2020 RFP

36th Annual SCAN Symposium
Revolutionizing Performance Nutrition
Boston, Massachusetts
March 21-23, 2020


Request for Speaker Proposals

The 36th Annual Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) Symposium, Revolutionizing Performance Nutrition, will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, March 21-23, 2020. The 2020 symposium will explore, challenge, and discuss revolutionizing evidence-based nutrition research, science, practice, and policy. The aims of the 2020 Symposium are:

1. To equip SCAN members and their allies to help individuals maximize health and human performance 
2. Convey best nutrition practices for sport, physical activity, cardiovascular health, and well-being

The 2020 symposium program will focus on providing attendees with tools to support clients, patients, athletes, and first responders to perform to their peak potential, and also assist with career development.

The symposium will be held in the heart of Boston at the Boston Park Plaza which is the perfect venue for the 36th Annual SCAN Symposium. The hotel is a short walk to the oldest park in the nation, the Boston Common and Public Garden, a short walk to Newberry Street and close to the Charles River Bike Path which features beautiful views of the city and miles of path to run, bike, or walk.  The Symposium program will include time to network, explore and experience Boston, and access the hotel’s well-known amenities and fitness center featuring deluxe workout facilities and challenging group fitness classes.

Presentation Guidelines and Speaker Benefits

The 36th Annual SCAN Symposium encourages researchers and clinicians to submit an application to present innovative, cutting-edge research, variations on tried and true research, or practice guidelines which focus on nutrition for human performance and health. Presentations are typically 45 to 50 minutes in length with 10-15 minutes for questions. New this year, the 2020 Symposium is also excited to request researchers, practitioners, and students to submit an application to present an oral abstract examining recent research results, clinical case studies, or project reports.  Accepted abstract presentations will be presented in thematic breakout sessions 15 minutes in length (10 min presentation with ~5 min of questions).


All applications are due by Monday, July 1st via completing the SCAN 2020 Symposium RFP Survey. If you have any questions, contact SCAN office at director@scandpg.org.


Important Information: 
  • Sponsors who would like to submit a proposal for a session at Symposium must contact the SCAN Office via email (director@scandpg.org) for further information. All sponsored sessions will be subject to the same evaluation criteria and requirements applied to other sessions.
  • All potential conflicts of interest must be fully disclosed at the time of proposal submission.
  • Only two submissions per individual or group will be considered.
  • Proposals from individuals who have not presented at SCAN Symposium in the past two years are particularly encouraged.
  • Incomplete applications that do not follow the guidelines and those not related to the SCAN Symposium theme will not be considered.
  • SCAN 2020 Symposium Request for Speaker Proposal Application Survey: 
  • SCAN 2020 Symposium Request for Oral  Thematic Abstract Application Survey: 

Accepted Full Proposal Presentations

  • Note, full proposals may include one or two speakers for a 1-hour time slot (45 – 50 minute presentation with 10 - 15 minutes for questions). Sessions should not include more than two speakers.
    • For accepted applications for presentations with one speaker, the speaker will receive complimentary Symposium registration, one nights’ lodging at the Symposium hotel, and a $250 honorarium.
    • For accepted applications for presentations with two speakers, the team will receive one nights’ lodging at the Symposium hotel, and a $250 honorarium (split $125 to each speaker).

Accepted Oral Thematic Abstract Presentations:

  • Note, oral abstract research and case study presentations may include one or more authors, but only the lead author will present at the symposium.
  • The accepted oral abstract presenter will not receive symposium registration, lodging, or travel expenses.

SCAN 2020 Symposium gUIDELINES: 36th_Annual_SCAN_Symposium_RFP_Guidelines.pdf