The American Society for Nutrition became the US Adhering Body to the International Union of Nutritional Sciences in 2008. However, our organizations have collaborated closely for many decades.
At ASN’s annual meeting in 1949, President E.M. Nelson reported on a meeting he had attended in London in June of 1948. The meeting had been convened to consider the formation of an International Union of Nutrition Sciences (IUNS). At this meeting, a tentative constitution and by-laws for the proposed union was prepared and adopted. Application to the International Congress of Scientific Unions was made and acted on in September of 1949.
The IUNS mission is:
-To promote advancement in nutrition science, research and development through international cooperation at the global level.
-To encourage communication and collaboration among nutrition scientists as well as to disseminate information in nutritional sciences through modern communication technology.
IUNS Newsletter March 2017 | Read online or download in pdf form.
This edition includes an update on the Council Meeting held in January and news of the upcoming IUNS-ICN in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
IUNS Newsletter September 2016 | Read online or download in pdf form.
This edition includes updates on the revised IUNS Statutes and Rules and the latest news from the preparations of 21st IUNS-ICN in Buenos-Aires, Argentina.
IUNS 2015 Newsletter
International Congress of Nutrition
IUNS has organized International Congresses of Nutrition since 1952. In 1981, the ASN (then known as AIN) administered the International Congress in San Diego, CA (program chair: James Dinning). View the ASN Living Legends featured at the International Congress in 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand.
ASN maintains a competitive travel awards program for outstanding early-career and student investigators currently based in the U.S. The travel awards assist with costs related to attendance at the International Congresses. Funders are asked to provide grants of $3,500. Email us for more information.
The IUNS selected ASN as a finalist in the competitive bidding process to host the prestigious IUNS 23rd International Congress of Nutrition. To support ASN’s bid please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Society for Nutrition (ASN)
- ASN is positioned at the forefront of nutrition science:
- over than 5,000 members from 75 countries
- publisher of three research journals with a fourth launching in 2017
- ASN manages several world-class education programs and meetings
- ASN is an award-winning association, with a full time staff of 25 with expertise and leadership in education, publications and meeting design and management
- ASN has a proven track record in the planning and execution of conventions of up to 14,000 attendees, including 30% attendance from outside the US.
- ASN has hosted meetings both within the US and globally, attracting international audiences ranging from 300 to 3,500 and more.
Hawai’i Convention Center
- Large and versatile enough to accommodate IUNS ICN with maximum flexibility and room for growth
- Open-air design of the HCC provides an inspiring and receptive environment that encourages networking and sharing of scientific advances, ideas and possibilities.
- Located eight miles from Honolulu International Airport which is serviced by over 10 million air seats with direct, nonstop service from major cities around the world.
- Hawai‘i has international appeal with US infrastructure and an unmatched diversity of experiences, environment, accommodations, facilities, and attractions.
- The Hawaii Convention Center and nearby world class hotels are ideally located in the heart of cosmopolitan Honolulu, surrounded by museums, cultural centers, shopping and more than 100 diverse dining options.
- Hotel options in Honolulu are abundant and consistently ranked among the best in the world by Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, S. News and World Report and more.
- Over 6,000 hotel rooms within a one-mile radius of the HCC offer a wide range of amenities and price points which are comparable with other major US convention destinations.
- Hawai’i is well situated between the Americas, the South Pacific and Pacific Rim countries, offering an ideal location for international meetings
- Hawai’i regularly hosts major international research and scientific meetings including: American Chemical Society (which has grown from 3,871 participants in 1984 to 15,729 participants in 2015), PacifiChem Meeting (15,000 delegates, every 5 years); Electrochemical Society Pacific Rim Meeting on Solid State Sciences (3,000 delegates, held every 4 years); Ocean Sciences Meeting (5,000 delegates, held every 6-8 years); Organization for Human Brain Mapping (3,000 delegates) and the American Dietetic Association (7,300 delegates in 2006).
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
I feel honored to have the responsibility to chair the IUNS 21st International Congress of Nutrition (ICN), to be held in Buenos Aires, October 15th – 20th, 2017.
The Sociedad Argentina de Nutrición (SAN) will be in charge of managing the Congress. This renowned society was founded in 1941 by the scientist Prof. Pedro Escudero, pioneer in Latin America.
For ten years the SAN has been working together with Nutrition Societies of the Southern Cone, Brazil, Bolivia, Uruguay and Chile in the field of Nutrition Quality Education in medical schools, as well as joint activities with other scientific related societies.
The IUNS-ICN International Congress of Nutrition is a four yearly meeting that’s been held since 1946. Its 21st edition will be based in Buenos Aires for the first time in its history.
It is my pleasure to invite you to experience this vibrant multicultural metropolis designated “City of Design” by UNESCO. Its wide range of cultural diversity will amaze you.
We are currently designing the scientific programme according to the motto “From Sciences to Nutrition Security” with the aim of encouraging the exchange of knowledge in order to achieve the improvement of Nutrition Security.
We intend to focus on every aspect of nutrition issues going through a wide variety of topics which will be dealt with from different perspectives in order to enrich our attendees’ points of view.
Allow me to mention the pillars of our preliminary programme:
- Advances in Nutrition Research
- Nutrition Through Life Course
- Public Health Nutrition and Environment
- Nutrition and Management of Diseases
- Nutrients and Nutritional Assessment
- Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds
- Food culture practices and Nutritional Education
- Agriculture, Food Science and Safety
Our main goal is to offer you a high-level meeting focused on addressing the key aspects of nutrition in a multicultural environment, from state-of-the-art reviews to cutting edge nutritional science information.
We hope to cover all your needs in 2017 and we are looking forward to giving you the warmest welcome.
See you soon in Buenos Aires!
Dr. Mabel Alicia Brígida Carrera
President of the IUNS 21st International Congress of Nutrition (ICN)
IUNS held the 20th International Congress of Nutrition in Granada, Spain, Sept. 15-20, 2013. The theme for 2013 was “Joining Cultures Through Nutrition.” ASN greeted many members and Congress attendees at Exhibit #101. Invited papers were published as a supplement in Advances in Nutrition and can be accessed through the Proceedings of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS) 20th International Congress of Nutrition (ICN) collection.
The E.V. McCollum Lecture, organized by ASN, took place on Tuesday, September 17 at 10:30 a.m. in the Lorca Auditorium. The keynote address was delivered by Lindsay H. Allen, PhD, RD, the Director of the USDA ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center (WHNRC). Dr. Allen’s research is focused on the prevalence, causes, consequences and prevention of micronutrient deficiencies including iron, vitamin B-12, zinc, vitamin A and riboflavin. As the 2012-2013 McCollum Lecturer, Dr. Allen presented a talk focused on “Micronutrient Research, Programs and Policy: From Meta-analyses to Metabolomics.”
Congratulations to the following travel award recipients, who received ASN support to attend the Congress in 2013. ASN remains appreciative of the organizations supporting student and emerging investigator travel to the ICN: the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health; DuPont Nutrition & Health and Solae, LLC; and the Future Congresses Fund.
University of California-Davis
Mentors: Kenneth Brown and Susan Fried
Pennsylvania State University
Mentor: Penny Kris-Etherton
Mentor: Jere Haas
Carmen Piernas Sanchez
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Mentor: Barry Popkin
Mentors: Dale Schoeller and Alexandra Adams
University of California-Davis
Mentor: Lindsay Allen
Mentor: Saurabh Mehta