annual Report.

2011 – 2015

Stronger consumer focus: Outreach activities & social media

2011- 2012

EUFIC continued its efforts to reach more consumers, leveraging the potential of social media channels. In September 2011, the EUFIC Facebook page was launched as the first of EUFIC’s social media channels.

In 2012, Twitter and YouTube accounts followed, as well as a new version of the CoolFoodPlanet.

Cool Food Planet without letters

But not only the means of communication became more consumer focused, the content did as well, with topics such as health claims and key food risks.

In 2012, EUFIC started coordinating the EU-funded CLYMBOL project, which aimed to understand better the effects of health claims and symbols on food labels on people’s purchase and consumption behaviour.

In 2013, to connect with nutrition and health professionals EUFIC launched its LinkedIn page, another social media platform joined the ranks of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Next to the EUFIC homepage, also the CoolFoodPlanet webpage for children received the Health On the Net code certification.

With 13 different EU-funded research topics in 2013, EUFIC tackled topics such as obesity in Europe, e.g. with the outstanding MyNewGut project (gut microbiome leading effort at EU level), and sustainable aquaculture.

But EUFIC also focused on the connection to professionals in 2013, through the four EUFIC coordinated scientific symposia at the International Congress of Nutrition in Granada to discuss the latest scientific evidence on topics of food and nutrition.

In 2014, EUFIC pledged support of the EU Action Plan on Childhood Obesity launched by EU Member States.

EUFIC’s first annual conference marking 20 years of EUFIC was held in 2015. At that point, the website eufic.org had 16 million visitor sessions per year, and 48,000 people were subscribers of EUFIC’s newsletter.

EUFIC annual conference

2015 was also the year when Dr Laura Fernández Celemín became EUFIC director, who is still leading EUFIC to this day.

In order to counter misreporting of on topics like consumer rights, food safety and quality, as well as nutrition and health in the media, EUFIC launched the Speaking up for Science Action Network, SuSAN, bringing together a group of European experts to comment on fake news and misinformation.

EUFIC also expanded its presence and promoted its content, translated into Arabic, within the Gulf region.

2016 – 2020

Consumer-friendly content in a fast-changing environment

2016 marked a turning point in EUFIC’s recent history, starting from a new visual identity, with the EUFIC logo, you know now, and gave a new ‘look and feel’ to the website design.

EUFIC logo

Alongside the new look, EUFIC also updated its vision and mission:

New Vision: We believe in a world where people choose to live healthily because they understand how to.

New Mission: We offer accessible, appealing and actionable science-based information on food and health to inspire and empower healthier and more sustainable food and lifestyle choices.

EUFIC partners in the EIT FOOD consortium proposal to future-proof our food systems.

Another account joined EUFIC’s social media collection, with the Twitter account @SciFoodHealth. This Twitter account publishes mainly news from the EU and EIT projects EUFIC is involved in.

The 2016 Annual Conference revolved around the topics “Understanding consumers and changing behaviour”.

EUFIC 2016 conference

In 2017, EUFIC signed up to the EU transparency register.

Going into a similar direction, the theme of the 2017 annual conference wasTrust in science in the post-fact era”.

EUFIC also intensified its efforts in the fight against fake news, explaining concepts like correlation and causation, hazard and risk, as well as the overall hierarchy of scientific evidence.

Other important topics in 2017 included food waste and childhood obesity.

EUFIC’s membership underwent an expansion in 2017, with WWF, University of Athens and EuroFir joining as Associate Members to represent key perspectives of the food and health debate.

In 2018, EUFIC focused on bringing health professionals and local multipliers closer to its vision. Social media is a core activity, both in this specific aim and for EUFIC in general.

This was also represented in the engagement of influencers as agents of change in the food chain, coordinating the EIT Food Ambassadors programme. In this context, EUFIC launched the event series #EatingtheGap.

Sustainability and food waste were important topics in 2018, amongst others through a FAO collaboration on Global Initiative on Food Waste and Loss.

Reaching out to more countries via national foundations, EUFIC enlarged its network of partners across the continent, which resulted for example in a collaboration with the Slovenian Nutrition Foundation (NUTRIS), also a EUFIC Associate member.

As website traffic increased by 69% in 2019 compared to the previous year, reaching over 2 million page views, it became increasingly complex to produce content “for Europe” as a whole. Collaborations with leading organizations at national level is crucial to reach Europeans via digital campaign.

In 2019, EUFIC received the European Association Awards for “Best Digital Campaign” for its “Hungry for Whole Grain” campaign.

European Association Awards EUFIC Hungry for whole grain digital campaign

With Instagram, EUFIC expanded its online presence to yet another popular social media outlet in 2020, reaching as many as 10,000 followers in less than a year

In 2020, we celebrate 25 years of EUFIC.

In these 25 years, we have published 107 scientific publications, 59 of which are peer-reviewed. We are proud of having built a thirty-strong team of passionate professionals with a variety of backgrounds, from digital communication, to nutrition, biology and consumer science.

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EUFIC membership

Few sectors are as vulnerable to myths and misinformation as the food and health sector. As a EUFIC member, your organisation actively helps raise the profile of impartial, science-based information on food and health in the public debate.

With EUFIC’s role as a key convener and facilitator of science-based discussion within the expert community, you also benefit from a neutral ground to exchange with other stakeholders and stay tuned on the latest food, health and consumer insights.

Becoming a EUFIC Member

EUFIC Membership is open to all those who have a role in improving public health in Europe and who are committed to engaging openly and transparently with a wide range of stakeholders to achieve this goal.

Our membership fees are variable and depend on your organisation’s size and financial status. All membership applications undergo a diligent process to ensure alignment with our vision, goals and operating principles, and need to be approved by the Board of Directors. Successful applicants must comply with our Code of Conduct and Operating Principles.

Current members

If you are interested in exploring EUFIC membership for your organisation, please contact Elodie Treillard, Senior Funding & Development Manager at EUFIC.

How we work | Eufic

How we work

EUFIC’s work to improve people’s understanding of food and health science focuses on four core pillars: leveraging peer-reviewed science and the resources of authoritative bodies such as the WHO, FAO and European authorities, we provide advice on healthy nutrition and lifestyle, actionable content on food safety and sustainability and educate on how to critically assess food and health claims made in the media.

Our topics are chosen based on scientific relevance, their importance to public health, and the state of the public debate. Our decision-making process is guided by an independent Scientific Advisory Board.

EUFIC themes

Consumers at the center of our work

EUFIC’s in-house consumer scientists help the EUFIC team and our networks better understand consumers’ attitudes and behavior towards food, strengthening the consumer focus across our work.

We also actively listen to people’s needs and questions through our interactions on social media and their queries online.

Our resources are brought to the public via our own outreach channels – in particular our social media platforms, as well as through collaborations with a wide network of authoritative partners in the food and health space.

Greater impact together

To increase the reach of our resources, we engage with media and social media influencers, and build partnerships with leading organisations at national and international level.

We work as part of consortia funded by the European Commission framework programmes and have long-standing collaborations with organisations such as the European Federation of Associations of Dietitians (EFAD) and the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO).

EUFIC way of working

We are also proud to be actively involved in the European Nutritional Leadership Platform (ENLP), developing, inspiring and connecting the next generation of leaders in food and nutrition.

Welcome to EUFIC | Eufic

Welcome to EUFIC

The European Food Information Council (EUFIC), is a consumer-oriented non-profit organisation, founded to make the science behind food and health more accessible and easier to understand among the public.

Our mission is to produce science-based content to inspire and empower healthier and more sustainable diets and lifestyles among European citizens.

EUFIC vision and mission

Our philosophy

At EUFIC, we believe in the power of information. Our young and passionate team of scientists and communicators is driven by the philosophy that by improving citizen’s knowledge around food and health, we can make a real difference to the health of both, people and planet.

Eufic team

Core values

Impartiality and scientific integrity sit at the heart of all we do. All our content and resources – our advice on healthy nutrition and lifestyle, our actionable content on food safety and sustainability, and our guidance on how to assess claims about food and health in the media – is derived from peer-reviewed science and authoritative bodies such as the WHO, FAO and European authorities. The trustworthiness of our content is recognized by the “Health on the Net” initiative.

Health on the Net logo

Scientific Advisory Board | Eufic

Scientific Advisory Board

Alan Reilly (Chair)
Alan Reilly (Chair)

Chairman of the EUFIC Scientific Advisory Board, Adjunct Professor, Institute of Food and Health, School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science, School of Veterinary Medicine Science Centre, University College Dublin.

France Bellisle
France Bellisle

Vice Chairman of the EUFIC Scientific Advisory Board. Researcher at the Nutritional Epidemiology Group, University Paris 13, Bobigny, France and Adjunct Professor of the Kinesiology Department, Laval University, Québec, Canada.

Ana M. Troncoso Gonzalez
Ana M. Troncoso Gonzalez

Professor in Food Science and Nutrition, Department of Nutrition, Food Science, Toxicology and Legal Medicine, University of Sevilla, Spain. Former Chief Executive Officer of the Spanish Food Safety and Nutrition Agency (Agencia Española de Seguridad Alime

Michael Siegrist
Michael Siegrist

Professor for Consumer Behaviour at the Institute for Environmental Decisions (IED), ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

Christine Williams
Christine Williams

Professor of the Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research and Pro Vice Chancellor of Research and Innovation, University of Reading, UK.

Hugo de Vries
Hugo de Vries

Dr. Hugo de Vries is Research Director at INRAE, Science Directorate Food and Bioeconomy, and President of the European Federation of Food Science and Technology (EFFoST)

Sandro Dernini
Sandro Dernini

PhD, Secretary General of IFMeD - International Foundation of Mediterranean Diet

Board of Directors | Eufic

Board of Directors

Marta Baffigo Cargill
Marta Baffigo

Director, R&D Scientific and Regulatory Affairs and FSQR Regional Regulatory Lead EMEA, Cargill

Philip Calder University of Southampton & FENS
Philip Calder

President, Federation of European Nutrition Societies (FENS); Professor of Nutritional Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton

Edouard Casala Bunge
Edouard Casala

Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Manager, Bunge

Paul Finglas Quadram & Eurofir
Paul Finglas

Managing Director, EuroFIR and Head of the Food Databanks National Capability, Quadram Institute

Catherine Franche ECSITE
Catherine Franche

Executive Director, Ecsite

Klaus Grunert Aarhus University
Klaus Grunert

Professor, Department of Management and Director of the MAPP Centre, Aarhus University 

Maria Kapsokefalou Agricultural University Athens
Maria Kapsokefalou

Professor in Human Nutrition, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Agricultural University Athens

Arja Krauchenberg Life Long Learning Platform
Arja Krauchenberg

President, Lifelong Learning Platform, European Civil Society for Lifelong Learning

Judith Liddell EFAD
Judith Liddell

Executive Director, European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians (EFAD)

Nectaria Metrakos Coca-Cola
Nectaria Metrakos

Director, Health & Wellbeing, Public Policy Center Europe, Middle East & Africa, Coca Cola

Igor Pravst NUTRIS
Igor Pravst

Director, NUTRIS Nutrition Institute; Head of Nutrition and Public Health research group

Ana Troncoso University of Seville
Ana Troncoso

Professor, Food Science and Nutrition, University of Seville

Funding and transparency | Eufic

Funding and transparency

EUFIC is an independent non-profit organisation, registered under Belgian law as an AISBL (Association internationale sans but lucratif) under number 0456 866 931.

Our work to inspire and empower healthier and more sustainable diets and lifestyles among European citizens, is possible thanks to our membership and the institutional funding we receive.

In 2020, 66% of our funding came from public sources, 33% from our membership and 1% from commissioned research.

EUFIC funding

EUFIC’s annual accounts are reviewed and approved by formally recognized external financial auditors. Our audited accounts are published annually in the Central Balance Sheet Office.

For more information about our funding, please have a look at our Annual Reports.

EUFIC is listed on the EU Transparency Register: TR ID 248894041414-94

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Our governance

EUFIC’s governance is characterised by our values of transparency, inclusivity and scientific integrity.

The individuals serving on our governance bodies represent the four sectors that are key to fulfilling our mission: the scientific community, healthcare and science communications practitioners, the private sector and civil society.

All representatives serving on EUFIC governance bodies fulfil their roles in their personal capacity and without remuneration. All representatives are committed to EUFIC’s operating principles, code of conduct and sign an annual conflict of interest declaration.

EUFIC governance

Diversity and Inclusion | Eufic

Diversity and Inclusion

EUFIC’s mission goes beyond science communication and we are committed to promoting diversity and inclusion within our team.

EUFIC strongly opposes any discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender or sexual orientation, health status, age, disability, marital status or political affiliations, in any of its activities. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and dismissal of staff, private/public funded programmes, and social media presence.

We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, interns, subcontractors, experts, organisations and actors in the food and health sector.

people first language obesity

We have also changed all of our content to include People First language and encourage other organisations and people in our environment to do so.

EUFIC Internship Programme | Eufic

EUFIC Internship Programme

eufic internship application period

At EUFIC, we offer internship programmes within our different teams:

  • Science communication: content & public engagement internship - Please click here to download the latest Internship programme description and requirements.
  • Science communication: collaborative project internship - Please click here to download the latest Internship programme description and requirements.
  • Media & science communications - Please click here to download the latest internship programme description and requirements.

Due to the current COVID-19 circumstances, all interns will most likely work remotely. We will reassess this according to the advice from the Belgian government.

Are you passionate about food, science and communication? Then this may be the thing for you!

We are looking for MSc students willing to:

  • take on the challenge of translating complex scientific findings into information that people can make sense and use of;
  • deepen their knowledge, and gain hands-on experience in science communication.

With our internship programme you will get a taste of professional life and a head-start in your career even before you have left the university. You’ll be teamed up with a manager who will ensure that you have the tools, resources and support to achieve your professional and personal goals. Working at EUFIC also means you will be working in a vibrant multi-cultural environment in the heart of Brussels.

The selection process

Every September and March, we offer placements to MSc students.

The application process opens way in advance, so please submit your CV and motivation letter to jobs@eufic.org within deadlines specified below. When sending your application, please state in the subject of your email which internship programme you are applying for: ‘Food and Health Internship’ or ‘Communications Internship’. For a start in:

  • September: between 16th- 30th of April
  • March: between 16th- 31st of October (previous year)

Only successful candidates will be notified of the outcome of the selection process and invited for a Skype interview. Those who pass the interview will then be invited to complete a written assignment. Candidates who successfully complete all steps of the recruitment process will be invited to work with us.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I apply?

To start in March, please submit your CV and motivation letter between 16th - 31st of October (previous year).

To start in September, please submit your CV and motivation letter between 16th - 30th of April.

What if I cannot start in March or September?

Please apply! The recruitment dates are fixed, but the starting date may be flexible.

Living allowance - is there any?

You’ll enjoy 450 Euro/month living allowance (non-negotiable).

I am in the last year of my Bachelor’s degree. Can I apply?

The programme is for MSc students. Still, exceptional, highly motivated BSc students coming with strong recommendations from their Universities may try their luck.

How long will it take before the invitations for Skype interviews are sent?

All CVs and motivation letters submitted in the submission period will be assessed during a period of one week.

Successful candidates for the March submissions will be contacted in the second week of November.

Successful candidates for the September submissions will be contacted in the second week of May.

What type of written assignment will I need to do?

If the interview was successful, more details will be communicated about the written assignment.

Can I prepare for the written assignment in advance?

You do not need to prepare anything in advance.

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Meet the EUFIC Team | Eufic

Meet the team

Dr Laura Fernández Celemín Director General
Dr Laura Fernández Celemín

Laura joined EUFIC in 2002 as Scientific Advisor, and has since contributed to the growth of the organisation fulfilling different functions throughout the years. She leads the organisation since January 2015, and passionately believes that the strength of EUFIC are the people who work in it.

Laura has a BSc in Dietetics from Institut Paul Lambin in Brussels, a degree in Human Nutrition from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, and a PhD in Biomedical sciences from the same university.

Outside work, Laura enjoys cooking and eating, being active, and spending time with her family and friends.

"Be the change you want to see in the world"

Mahatma Ghandi

Frédéric Goffard Finances & IT EU/EIT Projects Advisor
Frédéric Goffard

Frédéric uses his financial and tech genius to keep EUFIC’s figures and equipment streamlined and running smoothly. He joined EUFIC in 2012 having previously worked in the various fields of Design (Design Board), IT (Telematics and Services), Solar Panel (Imperbel/Derbigum), Crude Oil and Gaz trading (Fortum Oil) as well as Trade Association/Lobbying (DigitalEurope). Frédéric brings with him a wealth of knowledge in Finance, IT and Belgian legislation.

Frédéric has a BSc in Accounting from the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (EPHEC – Brussels) and followed evening courses in Tax Law and IT.

Besides his professional activities, Frédéric is also the founder and treasurer of two not for profit associations: 'Les Amis de Thierry' (cancer) and the Royal Racing Club de Bruxelles (Field hockey and Tennis Club). You will mostly see him on hockey pitches as a player or referee or behind a nice glass of wine.

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

Oscar Wilde

Elodie Treillard Senior Funding and Development Manager
Elodie Treillard

Fundraiser at heart, Elodie joined EUFIC in 2020 to focus on the fundraising and development activities.

She brings over a decade of designing and implementing fundraising strategies for the higher education, research and health sectors in several European countries as well as a genuine passion for philanthropy.

She holds a Master’s Degree in European Studies and Competitive Intelligence from the University of Strasbourg (ITI-RI) and Universidad de Deusto and a Bachelor’s Degree in Foreign Languages and International Business from the Catholic University of Lille and the Munich Ludwig Maximilian Universität.

In her spare time, she likes travelling, playing tennis and trawling flea markets hunting out antiques. She also enjoys trying out new recipes with friends and family.

“They did not know it was impossible, so they did it.”

Mark Twain

Dr Sophie Hieke Head of Consumer Science
Dr Sophie Hieke

Since joining EUFIC in 2011, Sophie has been in charge of the Consumer Science department. She also coordinated the EU-funded project on health claims, CLYMBOL. Sophie has specialised in behavioural science and decision-making – she basically tries to understand how we buy and consume food and what could help us make healthier and more sustainable choices.

She holds a PhD in statistics and empirical research from the Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich and is currently a professor for marketing and communication at Munich Business School. Sophie regularly publishes in peer-reviewed journals, attends conferences and gives talks all over the world. In 2020, she joined Food Navigator’s Expert Advisory Panel after having served as an associate editor at Public Health Nutrition for three years.

In her spare time, Sophie loves to eat – especially cheese.

"Statistics are like bikinis: what they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.”

Aaron Levenstein.

Nimali Samarasinha Head of Communications
Nimali Samarasinha

Nimali leads EUFIC’s communications team and activities, covering corporate, external and internal communications.

She joined the team in December 2018, bringing over a decade of strategic communications experience with her, as well as a true passion for changing the world through words.

In her previous role at European Climate Foundation in Brussels, she directed the European arm of a global network of communications experts who work to strengthen the public discourse on climate change and its solutions, and acted as a strategic communications advisor to the wider European climate action community.

She holds a Master’s Degree (Distinctions) in International Business Management from the University of West London and a Bachelor’s Degree (Honours) in International Tourism and Travel Management from the University of Brighton.

When away from her desk, you’ll likely find her out in the green discovering nature with her family, experimenting with Sri Lankan spices or playing music with her friends.

"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less."

Marie Curie

Christina Sadler Senior Manager – Food and Health Science
Christina Sadler

Using her eagle eye in editing, Christina manages EUFIC’s flagship Food Today publication, and coordinates other projects to translate nutrition and health science. She leads the outreach activities of EU projects MyNewGut and RICHFIELDS. Christina joined EUFIC in 2011, after experiences in dietetic practice with the NHS, nutrition policy at the UK’s Food Standards Agency and public affairs at Diabetes UK.

She has a First Class Honours degree in Nutrition from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, for which she was awarded the Farnsfield medal.

In her spare time, Christina runs half marathons, dances on ice, and plays the accordion.

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”

Socrates

Dr Nina McGrath Senior Manager – Food and Health Science
Dr Nina McGrath

Nina joined the team in 2015 and manages EUFIC’s food safety activities, as well as leading the dissemination activities for EU projects OLEUM and NanoPack. She has a MSc in chemistry and a PhD in polymer and materials science from the University of Bristol, UK. Before EUFIC, Nina worked as Science Counsellor at Euro Chlor, providing scientific support on health and environmental issues.

Nina enjoys mixing chemicals in the lab, ingredients in the kitchen and is herself a bit of a mix with Danish, Irish and Belgian roots.

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”

Marie Curie

Raymond Gemen Senior Manager – Food and Health Science
Raymond Gemen

Raymond is a nutritionist with a healthy appetite for being active. His core values are scientific integrity and responsible communication. He joined EUFIC in 2012, after a traineeship at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy. Raymond’s responsibilities at EUFIC vary from managing projects and junior staff, writing and reviewing science-based content, to participating in scientific events. He currently sits on the advisory board of Voeding Nu (Dutch nutrition magazine for health professionals), and is actively involved in the European Nutrition Leadership Platform (ENLP).

Raymond holds a BSc in Biology from Utrecht University and an MSc in Nutrition and Health from Wageningen University, both in the Netherlands.

If not travelling, Raymond usually spends his free time being active with his family.

Raymond’s life mottos:

"Ask questions and where there’s an elevator, there are stairs!"

Dr Bettina Schelkle Senior Manager – Food and Health Science
Dr Bettina Schelkle

Bettina joined EUFIC in July 2018 with a background in infectious disease control and treatment gained during her PhD and post-doc experience at Cardiff University. She then worked in scientific project management in nutrition and food safety, combining her passion for a healthy lifestyle with her science background.

In her spare time, Bettina enjoys yoga (teaching), gardening in the sunshine and inspiring her fellow women to be the best version of themselves in a busy world.

 “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” ― Rumi

Dr Betty Chang Senior Manager – Consumer Science
Dr Betty Chang

Betty is a researcher at heart - always striving to improve her understanding of people's behaviour and their motivations. Having completed her PhD in psychology from the University of New South Wales in 2008, she then moved from Australia to Belgium in order to pursue her first postdoc. After being an academic researcher for 13 years, Betty worked on European projects at GfK before joining EUFIC in 2019. Among her diverse research interests, she has worked on projects related to health and consumer psychology and food policy.

Betty enjoys thinking about food from all perspectives, from the hedonic, salutary, environmental and social points of view. She also loves learning about new ideas through travelling, reading and films.

"The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity." ― Dorothy Parker

Davide Carrino Senior Manager – Media and Communication
Davide Carrino

Davide joined EUFIC in January 2018 to focus on media, corporate communications and the overall EUFIC engagement strategy, dealing with a series of EU projects communication. Davide brings several years of experience as public affairs and communication consultant on food, health and consumers issues in Brussels.

He holds a post-graduate master in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe, and a master in Political Communication from the University of Florence.

In his spare time, he enjoys running after a (tennis and football) ball, learning new languages, cooking and eating.

Nazim Hikmet Ran says "the most beautiful sea hasn't been crossed yet": I think of science as the best waves we haven't seen yet.

Carlos Abundancia Senior Manager – Social Media and Communication
Carlos Abundancia

Since joining EUFIC in 2015, Carlos has been the right hand man of the communications team taking care of activities such as EU funded projects, statistical web analysis and social media. He brings to the job a scientific background and loads of motivation and positive attitude, always looking for new challenges in the digital world.

He has a BSc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from CEU San Pablo University and a European MSc in Food Science, Nutrition and Metabolism from University of Navarra. Carlos has recently finished studying for an Executive Master in Digital Marketing and Communication from the Solvay Business School, Brussels.

In his spare time, Carlos is mostly travelling and trying new food.

“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.”  ― George Bernard Shaw.

Marie-Christine Thurm Communications Manager
Marie-Christine Thurm

Marie joined the team in 2020 and is looking forward to work with the Communication team. She has a Master's degree in Communication and Information Sciences from Tilburg University and is always keen on finding a good story.

She has several years of experience in communicating about safety and health issues. In the past 5 years she worked in Brussels, first in the area of aviation, then Safety and Health at work. Back in Germany she also managed the communication of a food start-up.

In her free time, Marie enjoys making music with her friends. You can also find her on the dance floor or making cookies.

“Food is not rational. Food is culture, habit, craving and identity.” – Jonathan Safran Foer

Camila Massri Consumer Science Manager
Camila Massri

Camila joined EUFIC in November 2017 assisting in projects and research related to consumer insights and food. She has an MSc in International Health from Uppsala University in Sweden, which was the starting point of her journey in the public health area. During her studies, she discovered her interest in nutrition, especially on the importance of the correct delivery of information to the population in the malnutrition prophylaxis. For this reason, she decided to carry out her thesis on food labeling in her native country, Chile. As a food lover, Camila is often trying out new foods and thinking already about her next meal.

"Sometimes it's the smallest decisions that can change your life forever" - K. Russell

Virginie Maenhout Food and Health Science Manager
Virginie Maenhout

Virginie joined the team as a Food and Health intern in September 2018. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from UCLL Leuven and has completed a Master of Science in Health Promotion at Ghent University. She is passionate about advocating relevant health-related topics to empower people to make healthy choices. Much like the Eufic spirit, she enjoys finding creative solutions to complex problems.

With enthusiasm, she fully emerges into both major issues such as children’s food habits as well as niche topics such as edible flowers. She sees herself as a bridge builder between scientific content and people’s everyday life. Through previous eye-opening experiences, she discovered that grasping the full living environment of people is crucial in developing successful interventions.

In her spare time, Virginie likes to go on mini adventures, discovering arty neighbourhoods in new cities, picking out fresh flowers, watching documentaries, and eating cheesecake.

Extremes are easy. Strive for balance.”– Colin Wright

Vito D'Amico Administration and Legal Manager
Vito D'Amico

Vito is an Italian national who in addition to his mother tongue speaks English and French. He is a jurist and certified Privacy and Data Protection professional. He spent the last three years between France and Belgium, working for several EU Institutions and specializing in Privacy & Data Protection legal field. He is looking forward to helping EUFIC comply with GDPR and other legal matters.

Malou Reipurth Junior Manager – Consumer Science
Malou Reipurth

Malou joins the Consumer Science team in September 2021 (working remotely from Copenhagen) assisting the team in research projects, presentations, and publications. She completed a BA in Global Nutrition and Health from the Metropolitan University College, Denmark, and a M.Sc. in Food Innovation at the University of Copenhagen, during which she focused on consumers and plant-based and sustainable diets.

The driving force of her career is curiosity and a belief in consumers’ right and ability to make consent choices. She is passionate about improving our food culture and make it more healthy, tasty, and sustainable altogether, and she hopes that she can contribute to this as part of the EUFIC team.

As a true foodie, Malou loves experimenting with new weird ingredients such as active coal and blue spirulina. Having recently become a first-time garden owner, she spends much of her weekend trying to grow her own foods and flowers.

Carolina Vieira Junior Manager – Food and Health Science
Carolina Vieira

Carolina joined the EUFIC team as a Food and Health intern in March 2019. She is currently finishing her bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Sciences at Instituto Universitário Egas Moniz in Portugal.

As the emerging science surrounding nutritional sciences is turning consumers more interested in what they eat, Carolina recognizes the important role of health professionals on presenting accurate and easily understandable nutrition information to improve dietary habits. With a background in Design & Multimedia, she found EUFIC to be the perfect opportunity to merge her two passions by combining nutrition knowledge with astute communication. Her mission? To restrict misinformation about nutrition and empowering people to make healthy eating choices.

In her spare time, she likes to disconnect from the online world and getting lost in breathtaking landscapes, reading paperback books or having good talks with friends.

“The value of things is not the time they last, but the intensity with which they occur. That is why there are unforgettable moments and unique people.” ― Fernando Pessoa

Stephan Kampshoff Junior Manager – Food and Health Science
Stephan Kampshoff

Stephan joined EUFIC in July 2020 as an intern in Food and Health. He is currently completing his Master of Science in Nutrition and Health at the University of Applied Sciences in Münster, Germany.

Stephan believes that the communication of science-based discoveries, especially in the field of Nutrition and Health, is a key factor for the future development of strategies against non-communicable diseases and for the overall public health policy and that proper communication between all parties is crucial.

In his free time, besides his main sport table tennis, he likes to try out various sports and enjoys taking pictures while hiking in nature. He also likes to go to one or the other concert.

"Waste no more time arguing about what a good person should be. Be one." ― Marcus Aurelius

Astrid Vandromme Junior Manager – Creative Content
Astrid Vandromme

Astrid joined EUFIC in February 2019. She holds a master in Visual and graphic communication from the ARTS² Academy of Arts in Mons. Her love for design and food motivates her to find new and beautiful ways to communicate food-related information and make it accessible for everyone. 

In her spare time, you'll find her experimenting with recipes, trying new food with her family and friends, looking for the next place to travel to or drawing for her Instagram.  

"Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." ―  Lewis Carroll 

Giulia Gaggiotti Junior Manager – Communications
Giulia Gaggiotti

Giulia joined EUFIC in March 2019 and is involved in the dissemination activities for EU and EIT Food projects. She holds a Master's degree in Conference Interpreting and is currently enrolled in the MSc in Management programme at VUB.

Giulia can’t remember a time when she wasn’t curious about food and nutrition. Being part of the diverse and inspiring EUFIC team is a golden opportunity to keep learning and enable others to make healthier choices. Fascinated by nutrition-related behaviour and a firm believer in self-motivation, she is willing to show that everyone has the power to make food an ally for life.

When she is not at her desk you can find her on a yoga mat, catching up with friends and trying her best to blend in with the humans of Brussels.

“The most authentic expression of love is: did you eat?" ―  Elsa Morante

Rieke Sproten Food and Health Intern
Rieke Sproten

Rieke joined the EUFIC team as a Food and Health intern in March 2021. She studied nutrition and food science at the University of Bonn and is currently finishing her Master’s degree in Food Systems at the University of Hohenheim in Germany.  Whilst a true fan of science and research, she is also a convinced advocate of the essential role of knowledge mediators. Constantly striving to pass on values such as wellbeing, health and environmental awareness to those around her, she is committed to improving our food systems by helping people adopt healthy and sustainable diets. She likes to take advantage of opportunities wherever she can and is excited to embark on a journey of many learnings at EUFIC.

Rieke is fluent in five languages and has lived in exotic countries such as Costa Rica, Chile and Japan. She spends a great deal of her time on personal development, but you can also find her on her yoga mat, cooking dinner with friends or brewing flamboyant specialty coffees.

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” ― Pablo Picasso

Birce Kocak Food and Health Intern
Birce Kocak

Birce joined the EUFIC team as a Food and Health intern in August 2021. She holds a double major in nutrition and dietetics and psychology at the Yeditepe University, and is currently finishing her Master’s degree in Behavioral Sciences at the Humboldt University of Berlin in Germany.

Being a true fan of healthy living, she is passionate about healthy eating and underlying health behaviors of people with their diet choices. She is committed to be an advocate of bringing awareness on health, food and sustainability to people with the help of science and research. Within her growth journey at EUFIC, she is excited to spice her background up.

In her spare times, Birce likes to spend time dancing salsa, going to concerts with friends but also diving into the nature, doing yoga and watching movies on Sunday evenings.

“Science is the most reliable guide for civilization, for life, for success in the world. Searching a guide other than the science is meaning carelessness, ignorance and heresy.” M. K. Ataturk

Ana Campos Food and Health Intern
Ana Campos

Ana joined EUFIC in September 2021 as an intern. She studied Nutrition and Food Sciences and she is currently completing her master’s degree in Consumer Sciences and Nutrition at the University of Porto, Portugal.

As a nutritionist that has already developed and presented scientific works on public health and food safety, and that has already given consultations to people in a clinical context, Ana can see that translating scientific information into easy understandable language is a big challenge, but most importantly: it is a big necessity, nowadays. She believes that by communicating science, we can empower people to become healthier.

Ana has lived in Portugal, Brazil and Italy. Besides her daily run, during her free time, she likes to meet her friends for dinner, and she enjoys watching classic films. She is also a huge fan of travelling, she loves to discover new places, try new foods and to take pictures of everything.

"Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic." - J.K. Rowling 

Susana Mittmann Food and Health Intern
Susana Mittmann

Susana joined the EUFIC team as Food & Health intern in September 2021. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition & Home Economics in Hamburg, Germany, she spent several years gaining professional experience as nutrition expert in Germany, Spain and Costa Rica before going back to university.

Currently, she is finishing her Master of Science in Nutrition & Health at Wageningen University & Research in The Netherlands. She has great interest in the fundamental understanding of molecular processes of nutritional physiology but for nutritional advice she likes to zoom out to see the body as a whole. According to her understanding, health promotion needs to follow a holistic approach that includes healthy eating, regular exercise, and beneficial habits like daily movement. Additionally, she believes that healthy eating should co-exist with environmentally sustainable lifestyles to support our planet in the current climate crisis.

Above all, Susana is extra passionate about the art of visualizing and explaining complex knowledge making science understandable and graspable for everybody.

Her morning routine consisting of yoga and meditation motivates Susana to start her day in the right place allowing her to master every challenge that awaits. She likes to finish her day with some exercise, a tasty dinner with friends or doing some craft art.

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

Annalisa Canova Communications Intern
Annalisa Canova

Annalisa joined EUFIC as an intern in September 2020. She holds a Master degree in international relations. She loves travelling and getting to know people from all over the world, with their interesting and unique traditions. Discovering a culture also means trying its typical cuisine and food, and this makes her travels even more enriching.

She is passionate about foreign languages and speaks fluent Italian, English, Frencha and Spanish. She tries to be informed about what is happening around her, especially making the most of social media communication in our dynamic world.

She usually spends her spare time reading in cafés and parks, discovering museums and having lunch or aperitifs with her friends. She considers herself a “flâneuse”, always willing to have a stroll in cities, and a sunset lover, which she tries to capture in her photos and immortalize in her memory.       

Marija Grakalskiene Communications Intern
Marija Grakalskiene

Marija has joined EUFIC as a Communications intern in September 2021. She is currently in her final year pursuing a master’s degree in Communication and Information at the University of Amsterdam. She also holds a bachelor’s degree of English Philology from Vilnius University and can speak 4 other languages with varying fluency.

Contributing to EUFIC’s communications combines two of Marija’s passions – employing her creativity, and helping people. 

To wind down after a long day, Marija loves spending time with her family and friends, and going on walks in the forest. She also enjoys baking, biking, and Salsa dancing.

“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt” – William Shakespeare

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EUFIC is a small team, where the personal touch counts. We are a dynamic group passionate about what we do for the benefit of public health. When working at EUFIC, not only will you gain the experience of dedicated science communication specialists helping with your professional development, but you will also experience life in the Brussels community, the heart of the European Institutions.

To apply to one of our open positions, please send your CV (in English) to jobs@eufic.org, stating clearly in the title the position you are applying for.

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