EFAD Newsflash
  • Breaking professional boundaries in Berlin/Germany
    The German Association of Dietitians (VDD) was honored to host the 12th EFAD conference in Berlin/Germany last November. More than 400 dietitians from Europe and overseas followed the invitation of EFAD. The truly diverse range of topics included over 70 lectures, plus poster tours and the “meet the expert” opportunity. Related to the work fields of nutrition therapy, prevention, research and teaching topics for discussion reached from patient centered care, working with vulnerable groups, hot topics in research to media communication and clinical practice. In addition awarding outstanding colleagues for their contribution to dietetics was an encouraging and impressing part of the conference. There was also the possibility to discuss latest research and innovations with industry representatives in the exhibition area. The University of Applied Science Neubrandenburg under leadership of Prof. Luzia Valentini organized an assessment street with diverse assessment tools and trained staff that encouraged conference participants to experiences different techniques of physical assessment.

    The conference (https://efadconference.com/) started Friday the 1st November with welcome notes by EFAD Honorary President Mrs. Annemieke van Ginkel-Res and the President of the German Association of Dietitians Mrs. Uta Köpcke. Key notes to the role of dietitians in the important area of sustainability and the presentation of the representative of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture/Germany, Mr. Lorenz Franken about Meeting the UN sustainable Development Goals – Germany’s contribution regarding nutrition and sustainable consumption pointed out the important role of dietitians for the health care systems and society in general.
    The pre-conference workshops and the Student’s Day on Thursday 31 October attracted more than 100 students from all over Europe. Organized by ENDietS – The European Network of Dietetic Students the day started with details to the background of ENDietS presented by former president’s Practical placement experiences abroad and thesis presentations from students for students and 2 workshops about ENLP – European Nutrition Leadership Platform concluded the day. ENDietS belongs to EFAD and has according to its guidelines a General Meeting as well and a social event for networking in a restaurant finished up a busy day.

    Simultaneously to the student day the 30th General meeting of the European Federation of the Associations of Dietetics took place. 60 Delegates from 29 European Countries discussed, listened and voted on several business topics. Next to the classical business topics became the issue - Proposal to Extend Country of Origin of EFAD members to include WHO European Region member states – a positive vote which paved the path to accept the Association of Nutrition and Dietitians in Israel as Full Member. FINALLY!

    At the non-business meeting in the afternoon Full, Affiliate & Education Associate members of EFAD were warmly welcomed. The presentation of the White Paper – Sustainable Health through the Life Span (http://www.efad.org/en-us/reports-and-papers/efad-reports/efad-white-paper/) was a good introduction to the topic Sustainable Health and a great document to share for the NDAs of the member countries. The following WHO Workshop lead by Dr. Julianne Williams, Technical Officer WHO Europe with the topic – How can dietitians support WHO in the prevention and control of NCD’s across European Region, led to inspiring discussions how dietitians can contribute to sustainable health in diverse settings. The day became a round up with a Berlin sight-seeing bus tour followed by a visit to a food market for dinner. The 12th EFAD Conference including the pre-program was again a great chance to learn, share and network. It showed by a wide range of organizations invited to present results or options of cooperation with EFAD the active role of the European umbrella organization.
    Manuela Thul & Uta Köpcke
    ICDA Delegates of VDD - German Association of Dietitians