JNIL Symposium 2024

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: After much consideration, given the current situation in Gaza, the Jordan Nutrition Innovation Lab has decided to postpone its Second Scientific Symposium set to take place from February 27-29th, 2024 in Amman, Jordan. We'll update you with new dates as soon as it is confirmed. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at jordannutritioninnovationlab@tufts.edu. Thank you for your understanding.


Jordan Nutrition Innovation Lab: Second Scientific Symposium
Date: To Be Confirmed | Amman, Jordan

The second Jordan Nutrition Innovation Lab (JNIL)  Scientific Symposium, “Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Approaches to Support Women, Infants and Children" has been postponed. We'll update you with new dates as they are confirmed. In the meantime, please read more about the second symposium below!

The symposium, supported by United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will bring together government and non-government stakeholders, local, regional, and international scholars, academics researchers, students, and program specialists to promote sharing, understanding and adoption of concrete evidence on maternal and young child nutrition and health. While the focus of the symposium is Jordan, to support cross collaboration and cross learning, we welcome original research submissions from the different countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

The call for action that emerged from JNIL's first scientific symposium in August 2022, emphasized the need for multi-win and multi-sectoral policies to support MIYCN by improving access to high quality diets through food systems transformation to nutrition and lactation counseling services. The call highlighted generating rigorous evidence that is shared and disseminated to relevant stakeholders to support multi-win policy actions closely aligned to the priorities laid out in Government of Jordan's National Nutrition Strategy.  The Second Jordan Nutrition Innovation Lab Scientific Symposium will be an opportunity to provide a forum to support policy and research discourse on Jordan's national nutrition priorities and to share experiences and lessons learned not just in Jordan but also across other countries in the MENA region.

This event is organized by the Jordan Nutrition Innovation Lab at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, under the auspices of the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the University of Jordan.

The overall objective of the 2nd scientific symposium is to support the commitment and progress in improving nutrition and achieving food security and ending all forms of malnutrition by 2030 in countries such as Jordan as well as other countries of the MENA region. Specific objectives of the symposium are as follows:

  • To share emerging and rigorous evidence on interventions (multi-sectoral, behavioral, policy) and/or community-based research targeting MIYC nutrition and diets
  • To share cutting edge clinical and translational research with an emphasis on MIYC nutrition and diets
  • To provide a forum for multi-sectoral policy dialogue around MIYCN for both national and regional engagement
  • To provide an opportunity for cross collaboration and cross-learning
  • To promote engagement among policymakers, researchers, and program implementers, and other stakeholders including non-health sector nutrition champions to ensure that MIYCN policy and research priorities are shared with a wider audience.

During the two days, the symposium will allow for deliberations through invited plenary sessions, keynote addresses, policy dialogues, as well as competed oral and poster presentation sessions. Following the two-day symposium, JNIL will host learning labs which are short technical workshops offered to students, academics, and technical specialists within the government and/or NGOs to enrich their knowledge and capacity on understanding novel tools, methods, and metrics on MIYCN research and programs.

To learn more about abstract guidelines, click on the link below. We will resume the call for abstracts once a new date has been set for the symposium.

Call for Abstracts