The May and September issues of Advances in Nutrition (AN) will feature selected proceedings from the 20th International Congress of Nutrition, held in Granada, Spain in September 2013. The proceedings are being published in supplements to AN; supplement coordinators were Angel Gil, Ibrahim Elmadfa, and Alfredo Martinez.
According to Dr. Gil, “For 2014 we planned a comprehensive Congress under the theme Joining Cultures through Nutrition to promote nutrition and healthy lifestyles to people on a sustainable planet. Hence, the 20th ICN offered a modern and attractive Congress, joining different cultures, traditions, and knowledge with respect to new aspects of nutrition research, development, and innovation around the world.”
The scientific program included 6 plenary lectures, 32 special lectures, 4 debates, 90 parallel symposia, 38 sponsored symposia, and 16 satellite symposia. A special effort was made to ensure the involvement of speakers and participants from all continents and countries, including nutrition and food specialists in research, academia, and industry, as well as policy makers, with a gender balance and applicability for all societies. During the 6-day meeting of the ICN, more than 4,000 delegates and 650 internationally renowned nutrition scientists, researchers, and clinicians from 120 countries were actively engaged in discussions, attended sessions and joined networking events. This year the planning committee was especially pleased with the participation of young investigators and nutrition professionals from developing countries.
The IUNS and the 20th ICN wish to thank the California Walnut Commission and Mead Johnson Nutrition for generously providing educational grants to support the publication and distribution of proceedings from the 20th ICN. The contents of this supplement are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent official views of the IUNS.