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 race, colour, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, and 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.

EUFIC Internship Programme

EUFIC Internship Programme

eufic internship application period

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

  • Food and Health Science - Please click here to download the latest Internship programme description and requirements.
  • 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.

Annual reports
A history of EUFIC

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 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.

Media centre

Media

Are you a member of the media? We welcome collaborations with media. In our media centre you will find our logo in high resolution. Don’t hesitate to contact our head of communication, Sofia Kuhn if you have any questions. 

 

Work at EUFIC

Work at EUFIC

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. We are in the heart of Brussels. Not only will you gain the experience of dedicated scientific 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 please send your CV (in English) to jobs@eufic.org (please state clearly in the title of the mail the position you are applying for).

Job offers:

  • There are no vacancies available at the moment.

Internships:

In this section, we advertise internships opportunities outwith the usual internship programme recruitment period. 

Membership

Funding and governance

EUFIC is a non-profit organisation, with funding coming from the European Commission, food and drinks companies, academia, NGO’s, foundations, umbrella organisations, and from sales of publications. In 2020 about 71% of our funding comes from public sources, and 29% from membership.

EUFIC’s mission is to provide engaging science-based information to inspire and empower healthier and more sustainable food and lifestyle choices.

EUFIC works according to the following operating principles that all EUFIC funders subscribe to:

  • EUFIC is rooted in science, and stands behind its core values: transparency, honesty, and scientific integrity.
  • EUFIC addresses a balanced mix of food and health related subjects that are relevant for society.
  • EUFIC's communications are based on peer reviewed science that reflect the views of the scientific community at large. 
  • The Scientific Advisory Board, comprised of independent leading scientists, provide direction and oversee accuracy, relevance, and independence of EUFIC’s work.
  • EUFIC works in partnership with credible and recognised organisations and experts, welcome to bring their own views to the table.
  • EUFIC does not lobby for specific interests, nor promote individual companies' views, brands or products.
  • EUFIC funders do not determine the output of EUFIC’s publications or activities. Every funder supporting EUFIC, or its specific activities, abides by a Code of Conduct.

Governance

EUFIC is governed by a Board of Directors and a General Assembly, which is elected from EUFIC membership.

Membership

EUFIC membership is open to:

  • Organisations and companies from the food chain (food producers, ingredients suppliers, food manufacturers, food retail and food service), the healthcare sector and sports industries.
  • Universities, research organisations, NGOs and other European organisations in the field of food and health.

Current members are:

  • Organisations and companies from the food chain: Amway, Bunge, Cargill, Cereal Partners Worldwide, Coca-Cola, Corteva agriscience, DSM, Ferrero, FRUCOM - European Federation of the Trade in Dried Fruit and Edible Nuts, Processed Fruit and Vegetables, and Processed Seafood,  General Mills, Mars, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Tereos, Unilever, Yildiz Holding.
  • Universities: Agricultural University of Athens, Nutrition & Health, MAPP Centre – Research on value creation in the food sector - Aarhus University, UCD - University College Dublin, University of Leeds.
  • Research organisations: FINS - Institute of Food Technology, Food2Know - Excellence Center for Animal Nutrition
  • NGOs and other European organisations non-profits: EFAD – European Federation of Associations of Dietitians, EuroFIR, NNEdPro – Global Centre for Nutrition and Health, NUTRIS - Nutrition Institute Ljubljana, WWF – EU Policy Office.

Become a member

For more information about membership contact Laura Fernández Celemín, Director General (laura.fernandez@eufic.org). 

Collaborating to achieve more

Collaborating to achieve more

EUFIC collaborates with a variety of people from different areas: academia, health care professionals, international and national organisations and businesses. We believe that uniting people from diverse fields and spheres leads to greater progress.

European Union (EU) funded research projects

We work with academics, SMEs, industry, NGOs and association partners in research projects funded by the European Commissions framework programmes (FP6,7 and H2020). Our role is mostly as communication and outreach partner but we also participate in consumer research tasks and stakeholder engagement activities. Read more about our EU project involvement.

EU platform for action on diet, physical activity and health

Led by the European Commission, the EU platform for action on diet, physical activity and health is a forum for European-level organisations from the food industry, professional associations and consumer protection NGOs, willing to commit to tackling current trends in diet and physical activity.

The platform’s members commit resources to activities that meaningfully contribute towards fighting obesity and related chronic diseases. These commitments are monitored annually.

EUFIC is actively involved via several commitments, some of which are joint commitments with the European Federation of Associations of Dietitians (EFAD) and the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO).

Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life (HDHL)

JPI HDHL focuses on coordinating European research in food, nutrition and health. Challenges are many, from diet-related disease in our aging societies, to the need to improve food security and sustainable production in rapidly changing economic and societal environments. Twenty-six counties have developed a Strategic Research Agenda, based on a common vision, envisaging how to address major societal challenges in the field of food, nutrition and health.

EUFIC contributes to the work of JPI HDHL by participating in its Stakeholder Advisory Board, which offers advice on information exchange with other political bodies and stakeholders in the field.

European Technology Platform (ETP) Food for Life

European Technology Platforms (ETPs) are industry-led stakeholder fora recognised by the European Commission as key actors in driving innovation, knowledge transfer and European competitiveness.

ETPs develop research and innovation agendas and roadmaps for action at EU and national level to be supported by both private and public funding. They mobilise stakeholders to deliver on agreed priorities and share information across the EU.

EUFIC was one of the stakeholders that participated in the working group to establish research priorities in the area of food and consumers.

European Nutritional Leadership programme (ENLP)

ENLP is a network of 800 leaders in nutrition in Europe. It was founded over two decades ago to educate and inspire the next generations and ensure an impact on nutrition and health in Europe.

ENLP organises leadership trainings and development programmes, establishes and encourages local networks and works in collaboration with renowned European universities. The network is being supported by major food manufacturers.

ENLP’s annual courses for young, and mid-to-senior level professionals remain an asset to the alumni throughout their careers.

EUFIC contributes to the work of ENLP in many ways, among them:

  • Laura Fernandez serves as a Board member, Representing the ENLP Network Team
  • Raymond Gemen leads the ENLP Fundraising Team
  • Milka Sokolovic acts as Director ENLP Advanced Programme

Food information organisations (FIOs)

EUFIC participates in an informal global network of food information organisations and partner organisations that share the common goal of communicating science-based information on healthy lifestyle, nutrition and food safety. They are located in the USA, China, New Zealand, South America and South Africa.

Working with experts

Working with experts

EUFIC works with academic experts to ensure that its information and communication programmes are based on scientific evidence supported by the wider scientific community.

Scientific Advisory Board

Scientific Advisory Board EUFIC

EUFIC has a permanent Scientific Advisory Board, composed of renowned experts from across Europe, that review EUFIC materials to ensure they are relevant, factually correct and represent the views of the broader scientific community. The advisory board, which meets regularly with EUFIC, also gives independent advice on EUFIC’s scientific direction and outreach programmes. Its members are:

  • Alan Reilly
    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
    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. 
  • Gerd Harzer
    Professor at Technical University of Munich and Justus-Liebig University in Giessen, Germany.
  • Giorgio Poli
    Past Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine,University of Milan, Italy.
  • 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 Alimentaria y Nutrición).
  • Michael Siegrist
    Professor for Consumer Behaviour at the Institute for Environmental Decisions (IED), ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
  • Christine Williams
    Professor of the Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research and Pro Vice Chancellor of Research and Innovation, University of Reading, UK.

Other experts

When conducting consumer research, EUFIC staff works with academic experts who are involved in the design and analysis of the scientific studies. EUFIC always publish the results of its scientific studies in peer-review publications, together with its collaborators. EUFIC uses a wide range of methods in its research, both qualitative (i.e. when studying a smaller group of people to better understand thought processes) and quantitative (i.e. when analysing a larger group of people to see if patterns emerge and which consumer segments are similar or dissimilar in their behaviour). At EUFIC, we survey consumers, interview them, observe or discuss in focus groups and analyse data sets to answer specific questions we have about consumer behaviour.

EUFIC also works with other scientific and communication experts in specific projects on technology and science communication.

How we work

How we work

How we work

EUFIC works together with experts, organisations and actors in the food chain to identify topics to cover. We then take stock of the public debate and science around those topics to make sure our material covers all angles and reflects the scientific consensus and evidence. EUFIC’s qualified staff then put the facts into plain language.

EUFIC has permanent Scientific Advisory and Editorial Boards that review EUFIC's information materials to ensure they are relevant, factually correct and represent the views of the broader scientific community. Our main objective is to present a balanced view of the scientific evidence, to allow our readers to make their own informed decisions.

EUFIC regularly works with other scientific experts for specific projects in areas such as consumer research and science communication. Read more on how we work with experts.

EUFIC collaborates with academia, national and international organisations, businesses and professionals in food and health. For example, we are active in European Commission funded research where we contribute as research and dissemination partner. Read more on how we collaborate to achieve more.

Who Are We

Who we are

Eufic team

EUFIC - The European Food Information Council, is a non-profit organisation, established in 1995.

As a group of passionate science and communication experts, we believe in a world where people live a healthier life because they know how to.

Our mission is to provide engaging science-based information to inspire and empower healthier and more sustainable food and lifestyle choices.

EUFIC in a nutshell:

  • We cover a wide range of topics on nutrition, lifestyle and health, food safety, food quality, legislation, and food risk communication.
  • We carry out consumer research to find out people’s perceptions, views and preferences.
  • Our information is based on research evidence supported by the wider scientific community.
  • Our materials are understandable and accessible to the general public and used by health professionals and educators.
  • We collaborate with a broad network of academics, national and international organisations, businesses and professionals in food and health.
  • We work with Scientific Advisory and Editorial Boards, as well as independent experts on specific projects, who advise on the scientific direction and ensure the accuracy and impartiality of our work.
  • Our funding comes from individual food and drink companies, the European Commission, foundations, umbrella organisations and from sales of publications.
  • Our website has the Health On the Net certification, a code of conduct which certifies that content on this page offers a multi-stakeholder consensus on standards to protect citizens from misleading health information.