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Present at FNCE® 2018

Submit Proposal

The Call for Sessions will close November 15, 2017.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will host FNCE® 2018 in Washington, D.C. from October 20-23. 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 next century. 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.

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.

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.
  • Responsible for on-site moderation of the session, ensuring timeliness while maintaining the flow of the session, conducting a question and answer period at the end of the presentation, and completing a brief session questionnaire.
  • May also be the Program Planner or you may assign another individual.
  • A volunteer position at FNCE® and receives no benefits for participation.
  • Must be an Academy Member.
  • Must have a strong, demonstrated lecturing experience, practice area or research expertise noted in the one-page bio 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 given area in order to qualify for honorarium consideration.
  • 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. Important!
  • 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 at least the past two years.
  • A maximum of two speakers are allowed for a 90-minute session. Sessions proposed with more than two speakers must receive Academy approval.
  • Program Planner is not required to be an Academy member.
  • Moderator must be an Academy member.
  • Each 90 minute session must contain two speakers and at least one must be an active member of the Academy.

*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 Stipend – all inclusive of expenses and honorarium

Nonmember (Not eligible for Academy membership)

  • Complimentary FNCE® Registration ($400 value)
  • Honorarium – $300
  • R/T Coach Flight – $437 (max.)
  • One-night lodging– $371 (max.)
  • One-day per diem – $69 (max.)
  • Prior to starting your proposal submission, download the proposal form as this document contains all the information required to successfully submit your 2018 FNCE® proposal.
  • Prior to session submission, contact all speakers to verify they agree to potential participation. Because the actual date and time of the session cannot be provided in advance, ask for the speaker’s availability the week of the conference and then confirm, pending acceptance.
  • Defer the final confirmation of all financial arrangements and negotiations to the Academy Lifelong Learning Team. Please read the Academy Speaker Reimbursement and Benefits section for more information. Please review speaker benefits with your recommended speakers prior to proposal submission and acknowledge your review on the submission form.


  • 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 up to three 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

  • Due to extensive attendee evaluation data and feedback, all educational sessions proposed for FNCE® 2018 must fit the following layout: 90 Minute, 2 Speaker Educational Session
  • 5 minutes of introductions: Maximum of two speakers
  • Speaker 1 – Non-member or Member expert
  • Speaker 2 – Member expert
  • Mandatory 10 to 15 minutes for interaction and Q&A.

Presentation Style

  • FNCE® rooms have a minimum of 500 seats available per session set in theater style.
  • Consider demonstrations, debate, consensus generation, issue identification, case presentations, interactive activities or lecture for the presentation format.
  • 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 on the online form 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.
  • 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.
  • Must be approved by chair-elect.
  • Only one proposal per group may be designated as a spotlight.
  • Academy FNCE® budget covers speaker benefits 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 15, 2017.
  • 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:
    1. Appropriateness of Topic
    2. Advanced Level of Content Science or Evidence-based
    3. Cutting-edge Information that has not been Previously Presented
    4. Comprehensiveness of Session Objectives
    5. Expertise of Proposed Speakers
    6. Speaker Selection Related to Experience and Topics
    7. Essential Practice Information
  • Program planners will be notified of the proposal’s final status by late February 2018.
  • 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 electronic/written confirmation from the Academy Lifelong Learning Team.
  • Session details should not be publicized until the Program Planner receives electronic/written 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.