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14th UKSBM Annual Scientific Meeting

Healthy Futures: Childhood and beyond

Wednesday 12th December - Thursday 13th December 2018 at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham

The Society invites all behavioural and public health researchers, clinical practitioners, epidemiologists, health and clinical psychologists, medical sociologists, health economists, nurses, pharmacists and all other colleagues interested in the field of behavioural medicine to participate in this two day meeting.

We are currently working an exciting programme, further details will be added in due course.

Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce we have confirmed our 4 Keynote Speakers.

  • Professor Peymane Adab, University of Birmingham
  • Professor Linda Bauld, University of Stirling
  • Professor Jackie Blissett, Aston University
  • Professor Jim McCambridge, University of York

Keynote presentation abstracts can be downloaded here.

Conference Programme and Presentation Guidelines

Click here to download the full conference programme.
Last updated: 14:45 17th October 2018

Click here to download oral presentation guidelines.
Click here to download poster presentation guidelines.

Pre-Conference Workshops

We are pleased to announce that we'll be holding 3 pre-conference workshops at Aston University, Main Building on Tuesday 11th December 2018.

Introduction to meta-analysis

Facilitated by Dr Richard Cooke, University of Liverpool
10.00-13.00 - Room MB404a

This workshop will begin by providing an overview of meta-analysis. Meta-analysis is a statistical technique used to provide a summary of effect sizes found across a set of studies conducted on the same topic, for example, 'what is the difference in physical activity between those who received an intervention and those who did not receive an intervention?' or 'what is the correlation between individual’s self-efficacy and their subsequent behaviour?' Delegates will then be guided through the steps needed to conduct meta-analysis using computer software.

An impact literate approach to behaviour change interventions

Facilitated by Dr Julie Bayley, University of Lincoln
13.00-16.00 - Room MB404a

This workshop first presents the concept of ‘impact literacy’, emphasising the need to understand the how, what and who of brokering research into practice. Drawing from a series of empirical research studies, this learning is also synthesised into two new models of impact literate health psychology interventions spanning theory development through to implementation. Delegates will then be guided through a mapping activity to consider how to reinforce how, what and who to optimise benefits. Empowering individuals to be impact literacy enables researchers to maximise the likelihood of impact and more effectively embed academic research into practice.

Doing Research with Children and Young People

Facilitated by Dr Lou Atkinson, Dr Rebecca Knibb and Ms Cassandra Screti, Aston University
13.00-16.00 - Room MB619

This workshops will cover the key issues facing researchers conducting research projects with children and young people, including ethical issues around consent and information sharing, developing age appropriate materials such as questionnaires and interview schedules, recruitment from different settings and liaising with gatekeepers and data collection.

Abstract Submissions

Submissions are no longer being accepted for the 14th UKSBM Annual Scientific Meeting.

Submissions were accepted until Wednesday 25th July 2018 at 12.00PM. Thank you to all those who submitted, we'll be in touch as soon as possible following review.

Early Career Awards and Early Career Researcher Registration Bursaries

We are no longer accepting applications for Early Career Awards and Early Career Researcher Registration Bursaries.

Applications were accepted until 5.00PM Friday 6th October 2018.

About the Venues

The conference will be held at Edgbaston Cricket Ground and the conference dinner and accommodation will be at Jurys Inn Broad Street.

Edgbaston Cricket Ground is approximately 2 miles from Birmingham New Street Station and Jurys Inn Broad Street. To assist with our planning, please let us know how you plan to travel to the event via the options on the booking form. The Local Organising Committee will be arranging walking groups between venues as part of the healthy meetings initiative. We also plan to put on some coach transfers between the venues and the train station. If this is a service you are interested in using, please let us know via the booking form.

If you would prefer to use public transport in Birmingham, please click here for further information.

For those travelling by car, there is complimentary parking at Edgbaston Cricket Ground and cars can be left overnight, at the owner's risk.

The early bird booking deadline has been extended until 09.00 Wednesday 31st October 2018.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch via the event hotline on 01332 227770.

Speakers and Facilitators


Prof Peymané Adab

Keynote Speaker
Peymané Adab is Professor of Public Health and Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the University of Birmingham. She has 20 years research experience in public health, focusing on prevention and behavioural medicine, including programmes on obesity prevention and management, particularly in children and minority ethnic groups.

Her research uses mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative studies) to aid the development and evaluation of complex interventions. She holds grants from major funders in the UK and China and led one of the largest trials to evaluate a school based childhood obesity prevention programme in the UK (the WAVES study). She is currently leading a similar trial in Guangzhou, China (Chirpy Dragon trial), and evaluating the effectiveness of a popular UK school based physical activity programme (Daily Mile) on obesity prevention.

Peymané is an expert advisor to the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on obesity and was a Trustee of the Association for the Study of Obesity.

Prof Linda Bauld

Keynote Speaker
Linda Bauld is Professor of Health Policy, Director of the Institute for Social Marketing and Dean of Research Impact at the University of Stirling. She is also Deputy Director of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, which covers 13 Universities, and holds the CRUK/BUPA Chair in behavioural Research for Cancer Prevention at Cancer Research UK.

She is a behavioural scientist with more than twenty years of experience conducting research on the main preventable risk factors for cancer and other noncommunicable diseases, including smoking, alcohol use and overweight and obesity. Linda is Deputy Editor of the journal ‘Nicotine and Tobacco Research’ and is President of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Europe. In 2017 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh for her contribution to public health.

Prof Jackie Blissett

Keynote Speaker
Professor Blissett’s research has examined the underpinnings of children’s fussy eating including poor fruit and vegetable acceptance, emotional eating, and obesity, as well as parental feeding practices including breastfeeding, complementary feeding and later childhood feeding practices. Other areas of current research activity are the feeding problems of children with disorders such as autism and ADHD, the relationship of the gut microbiome with eating behaviour and developmental outcomes, cultural differences in feeding practices, intervention development and adaptation. Professor Blissett began her career studying B.Sc. Psychology at Swansea University, then a Ph.D. at University of Birmingham. Professor Blissett moved to Aston University in January 2018, forming the Psychology of Eating in Adults and Children (PEACh) research group. Professor Blissett is active in public engagement with science, and her research is regularly featured on TV, radio and other media.

Prof Jim McCambridge

Keynote Speaker
Jim McCambridge holds the Chair in Addictive Behaviours & Public Health at the University of York and has various international appointments and roles. He has well developed research interests across addictions and in research methodology, and has worked on interventions throughout his career. Most of Jim’s work is on alcohol.

His two main current research programmes investigate interventions and policy issues, and with colleagues he has previously completed many individual-level intervention trials. He is currently working on the development and evaluation of a novel form of brief intervention in which attention to alcohol is integrated within medication reviews in community pharmacies. Current policy-related research seeks to develop our understanding of the roles the alcohol industry plays within the UK policy making context and elsewhere, as well as influencing the conduct of research globally. These ongoing research programmes are funded by NIHR and the Wellcome Trust respectively.


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