Satellite Meetings

There are two satellite meetings available.  Links to book the satellites can be found below.

Satellite 2: Challenging interventions with an obese society- engaging without enraging

Date:  Monday 8th June 2015

Venue:  Lower and Upper College Hall, University of St Andrews

Organisers: Prof Annie S. Anderson and Dr Jo Cecil

Maximum number of attendees: 75

Poster presentations welcome.  Please send your abstracts to    For more information please see the Poster Abstract Submission page of the website - click here.

In all areas of nutrition and physical activity interventions, researchers are faced with engaging children and adults with excess body weight (even when weight management is not a study outcome). Often described as the elephant in the room, behavioural interventions must take account of energy needs, physical abilities and disabilities and researchers need to optimise communications which engage but do not enrage. There is evidence that knowledge of personal weight category is associated with weight management but there are still major concerns about raising the issue.

There is much to learn about effective communications strategies for:

- recruiting and retaining overweight people in our control and intervention groups
- understanding key concepts of engagement in communities and healthcare research setting
- identifying new creative opportunities to increase the reach of our studies
- developing and utilising brief interventions for diet and physical activity

This satellite offers a range of interactive sessions using video feedback, work-share structured discussions and a designer lead approach to creative opportunities for increasing awareness and action around physical activity and diet for weight management and maintenance. Short presentations include recent work on new visual tools for assessing unhealthy body weight in children, effective communications and brief interventions.

To book for this satellite meeting, please CLICK HERE.

Dr Annie S. Anderson

Centre for Public Health Nutrition Research, University of Dundee


Dr Jo Cecil
School of Medicine, Behavioural and Population Health Sciences, University of St Andrews


Satellite 1: Determinants of sedentary behaviour across the life course: synthesis and consensus meeting

Dates: 8th and 9th June 2015

Venue: Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Rd, Glasgow, G4 0BA

Organisers: Prof G. Cardon and Dr S. Chastin on behalf of DEDIPAC consortium

Maximum number of attendees: 75

Sedentary behaviour, defined as a cluster of individual behaviours where sitting or lying is the dominant mode of posture and energy expenditure is very low, is now recognised as the largest reservoir of physical inactivity and a risk factor for health and wellbeing. Reducing sedentary behaviour is a public health challenge internationally. Currently there is disparate and limited knowledge about its determinants across the life course to inform interventions. This meeting will bring together epidemiologist, psychologist, clinicians, economist, rehabilitation, life, health, behavioural and social scientists to discuss the interaction between biological, psychological, sociological, economic, ecological, and socio-economic factors that determine sedentary behaviour.  Experts will be invited and in depth multidisciplinary discussions will be held on; how these mechanisms change over the life course, how these factors and their interactions differ between social and ethnic groups and what are the right targets for actions at multiple levels. The conference objective is to finalise a transdisciplinary consensus framework for research on determinants of sedentary behaviour across the life course. The meeting will be held as part of the European Knowledge hub on Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity (www.dedipac.eu) and will follow an interactive Delphi process. Please join us and contribute your expertise.

To book for this satellite meeting, please CLICK HERE.

To download the schedule and the speaker list, please CLICK HERE.

Dr Sebastien Chastin
Glasgow Caledonian University, School of Health and Life Sciences

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