Conferences
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Organised by:
Irish Section, The Nutrition Society
Co-chair of local organising committee: Dr Anne Nugent, Queen's University Belfast
Dr Anne Nugent
Co-chair of local organising committee: Professor Jayne Woodside, Queen's University Belfast
Professor Jayne Woodside
Conference Panel

This conference is endorsed by the Association for Nutrition EN438

Join us as we kick off the Society’s inaugural Congress!

Unique to the new Congress (previously the Summer Conference) is that you will have greater opportunity to engage with more nutrition science than ever before. In 2024 the core programme will be delivered by the Irish Section of The Nutrition Society, supported by the Science Committee. The theme of these symposia will be ‘new data – focused approaches and challenges’. Outside of the core programme you will have the chance to hear the latest research from the Society’s partner organisations, universities, the private sector and more, on a diverse range of research.

Wonder if the congress is for you? The Society’s conferences bring together a global audience from a diverse range of disciplines within the field, including academics, students, HCPs, industry, freelancers, and policy leaders.

Topic of the congress:

The discipline of nutrition science is diverse in nature – encompassing the study of human health from a molecular to a public health level, and from an ingredient or nutrient level to positioning as part of a (sustainable) global food system. Recognising this diversity, the data used to underpin and inform nutrition science are complex, stemming from a variety of sources. The aim of this congress is to provide an overview of the diversity of the data collected and used within the field of nutrition science and how analysis of this data has and can be used to progress the discipline.

 

Congress Dinner 

Join us for a special congress dinner at Titanic Belfast – one of the most popular attractions in Belfast City! Our gala dinner will be a fun and relaxed event where we step away from the science for one evening and enjoy great food and even better company.

Relive the Titanic dining experience in the The Titanic Suite which has a replica of the liner’s Grand Staircase and stunning views of the Slipways and Belfast Lough – where the world-famous liner was designed, built, and launched.

We have limited tickets to this unique dining experience, be sure to buy your ticket before it sells out!

To book your place at the congress dinner, please click HERE 

Format 

This conference is an in-person event only. 

Day One

09:00

Registration

11:00

Opening Ceremony
Professor Ian Young, Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition and Queen's University Belfast, UK 

11:05

Plenary Lecture One
 

11:05

Transforming our food systems as we strive to achieve SDG 2030
Dr Tarra Penney, Dalhousie University, Canada

12:00

Core Symposium One - Nutrition data in epidemiology
 

12:00

Challenges in the use of data in nutritional epidemiology - understanding how to use dietary intakes, dietary patterns, and biomarkers of nutritional status to assess how dietary exposure relates to human health across the life course
Professor Edith Feskens, Wageningen University, The Netherlands 

12:30

The potential uses for routinely collected data and data linkage in nutritional epidemiology
Professor Tilman Kuhn, MedUni Vienna and University of Vienna, Austria 

13:00

Biomarkers of Nutritional Exposure and Nutritional Status in nutritional epidemiology
Professor Lorraine Brennan, University College Dublin, Ireland

13:30

Lunch Break

14:30

Original Communication Session One

15:30

Refreshment Break

16:00

Original Communication Session Two 

17:30

Theme Highlights and SIG Session One 
Parallel Session 

17:30

Theme Highlights

17:30

Treatment and prevention of disease

17:50

Food Systems

18:10

Optimum life course 

18:30

Novel nutrition technologies

17:30

SIG Session One: Workplace diet and health SIG symposium 

17:30 - Introduction to the session
Dr Rachel Gibson, King's College London, UK 

17:40 - Shift-Diabetes: Working the night shift and living with type 2 diabetes
Dr Rachel Gibson, King's College London, UK

17:50 - Developing a nutrition policy for sensory panels: the why, how, and what
Dr Louise Durrant, Marlow Foods Ltd, UK 

18:05 The effectiveness of workplace dietary interventions on organisational and business - related outcomes: a systematic review
Ms Georgia Rogerson, King's College London, UK

18:20 - Panel Discussion 

19:00

Drinks Reception
Europa Hotel
The social & networking event is open to all delegates as part of the registration fee.

Day Two

09:00

Core Symposium Two - Nutrition study design

09:00

Novel study designs in nutrition research
Professor Baukje de Roos, University of Aberdeen, UK

09:30

Data integration from multiple assessments
Professor Eileen Gibney, University College Dublin, Ireland 

10:00

Systems/MRC complex interventions development and mixed methods approaches
Professor Maria Bryant, University of York, UK 
 

10:30

Refreshment Break

11:00

Silver Medal Lecture

12:00

Lunch Break

13:00

Postgraduate Symposium

14:50

BJN Paper of the Year

16:00

Core Symposium Three - Monitoring of food data from purchase to intake

16:00

Capturing food insecurity data and implications for business and policy
Dr Sinead Furey, Ulster University, UK 

16:30

A nation’s story with food and body weight through the eyes of national food consumption surveys
Dr Breige McNulty, University College Dublin, Ireland
 

17:00

Food purchase data: a mirror to understand patterns in supermarket food, nutrition and sustainability behaviours
Professor Michelle Morris, University of Leeds, UK and Dr Nilani Sritharan, Sainsbury's 

17:30

Rank Prize Lecture
Micronutrient deficiency prevention; using the evidence base to inform global policy 

Professor Kevin Cashman, University College Cork, Ireland 

Day Three

09:00

Core Symposium Four - Considerations of the food system 

09:00

Food systems, nutrition, health and the environment
Professor Pauline Scheelbeek, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK 

09:30

Lessons from animal nutrition and production science
Professor Sharon Huws, Queen's University Belfast, UK  

10:00

Embedding sustainability within policy: learnings and expereinces 
Professor Mary McCarthy, University College Cork, Ireland 

10:30

Refreshment Break

12:00

Lunch Break

13:00

SIG Session Two: Preventing undernutrition in older adults: From food systems to food structures 

13:00 - Food systems mapping for older adults. A gap analysis from the Food4Years Ageing Network
Professor Lisa Methven, University of Reading, UK

13:20 - A protein enriched Mediterranean diet to combat undernutrition: Findings from the ProMed-Cog intervention study
Dr Claire McEvoy, Queens University Belfast

13:40 - Designing food seniors
Speaker TBC 

13:00

SIG Session Three: Phytochemicals and Health SIG Symposium

13:30 - Introduction to the Phytochemicals and Health Special Interest Group

Dr Ana Rodriguez - Mateos, King's College London, UK
Dr Charlotte Mills, University of Reading, UK

13:50 - The importance of flavonoids for health
Professor Aedin Cassidy, Queen University Belfast, Northern Ireland

14:10 - Interplay between dietary polyphenols and the digestive system
Dr Chris Gill, Ulster University, UK

14:00

Original Communication Session Three

15:00

Refreshment Break

15:30

Plenary Lecture Three

15:30

Friend or Foe? The Role of Animal-Source Foods in Healthy and Environmentally Sustainable Diets
Dr Stella Nordhagen, GAIN 

19:00

Conference Dinner
Titanic Belfast

Day Four

09:00

Core Symposium Five - How food and nutrition data can inform policy 

09:00

How food and nutrition data informs the UK government reformulation programme
Dr Victoria Targett, DHSC 

09:30

Translating advances in data gathering and monitoring to policy informing decisions – the EFSA experience
Dr Maria Anastassiadou, EFSA

10:00

Translating evidence into policy – the Nordic dietary recommendations
Professor Maikki Erkkola, Helsinki University, Finland 

10:30

Refreshment Break

11:00

Julie Wallace Award Lecture

11:45

Core Symposium Six - Novel approaches in nutrition research from evidence to impact

11:45

Participatory approaches in human nutrition research
Professor Michelle McKinley, Queen's University Belfast, UK 

12:15

Machine learning in nutrition: opportunities, limitations, uncertainties 
Dr Daniel Kirk, King's College London, UK 

12:45

Using citizen science to monitor food intake as we move towards sustainable diets and a sustainable food system
Dr Christian Reynolds, City University London, UK 

13:15

Lunch Break

13:45

Plenary Lecture Four

13:45

National food databanks – capabilities and culpabilities in monitoring food intake on individual and population basis
Dr Maria Traka, Quadram Institute, UK 

14:35

Close of Congress

Venue address and accommodation

The congress is an in-person event. 

Congress venue: 

Assembly Buildings Conference Centre
2-10 Fisherwick Place
Belfast
BT1 6DW

Nutrition Society Congress accommodation recommendations

Queen's University Belfast - Halls of Residence

Ensuite single room: £65 per night 

Elms Village in BT9 is located 15 minutes from Queen's University Belfast and just 25 minutes from Belfast City Centre. The accommodation is also a 10-minute walk from the Lisburn Road which has a variety of different cafes, restaurants, and shops which you can visit. There are buses that will take you to the city centre from Windsor Avenue every 20 minutes to outside The Belfast City Hall, a short walk from the conference venue. All public transport accepts contactless card payments including Apple Pay and Google Pay. Please note they do not accept cash. For more information, please click HERE

To make a booking please click HERE 

Please note that online booking reservations close on 4 June 2024.

Additional accommodation recommendations 

Prices start from £85 per night

Please click HERE to see a list of accommodation recommendations, provided by VisitBelfast.

*Please note that the Society is not responsible for any arrangementes related to the booking of accomodation for delegates. Should you have any accomodation queries, please direct these to your chosen hotel. 

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Call for Abstract Details

 The abstract submission portal for the Nutrition Congress 2024 is now open. Submit your abstract here

Abstract submissions is open until 29 April 2024. 

To get ahead with submitting your abstract please read the guidance on how to submit your abstract using the online system. 

Please read the instructions to authors. Your abstract does not have to relate to the specific theme of the congress. You may also find tips on writing a successful abstract useful.

Your abstract will be limited to 450 words (excluding references and author information). Please note that corrections will not be accepted after the deadline.

All communications regarding your abstract including acknowledgement and acceptance will be electronic using the email address provided on each submission. After submitting your abstract you will receive a confirmation email.

How to Submit a successful abstract:

1) Use these tips on writing a successful abstract

2) Read the instructions to authors 

3) Submit your abstract 

When will I hear if my abstract has been accepted?

Authors will hear by mid-May if their abstract has been accepted for presentation. All presenting authors will need to register to attend the conference in-person.

If you have any queries, please contact the Society's Events Officer.

Order your tickets

£220

Member - To benefit from the membership rate, please log in to your membership area before completing the registration. 

£100

Student/LIC/Unwaged Member - To benefit from the membership rate, please log in to your membership area before completing the registration.

Any students attending alone or for the first time and would like a conference buddy, please sign up HERE.

£185

Group rate for members and non-members* Please contact [email protected]

Please note you must have a minimum of 10 people to qualify for the group rate. 

£310

Non - Member

£75

Group rate for students* Please contact [email protected]

Please note you must have a minimum of 10 people to qualify for the group rate. 

£150

Non - member -  Please register HERE to purchase the day rate. 

£100

Member - Please register HERE to purchase the day rate. 

To benefit from the membership rate, please log in to your membership area before completing the registration.

£65

Student/LIC/Unwaged Member - Please register HERE to purchase the day rate. 

To benefit from the membership rate, please log in to your membership area before completing the registration.

£57

Congress Dinner

To book your place at the congress dinner, please click HERE 

UK Postgraduate Competition

The Nutrition Society Postgraduate Competition offers current Society members who are postgraduate students registered for a Higher Degree the opportunity to present an original short review paper on their research topic in the Postgraduate Symposium at the Nutrition Society Congress. All winners of the competition will have the opportunity to have their review published in the Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. 

Find out more and apply here.

Silver Medal

The Silver Medal application portal is open. 

Find out more about the medal here.

Julie Wallace Award

The Julie Wallace Award application portal is open. 

Find out more about the award here.