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National Nutrient
Databank Conference


41st National Nutrient Databank Conference

April 19 - 22, 2020

Theme: 20-20 Vision for Food Composition Data: Promoting Public Health Worldwide

Call for Abstracts

The 41st National Nutrient Databank Conference (NNDC) will be held in College Park, MD at The Hotel at The University of Maryland. Submission of abstracts for poster or oral presentations related to food composition and dietary supplement data and databases is now open. Please follow instructions below for abstract content requirements and submission.

Dates to Consider

  • Deadline to submit abstract be considered for oral presentation: October 19, 2019
  • Deadline to submit abstract be considered for poster presentation: November 19, 2019
  • Notification of abstract acceptance: January 6, 2020

Speaker and Poster Presenter guidelines are available for download:

  • Click here to download the Speaker Guidelines in PDF
  • Click here to download the Poster Session Guidelines in PDF

Students and New Investigators (less than 5 years post degree) may wish to apply to the following awards:

Student and New Investigator Award

Students and new investigators (<5 years post degree) are eligible for an award for an oral presentation. The NNDC Executive Committee will select up to six students/new investigators for awards. One award will be given for $1,000 USD; runners-up will each receive $150 USD.

The awards will be based on the scientific merit of the abstract, oral presentation and the letter of support for the presenter.

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 $150 USD, certificate, and recognition on the NNDC web site. Please follow instructions below to apply.

Steps for Submitting an Abstract

Step 1: Review Abstract Requirements

Abstract Requirements

  • Length: 300 words or less
  • 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 a Student Poster Award: include the following 3 lines directly below the "Author(s)" on the abstract:
    1. Abstract and Poster to be Considered for the Student Poster Award Competition
    2. Advisor's Name
    3. Institution
  • Indicate 1 or 2 categories from below that best describes the abstract:
    1. Data quality, variability, bioavailability
    2. Analytical methods and food sampling
    3. New data for novel and emerging foods/food components (e.g. glucosinolates, polyphenols, GM crops, others)
    4. Dietary supplements databases
    5. Data for special population groups
    6. Advances in using composition data for dietary assessment
    7. Database technology
    8. Food labeling and front of pack labels
    9. Industry/government initiatives impacting databases
    10. Third party databases
    11. International work/updates on databases
  • Contact information for corresponding author: Name, Organization, Address, Email, Telephone, and Fax
  • Language: English only

Step 2: Download abstract template and sample abstract

Click here to download the abstract template.

Click here to download the abstract example.

Step 3: Email completed abstract

Use the abstract template (from step 2) to complete your abstract submission then send it as an attachment via the following email address:

Please add "Submissions for Call for Abstracts" in the email Subject Line.

For questions or more information regarding abstract submission, please contact

Ms. Judi Spungen
2020 NNDC Program Committee Chair
Please add "Questions on Call for Abstracts" in the Subject Line for a prompt response.

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7777 Baltimore Ave
College Park, MD 20740

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