The key aim of the iKANN initiative is to develop an open-access online portal with bespoke e-learning, collation of openly available knowledge resources with commentary/guidance and interactive sections for workforce capacity building.


The I-KANN-25 initiative will include:

  • Data

    • Raw data

    • Meta data

    • Security

    • Privacy

    • Encryption

  • Training

    • Courses

    • Self-directed learning

  • Information

    • Published evidence

    • Evidence syntheses

  • Guidance

    • Evidence-based guidelines

    • Appraisal of evidence

An overview of the IKANN initiative

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iKANN is a collaborative initiative closely linked with NNEdPro’s Nutrition Education, Training and Skills (NETS) section which facilitates:

  • The Cambridge Summer School in Applied Human Nutrition

  • The Annual International Summit in Cambridge

  • E-learning and certification

iKANN seeks to connect the knowledge generated from these initiatives, to be used internationally through an online portal that will encourage regional adaptations and opportunities to facilitate learning. It will be able to promote translatable information at a global level and drive implementation of knowledge into policy and practice, also bridging the gap between Agricultural Nutrition and Human Nutrition.


The online portal will have four key functions:

  • A registry of all nutrition education research projects that are in preparation, in conduct and in published format. The registry will enable global standardising in format and promote quality standards in nutrition education research. Will be done in partnership with BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health.

  • An open data sharing repository that informs causal inference pathways. Examples of pathways which are disease-specific include cardiometabolic, cancer and cognitive decline. The repository will include population risk assessment data, signposting and commentary on regional surveillance data e.g. National Diet and National Survey (NDNS), National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Upstream data from food production and the food environment will also be included.

  • Nutrition Education Training and Skills (NETS) providing a repository of educational strategies, educational resources and education research that is open-access and available for use by stakeholders in all parts of the world.

  • Online Community discussion function: to support discussion about nutrition education research, segmented where needed by region. Discussions can be about data, decisions based on studies, policy and uptake of information from evidence into practice.

Outcomes of the iKANN initiative will be measured using the following:

  • Knowledge input (e.g. Contribution to data and information, registration of nutrition research)

  • Knowledge output (e.g. Resources for information and training)

  • Uptake/Impact (e.g. Case studies on impact/usage) 

  • Engagement (e.g. Metrics such as website link clicks/social media engagement)

  • Changes in nutrition outcome measures outside of the I-KANN-25 website (e.g. tracked changes in nutrition data)

iKANN is led by the NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health in conjunction with supporters and implementation partners:

Principal Supporter

  • Swiss Re Institute

Associate Supporters

  • The AIM Foundation

  • DSM

Principal Implementation Partners

  • LGC

Associate Implementation Partners

  • BMJ


  • NIM

  • Swiss Association for Co-operation on Food Education

  • Konnexions

Check out the iKANN concept note here.

IKANN Project Team & Global Advisory Panel

Project Team