New Investigators United

EASO’s New Investigators United was established in 2005 and now acts as an informal community for new investigators to collaborate on projects and to share experiences and expertise.  The NIU initiative combines an online community with an annual event at the ECO, where new investigators have an opportunity to meet, interact and share ideas with colleagues from around the world.

New Investigators United aims to:

  • Facilitate the networking of new and new European scientists
  • Provide an arena for the exchange of ideas and best practices between experts and experts-to-come
  • Improve opportunities for future collaborations or consultations when heading for the common goal: preventing and treating obesity.

We define New Investigators as individuals who:

  • Have received a PhD within the past five years or MD within the past eight years, and/or;
  • Currently hold (or are applying to hold) an entry level position (e.g., post-doctoral fellow, instructor, assistant professor) at an established academic/research institution.

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In becoming a part of the EASO New Investigators United consortium.

Autumn School 2017  Gut microbiota: from concept through adulthood

Palma, Majorca 2-4 October.

We are pleased to share the final programme for the highly selective New Investigators United educational offering in Palma, Majorca.

Programme – EASO NIU Autumn School 2017


NIU Board

Catherine Gibbons (UK)
Maria Angela Guzzardi (Italy)
Teodora Handjieva-Darlenska (Bulgaria)

Please click here to view short biographies of our Board Members.

New Investigators United Spotlight: Sonia García Calzón

IMG_2244I was born in 1986 in Logroño, a small city located in the North of Spain. Maybe you have heard of Logroño; it is famous for lovely Rioja wine. When I was 18 I moved to Pamplona to begin University studies in Pharmacy, Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Navarra. I chose this course of study because I enjoy health promotion and the clinical aspects involving treating patients, but even then I was already becoming interested in research. Therefore, when I got my degrees I decided to do a Masters Degree in Research, Development and Innovation of New Drugs which really awakened my interest in science. Afterwards, I started my PhD studies in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Navarra, where I received my PhD in January 2015. I have been working as a Postdoctoral researcher in the same department and plan to begin a postdoc abroad in the upcoming months.

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New Investigators United – Summer School

June 28 – July 1, 2016, Lisbon Cascais, Portugal

June 24-26, 2015 Lisbon, Portugal


This 2-day Summer School, organized by EASO’s New Investigators United Board, focussed on the development of knowledge and skills in the field of obesity research. Topics included metabolic and cardiovascular risk in obesity, appetite regulation, psychological aspects of obesity, complications of obesity (e.g. erectile dysfunction and skin problems), dietary and pharmacological treatment of obesity, and web-based approaches to tackle the obesity epidemic. Download the report on the EASO NIU Summer School

Novo Nordisk provided partial funding of the 2015 NIU Summer School through an unrestricted grant to EASO

Download the presentations from the Summer School:

EASO NIU: ERC Funding Introduction

EASO NIU: UK Funding Opportunities and Grant Applications Presentation