EuroFIR AISBL Secretariat

1.Scientific Unit

President, Managing Director & Research Leader: Paul Finglas

Paul is Head of the Food Database National Capability at the Institute of Food Research (Norwich, UK) and EuroFIR Managing Director. Currently, he is also the President of EuroFIR AISBL.

Paul is an experienced food and nutritional scientist with over 250 publications in food composition and nutrition research specialising in vitamin nutrition and health. He has considerable experience in co-ordinating national and international projects. He co-authored McCance & Widdowson’s ‘The Composition of Foods’ (6th Summary Edition; 2002) and is currently developing an online UK food dataset with the Food Standards Agency (FSA), industry and other key stakeholders.

Paul has participated in six EU funded projects since 1989, coordinating three projects in FP4 and FP5. He was a member of COST 99, co-chairing the working group on Data Quality and is currently the UK representative on CEN/275/WG9 committee on vitamins. He has provided expert advice to a number of bodies including the FSA, British Council, FAO and EU. He is also Editor of the journals Food Chemistry and Trends in Food Science and Technology.


Senior Researcher and Communications Manager: Dr Siân Astley

Siân Astley  has worked extensively with individuals and organisations throughout Europe from a variety of disciplines including research, food and biotechnology industries and the media. She is the author of more than 300 popular science articles for magazines and trade publications as well as 25 peer-reviewed papers. She was awarded her Diploma in Science Communication in 2009 (Birkbeck University of London). After 14 years as a bench-scientist, Siân became Communications Manager for NuGO, one of the first FP6 Networks of Excellence, and was the European Communications Manager for the Institute of Food Research in Norwich (UK) until April 2012. Currently, she is the Training and Communications Manager for EuroFIR AISBL supporting training within EU-funded research projects and networks, and communication of research activities.



Senior Food & Nutrition Data Scientist: Mark Roe

Mark has over 30 years of experience in a wide range of research projects related to food, nutrition and health. His experience at the Institute of Food Research (UK) included: laboratory analysis, human intervention studies of carbohydrate metabolism and iron metabolism, production and management of food composition data, and development and validation of dietary assessment methods.

He joined EuroFIR AISBL on 1st April 2018 as Senior Food & Nutrition Data Scientist to provide technical and scientific support, help deliver data and tools to members and to work on EU-funded projects in which EuroFIR AISBL is a partner.

He has been involved in the production, management and use of food composition data for more than 20 years. He was a compiler of the 6th and 7th summary editions of the UK’s McCance and Widdowson’s The Composition of Foods and the 2008 and 2015 versions of the Composition of Foods Integrated dataset.

Mark has contributed to the EuroFIR network of food composition data compilers since its formation in 2005 and was involved in the production and update of a range of thesauri and standards to support harmonisation and standardisation of food composition data. He regularly contributes to training for food composition data compilers and users and has participated in capacity building projects including with the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region and with AFROFOODS. He has also contributed to a range of EU research projects that involved production or use of food composition data. He is an author of more than 60 papers published in peer-reviewed journals



 Research & Business Development Specialist: Angelika Mantur – Vierendeel

Angelika Mantur-Vierendeel (Research & Business Development Specialist) coordinates membership and commercial activities. She also contributes to our EU-funded research projects and provides technical coordination for the Food Composition and Technical Working Group, taking minutes and providing feedback as well as responding to enquiries from food data users. Angelika studied Dietetics at the Medical University of Bialystok (PL) where she obtained her Masters in June 2013. Prior to joining EuroFIR, she was responsible for consulting and educating patients on nutrition and well-being..


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 Science & Policy Associate: Sam Lane

Sam Lane most recently joined EuroFIR in May 2018 as a Science & Policy Associate on policy and science communications of ongoing EU-funded research projects on food waste, consumer-generated data, personalised nutrition and seafood  and other EuroFIR communications. Sam first joined EuroFIR as a policy and communications Intern in 2015 as part of Erasmus+ after completing his degree in Biology at the University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK). After EuroFIR, he worked in EU outreach roles at the European Parliament Office in London, he also worked as a social media consultant on European Research Council funded projects. Before returning to EuroFIR, Sam completed a Master of Public Administration in Science, Engineering and Public Policy at University College London (London, UK) where he also completed a project on urban food security in South Africa, and attended the World Government Summit in Dubai 2017.





Technical Business Developement Manager (NASCENT): Marija Ranic

Marija obtained her Doctorate at Belgrade University (RS) on the reuse of products obtained during food processing as functional food ingredients for health promotion. Previously, she worked as a scientific associate at the Institute for Medical Research, Centre of Research Excellence in Nutrition and Metabolism (IMR, RS), and participated in many national and international projects including six FP6 and FP7 EU- funded projects, as a researcher and a dissemination manager.
Marija is an experienced nutritional scientist with 14 peer-reviewed publications and many published abstracts.
As a part of CAPNUTRA’s network leading team for Central and Eastern Europe, she has also been involved in many capacity development activities in nutrition.
Marija joined EuroFIR in September 2017 as the Innovative Associate for NASCENT and will be responsible for developing nutritional labelling software and claims services.





 Food Chemistry Managing Editor: Mélanie Lowie


Mélanie Lowie joined EuroFIR AISBL in April 2013 as Managing Editor for Food Chemistry, Elsevier’s flagship research journal in food science. Her role is to receive and manage all incoming submissions through the manuscript submission system and to determine whether the manuscripts are in scope and meet the required formatting. That also includes ensuring whether the submissions abide by scientific standards for integrity and objectivity and do not infringe the proprietary rights of others. Mélanie then assigns the manuscript to the Handling Editors for handling and review, according to their expertise and workload.

Mélanie has a master’s degree in biology, and worked for the Scientific Institute for Public Health (Bruxelles) for a year before starting to work within the EuroFIR AISBL team.

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2. Administrative Unit

 EC Projects & Office Support: Sidonie Pauchet

Sidonie started her career in the European Parliament, as a Parliamentary Assistant.
She has also worked as a Communications and Advocacy Assistant for a European Platform of Organizations in migration and social affairs. Sidonie has responsibility for office administration and Human Resources for staff based in Belgium and France.

Sidonie also provides support for management of all EU-funded projects including financial reporting, and submission of proposals as well as communications activities (e.g. websites, newsletters, and social media) and events, including EuroFIR Food Forum. She also helps build relationships with European stakeholders..

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Financial and Membership Assistant: Katia Giovanetti 

Katia Giovanetti (IT) joined EuroFIR in April 2017 as a part-time Financial and Membership Assistant. She supports the financial management of the association including EU-funded projects. Previously, Katia worked as Audit Assistant for KPMG in Italy and as Administrative Analyst in a private American company in Brussels. Katia has or continues to work for several organisations, either voluntarily or freelance. She has a MA in Economics and Finance from theUniversity of Bologna (IT) and, in 2016, she completed a Certification in Management for NGO organisations (Universite Libre de Bruxelles – BE).

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