WHO Europe Internship Programme

The EASO YIU encourages colleagues to apply for WHO Europe Internship placements and as part of an ongoing collaboration between EASO and the WHO Regional Office for Europe, we are pleased to announce that the YIU will support up to three successful WHO Internship applications annually, with a grant of up to €2000 per successful applicant (max €2000 for full 12 week placement and smaller amounts for shorter placements).

In order to apply for an EASO YIU grant, you must be a member of an EASO affiliated National Association (see the EASO website for further information) and have been successfully accepted into the internship programme of the Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Programme in the Division of Noncommunicable Diseases and Life-Course at the World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe based in Copenhagen, Denmark.  Further information is available via the WHO website: http://www.who.int/employment/internship/en/.  Specific application instructions and an application form for the WHO Europe internship programme are available at http://www.who.int/employment/internship/interns/en/index.html.

Applicants must submit a 250 word application outlining why they have applied for the internship, what they hope to achieve during the internship and why they request the EASO YIU Grant. Please also outline how your internship could support the work of the WHO Nutrition, Obesity and Physical Activity Programme.  View their website and adapt your application accordingly: http://www.euro.who.int/en/what-we-do/health-topics/disease-prevention/nutrition.

This application must be received at least 6 weeks in advance of the internship start date and should be sent to [email protected] with the subject header ‘WHO Internship Grant Application’.

For further information please contact the EASO Secretariat.

What does the WHO Regional Office for Europe do?

WHO Regional Office for Europe supports the 53 Member States in the WHO European Region in developing and sustaining their national health policies, health systems and public health programmes; working to identify, prevent and overcome potential threats to health; anticipating future challenges; and advocating public health.

Its work is a two-way exchange: gathering best expertise from key partners in national and international institutions, and analysing data and the research results to propose evidence-based public health policies. This enables WHO/Europe to inform and advise countries on the most effective ways to improve the health of their populations.

WHO Regional Office for Europe runs or has direct access to essential databases providing authoritative health data from the 53 countries in the Region. The Health Evidence Network (HEN) and the European Environment and Health Information System (ENHIS) and Nutrition, Obesity and Physical Activity (NOPA) Database are additional valuable resources for health policy-making.

WHO Regional Office for Europe provides tailored support to countries through technical programmes addressing a wide range of public health issues. These programmes work together, covering areas including disease prevention and control, response to public health emergencies, environmental health, health determinants and health systems.

Conditions of WHO internships

  • The duration of WHO internships is between a minimum of 6 weeks to a maximum of 12 weeks. Exceptionally, internships may be extended up to 24 weeks to respond to special academic requirements or particular needs of the receiving programme.
  • WHO internships are not paid. Travel costs, travel arrangements (including visas), and living accommodations are the responsibility of the intern or their sponsoring institution.
  • Persons related to a WHO staff member, i.e., son/daughter, brother/sister are not eligible for an internship.
  • Interns must possess a passport of a WHO Member State.
  • WHO Interns must have adequate medical insurance coverage during the entire period of the internships.
  • Interns may participate only once in the WHO Internship Programme.
  • Interns do not have the status of WHO staff members and shall not represent the Organization in any official capacity.

WHO Interns are not eligible for appointment to any position within WHO for a period of three months following the end of their internship. Any employment with WHO at that point in time shall be subject to established recruitment and selection procedures.

EASO Position Statement

EASO has recently published a position statement entitled ‘Obesity: The Gateway to Ill Health – an EASO Position Statement on a Rising Public Health, Clinical and Scientific Challenge in Europe. The position statement can be viewed here.

Workshop on Social Sciences and Humanities’ contribution to tackle the Obesity Epidemic

In January 2013, more than 50 researchers and stakeholders from around Europe gathered in Brussels for the workshop Social Sciences and Humanities contribution to tackle the Obesity Epidemic: Challenges & Potentials in Obesity Research towards Horizon 2020.

The objective of the workshop was to create a cross-European forum for identifying, describing and discussing future potentials in obesity research, to establish new and nurture existing networks and collaborations of researchers across social sciences and humanities and the natural sciences with an interest in obesity research, and hereby to mobilize the significant European research capacities and potentials in preparing for Horizon 2020.

European Obesity Research Conference

Obesity is frequent, serious, complex and chronic. Moreover, it is recognised as a gateway to many other disease areas, including but by no means limited to diabetes, heart disease, cancers, respiratory problems and joint problems. Thus, if we manage and prevent obesity, we will block a major supply route to these diseases.

Research is part of the solution to the obesity epidemic. In recent decades, research has helped improve our understanding of the complex effects of increased fat tissue on the human body. It has enabled us to develop better evidence based guidelines to prevent, manage and treat obesity, including better bariatric surgery procedures to treat extreme obesity. But better coordination is still needed in order to increase the translation of research into better prevention and treatment strategies.

In February, EASO convened a meeting of Europe’s leading researchers and main stakeholders in the field with the aim of developing a clear research strategy, with consensus on what the key areas for European obesity research should be, the expected impact of this research and how we can achieve success in these areas in terms of novel approaches, and the development of significant innovative products and societal impact. As part of this process,EASO has participated in national initiatives in both Denmark and France.

ECO2014, the 21st European Congress on Obesity

The ECO2013 Abstract Book, an official supplement of Obesity Facts, is now available online. Speaker podcasts, presentations and online ‘meet-the-expert’ sessions will be announced here in due course, so keep checking for regular updates.

It’s not too early to plan your attendance at the next ECO! ECO2014, the 21st European Congress on Obesity, will take place in the wonderful city of Sofia, Bulgaria from 28 – 31 May 2014. Visit the ECO2014 website for information and regular updates.