The Conference

The National Nutrient Databank Conference hosts bi-annual conferences.

The next one will be held in 2022.  Find out more about past conferences on this page.

Future Conference

42nd National Nutrient Databank Conference
125 Years of Food Composition:
Where We've Been and How We're Evolving Globally

May 16-18, 2022 (virtual)


The 42nd National Nutrient Databank Conference (NNDC) will be held virtually and will provide an enhanced user experience through an interactive software which will allow users to interact in one-on-one conversations as well as listen to sessions from oral and poster presenters. This will be through a web-based, real-time communication platform where attendees will have the ability to customize their own avatar, navigate around the virtual space and interact with colleagues just like in real life. Users can easily move around the space by simply using arrows on a keyboard to locate colleagues you maybe have not seen in a while and start conversations and chats just as you would at a real-world conference or other gathering. This does not require any downloading of software since it is web-based – you only need a computer and access to a browser such as Chrome or Firefox.

Call for Abstracts

Submission of abstracts for poster or oral presentations related to food composition and dietary supplement data and databases has been extended to January 15, 2022. Please follow instructions below for abstract content requirements and submission.

Abstract Submission:    

Email abstract as a Word attachment to with subject “​​42nd National Nutrient Databank Conference (NNDC) Abstract Submission.” The deadline for abstract submission is January 15, 2022. Notification of abstract acceptance will be sent late February/early March 2022 .


Student Poster Award:

The NNDC Executive Committee will recognize up to 3 students (undergraduate and graduate levels) with exemplary posters.  Awardees (poster first author) will receive a cash award of $150, a certificate, and recognition on the NNDC website.  Please follow instructions below to apply.

Student/New Investigator Award:

The NNDC Executive Committee will recognize an outstanding student oral presentation. There will be one winner and up to 3 runners-up.  The 1st place awardee will receive a cash award of $1000 and up to 3 runners-up will receive a cash award of $150.  All awardees will receive a certificate and recognition on the NNDC website. Criteria for new investigators is less than 5 years post-degree.

Abstract Requirements:

  • Length:  Not more than 300 words

  • Format:  Microsoft Word, 1-inch margins, single-spaced, all text left justified; Arial 12-point font

  • Content for all abstracts:  Title; Author(s)--first and last names, credentials, and affiliation; 2 to 6 key words

  • Types:  Research or Descriptive

  • Headings for Research abstracts:  Objective, Materials and Methods, Results, and Significance

  • Headings for Descriptive abstracts:  Background, Objective, Description, and Conclusion

  • Funding Disclosure (if applicable)

  • Presentation Preference:  oral presentation or poster session

  • To be considered for the Student/New Investigator Presentation Award or the Student Poster Award, include the following 3 lines directly below the “Author(s)” on the abstract:  

                   Abstract and poster to be considered for Award Competition.

                     Advisor’s Name (Student) or Supervisor’s name (New Investigator). 

                     School (Student) or Institution (New Investigator).  

  • Indication of 1 or 2 categories from below that best describes the abstract:

  1. Impact of Nutrients and Other Food Components on the Gut Microbiome

  2. Data Quality, Variability, Bioavailability

  3. Analytical Methods and Food Sampling

  4. New Data for Novel and Emerging Foods/Food Components (I.e., Glucosinolates, Polyphenols, GM Crops, Others)

  5. Databases for Dietary Supplements 

  6. Advances In Using Composition Data for Dietary Assessment

  7. Database Technology (Software, Internet, Information Dissemination)

  8. Food Labeling and Front of Pack Labels

  9. Industry/Government Initiatives Impacting Databases Third Party Databases

  10. International Work/Updates on Databases

  11. Novel uses of Nutrient Data

  12. Environmental Impact & Sustainability

  13. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


  • Contact information for corresponding author:  Name, Organization, Address, Email, Telephone, and Fax

  • Language:  English only

  • Abstract Template available (click here) to assist in following requirements.


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Past Conferences

The NNDC has a long a history of bringing together researchers, doctors, health professionals, nutritionists, and others to discuss a variety of important topics related to food composition databases. Over the years, program conferences have grown and evolved.

The following links are carefully indexed. It aims to showcase the achievements of the NNDC and the evolution of meetings that has been organized starting with the 1st one held in 1976.

We encourage you to visit the links and peruse the Conference materials. See how the field of food composition has advanced through the years and the work that the NNDC has done to foster knowledge and share them with the NNDC community!   For ease of reference, conferences 1-20 (1976 - 1995) are sorted separately from conferences 21-41 (1996 - 2020).