• IEM 2009 Barcelona
  • IEM 2009 - Connie Diekman welcomes the attendees
  • IEM 2009 - Ricardo Uauy welcomes the attendees
  • IEM 2009 - Ibrahim Elmadfa signing the Summary Statement
  • IEM 2009 - Ricardo Uauy signing the Summary statement
  • IEM 2009 - Pekka Pushka signing the Summary Statement
  • IEM 2009 - Connie Diekman signing the Summary statement
  • IEM 2009 - Hans Zevenbergen signing the Summary statement
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IEM history and mission

How the IEM started

The International Expert Movement is an initiative from the International Union of Nutritional Sciences and started with a meeting held in February 2009, in Barcelona. It brought together 40 leading global experts in the field of fats and health, originating from over 25 countries.

This meeting marked an important moment, helping to shift the public discourse around fats from: "Eat less fat" to "Eat the right type of fat". The outcomes of this meeting, are reflected in an agreed and signed Summary Statement and sparked off an International Expert Movement (IEM) that wants to improve the fat quality of the diet of everyone, everywhere.

The Activities of the IEM are held under the auspices of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences and funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Unilever NV.
Details of the partnership between IUNS and Unilever are available on the IUNS website.

The IEM mission

“To disseminate sound scientific information about food & nutrition, especially fat quality in the diet, amongst professionals and the general public  in actionable ways, in order to promote and advance nutritional improvement focusing on the quality of diets.”

The IEM website & newsletter

Health professionals will find on this website key scientific facts and recent news on the health significance of dietary fats. They can also be inspired in their daily practice by concrete initiatives from various countries around the world that aim at improving people’s diet. Anyone is welcome to subscribe to receive our newsletter (link at the bottom left corner of this page).