Postdoctoral opportunity in Nutritional Sciences at University of Toronto


A postdoctoral position is available at the Department of Nutritional Science at the University of Toronto. Position details are below and attached. Please distribute widely. Thank you.

Postdoctoral Position in Nutritional Sciences

Professor Valerie Tarasuk, in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto, is currently accepting applications for a postdoctoral position.

The postdoctoral fellow will work on a study designed to determine the population health implications of regulatory changes related to food fortification.  The research entails a secondary analysis of dietary intake data from the nutrition-focused Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) conducted in 2015.  State-of-the-art statistical techniques will be used to estimate and compare distributions of usual nutrient intakes for population subgroups of interest and account for errors in reporting. The analyses will be designed to inform public policy to improve population health and nutrition.

The position will start in September 2017 for a duration of one year, with the possibility for extension. The salary is $50,000 per annum. Only candidates with a strong background in nutrition and solid training in statistics will be considered.


·         Ph.D in Epidemiology, Nutritional Sciences, or related health science

·         Ph.D completed within 0-5 years

·         Solid foundation of knowledge in nutrition and dietary intake

·         Strong statistical skills

·         Advanced knowledge of SAS statistical software

·         Excellent written and oral communication skills in English

·         Strong analytical, critical thinking, organizational skills

·         Prior experience in dietary data analysis and population-level analyses is an asset

Completed applications must include the following:

·         A one page cover letter

·         The candidate’s Curriculum Vitae

·         Contact details for three professional referees

To apply please email complete applications to:

Naomi Dachner, Research Coordinator
Department of Nutritional Sciences
University of Toronto

Aboriginal Ambassadors in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Award – Eligibility Change


NSERC is happy to announce an important change to the Aboriginal Ambassadors in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Award (AANSE).

All Aboriginal students enrolled in degree programs in the natural sciences or engineering with at least a B- average are eligible.  

Applicants are no longer required to hold an NSERC scholarship or fellowship. By broadening the eligibility of the award, we hope to support more Aboriginal Ambassadors and the important outreach these students are offering in Canada’s Aboriginal communities and schools.

Please visit the AANSE website and encourage your clientele to consider becoming an Ambassador. Attached is an information sheet you might find useful.  

AANSE promo 2017_E.pdf 

Best wishes

Gillian Cooper

Email:    or           Tel.: 613-943-7653


Chers(es) collègues,  

Le CRSNG est heureux de vous faire part d’un changement important à la Bourse pour ambassadeurs autochtones des sciences naturelles et du génie (AASNG).

Tous les étudiants autochtones inscrits à un programme de baccalauréat en sciences naturelles ou en génie et avoir une moyenne cumulative d’au moins B-.  

Les candidats ne sont plus tenus d’être titulaires d’une bourse du CRSNG pour être admissibles à cette possibilité de financement. En élargissant les critères d’admissibilité, le CRSNG espère appuyer davantage d’ambassadeurs autochtones et les activités importantes de sensibilisation qu’ils mènent dans les collectivités et les écoles autochtones au Canada.

SVP Consultez la description de la AASNG et encouragez votre clientèle à songer à devenir un ambassadeur autochtone. Une fiche d’information est jointe que vous pourriez trouver utile. 

BAASNG promo F 2017.pdf 

 Sincères salutations,

Gillian Cooper

Courriel : ou Tél. : 613-943-7653


Call for Abstracts: 8th International Agriculture Symposium “AGROSYM 2017”



Call for Abstracts: 8th International Agriculture Symposium “AGROSYM 2017” – Deadline: April 20th, 2017 Jahorina, 5-8 October 2017, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The University of East Sarajevo, Faculty of Agriculture (Bosnia and Herzegovina), University of Belgrade, Faculty of Agriculture (Serbia) and CIHEAM-Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (CIHEAM-IAMB, Italy), in collaboration with21 Research and Academia Institutions organizethe 8thInternational Agriculture Symposium“AGROSYM 2017”, that will be held in Jahorina mountain(near Sarajevo) aton 5-8 October 2017.

Agrosym 2017 will deal with seven thematic areas: (1)Plant Production (2) Plant Protection and Food Safety (3) Organic Agriculture (4) Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Management (5) Animal Husbandry (6) Rural Development and Agro-Economy (7) Forestry and Agro-Forestry.

The 8thedition of the Symposium will take place in the magnificent Termag Hotel, situated in Jahorinamountain, near Sarajevo. In 2016, during the four-day of 7th Agrosym edition (6-9 October 2016), we welcomed people from 78 countries to the event, and over 1100 papers were presented to more than 1000 participants.

You are kindly invited to participate and take advantage of the opportunity to present your unpublished scientific papers. The official Symposium language is English. The deadline for Registration and Abstract submission is 20 April 2017.

The Scientific Committee of AGROSYM 2017 will provide the Award of ExcellentPaper for oral presentations and Award of Excellent Poster for poster presentations. Certificate and gift will be given away.

Please share this Call for Abstracts with your colleagues and friends who may be interested.

Symposium official website at: Contacts: For further information please feel free to contact:

Dr. SinisaBerjan email: agrosym2017@gmail.comUniversity of East Sarajevo, Faculty of Agriculture, or – Dr. CIHEAM-Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari-Italy.

Designing a Public Food System: A Seminar with Debbie Field


Join Debbie Field (food advocate, social activist, educator) in a session designed to workshop what a public food system would look like. Faculty, graduate and undergraduate students are welcome.

Date: Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
Time: 3PM – 4PM
Location: Food, Nutrition and Health 300
Light refreshments provided.

Debbie Field is an international leader in creating a more socially just and environmentally sustainable food system. As executive director of FoodShare, she has generated innovative social justice, social enterprise and direct service solutions to problems at all levels of the food system and built coalitions for change. FoodShare has pioneered programs now replicated across Canada and around world including the Good Food Box, Mobile and Good Food Markets, School Grown, Field to Table Catering and Food Justice programs.
A social activist, Debbie Field began her career in 1976, teaching at Brampton’s Sheridan College. The first equal opportunities officer for a union in Canada, Debbie was the first woman to work in Stelco’s Coke Ovens since WWII after a successful campaign and human-rights complaint. Her many accolades have included OPSEU Bread and Roses Award, Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal, a Vital People Award, Darchai Noam Social Justice Scholar in Residence, and a Toronto Green Leader. In June 2016 Debbie received an honorary doctor of laws degree from York University, recognizing both her and FoodShare’s significant contributions.

Open position: Assistant Professor in Sustainable Crop Genetic Improvement at McGill University




Please see the attached advertisement for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in Sustainable Crop Genetic Improvement at McGill University, Ste.-Anne-de-Belleve, QC, Canada.

It would be much appreciated if you can pass this on to any and all person(s) you think might be interested.

Thanks much in advance!

Best wishes,

Martina Stromvik


Martina Strömvik, PhD
Associate Professor and Chair

Department of Plant Science/
McGill Centre for Bioinformatics
McGill University
Macdonald campus
21111 Lakeshore Road
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC H9X 3V9


Tel: +1 (514) 398 8627 (office)
Tel: +1 (514) 398 7851 ext 0706 (lab)