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Engaging with advocates

WHEN: 28 July (Fri), 2 - 5pm
WHERE: Level 6 seminar room, Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney, Camperdown NSW

'Engaging with Advocates'  aims to connect early career researchers with leading civil society advocates in order to foster collaboration and increase the impact of research.

Early-career researchers should attend to:

  • build new connections with leading health, nutrition and food policy advocates
  • gain insight into the work advocacy groups do in promoting policy solutions to issues such as unsustainable food systems and unhealthy diets
  • learn how to communicate research results effectively to advocates
  • learn how to develop effective relationships with advocates.

Advocates should attend to:

  • build new connections with up-and-coming researchers in the fields of nutrition, non-communicable disease prevention, health policy, political science, and law
  • gain insight into how academic research is designed, conducted and published
  • share knowledge on how researchers can effectively contribute to advocacy objectives.

More details including how to register for this free event HERE 


4th National Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference

WHEN: 7 - 8 August 2017
WHERE: The Mantra on View Hotel, Gold Coast, Queensland

The conference focuses on the specific issues of eating disorders and obesity, the co-relationship within the context of mental health, the challenges surrounding public health in our current and future population and the role of physical health in maintaining our positive wellbeing.

Subject topics to be addressed include:

  • dietary approach
  • understanding attitudes
  • health promotion
  • making and breaking habits
  • psychological strategies
  • weight management
  • mental illness.

Hosted by the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association, the 2017 program will include presentations from Featured Speakers, multiple specialist sector speakers within concurrent streams, panel discussions and poster presentations.

See HERE to submit your abstract by April 21 2017.


ILSI SEAR Australasia and AACCI: Towards affordable and sustainable food supply – recent advances and future prospects

WHEN: 31 August 2017 (Thurs)
WHERE: Holiday Inn Sydney Airport, Cnr Bourke Road & O’Riordan Street, Mascot


  • To provide updates on new research directions towards sustainable food production systems
  • To provide an overview of current plant breeding and other technologies to meet challenges of increasing yields, improving tolerance to plant diseases and enhancing quality of harvested products
  • To discuss the current status on managing new molecular traits, regulation and authentication in the supply chain.

Full program and registration details HERE


2nd Functional Foods Festival - Healthy Living Symposium

WHEN: 8 September, 9.30am - 5.00pm
WHERE: University of Southern Queensland, Springfield

University of Southern Queensland and the Functional Foods Research Group invites you to attend this one day Healthy Living Symposium, with presentations from national and international leaders in functional foods from research and industry. This symposium will provide an excellent opportunity for everyone to network with researchers, practitioners, manufacturers and distributors of functional foods and supplements.

Keynote speakers:

  • Professor Grant Pierce, Executive Director of the St Boniface Research Centre in Canada
  • Professor Penny Kris-Etherton, a Distinguished Professor of Nutrition from Pennsylvania State University, USA.

View the complete program in the flyer HERE or at the event website HERE 

Registration details HERE 


Short course on Lipid analytical and oxidation

WHEN: 11 September 2017
WHERE: Château Tanunda, Barossa Valley, SA

As a part of the AAOCS biannual meeting (from 11-13 September 2017), this short course aims to bring a variety of international and local speakers to discuss the latest in science and technology in the analysis of lipids and oxidation while providing basic and practical information that is relevant to manufacturing, regulatory affairs and analysis of edible oils.

Gerard Bannenberg and Adam Ismail from GOED (Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3) will be the highlight of the course. Their presentations are vital viewing for all omega 3 producers, manufacturers and marketers.

In addition, there will be a series of presentations covering new analytical methods of oil that will cover edible oils (such as grain and olive oils), new developments using Raman spectroscopy and measuring lipid mediators. A practical look at measuring oxidation and oxidation through refining edible oils will complete the program.

For more information see HERE.


67th Australasian Grain Science Conference

WHEN: 20 - 22 September 2017 (Wed - Fri)
WHERE: The Rydges Hotel, Christchurch, New Zealand

The 67th Australasian Grain Science Conference will bring together Australian, New Zealand and international scientific and technical experts under the theme ‘Grain Technology for Consumer Nutrition’.

Scientific sessions will be focused around the topics of:

  • grain breeding
  • process technologies
  • global product innovation
  • bioactive components
  • dietary fibres
  • starch modification
  • dough technology
  • consumer perception
  • human nutrition.

High profile speakers have been invited to present keynote lectures. Submissions for oral and poster presentations will be invited in these areas from March 2017. Regular updates of the program will be posted on the conference website HERE .

The Conference will start on Wednesday 20 September and will conclude after lunch on Friday 22 September. A pre-conference 'New Zealand Grains Symposium' at Lincoln University and post-conference 'Local Food Industry and Wine Producers Study Tour' will be offered. A Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening 20 September and a Gala Dinner on Thursday evening 21 September are planned.


21st Brazilian Nutrology Congress

WHEN: 28-30 September 2017
WHERE: São Paulo, Brazil

The event is organized by the Brazilian Nutrology Association (ABRAN) and will take place at Frei Caneca Convention Center. ABRAN is a medical entity founded in 1973, dedicated to the study of food nutrients. Nutrients play a decisive role in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of most of the diseases that affect human beings.

Conference themes include:

  • Food products in obesity
  • Food supplements
  • Nutraceuticals
  • Pre/probiotics and symbiotics
  • Functional foods
  • HDL cholesterol - how to raise?

For more information visit the website or ABRAN’s Facebook page .

Food structures

Food Structures, Digestion and Health International Conference 2017

WHEN: 24 - 27 October 2017
WHERE: Novotel Sydney Central

This international conference is focused on discussing how food interfaces with the body and how food can be designed to optimally perform throughout the GI tract to deliver health and well-being. Hosted by CSIRO, the conference presents a unique opportunity to bring together food industry professionals and world leading researchers from a diverse range of disciplines.

Program topics include:

  • Using models to design ingestion and digestion
  • Influence of food structure on taste release and transport
  • Functional food design beyond nutrition
  • Challenges from a food industry perspective
  • Food structure and the gut microbiome interface
  • The kinetics of food digestion
  • Designing foods for the future

For further information click HERE 

Abstract submission closes 30 June 2017
Early Bird Registrations close 10 September 2017

meetings international

Global Experts Meeting On Gastroenterology

WHEN: 13-14 November 2017
WHERE: Melbourne
THEME: Novel innovations in gastroenterology

Gastro Meeting 2017 will provide an international platform for discussion of present and future challenges in gastroenterology. World-leading practitioners, clinicians, educators and researchers will present cutting-edge and practical clinical techniques based upon widely accepted evidence and will introduce new and emerging research.

The main agenda is to provide a forum for all gastroenterologists, internal medicine specialists and hepatologists within the region to exchange ideas, discuss innovative methods and new developments within the field of gastroenterology. The program will present new and emerging topics, new medications on the market, innovative surgical techniques, the latest research outcomes and technological advancements in the field.

For more details about conference are available HERE.


56th ASMR National Scientific Conference: Science and Survival — equipping you with the tools to further your research career

WHEN: 14-15 November, 2017
WHERE: Charles Perkins Centre, Sydney

This ground-breaking event features an engaging and exciting new format encompassing both scientific sessions and career development workshops.

The 2017 NSC will provide insights into:

  • achieving scientific excellence
  • developing sound career strategies using the right tools.

This two-day meeting is expected to attract an audience of researchers from a wide range of disciplines with an emphasis on trans-disciplinary research.

Abstracts from all fields of health and medical research are welcome.

Key dates:
26 May - Registrations open
25 August - Early bird and oral abstract deadline
30 September - Abstract deadline for posters

For more information visit the conference website HERE.


Postgraduate and Early Career Nutrition Conference

WHEN: 24 November 2017
WHERE: Tamaki Yacht Club, Auckland, New Zealand

The Postgraduate and Early Career Nutrition Conference is an annual conference, first held in 2014, which aims to provide a supportive environment for student and early career nutrition researchers from around New Zealand and Australia to present research, network with other nutrition professionals and learn how to build a successful career as a nutritionist or dietitian.

The conference theme is around 'Collaboration'.

See conference flyer HERE.

For questions or suggestions please contact Harriet from the Organising Committee at


The Australian Centre for Eating Disorders Essentials Courses:

5 Day Eating Disorder Essentials

The ACFED 5 Day Eating Disorder Essentials course is in line with the latest thinking from a range of psychological approaches. Learn practical and effective skills that will enable you to engage with clients and offer them constructive help with eating disorders.
You will learn:

  • how to assess and conceptualise each disorder
  • how to build a comprehensive treatment plan
  • prioritising treatment strategies for over and under eaters
  • how to sustain change
  • the effects of dietary chaos on mood and physiology
    and more...

For dates and locations see HERE.

Psychological Approaches for Obesity 3 day course

The ACFED Psychological Approaches for Obesity 3 day course teaches specific skills for working with obese adults by addressing the practical and psychological factors clients may be experiencing.

You will learn about:

  • the mechanics of weight gain and weight loss
  • maintaining factors, a model for treatment
  • working with ambivalence - useful exercises and tests
  • motivational approaches
  • hunger and appetite in obesity
  • relationship issues, self-sabotage and collusion
  • mindset of obesity
  • emotional and comfort eating
  • dealing with plateaus
  • body image interventions.

For dates and locations see HERE.

Eating Disorder and Obesity Prevention Facilitator Course

ACFED are proud to offer this facilitator training course with the permission of Dr Eric Stice at the Oregon Research Institute. The two interventions covered in this two-day course have been developed and used at Stanford University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Oregon Research Institute. The interventions are the outgrowth of a 16-year program of research on the risk factors for eating disorders by Dr Stice’s research team.

The course is suitable for anyone who would like to be able to facilitate groups of young people (the research was primarily conducted with females aged 13-19 years) and offer interventions which demonstrate a significant reduction in risk for eating disorder and obesity onset. The interventions also show decreases in thin-ideal internalisation, body dissatisfaction and psychosocial impairments.

This this course is a ‘Train the Trainer’ type course and would be ideal for school and college staff, youth workers, social workers, private practitioners who work with adolescents and those in community education.

For dates and locations see HERE.

More information about these courses and the ACFED Approved Practitioner Network can be found HERE or by phoning 0421 747 129.