The Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich today initiates a transnational research programme on strategies for prevention and intervention in pregnancy and early post natal life to tackle later obesity and associated disorders. The Kick-off Meeting of the project entitled EarlyNutrition is joined by more than 60 scientists from 36 universities and research institutes in Europe, the USA and Australia. The key aim is to develop recommendations for optimal early nutrition that incorporate long-term health outcomes. The project has received an exceptionally positive response from Brussels as well as about 9 Mio Euro financial support through the 7th EU Framework Programme within the “Food” theme towards a total project budget of more than 11 Mio. Euro.