Present at FNCE® 2020

Indianapolis | October 17-20

The 2020 FNCE® Call for Sessions is Closed

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will host FNCE® 2020 in Indianapolis, Ind. from October 17-20. We are looking for subject matter experts to present advanced-level education sessions that provide attendees with actionable solutions to drive our profession into the future. Keep the following in mind while creating your session proposal:

Has this been done before?
The Committee for Lifelong Learning is looking for original ideas that challenge nutrition and dietetics professionals to embrace change.*

*Session participants must confirm that the session material will not be presented prior to FNCE® 2020.

How will it engage attendees?
The Committee looks for proposals that provoke discussion and audience engagement.

Does it align with the Academy’s Strategic Plan?

Does it address evidence-based practice?

Is it advanced-level content?
The review process favors advanced-level submissions.

  • Level 1: Basic, requires no prior knowledge/experience
  • Level 2: Intermediate, requires some prior knowledge/experience
  • Level 3: Advanced, require an expert level of knowledge/expertise

Are there practice applications?
The Committee is looking for solution-oriented sessions that address current challenges faced by nutrition professionals.

Looking for advice when creating your session proposal?
Read these 10 tips to improve your session proposal.

Please be sure to read all instructions prior to submitting a proposal. Due to the high volume of submissions, incomplete proposals or those that contain typographical and grammatical errors will NOT be reviewed.

If you have inquiries about pre-FNCE® workshops or excursions, please email

Submission Guidelines

  • The program planner is the primary contact for any information pertaining to the session.
  • The program planner is responsible for completing and submitting the online proposal before the deadline.
  • The program planner is responsible for overall session management (scheduling planning calls, submitting final slide decks, etc.).
  • Responsible for on-site moderation of the session, ensuring timeliness and maintaining the flow of the session, and conducting a question and answer period at the end of the presentation.
  • A volunteer position at FNCE® and receives no benefits for participation.
  • Must be an Academy Member.
  • May also be the program planner or you may assign another individual.
  • Cannot also be the session speaker.
  • Must have a strong, demonstrated lecturing experience, practice area or research expertise noted in the professional biography and CV submission.
  • State, regional and/or national speaking experience is required.
  • Highly established experts in their field — recently published, presented, and/or possessing of extensive practitioner knowledge in a specialized subject area.
  • Must present for at least 30 to 40 minutes to be eligible for an honorarium, if available, and other possible speaker benefits.
  • Must be an established expert in the proposed subject area.
  • The Academy is committed to ensuring that the number of culturally diverse speakers will continue to increase.
  • The Academy may recommend, modify or require alternative speaker(s) prior to any session acceptance.
  • The Committee for Lifelong Learning and the Academy request strong consideration and utilization of “new experts” and Academy members who have not spoken at FNCE® for the past two years.
  • The preferred session format includes two speakers per 90 minute session, however, single speaker sessions and panel discussions (up to four speakers max) will be considered if expert justification is provided.
  • NEW THIS YEAR! We receive many proposals each year, standout from the crowd by including links to your professional social media networks and if applicable, videos from past speaking engagements.
  • Program Planners are not required to be an Academy member.
  • Moderators must be an Academy member.
  • All 90 minute sessions including two speakers must have at least one active member of the Academy.
  • All selected speakers that are eligible for membership, must activate their Academy membership by June 1, 2020*

*Unsure if you’re eligible for membership? Check here.

  • Program Planner is a voluntary role, does not receive benefits.
  • Moderator is a voluntary role, does not receive benefits.
  • Speaker benefits are broken down into two standard packages per membership status. See below:

Member (Must be an Academy member if eligible)

  • Complimentary FNCE® Registration ($400 value)
  • Complimentary FNCE® Session Recordings ($500 value)
  • $500 Honorarium

Nonmember (Not eligible for Academy membership)

  • Complimentary FNCE® Registration ($400 value)
  • Honorarium – $300
  • R/T Coach Flight – per city standard
  • One-night lodging– per city standard
  • One-day per diem – per city standard
  • Prior to starting your proposal submission, download the 2020 proposal form as this document contains all the information required to successfully submit your 2020 session proposal.
  • Prior to submitting your session proposal, contact all speakers to verify they agree to potential participation. Because the live session date and time cannot be provided in advance, confirm the speaker’s availability the week of the conference. Any conflicts must be indicated in the on-line submission.
  • Program Planners should read and review the Benefits section of this page with all proposed speakers prior to completing the proposal submission. All financial arrangements and negotiations are to be managed by the Academy’s Lifelong Learning team.


  • A creative, effective, short description of the objectives and session content.
  • Limited to 10 words or less.

Objectives, Learning Need Codes and CPE Level

  • Objectives
    • Provide three learning objectives describing the outcomes resulting from the presentation.
    • A learning objective should complete the following statement with an observable and measurable verb: “After this presentation, the attendee should be able to … “
    • The following verbs are not acceptable when writing learning objectives: know, learn, grasp, enhance, understand, appreciate and improve.
  • Learning Need Codes and CPE Level
    • List three Learning Need Codes applicable to the topic of the session, and the level of material to be presented.

Speaker Outline

  • Briefly describe each speaker’s topic as it relates to the session’s objectives, including teaching methods.
  • Highlight any new and/or significant contributions and/or cutting-edge information to the profession.
  • Include any unique audiovisual or special equipment in this outline.

Presentation Format

General Education Session – A formal presentation given by 1 or 2 content leaders that aims to develop skills through collaborative learning; 90 minute presentation: 1-2 session speakers


  • Moderator – 5-10 minutes speaker and session introduction
  • Speaker 1 – 35 minutes from non-member or member expert
  • Speaker 2 – 35 minutes from member expert
  • Mandatory 10 to 15 minutes for interaction and Q&A

Expert Panel* – Discussion with 1 moderator and up to 4 panelists presenting perspectives around a specific topic; 90 minute presentation: 3-4 session speakers
*Please note that benefits may be adjusted for expert panel presentations.

Culinary Demo – 90 minute presentation: 2 session speakers, integrated with a culinary demonstration

Other – The Committee for Lifelong Learning is looking for new presentation styles. Pitch your new idea here!

Presentation Style

  • FNCE® rooms have a minimum of 500 seats available per session set in theater style.
  • For the presentation format, consider demonstrations, debates, consensus generation, issue identification, case presentations, general lecture and the inclusion of interactive activities such as audience polling.
  • A session that incorporates a structured, interactive format is highly recommended.


  • A two- to three-sentence focus statement explaining the session content and rationale for the presentation to conference attendees.
  • This statement may be used in promotional materials that describe the session and should be reflective of the previously stated objectives.

Biographical Sketch

  • Program planner must include a biographical sketch in the online submission for each speaker, highlighting accomplishments, publications, research, work experience and presentations within the last two years.
  • Current contact information for each speaker must also be provided.
  • In addition, a resume or CV must be provided for each speaker.
  • Only one proposal per group may be designated as a spotlight.
  • Must be approved by chair-elect.
  • DPG/MIG Spotlight sessions must be submitted via the same submission portal as general education sessions.
  • The proposal should “spotlight” the expertise of the group at a level 2 or level 3.
  • Academy FNCE® budget covers up to two standard speaker benefit packages at no additional cost to the DPG/MIG.
  • DPG/MIGs do not negotiate, nor confirm directly with the speakers regarding FNCE® compensation and benefits.
  • External funding and/or sponsorship is not allowed for educational sessions.
  • The Academy Committee for Lifelong Learning will review all proposals received on or before November 21, 2019.
  • The CLL will consider the educational value of each proposal and the extent to which it presents new and/or significant information to the dietetics profession. All proposals will be judged on their quality and individual merit.
  • Proposals received on or before the deadline will be reviewed based on:
    • Appropriateness of Topic
    • Advanced Level of Content Science or Evidence-based
    • Cutting-edge Information that has not been Previously Presented
    • Comprehensiveness of Session Objectives
    • Speaker Selection Related to Experience and Topics
    • Essential Practice Information
  • Program planners will be notified via email of the proposal’s final status by late February 2020.
  • A CLL member and/or Academy Staff partner may contact the Program Planner with questions regarding a proposal.
  • Proposals are considered accepted only when the Program Planner receives an email confirmation from the Academy Lifelong Learning Team.
  • Session details are not to be publicized until the Program Planner receives electronic confirmation of acceptance from the Academy Lifelong Learning Team.
  • FNCE® proposals are considered “works in progress” as the Academy and the CLL work to provide quality programming each year. The Academy has the option to not accept proposed or suggested speakers based on their qualifications or frequency of presentation. Under certain circumstances, the Academy may recommend and/or require speaker modifications for proposal acceptance in order to match the overall programming needs at FNCE®. The Academy reserves the right to make recommendations and requirements for revisions of content within proposals prior to acceptance. Generally, due to space and time considerations, only 30-40 percent of proposals are accepted.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics maintains full control over the planning, content and implementation of all programs presented during the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE®), including the selection of speakers, moderators and faculty. The intent of FNCE® programs is to provide quality sessions focused on educational content free from commercial influence or bias. The Academy prohibits presentations that have as their purpose or effect promotion and/or advertising. This specifically includes pervasive or inappropriate use of brands, trademarks or logos. Presentations designed primarily as describing commercially marketed programs, publications or products will not be accepted or tolerated. To this end, program planners, session participants and sponsors are prohibited from engaging in scripting or targeting commercial or promotional points for specific emphasis, or other actions designed to infuse the overall content of the program with commercial or promotional messages. Statements made should not be viewed as, or considered representative of, any formal position taken on any product, subject, or issue by the Academy. It is the responsibility of the program planner to ensure compliance by all speakers.