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World Public Health Nutrition Congress 2020 (Brisbane) on 31 March – 2 April 2020


posted by Research Admin on 13 December 2018



We invite abstract submissions for oral presentations, table top, rapid fire, workshops, storytelling, conversation starters and posters at the World Public Health Nutrition Congress 2020, convened by the World Public Health Nutrition Association (WPHNA) in partnership with the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA). The Congress will be held in Brisbane from Tuesday 31 March to Thursday 2 April 2020.

Congress Theme

 The 2020 Congress theme is ‘Knowledge, Policy, Action in the Decade of Nutrition 2016-2025’ - What is working or not? Where are the gaps? What needs more effort or change?

Today, nearly one in three persons globally suffers from under-nutrition, micronutrient deficiency, overweight and/or obesity – and diet-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs) affect a large part of the world’s population. These different forms of malnutrition co-exist – within the same country, community, household or individual.  The causal factors are complex and multidimensional and the impacts of sub-optimal nutrition on development, society, health and well-being are serious and lasting, for individuals and their families, for communities and for countries. 

Global food production is the largest pressure caused by humans on Earth, threatening local ecosystems and the stability of the Earth system. Current dietary trends, combined with projected population growth to about 10 billion by 2050, will exacerbate risks to people and planet. The global burden of NCDs is predicted to worsen and the effects of food production on greenhouse-gas emissions, nitrogen and phosphorus pollution, biodiversity loss, and water and land use will reduce the stability of the Earth system. Unhealthy and unsustainably produced food poses a global risk to people and the planet. 

There are many calls for action to address these issues at every level.  At the mid-point of the UN Decade of Nutrition 2016-2025, this conference provides an opportunity to pause and reflect on how we are progressing in our efforts to addressing public health nutrition issues across the world, to discuss our successes and failures and to consider where to next. With these and many other issues to consider, we invite you to contribute to the World Public Health Nutrition Congress 2020.

Abstract submissions will close on Sunday 21 July 2019, at 11:59pm AEST

 To view the call for abstracts please click here

Held every 4 years, the World Public Health Nutrition Congress was established by the World Public Health Nutrition Association (WPHNA) to bring together the international public health nutrition sector for an international congress free from funding from conflicted sources. The Congress acts as a pathway to strengthen the knowledge base, partnerships and commitment for effective action to improve nutrition related health, particularly among vulnerable populations in the world.

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