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Technical Meeting on Nutrition – Oxford, UK: 7th, 8th and 9th October 2014

In Over-nutrition, Under-nutrition on April 15, 2014 at 10:55 am

CaptureCall for Abstracts/Summaries

 Introduction – The ENN will host a 3 day meeting in Oxford, UK, from 7th – 9th October 2014. The aim of the meeting is to facilitate a technical learning and networking meeting on nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive[1] programming in emergencies and high burden contexts[2]; to inform better practice, research priorities and advocacy. The meeting will engage a broad audience (up to 200 participants) that includes NGOs, UN agencies, academia, bilateral and multilateral donors, foundations, private sector and government representatives.

The meeting will connect with other nutritional fora planned for 2014 to maximise relevance, such as; the Global Nutrition Cluster meetings, the World Health Assembly and the ICN-2. The ENN will document and rapidly share the meeting discussions and outcomes.

Meeting format – The meeting will use formal and informal approaches to present, share and discuss research, policy and programming through a combination of the following:

  • Plenary presentations
  • ‘Market place’ presentations
  • Panel Q & A discussions
  • Technical development networking opportunities such as active networking and space and bookings for pre-identified side meetings (which, in some cases, may be by invitation only)

 Thematic Areas – A process of identification and prioritisation of thematic areas for the meeting has been undertaken by the TMN Steering Committee. The highest ranked thematic areas have been identified as follows:

1)     Adolescent and maternal nutrition programming and research

2)     Nutrition within the basic package of health services

3)     Cash transfer programming (conditional and unconditional), and combinations of cash with other sectoral interventions

4)     Nutrition resilience – programming and evidence

 A further six thematic areas have also been identified and will be addressed at the meeting:

5)     Innovative financing in humanitarian and high burden contexts

6)     Nutrition and WASH programming and research

7)     Governance across the nutrition sector (institutional architecture, mandate challenges, successes and challenges strengthening governance)

8)     Nutrition sensitive agricultural programming and evidence

9)     M&E, global and national systems; innovation, standardisation and alignment

10)   Links between wasting & stunting (research and evidence)

 We seek abstracts on these 10 thematic areas. Abstracts that address the top four priority themes will be favoured for presentation in the plenary sessions (although abstracts that describe ‘cutting edge’ research or programming may also be selected for presentation at plenary). Abstracts that speak to themes 5-10 will be considered for presentation in the side meetings and in the market place forum, in particular.

A series of cross-cutting questions will be developed over the next two months that presentations selected for plenary will be asked to consider (you will be informed by the meeting organisers, as required).

Required information for abstract/summary submissions – An abstract submission template is available clicking here.  The abstracts/summaries to be submitted must be no longer than 300 words. All must be received by Friday 30th May 2014. Please submit your abstract to the following address: tmnabstracts@ennonline.net. You will receive an automatic email saying that it has been received.  After review of your submitted abstract/summary (likely between 2 and 4 weeks from submission), one of three things will happen.

–          It will be accepted for presentation at plenary

–          It will be accepted for the marketplace

–          It will not be accepted

You will be informed of the decision by email as soon as possible.

All attendees will be self-funding (unless you have secured funding from alternative sources) as there is no funding available from the ENN for attendance of presenters.

 

[1] Programmes whose primary objectives are not specific to nutrition but have the potential for nutrition impact.

[2] ‘High burden contexts’ refers to countries with high rates of undernutrition and/or those facing the double burden of malnutrition.

 

 

 

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