Call for Abstracts

The Micronutrient Forum would like to thank all who submitted their original research in the form of abstracts for presentation at the Micronutrient Forum 5th Global Conference 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand, 8 – 13 November 2020.

A late-breaking Call for Abstracts was launched on October 15th 2019. The deadline for late-breaking abstracts was November 15th 2019.

Abstract presentations

Abstracts will be accepted for either oral or poster presentation and successful presenters will be notified by the Micronutrient Forum Secretariat:

  • Oral presentations: Presentation of abstracts, either 10 to 20 minutes in length, will be included in 90-minute program sessions that will be outlined in the conference program. These sessions are organized around a conference theme and feature outstanding and latest state-of-the-art research.
  • Poster presentations: Poster presentations will also take place each day during the conference and presenters will have the opportunity to present their posters between 13h00 and 14h00 from Tuesday to Friday.

Abstract deadlines and acceptance dates

  • Abstract submission opens: April 16th 2019
  • Abstract submission deadline: July 12th 2019 July 19th 2019
  • Abstract acceptance notifications will be sent: September 2019
  • Invitations for oral presentations of abstracts will be sent in September 2019
  • Call for late-breaking abstracts opens: October 15th 2019
  • Deadline for late-breaking abstracts: November 15th 2019

Abstract Categories


Understanding the biology of micronutrient nutrition and status assessment and implication for program design.

Topics include:

  • Benchmarks, methods and metrics for improving the food systems and micronutrient delivery.
  • Absorption, metabolism and interaction of micronutrients.
  • Micronutrients and the double burden of noncommunicable diseases.
  • Effects of genetics, infection/ inflammation, and other environmental exposures, on micronutrient deficiencies.
  • Innovations and updates in assessment of micronutrient status: Epidemiology and global prevalence of the micronutrient deficiencies.
  • Innovative technologies for micronutrient delivery.


The efficacy and safety of micronutrient interventions on micronutrient intake, status and related functional outcomes.

Topics include:

  • Efficacy and effectiveness of food system value chain interventions.
  • The implications of climate change on micronutrient status.
  • Agricultural interventions and micronutrient status/intakes.
  • Multiple micronutrient powders and reduction of anaemia prevalence.
  • Effectiveness of food fortification.
  • Impact of interventions on micronutrient status and functional outcomes.
  • Dosage, duration and frequency of additional micronutrient delivery throughout the lifecycle.
  • Safety considerations for implementing concurrent micronutrient interventions.


Bridging the gap between evidence and implementation to optimize the scale-up of micronutrient interventions.

Topics include:

  • Dietary patterns, nutrient intakes, and food safety.
  • Advances in large scale food fortification.
  • Filling gaps in micronutrient data: Use of modelling tools and dietary data for program decisions.
  • Frameworks and tools for successful program design and implementation.
  • Experiences from implementation science.
  • Innovative program or delivery models, including multi-sectoral interventions.
  • Monitoring, surveillance, and evaluation for program improvement.
  • Experiences and lessons learned from country programs.


Engaging new actors and building new alliances, and expanding the field of view to include global, regional and national policy considerations, financing, innovative partnerships, climate change, communications, social marketing and advocacy.

Topics include:

  • Value propositions across the value chain.
  • Market shaping for micronutrients.
  • Solutions to engagement with the private sector to invest and support high-quality foods.
  • Rethinking the investment case.
  • Multi-sectoral engagement to make food systems deliver on nutrition.
  • Cost-effectiveness of delivering micronutrient interventions at scale.
  • Effective and responsible policies, programs and business models.
  • Creating and sustaining effective leadership, communication, capacity development and advocacy.

Abstract Guidelines

  • All abstracts must be in English
  • The abstract text (excluding title and authors) must not exceed 250 words
  • The title should not exceed 150 characters
  • Images and data tables are not permitted in MNF abstracts