Use your creative skills to communicate nutrition science using infographics! Enter one of three upcoming competitions for ASN members.
Over the years the popularity of creating infographics has increased as they can easily be read on desktops and on smartphones. An infographic is a visual image used to represent information or data. Infographics must contain three parts: content, visuals, and knowledge. The appealing features of an infographic, especially for nutrition research articles, includes they are engaging, visually pleasing, and give the viewers a clear understanding of the research in a timely and concise manner. This can be done with pictures, charts, and other creative graphics. There are many easy to use free online resources to generate infographics online such as Canva and Piktochart.
The ASN Public Information Committee (PIC) has established a series of infographic competitions to provide recognition to individuals and/or teams of individuals for creating inspiring and instructive infographics that effectively communicate their nutrition research in a format suitable for the general public. The broader goals of each infographic competition are to:
- Attract and engage ASN members to develop infographics about nutrition research.
- Engage the public in nutrition science and ASN activities, showcasing ASN and its members as nutrition science experts.
- Develop and disseminate useful infographics to help the public better understand nutrition science in a timely fashion.
- Increase the general public’s understanding of nutrition research and its impact on public health.
Winning infographics will be featured primarily on ASN’s Instagram account, and secondarily on other ASN social media outlets, the ASN website, ASN Connect, and ASN member e-newsletters.
Summer 2021 Theme: Precision Nutrition
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Nutrition for Precision Health, powered by the All of Us Research Program and the related Precision Nutrition: Research Gaps and Opportunities Workshop note that an underlying assumption of precision nutrition is that everyone responds to diet and nutrition interventions differently. Therefore, precision nutrition aims to develop nutrition recommendations relevant to both individuals and population subgroups using a framework that considers multiple, synergistic influencers including dietary habits, genetic background, health status, microbiome, metabolism, food environment, physical activity, socioeconomics, psychosocial characteristics, and environmental exposures (NIH 2020).
The infographic competitions are open to any interested ASN members, with particular focus on undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral trainees, early career professionals, and medical interns, residents, or fellows. Applicants are required to be ASN members. Infographics may be created by individuals or teams of up to five individuals, led by ASN members. (“Team members” should make substantive contributions to the submission).
Infographics may incorporate limited text as needed but should be accompanied by a separate text description to assist selection committee members that can be easily understood by the public. Infographics must be developed to fit the size and format standards for posting on ASN’s Instagram account. Instagram graphics are square and 1080x1080px, portrait and 1080x1350px, or landscape and 1080 x 608px. Applicants are encouraged to utilize the carousel feature on Instagram as needed (i.e., multiple frames per post that all work together to visually convey the infographic). If a scrolling carousel of images is used, it should be limited to no more than 8 frames. Copyrighted materials are not permitted for use and all sources should be appropriately referenced. Images should be sharable such as Creative Commons licensed. Infographic competition entries must be submitted online only at nutrition.org/infographic-contest. All infographic submissions will be processed and reviewed by a selection committee, comprised primarily of members of the PIC.
ASN will award the following prizes to all team members:
First Prize: Free registration for Nutrition 2022 and one-year membership in ASN.
Second Prize: Free ASN on Demand following Nutrition 2022 (see timeline below).
Third Prize: One-year membership to ASN.