Bidding application for IUNS-ICN 2029 is open!

IUNS is currently accepting applications from Adhering Bodies, in good standing, interested in hosting the next IUNS International Congress of Nutrition (ICN) in their country. Since selecting the next ICN organiser is a lengthy process, we strongly urge you to submit a formal Letter of Intent to host ICN-2029 to the IUNS Secretariat by January 30, 2024, before midnight GMT.

For more information: IUNS- ICN Bidding for 2029 Host

Bidding for ICN-2029 is OPEN

Following the 20th International Congress of Nutrition (ICN) held in Tokyo in December 2022, which also saw the election of a new council, the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS) is delighted to announce the initiation of the bidding process for the 22nd ICN set to take place in 2029. Additionally, preparations for the 21st ICN, scheduled for 2025, are underway.

Official invitations have been sent out to all of IUNS’s adhering bodies, inviting their participation in the bidding process for hosting ICN-2029. However, IUNS wishes to emphasize the importance of updated contact information. If your organization, as a member of an adhering body of IUNS, has not received the official invitation from the Secretary-General, it may be due to outdated contact details. To ensure that your organization remains well-informed, please take a moment to review and update your contact information through this webform or reach out to the secretariat for assistance.

For those who aspire to become a volunteer host for the 22nd ICN in 2029, your adhering body must submit a formal Letter of Intent to host ICN-2029 by January 30, 2024, before midnight GMT. The Letter of Intent should bear the signatures of the Current President or equivalent and another board member and must include the following information:

1. Proposed ICN-2029 location, specifying the city and country.

2. Plenary hall details, including capacity and facilities.

3. Break-out room information, specifying the number and dimensions.

4. Nearby hotel options for participants.

5. Accessibility for international delegates.

Upon receipt of your Letter of Intent, our team will provide comprehensive guidance through the bidding process.

The IUNS eagerly awaits receiving Letters of Intent from prospective hosts, with the aspiration that ICN-2029 will continue to foster global collaboration and innovation in the field of nutrition. For further inquiries and submission guidelines, please visit the IUNS website.

Announcement: IUNS Council elected

The General Assembly of IUNS took place during the IUNS-ICN Tokyo, Japan in December 2022. We are pleased to announce the newly elected Council as:

  • President: Dr Lynnette Neufeld, Canada
  • President-Elect: Professor Hyun-Sook Kim, South Korea
  • Vice-President: Professor Francis Zotor, Ghana
  • Secretary-General: Professor Jacques Delarue, France
  • Treasurer: Dr Welma Stonehouse, Australia

Council members:

  • Professor Ali Dhansay, South Africa
  • Professor Barbara Burlingame, New Zealand
  • Professor Edith Feskens, Netherlands
  • Dr Rubina Hakeem, Pakistan
  • Professor Sergio Paiva, Brazil
  • Professor Zhaoping Li, USA

The whole Council would like to thank the Adhering Bodies for the nominations and for appointing them to these positions, and the previous IUNS Council members for their service and continual support. The first meeting of the new Council will take place in early 2023.

Silver star shaped award in front of a red background

Dr Nevin S Scrimshaw Prize Winner

IUNS are pleased to announce, Dr Camila Corvalán, of Chile is the inaugural winner of the Dr Nevin S. Scrimshaw prize.

The prize is in the name of Dr Nevin S Scrimshaw who was a pioneer researcher, awarded the World Food Prize in 1991, he was also Institute Professor Emeritus and founder of the first Department of Nutrition and Food Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and founder of the Food and Nutrition Bulletin (FNB) journal. 

His research was centered on finding solutions for malnutrition to treat undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies across nations.

IUNS is proud to count Dr Scrimshaw among our illustrious former council members. Dr Scrimshaw served from 1972 – 1975 as IUNS Vice–President and as the President of IUNS from 1978 – 1981. One of his passions was ensuring the constant improvement of public health and nutrition via mentoring the next generation of nutrition scientists. He believed in working to prevent what he called “brain drain”, or talent only being clustered around the major nutrition universities and institutes in high-income countries.  IUNS hope to honor the work of Dr Scrimshaw by continuing to support the careers and development of mid-career nutrition scientists working in Latin America, Asia or Africa with this special prize.

Dr Corvalán was selected for this prize for making highly important contributions to scholarship and mentorship with direct policy and programmatic relevance for her home country of Chile, the Latin America region, and globally.

Dr Corvalán will be presenting a plenary lecture during the closing ceremony of the Congress on 11 December, co-chaired by the current President of IUNS, Professor J. Alfredo Martinez and President Elect, Dr Lynnette Neufeld. 

Visa changes – Japan

Japan has announced that independent tourists can visit Japan visa-free from October 11 2022.

In the latest visa exemption and border rules update released by The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, foreign nationals from 68 countries and regions who wish to enter Japan for a short-term visit (up to 90 days) no longer need to apply for a visa. Tourists can visit Japan freely for tourism purposes without going through a travel agency.

Starting Tuesday, October 11, the following 68 countries and regions no longer need to apply for a visa when travelling to Japan. Please note that the stay period varies and additional conditions may exist. You’ll find more details here.

Asia

  • Brunei
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Republic of Korea
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Hong Kong 
  • Macao
  • Taiwan

North America

  • Canada
  • United States

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Argentina
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Chile 
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • Surinam
  • Uruguay

Oceania

  • Australia
  • New Zealand

Middle East

  • Israel
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates

Africa

  • Lesotho
  • Mauritius 
  • Tunisia

Europe

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • North Macedonia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

Tourists from China, Russia,  Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries (including Georgia), the Philippines and Vietnam must apply for a visa before visiting Japan. For more information, see here.

Note: these are the countries and regions listed on the MOFA page as of September 28 at 10 AM (BST).

Please see the IUNS-ICN website for further details and notes on the COVID-19 status requirements for entry to Japan

Second Circular Available: 22nd IUNS-ICN International Congress of Nutrition in Tokyo, Japan, December 6-11, 2022

The second circular for the IUNS-ICN is now available.

The 22nd IUNS-ICN is a fantastic opportunity to bring the international nutrition community together to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, as the first ICN was held in 1946.

The ICN will take place in the Tokyo International Forum, an iconic state-of-the-art conference venue in the heart of Tokyo.  Delegates have the chance to not only experience the board scientific knowledge gained by attending the Congress but also an opportunity to fully immerse in Japanese culture, history, entertainment and cuisine.

Date Changes 22nd IUNS-ICN 2022, TOKYO

Important dates have been updated!


Due to the postponement to December 6-11, 2022, the important dates have been changed as follows.


Abstract Submission: November 12, 2021 – March 18, 2022
Abstract Acceptance: Notice June 10, 2022
Presenter Registration: Deadline July 15, 2022

Registration


Early Bird June 6, 2022 – August 4, 2022
Regular August 5, 2022 – October 20, 2022
Late October 21, 2022 – November 21, 2022
Onsite December 6, 2022 – December 11, 2022


The website and social media have been changed as follows
Home Page https://icn22.org/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/22ndICNTokyoJapan
Twitter https://twitter.com/icn2021

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22nd IUNS-ICN POSTPONED to 2022

The 22nd IUNS-ICN was scheduled to be held from September 14-19, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.
In view of the worldwide spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, we had been carefully monitoring its impact.
Due to its developing situation and difficulties in travelling abroad, after much thought and deliberation, the Organizing Committee of 22nd IUNS-ICN has decided to postpone the congress to December 6-11, 2022.

This was a difficult decision to make; however, the health and safety of the participants is our highest priority.
Please check the official ICN website, for the latest news.