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.



 Research & Business Development Specialist: Angelika Mantur – VierendeelAngelika Mantur

Angelika studied Dietetics at the Medical University of Bialystok, Poland, where she obtained her Master degree in June 2013. She wrote her master thesis about the impact of dietary habits and physical activity on body composition in women aged 30-40 years old. She worked as a dietitian at the fitness club MedFitness Maniac Gym, where she was mainly responsible for consults with the patients and nutritional advisory. She participated in many medical and fitness conferences and trades, presenting the body composition analysers and performing the body composition analysis. She took part in the Keep the Balance project, organised by the Polish Dieticians Association and National Food and Nutrition Institute. For three months she was consulting and educating patients on nutrition and well-being.

Angelika joined EuroFIR in November 2015 as Research Associate and will be responsible for support with the on-going and new EU projects on food and health, assisting with membership recruitment and training.


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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 holds a Bachelors Degree  in Political Science and a Master Degree in European Studies. She joined EuroFIR AISBL in February 2014 as EC Projects, Training & Communications Assistant. She provides support for the management of EU projects, including reporting of financial and dissemination activities, as well as contributing to the training and communications activities, specifically renovating the external website, increasing visibility in social networks (Linkedin, Twitter and Facebook) and organising EuroFIR AISBL future events and training workshops. She also provides overall administrative support to EuroFIR AISBL Office manager. Prior to that, Sidonie has gained experience working as Communications and Advocacy Assistant for a European Platform of organisations working in the field of migration and social affairs and as a Parliamentary Assistant for a French Member of the European Parliament.

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Financial and Membership Assistant: Katia Giovanetti 

Katia Giovanetti joined EuroFIR on April 2017 as a part-time Financial and Membership Assistant. She supports the financial management of all EU projects with Sidonie Pauchet and the membership and commercial enquiries with Angelika Mantur. She is also in charge of the finances and accountancy of the office in Brussels.

Before joining EuroFIR Katia worked as Audit Assistant for KPMG in Italy and as Administrative Analyste in a private American company in Brussels. On the last 4 years, she has been the Financial and Administrative Officier for a Belgian Youth Association. Currently, she is also undertaking volunteer activities for Belgian Associations located in Brussels.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Bologna in Italy and she studied at the Université Catholique de Louvain as Erasmus Student. On 2016, Katia completed also a Post-master Certification in Management for NGO organization at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. She speaks Italian, English and French.

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