Member profile

Professor Susan Fairweather-Tait

Last updated: 18 April 2024

Professor Fairweather-Tait has a BSc in Food Sciences, and MSc in Nutrition University of London. After her PhD at King’s College London she worked in the food industry for a short while and then moved to the Institute of Food Research, Norwich, initially as a Senior Research Scientist and latterly as Head of the Nutrition Division and Programme Leader for Micronutrients. In 2006 she was offered a personal chair in the School of Medicine, Health Policy and Practice University of East Anglia (UAE) and moved to UEA in early 2007.

Professor Fairweather-Tait’s research interests include mineral metabolism in humans, micronutrient requirements and dietary reference values, nutrient bioavailability, health claims, and diet and ageing.

Register of interests

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Personal Interests

Category of Interest

Organisation / Body and Nature of Interest 

Direct employment

Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia (2007-present)

Membership, affiliation, trusteeships or decision-making position with relevant organisations

Project Board for National Diet and Nutrition Survey Rolling Programme (member, representative for SACN)

FAO/WHO expert group on nutrient requirements for children 0-36 months - Chair

DHSC OHID UK Nutrition and Health Claims Committee - Chair

Big C Research Advisory Panel - Member

EFSA Working Group on Upper Levels for Vitamins and Minerals - Member

UK Scientific Advisory Committee for Nutrition (SACN) - Member

Advisory Board for BBSRC OIRC Hub on Biofortification - Member

Steering Committee for BBSRC OIRC Hub on Functional Foods - Member

2024  Expert evaluator for EC HORIZON (Apr/June 2024).


Personal Interests

Category of Interest

Organisation / Body and Nature of Interest (period)

Membership, affiliation, trusteeships or decision-making position with relevant organisations

Expert evaluator for EC HORIZON (Apr/June 2023)

Participant in EFSA Thematic Workshop "Derivation of conversion factors for new sources and form of nutrients" (March 2023)

Scientific Advisory Committee for New Nordic Nutrition Recommendations - Member (2019 - 2023)

Technical Advisory Group for Global Anemia Exemplars - Members (2020 - 2022)

Remote expert for Horizon - EIC - 2021 - Transition - Open and Challenges - 01 - Oct/Nov 2021

Scientific and technical support for Review of tolerable upper intake level of iron, completion of questionnaire and attendance at expert hearing session - Oct/Nov 2021

Participant in EFSA workshop on data and methodologies for establishing tolerable upper intake levels for vitamins and minerals - 28-29 Sept 2021

Scientific Review Panel for New Zealand High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge - Member - 2021

IAEA consultants meeting for CRP on long-term iron labelling - 29 June – 1 July 2021

Panel member for the MRC GCRF call on Nutrition and Global Health - 2019-2020

Panel member for the BBSRC GCRF call on Food Nutrition and Health - 2019

Member of European Food Safety Authority DRV Minerals Working Group - 2018 - 2019