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NNDC's 1st Virtual Conference - November 16-18, 2020. *Updated August 7, 2020


The Executive Committee (EC) of NNDC is pleased to announce the 41st NNDC meeting will be held virtually on November 16-18, 2020. The conference theme will remain the same.  Given the current situation with COVID-19 and considering the health and safety of all participants, this virtual platform would allow our presenters to showcase their latest research and network with others in this unique field of food composition.  The organizing team has begun to work on the details to deliver a successful Conference that NNDC is known for. It will be different than what was originally planned. At this time, please check the FAQs below to answer some of your questions.

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Frequently Asked Questions: 

1) Tell me more about the virtual Conference for the 41st National Nutrient Databank Conference (NNDC).

Like many other professional societies, this is the 1st time the NNDC will hold a virtual Conference.  The Conference will have both pre-recorded presentations and live discussions to ensure delivery of quality and engaging sessions.  We will be covering all operating costs related to this virtual Conference so it will be free of charge to all participants.  However, participants are asked to please consider making a donation to support the NNDC via PayPal 


2) How can I register to attend the virtual conference?

Our Local Arrangement Committee is preparing the registration platform at this time.  Once it has been established, it will be announced to all presenters and potential attendees.

3) My presentation was accepted in January. Will I still have the chance to present it on the new date?

Yes.  All presenters (oral and poster) are encouraged to present their research and will receive an email from the Program Committee chair ( ) at the email address that they used to submit their abstracts. Details on when and how to present will be provided via email.  If your email address has changed since then, please contact the Program Committee.  Presenters will also have the chance to revise or update previously submitted abstracts.

4) If my abstract was accepted but I cannot attend on the new date, will I still have the option to submit my manuscript on my presentation topic for inclusion in a Special Issue on the 41st NNDC proceedings?

After the Conference, the NNDC will prepare a Special Issue on the 41st NNDC proceedings to be published in the Journal of Food Composition and Analysis.  It is intended to showcase the presentations, either oral or as a poster, that will be shared at the Conference. Therefore, only presentations made at the Conference or complete poster presentations will be eligible to be included in the Special Issue.


5) I submitted my abstract for consideration for a student/new investigator award. Am I still eligible?

Yes. All abstracts submitted for award considerations are still eligible. Although we realize that your student status may have changed (e.g. graduated, new job, etc.), the award process remains the same. A panel of judges will evaluate the presentation via a one-on-one discussion with the author. Details on this process are forthcoming.  If you are unable to attend the conference, we will not be able to consider you as a candidate for an award.

6) Will there be a pre-conference workshop?

Unfortunately, given the current situation, the focus will be on the oral and poster presentations from presenters who have previously submitted their abstracts last fall. 

7) Will new abstracts be accepted for this virtual conference?

Unfortunately, no. To give priority to presenters who have submitted their abstracts in the fall and received acceptance letters in January, they are the only ones eligible to present at the 41st NNDC virtual Conference. 

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NNDC Awards

NNDC Recognition Award

At each conference, the National Nutrient Databank Conference recognizes individuals who have contributed to the field of food composition or to the NNDC organization.  A call for nominations for the NNDC Recognition Award is sent out prior to the biannual meeting.  Nominees are reviewed by the Executive Committee and ratified by the Steering Committee.  The Awardee receives a plaque and makes a presentation at the conference. 


Awardees of the National Nutrient Databank Conference Recognition Award

(Prior to 2018, this award was known as the Lifetime Achievement Award)

Student and New Investigator Awards

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. Eligible applicants have filled in relevant information when submitting their abstracts for presentation at the Conference and have obtained a letter of support from their advisor/mentor.

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 or graduate levels) with exemplary posters. Awardees (poster first authors) will receive $150 USD, certificate, and recognition on the NNDC website. Eligible applicants have filled in relevant information when submitting their abstracts for presentation at the Conference and have obtained a letter of support from their advisor/mentor.


In Memoriam

The National Nutrient Databank Conference remembers and recognizes the contributions of the following volunteers, all of whom gave generously of their time, talents, and energy to the conference.

Phyllis Stumbo (1934-2017)
University of Iowa

Marilyn Buzzard (1934-2015)
Nutrition Coordinating Center at the University of Minnesota
and Virginia Commonwealth University

Joanne Holden (1946-2014)
Research Leader, USDA Nutrient Data Lab

Frank Hepburn (1922-2003)
Leader, USDA Nutrient Data Research Group

Margaret Carrington Moore (1896-1995)
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA

Ruth Matthews (1927-2000)
Chief, USDA Nutrient Data Research Branch

Robert Rizek (1931-1997)
Director of Consumer and Food Economics
Research Division, USDA

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