Young Scientists Competition


Rules for Participation


The aim of the Young Scientists’ Forum Lecture Competition is to give Young Scientists the opportunity to showcase their work to their peers and an internationally renowned audience of researchers. The competition, sponsored by Sobi, will take place during the NUTRIMENTHE International Conference.

Six competitors will be selected on the merit of their abstract and will be invited to present their work at the Young Scientist Forum: Nutrition, Physical Activity & Mental Performance. Their presentation will be judged and three prizes awarded.

All six selected competitors will be awarded a travel grant of €500 to help cover the cost of travelling to and staying in, Granada. Furthermore, they will have free entry to the NUTRIMENTHE International Conference (€150).

The three cash prizes will be announced and presented at the Conference Dinner on the 14th September to which all six selected competitors will be invited.

Date and time
The Competition will take place on Friday 13th September 2013 during the NUTRIMENTHE International Conference, from 17.00 to 18.30 at the Granada Conference and Exhibition Centre, Granada, Spain.

• The Forum Organisers welcome applicants to the competition who are for example, post-graduates, Ph.D. students and Post-doctoral fellows from any type of organisation.
• The Young Scientist must not hold a senior faculty position on the date of the competition.

General Guidelines
• Abstracts must be original and must describe work that has not been, or due to be, published or presented at any other meeting prior to the NUTRIMENTHE Young Scientists’ Forum Lecture Competition 2013.
• Abstracts already submitted to the NUTRIMENTHE International Conference or to the ICN World Congress of Nutrition will be considered for this competition if they comply with the rules. Authors of such abstracts will be required to resend them via the application portal on the NUTRIMENTHE conference website.
• Abstracts must be submitted in English using exclusively the on-line system of the Competition web page.
• Abstracts submitted via fax or any other means will not be accepted.
• Please note that only one abstract per Competitor can be submitted.
• The Competitor must be the sole, or first author, of the abstract.
• An e-mail address is compulsory in order to receive information about your submission.
• The Competitor is required to ensure that all co-authors are aware of the content of the abstract before submission to the Organisers.
• Abstracts stating “data will be discussed in the presentation” will NOT be accepted.

Abstract preparation and format
Competitors must include the following information:
• Contact details
o Email address
o Full postal address
o Phone (s) number(s)
o First name and family name
o Affiliation details: department, institution/hospital, city, state (if relevant), country
o Position held at institution
• Co-authors' details, if applicable
o Abbreviation of the first name and full family name.
o Affiliation details: department, institution / hospital, city, state (if relevant), country

Abstract title
Limited to 20 words.

Abstract text
• In English.
• Text should not exceed 300 words, including acknowledgements.
• Figures, graphs, images, tables and diagrams should not be included.

Abstracts should clearly state:
• Background and objectives: state the rationale or hypothesis followed by the objectives.
• Methods: briefly discuss the design of the study/ program and how it was conducted.
• Results: present the main results with appropriate statistics/ data analysis and pertinent discussion.
• Conclusions: limit the conclusions to those that are directly supported by the results.
• Key words: include three to five key words.

Subject material
Abstracts must cover one or more of the following subjects, related to the research area of the NUTRIMENTHE project.
• Early Nutrition Programming of Neurodevelopment
• Maternal Nutrition during pregnancy and later cognition in the offspring
• Genetic impact on cognitive development and behaviour
• Neuropsychological approaches for cross-cultural studies by brain domains during development
• Neuroimaging approaches in nutritional studies
• Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids and cognitive and behavioural outcomes.
• Folic acid, cognition and behaviour development
• Protein intake and cognition
• Micronutrients and cognitive development
• Metabolomic signatures related to neurodevelopment
• Physical activity and cognitive development
• Obesity, cognition and behaviour
• Economic impact of better cognitive development
• Consumers perception, attitudes and beliefs about the role of nutrition in neurodevelopment and behaviour

Abbreviation of the first name and full family name must be in upper and lower bold case separated by colons (;) e.g Smith J; Perez A, Srikinava H. The presenting author's name, institution, address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address must be provided.

Must follow this example e. g. Department of Public Health Nutrition, University of Irina, Gambia
Only standardised abbreviations will be allowed. A Place special or unusual abbreviation in parentheses after the full word appears for the first time.

Disclosure of financial relationships that the author(s) may have with the manufacturer/supplier of any commercial products or services related to the work, should be indicated in the appropriate box on the abstract form.

Please remember that if the abstract does not follow the guidelines, it will be deemed ineligible and not processed further.

Abstract submission
Abstracts must be submitted via the Competition website by the deadline, 12th July 2013. Once you have submitted your abstract, you should receive a formal confirmation by e-mail indicating that your submission was successful. For any further information or questions related to abstract submission please, contact the Organisers by e-mail on and

Abstract selection
After the abstract submission deadline, all abstracts received will be evaluated. Six abstracts will be selected for presentation at the Forum on the 13th September. Abstracts selected for oral presentation at the Forum must describe work that is original and neither published nor presented at any other meeting prior to the Forum. The work must display scientific merit and be innovative. The work must fall within one or more subject areas described in the Competition rules and follow the Guidelines set out in these rules.

All Competitors will be notified by e-mail as to the outcome of the evaluation process, by the stated deadline of 22nd August 2013 Competitors not selected to give an oral presentation at the Forum, will be invited to display their work in poster form at the NUTRIMENTHE International Conference. However, no reimbursement of travel costs or the registration fee of the conference will be provided.

The six Finalists will be invited to give a Powerpoint presentation of their abstract at the Forum on the 13th September 2013. Presentations must last no longer than 10 minutes after which will follow five minutes of questions. All presentation material must be delivered to the designated download point at least four hours before the start of the Forum ie., by 13.00CET on the 13th September.

Questioning from the panel of Judges, selected by the Steering Committee, will take place immediately after each presentation. Judging will occur after all the presentations have been made.
The decision of the judges will be final.

The Competition sponsor
Sobi has kindly agreed to sponsor the competition.

Cash prizes will be awarded as follows:

First prize €1000
Second prize €700
Third prize €550

The finalists will receive also a diploma supported by NUTRIMENTHE-EU, ENA, FENS, IUNS and DOHaD.
The prizes will be presented during the Conference Dinner on the 14th September, to which all six Finalists will be invited to attend.

Organiser, The NUTRIMENTHE Coordinator Professor Cristina Campoy from the University of Granada and NUTRIMENTHE partner Beta Technology, are organising the Competition. The review process and selection of the six Finalists will be overseen by a Steering Committee selected from members of the NUTRIMENTHE project consortium.

Competition Contacts