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The German Nutrition Society (DGE)

Committed to science – your partner for food and drink.

As a professional scientific society, we develop statements and recommendations from nutritional science and implement them in practice. We promote balanced and sustainable diets. Enabling the people in Germany to stay healthy.

nutrition conference

14. FENS-Conference 14-17ᵗʰ November 2023 in Belgrade

DGE-delegation in Belgrade (from left to right) : Prof. Jakob Linseisen, Dr. Johanna Conrad, Prof. Bernhard Watzl, Prof. Ute Nöthlings, Carolin Schäfer, Prof. Britta Renner

The 14th European Nutrition Conference (ENC) took place from November 14 to 17, 2023 at the Sava Center in Belgrade.

There was an interesting and varied program on the topic of "Food, Nutrition and Health: Translating science into practice". The German Nutrition Society (DGE) was actively involved with a symposium, organized together with the Institute for Healthy Living, Belgium, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Norway and the DTU National Food Institute, Denmark. The symposium was chaired by DGE President Prof. Dr. Bernhard Watzl. Speakers on the topic "Different concepts to incorporate sustainability in food-based dietary guidelines in Belgium (Flanders), Germany and the Nordic/Baltic countries" on November 16, 2023 from 4.30 - 6.30 p.m. with the following contributions:

  • Carolin Schäfer, (German Nutrition Society, DGE): „Consideration of sustainability within the multi-dimensional food-based dietary guideline for Germany”
  • Loes Neven, Flanders Institute for Healthy Living, Belgium Vlaams Instituut Gezond Leven: „The Flanders food guide: integrated approach for a healthy and environmentally responsible diet“
  • Helle Margrete Meltzer (Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Norwegen) und Ellen Trolle: (National Food Institute DTU - Technical University of Denmark, Dänemark) „Nordic and Baltic collaboration to integrate sustainability into FBDG.“

ENC is a four-yearly event organized by the Federation of European Nutrition Societies (FENS) and of its national members. In 2023 the Conference will be hosted by the Serbian Nutrition Society. Belgrade was selected at the General FENS Assembly during the 13th ENC held in 2019 in Dublin, Republic of Ireland.

  • The German Nutrition Society (DGE), established in 1953, has since been engaged in topics on nutrition and nutritional research.
  • From the onset, the DGE has been a non-profit organization committed to scientific facts.
  • The DGE is an official incorporated society and is not influenced by economic or political interests.

The main functions of the DGE

Nutrition Science

  • Supporting research on nutritional science
  • Ascertaining topics for nutritional research as well as compiling and evaluating research results on nutrition science and related disciplines
  • Announcing research results on nutrition science and related disci plines by publications and events
  • Awarding prizes for outstanding nutrition scientists

Nutrition Counselling and Education

  • Coordinating scientifically proven and independent nutrition counselling and education
  • Quality assurance of nutrition counselling and education
nutritional recommendation

DGE Nutrition Circle

is a graphical model for the visualisation of qantitive dietary guidelines and is intended for healthy adults. Food selection according to the DGE Nutrition Circle is a reliable basis for the implementation of a wholesome diet.

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Events and Educational Courses

The DGE organizes congresses, symposia, workshops and seminars regularly, mainly for nutritional experts and journalists.

There are various educational courses offered for professionals engaged in nutrition counselling and communal catering. The topics range, for example, from expert seminars on nutrition knowledge to seminars about counselling methods.


The budget of the DGE averages at 6.75 million Euro per year. Approximately 25 % is covered by own revenue (e. g. sale of media, fees for educational courses and memberships) and 75 % by public funds.

For further information, please contact:

German Nutrition Society
Godesberger Allee 136
53175 Bonn
Tel.: +49 (0)228 3776-600
Fax: +49 (0)228 3776-800
E-mail: webmaster(at)