In 2013, as part of our commitment to promoting the exchange of knowledge and strengthening relationships in the scientific community, we inaugurated a series of symposia that would focus on issues concerning diet and aging. With these symposia, we seek to bring together researchers with an interest in nutritional restriction and aging, to exchange knowledge, to generate ideas for future investigations, and to strengthen relationships within this community. Attendees enjoy the opportunity to take a break from their routine to formulate new studies and approaches while gaining access to state-of-the-art, unpublished results. This is the first gathering to exclusively target the focused topic of nutritional restriction. The small size provides a forum in which researchers can directly engage with each other to discuss projects and protocols as well as potential collaborations. The symposia attract participants from the USA, Europe, Africa, and Asia.