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4 Effective communication and leadership in nutrition research & education
  1. Giles Yeo1,2,
  2. L Kirsty Pourshahidi3,
  3. Celia Laur4,
  4. Sumantra Ray4,5,6 and
  5. Pauline Douglas4,5
  1. 1British Dietetic Association, Great Charles Street Queensway, Birmingham, UK
  2. 2Institute of Metabolic Science, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
  3. 3Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE), Ulster University, Coleraine, UK
  4. 4NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health, St John’s Innovation Centre, Cambridge, UK
  5. 5School of Biomedical Sciences, Ulster University at Coleraine, Coleraine, UK
  6. 6School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK


Effective communication and leadership are needed when developing knowledge networks for nutrition research and education. The need for clear and approachable communication was highlighted by Dr Giles Yeo, who advocated for consensus, which takes time. As a result, nutrition has become a competitive space, contributing to a pseudoscience vacuum for people who want readily available and easy-to-understand information. Evidence-informed knowledge networks, and the individual participants who make up such networks, are key in cutting through the pseudoscience. During the Nutrition Decade, knowledge networks need skilled leaders, as mentioned in Action Area 4, regarding effective leadership to address these challenges and inspire future generations. Dr Kirsty Pourshahidi discussed the many different definitions and styles of leadership, underpinned by concepts of motivation and positive influence. To train these leaders, the European Nutrition Leadership Platform (ENLP) was introduced as a dynamic network of around 850 global leaders in food and nutrition with a mission to train, inspire and connect leaders in this space. The ENLP is a prime example of how to train leaders to drive progress in voluntary networks during the Nutrition Decade.

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