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Loughborough to stage conference on appetite and eating behaviour

Deborah Wallis

Dr Deborah Wallis

Loughborough University is set to stage the annual meeting of the British Feeding and Drinking Group (BFDG) for the first time, on April 4-5 next year.

The BFDG is an annual multi-disciplinary gathering of scientists whose research examines aspects of feeding, eating and drinking behaviours.

The conference attracts a broad audience of scientists, including those working in psychology, physiology, nutrition, food science, dietetics and related disciplines, and is a perfect platform for postgraduate researchers to present their work.

It is the first time that BFDG have held their annual conference at Loughborough and the organiser, University lecturer Dr Deborah Wallis, is keen to make it a success and also attract as many people as possible, including PhD students.

There are already three organisations who have pledged their support, with Unilever and Sugar Nutrition UK providing monetary backing for student bursaries, and the charity BEAT (Beating Eating Disorders) helping to promote the event.

Dr Wallis is from the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences and is also a member of the renowned Loughborough University Centre for Research into Eating Disorders (LUCRED).

She said: “I’ve been attending the conference for the past 12 years, so it’s very important to me. This conference attracts key researchers from the field of appetite and eating behaviours. We also try to provide student bursaries to encourage them to present their work in this setting. Of course, this requires funding, so we would be happy to hear from any additional potential sponsors or conference exhibitors.”

While it is early days, Dr Wallis says there will be presentations on hydration and cognition, emotions and eating, child feeding, appetite, and eating disorders, although other topics in the field are welcome.

The conference usually attracts up to 100 people from the UK, parts of Europe and America. The record is 140, which was set last year in Brighton.

The conference will take place at the Hollywell Park Conference Centre with accommodation nearby, at Burleigh Court Hotel. Registration is now open and further information can be seen at http://imago.sym-online.com/BFDG2013/

Delegate registration and the conference dinner can be booked via the webpage. Accommodation should be booked directly with the hotel and using the discount code provided on the website.

Anyone intending to make a presentation should register by the early registration deadline of Friday December 14 so that the organisers can organise the programme. A provisional title is required when registering, but the abstract deadline is January 31.

Any queries about bookings and payments should be directed to: Events@welcometoimago.com

For all other queries (e.g. regarding abstracts, the scientific programme, sponsorship or exhibition space) contact Dr Wallis by email at D.Wallis@lboro.ac.uk


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Chris Goddard
Public Relations Officer
Loughborough University
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E: C.J.Goddard@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the Best Student Experience in England every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 12 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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