In February 2015 and in response to the challenge of global malnutrition, a multisectoral team of the World’s leading nutritional experts assembled in Lazio, Italy. Their purpose was to explore possible solutions to this far-reaching and highly complex challenge and the ultimate outcome was the publication of The Lazio Declaration (July 2016). The Declaration outlined their consensus on the need for a new body to provide much-needed direction on the how implementation science (IS) could support worldwide efforts to scale up nutrition. Thus, the Society for Implementation Science in Nutrition (SISN) was born with the 39 strong, Lazio team becoming its founding members.
SISN’s core aim would be to radically advance the use of IS, and consequently nutrition impact, by becoming a conduit to facilitate the vital collaboration needed between all stakeholders, thereby pooling the collective knowledge, experience, resources and commitments of scientists and practitioners worldwide to greater effect.
In parallel with the development of the Declaration and the birth of the Society, the SISN Board, was already hard at work on developing SISN’s 2016-20 Strategic Plan assisted by an ad-hoc committee. Published after external stakeholder review in 2016, the Plan details the Society’s Vision and Mission, and outlines the goals that need to be achieved to bring these to fruition. SISN’s Biennial Action Plan drills deeper into the details setting out the individual tactics and targets needed to achieve each goal.
SISN’s progress is now measured against these targets and we are delighted to share our achievements with you in our Annual Report.