Dear Colleagues,

After careful deliberation, with the utmost concern for the health and safety of our community, the ASN Board of Directors has unanimously decided to cancel Nutrition 2020, May 30 – June 2, 2020, in Seattle, Washington. Due to the impacts of COVID 19, it has become impossible to hold our flagship meeting in person as scheduled.

While circumstances prevent us from gathering in Seattle, we are committed to delivering virtually, to the widest possible audience, some of the content and connection you have come to expect from the top event in nutrition — brought to you this year, at no charge, by the ASN Foundation. Keep ASN on your calendar for May 30-June 2 for the potential kick off of this ongoing virtual connection.

Where the Best in Science and Health Meet is not limited by time or place

With your help, we will take a new look at the objectives of Nutrition 2020 to determine how we might still accomplish them from a distance. That includes facilitating the dissemination of research, making sure that students are able to present their science, helping health care providers incorporate evidence-based nutrition into patient care and providing forums for nutrition professionals in academia, industry, policy, patient care and science communication to share, collaborate, and advance nutrition science and practice. As a nimble and cutting-edge organization, ASN will embrace technology to provide knowledge and collaboration in innovative ways.

Certainly, this change in plans raises many questions. We do not yet have all the answers. We have provided responses to some anticipated questions on our website which we will continue to update. In addition to this communication, we are reaching out directly to registrants, speakers, abstract presenters, award winners, collaborative partners, exhibitors, sponsors and our vendors. We remain committed to keeping you informed of additional details as they emerge. Please direct any questions or suggestions to meetings@nutrition.org.

This is an unprecedented time. ASN has a solid history of driving the advancement of science and supporting the passionate people who work so hard to improve health around the world. We salute ASN’s past leaders who created the vision of a nutrition-first, nutrition-focused meeting that has become our flagship. We recognize the passion, time, and effort invested by our entire community in preparing for Nutrition 2020, especially the excellent work of the Scientific Program Committee, Councils, Interest Sections, partners, sponsors, exhibitors, our team of convention industry vendors and our host city of Seattle.

Out of crisis comes opportunity. As we approach our hundredth year, we will never cease in our pursuit of serving our members’ interests, no matter the circumstances, as we continue to be an innovative, flexible and creative organization.

We look forward to connecting with you virtually this year, and in person when it is safe to do so again. Stay tuned for an announcement about the dates and location for Nutrition 2021.

We appreciate your patience, understanding and support while we work out all the details and we will keep in touch. We wish you good health and spirits as you personally and professionally address issues related to COVID-19.

Sincerely,

Richard Mattes, MPH, PhD, RD
ASN President

John E. Courtney, PhD
ASN Chief Executive Officer

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