MRC Elsie Widdowson Laboratory


EWL’s nutrition & health communications works with EWL researchers to provide an independent source of authoritative scientific information on nutrition and health. We aim to provide a balanced perspective in the context of recent scientific developments, and to foster translation of scientific knowledge into effective public health policies and practice.

Our goals are:


  • To develop the understanding and use of nutrition science among our stakeholders through proactive participation in discussion of the links between nutrition and health.
  • To consult with and respond to the needs of government, industry, health professionals, charities and the media through independent and authoritative synthesis of the evidence on nutrition and health.
  • To make a positive contribution to the broader MRC commitment to the communication of science, including expanding the opportunities for training in nutrition communications and to enhance the evaluation of our activities.

Public Engagement

Nutrition is part of every-day life. The MRC has a commitment to promote dialogue with the public about medical research and to build an environment in which people are enthused about science and recognise its national and international contribution to health and wealth creation. EWL’s public engagement programme includes a series of projects that promote the understanding of the nature and discoveries of nutrition research and its implications for individuals and society.

Sizzling Science @ RSC. Image credit: Royal Society of Chemistry

Sizzling Science @ RSC. Image credit: Royal Society of Chemistry

The aim of the Public Engagement programme at EWL is to foster engagement between our scientists and people of all ages and from all walks of life to consider, question and debate the key issues of now and the future.

The programme includes:

  • Enthusing young people about the creative process, issues, aspirations and outcomes of nutrition research;
  • Informing the public about developments, achievements and impact of our research to build awareness of research and account for our investment;
  • Enabling researchers to participate in effective engagement with the public, and to consider societal implications and public attitudes in the conduct and use of research.