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 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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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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EIT Food RIS fellowship

  • Stefano Guzzo Bonifacio is a 24-year-old Italian student from the city of Turin. He completed his undergraduate studies in gastronomic sciences at the University of Gastronomic Sciences of Pollenzo in northern Italy in 2019. Afterwards he worked in marketing for an organic baking company in the city of Vicoforte in the Piedmont region. During his time at the bakery, he had the chance to: manage the company’s social media presence, produce marketing material, assist with business development and PR. Afterwards he completed an accounting course held by Consaf association in Turin and worked as an assistant accountant for a company importing footwear from Asia to Europe. After these two experiences he started his master’s degree in enterprise management, marketing and strategy at the university of Turin. His main research fields of interest are food systems’ economics, system dynamics, organizational theory, sustainable farming systems and agrifood SMEs partnership dynamics. In 2022, alongside Food scientist Nahuel Buracco and Law PhD Viviana Vaira, he won the Lavazza call for ideas for the contest Youth in action for SDGs. The project presented for the contest is centred on communicating and promoting ethnic restaurateurs’ stories, culture and dishes in order to promote social inclusion and cultural initiatives in the neighbourhood Aurora of the city of Turin.

    Stefano will join EuroFIR’s team through the EIT Food RIS fellowship programme as membership, association business, and marketing intern starting from August until the end of December of 2022. He will assist EuroFIR’s team in finding new members and clients, managing EuroFIR’s social media presence and help in assessing and developing EuroFIR’s existing tools.


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  • Antonina Witkowska is a 23-years old Polish graduate of the Bachelor in Dietetics at the Medical University of Warsaw. She was active in science clubs and participated in conferences and courses. In the third year of her studies, she went for an Erasmus exchange to the University of Porto. This experience broadened her knowledge and gave her the possibility of self-development on many levels. Last year, she started her MA in Cognitive Science at the University of Warsaw. She joined the Erasmus Student Network as a member and mentor for incoming students at her current University. In her Master’s thesis research she will try to combine two broad fields, which are cognitive science and nutrition. She worked as a tutor for almost 4 years, teaching kids and teenagers biology, chemistry, math and English. She is considering working abroad in the future and is therefore very enthusiastic about this internship and all the opportunities it offers. She believes that EuroFIR has a great and important mission, which she will gladly share and help to implement.

    During the coming 5 months, thanks to the EIT Food RIS Fellowships project, she will be supporting EuroFIR on the EU-funded project FNS-Cloud, new EU-funded projects, EuroFIR website content and social media.

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