The very first European Nutrition Conference was organized in 1973 by The Nutrition Society and held in Cambridge, United Kingdom. At the time of this conference the President of the Nutrition Society was Dr E. Kodicek. After this successful and well attended event a second European Nutrition Conference was planned and 3 years later, on 14–17 September 1976, it was held in Munich, Germany. This Meeting, organized by the German Nutrition Society (DGE), also attracted much attention, and then the third Conference was planned for 1979 in Uppsala, Sweden.
At this point was raised the plan to create a Federation of European Nutrition Societies as a firmer basis for the European nutritional science community and the European Nutrition Conferences, where the national Nutrition Societies from all over Europe could connect, share and exchange information, knowledge and ideas and promote the importance of nutrition for public health in Europe.
Thus, during the third European Nutrition Conference, held in Uppsala, Sweden, on 19th – 21th June 1979, FENS was founded. Since then, FENS organizes every 4 years, among other activities, the European Nutrition Conference in a different European city, in which the scientific and material organization is left to the initiative of the organizing FENS member society.
The Conferences held and the Presidents of the FENS board (former FENS ENC presidents) up to now are as follows: