In recognition of the Nutrition Society’s long-standing support of the annual Mega Evento Nutrição nutritional conference in Brazil, the Society is again seeking applications from early/mid-career members who wish to host a workshop/symposium at the conference on behalf of the Society in 2020. The conference is held annually in the bustling city of São Paulo, and this year runs from 20 – 22 August.
Mega Evento Nutrição brings together dietitians and nutritionists from across Brazil each year. Attendance varies, and last year due to the prevailing economic climate, numbers were lower than the normal average of 700+, being approximately 300 people. However, the audience continues to be receptive and the Society’s provision of speakers and attendance is always well received and warmly welcomed.
The organisers have invited the Society to send two members to jointly host a one-day workshop at the conference (or two half days). The Society workshop is normally two hours in the morning, starting around 09:30hrs, and two hours in the afternoon, with a midway break for lunch. There will be simultaneous translation into Portuguese. Expenses for the conference will be covered by organisers and the Society. This conference provides an opportunity to present to a wider scientific community, to engage young scientists and nutritionists and to strengthen scientific connections.
In previous years, single speakers have attended but found presenting for a whole day rather challenging, so it was agreed that two speakers provided greater benefit for the speakers and delegates alike. The Society is flexible in this respect and is happy to consider two single speakers presenting a half-day each or two speakers running a joint workshop. A single speaker will also be considered. The title of the workshop is decided by the speaker/speakers.
As an example, last year’s workshop by Dr Margaret Charnley And Dr Julie Abayomi from Edge Hill University was entitled "Maternal nutrition recommendations - UK and Brazil" and highlighted potentially ‘at risk’ nutrients and how deficiencies can be avoided. The presentation included some of the findings from their research regarding obesity in pregnancy and considered at risk populations in Brazil.
For more information on last year's workshop and what to expect please see here.
The event is held each year in São Paulo. Brazil has around 80,000 dietitians and nutritionists, with most of those attending Mega Evento Nutrição coming from the South and East of the country. The city is busy, lively, and surprisingly hilly, and has over 5500 skyscrapers dominating the landscape. Although delegates are keen to gain knowledge and broaden their experience, English is not spoken fluently by the majority of delegates, hence the need for the simultaneous translation. The Nutrition Society may be able to help with translation of slides if required.
How to apply
All Society members in their early careers are invited to apply to represent the Society at Mega Evento Nutrição 2020.
To apply please send an email to the Society detailing your name(s), contact details, a proposal for the workshop(s). Additionally, in no more than 300 words explain how you feel this opportunity would benefit you and your future career.
The closing date is midnight on the 15 March 2020. The application will be sent to the judging panel after the closing date and it is hoped the results of this application will be known by mid-April 2020.
To apply you must:
- Be a current member of the Nutrition Society within 15 years of your last graduation
- Be free to travel 18 - 23 August 2020
- Have included details of your proposal and your contact details
- Submit your application before midnight 15 March 2020.