EuroFIR Secretariat

Scientific Unit



    Paul Finglas is Head of the Food Databanks National Capability at the Quadram Institute (Norwich, UK) and EuroFIR Managing Director. He is also the President of EuroFIR AISBL. Paul is an experienced food and nutritional scientist and has published more than 250 publications (h-index 36) on a wide range of topics in food sciences and nutrition.

    Paul edited McCance & Widdowson’s ‘The Composition of Foods’ (7th Summary Edn; 2015) and has developed an online tool for the UK’s CoFids with Public Health England (2019). For most of his science career, Paul has been involved in a wide range of research in food, nutrition and health and explored ways in which to integrate food and consumer behaviour data into personalised nutrition dietary advice.

    Paul has a broad range of experience in both national and European research projects and is the Scientific Coordinator for the EU-funded Food Nutrition Security Cloud as well as Co-lead for the proposed FNH-RI UK Node. He is also Editor-In-Chief for Food Chemistry and Trends in Food Science and Technology, and has provided expert advice to a number of bodies including the UK FSA, British Council, Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the European Commission.

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    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.

    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. She was awarded her Diploma in Science Communication in 2009 (Birkbeck University of London).

    Currently, Siân is a Senior Researcher and Communications Manager for EuroFIR AISBL, research activities, communications and training within EU- and otherwise-funded research projects, and Secretary to the Association and Quisper ASBL. She is an Editor for Food Chemistry and was appointed recently as Editor-in-Chief for Food Chemistry: Molecular Sciences.


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    Angelika Mantur

    Angelika Mantur-Vierendeel manages EuroFIR membership and commercial activities (benefits, products and services, identification of improved benefits/ tools, recruitment, and marketing). She also contributes to EU- or otherwise-funded research projects, and provides coordination for the Technical Discussion Groups, organising meetings, 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 (2013). Recently, she completed postgraduate studies on psychodietetics, broadening her knowledge and understanding about the connections between psychology and dietetics, mechanisms of dietary choices, motivation and behavioural changes. Currently, she is undertaking postgraduate studies on clinical dietetics, refreshing and extending her knowledge of nutritional therapy in various diseases.

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    Mark Roe has more than 30 years of experience in a wide range of research activities related to food, nutrition and health. His experience at the Institute of Food Research (UK, now Quadram Institute Biosciences) included laboratory analysis, human studies, production and management of food composition data, and development and validation of dietary assessment methods.

    Mark joined EuroFIR AISBL in 2018 to provide technical and scientific support, helping to deliver data and tools for Members, and to work on EU-funded projects in which EuroFIR AISBL is a beneficiary. He has also participated in a range of EU-funded research projects that involved production or use of food composition data as well as being an author of more than 60 papers published in peer-reviewed journals.

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    Hana Musinovic

    Hana Mušinović offers support for EU- or otherwise-funded projects including data collection and analysis, content for reports and technical (grey literature) documents, and development of tools and training as well as supporting coordination of the EuroFIR Technical Discussion Groups. Hana also supports Association business and operations in relation to stakeholder engagement, communication activities, membership recruitment, and events organisation.

    As a Croatian national, who has lived abroad for the past 13 years, Hana has been involved in several interdisciplinary and international research projects. She graduated with a degree in molecular biology and holds Master’s and a PhD in nutrigenomics and personalised nutrition. Before joining EuroFIR, Hana worked for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on international scientific cooperation and, more recently, as a regulatory and scientific manager in the natural cosmetics sector.



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    Alba Gil

    Alba is part of the EIT Food Fellowship, and she will be with us from July to the end of year 2020. She studied Law and Political Sciences in Madrid (Spain), did her Erasmus program in Trondheim (Norway), where she was lucky enough to experience both northern summer and winter, and she studied her master in European Studies in Maastricht (The Netherlands). Alba wrote her master thesis about how European food stakeholders tried to influence European policymakers in the Regulation on the provision of Food Information to Consumers. Finally, she carried out a Schuman traineeship in the European Parliament in Brussels. Alba is passionate about food, public health policies, and trustful food information used as a tool to empower consumers to make healthier choices.

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  • Marjola Memaj

    Communication support intern

    Marjola holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science & International Relations from NOVA University in Lisbon (Portugal). She previously obtained a B.A. at the Faculty of Social Science, Tirana University. As an exchange student on her bachelor studies, she spent one semester at Groningen University (Netherlands) where she developed a strong interest in studying Social psychology and Social Influence. 

    Apart her experience working as a project coordinator for various international and local NGO she is also the co-founder of the Western Balkan Regional Alumni Association, a project supported and financed by the European Commission where for 3 years she held the position of Albanian National Representative. 

    Her work experience also extends in the private sector where for one year she worked as a Marketing & Communication Officer for a British advertising Agency in Bucharest, Romania. 

    She is passionate about: Communication, Policy, EU Affairs, Environment & Food


Administrative Unit


    Sidonie started her professional career working in the European Parliament, as a Parliamentary Assistant for a French MEP and worked as a Communications and Advocacy Assistant for a European Platform of Organisations in the field of migration and social affairs. Following completion of her Executive Masters in International Association Management (2019), Sidonie was promoted to Office Manager and now has overall responsibility for the Secretariat, specifically management of all EuroFIR’s EU-funded projects, submission of new proposals, communications activities (e.g. websites, newsletters, and social media) and events. Sidonie also attends meetings at the European Parliament, particularly the ENVI Committee to ensure we are up to date with food-related topics and helps build relationships with key European stakeholders. Sidonie is on maternity leave until 30th April 2020.

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    After graduating in hotel management in 2014, Jérémy worked in the hospitality industry for Starwood Hotels & Resorts in the accounting and finance departments for three years. After a period of travelling, he worked as a manager for the family business specialising in industrial cleaning. He joined EuroFIR in April 2019, as part-time Finance Assistant to support financial management and reporting.

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Food Chemistry Editorial Team

  • Food Chemistry publishes original research papers dealing with the advancement of the chemistry and biochemistry of foods or the analytical methods/ approaches used. Its impact factor increased to 5.399 in 2019 and is ranked eighth in food science. During 2019, the Food Chemistry Editorial Office handled more than 7300 submissions, an increase year-on-year of ca. 9%, and answered more than 5700 enquiries from authors, editors, reviewers, and Elsevier Researcher Support.



    Mélanie Lowie is responsible for determining whether submissions meet the requirements for Food Chemistry, including scientific standards for integrity and objectivity, and do not infringe proprietary rights of other journals.

    Mélanie has a Master’s 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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    Vivien Burch is responsible for handling new and revised submissions for Food Chemistry, ensuring they meet journal standards before assigning them to Editors.

    Vivien also assists Paul Finglas with manuscripts for Trends in Food Science, as necessary.


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