Call for Abstracts, ISBNPA 2016 Cape Town


Cape Town, South-Africa,
8-11 June, 2016

 Abstract call & instructions for
open communications/free papers:

We invite you to showcase your research and ideas at ISBNPA 2016!
We welcome submissions of abstracts for oral and poster presentations in any area of behavioral nutrition
and/or physical activity research and practice, for the 2016 ISBNPA annual
meeting. The conference language is English. All abstracts for the ISBNPA 2016
meeting must be submitted online at:
The call for regular abstracts is open from November 2 to November 27, 2015. Abstracts can be submitted as either paper or poster presentations. After
this deadline, you can still submit your work as late-breaking abstracts
(deadline is March 4, 2016)
and late-breaking abstracts will only be accepted as poster presentations.

In order to give as many attendees as possible the chance to present their
work at the conference, the number of
submissions per presenting author is limited to two submissions in total
oral presentation or poster): ?

maximum 1 free paper and 1 paper as part of a symposium
(not including role as discussant and chair)?

maximum 2 free papers
We welcome a wide range of research in behavioral nutrition and physical
activity. Below you can find the main thematic tracks that have been addressed
by ISBNPA and examples of topics for each track. You will be asked to choose
your topic(s) during submission, or suggest a new one!

A.  Theory and
Determinants (PA/Exercise, Sedentary Behavior, or Diet/Eating)

  • ·       Psychological (e.g.
    social-cognition and motivation, self-regulation, emotional)
  • ·       Social, cultural and economic
    environment (e.g. inequalities, food insecurity)
  • ·       Familial, parenting and home
  • ·       Physical and built environment,
    environmental policy
  • ·       Biological (e.g. neurobiology,
    appetite control, metabolomics), genetic and epigenetic

B.   Interventions
(PA/Exercise, Sedentary Behavior, or Diet/Eating)

  • ·       Individual and clinical (e.g.
    Motivational Interviewing)
  • ·       Parenting and family-based and
  • ·       Preschool and school-based
  • ·       Community-based
  • ·       Environmental and natural
  • ·       Worksite
  • ·       Games, virtual realities, and
  • ·       Technology-mediated interventions
    (e.g. web, apps) and m/e-health
  • ·       Public health and policy (e.g.
    behavioural economics, incentives/taxes)

 C.   Assessment
and Methodologies in Behavioral Nutrition and Physical   Activity

  • ·       Intervention development and
    evaluation frameworks
  • ·       Research methods and measurement
  • ·       Statistical innovations (e.g. EMA,

D.  Physical and Mental

·       Chronic disease (e.g. obesity,

·       Well-being, quality of Life
·       Mental health and eating disorders
·       Healthy aging
·       Cognitive function
·       Academic achievement
E.    Other

  • ·       Research translation 
  • ·       Special populations (e.g. migrants,
  • ·       Pregnancy and early motherhood,
    developmental origins of health and disease.
  • ·       Health professionals training
  • ·       Education (e.g. Physical Education)
  • ·       Ethical issues
  • ·       Global/international health

If you have any questions about the submission process or have problems
entering your submission, please contact [email protected]  or
[email protected]. For more information on the ISBNPA 2016 meeting, please visit the official
meeting website at

Abstract Guidelines: 

  1. Complete
    the online form carefully. Please note that incorrectly completed forms
    will not be considered for review.
  2. The word
    limit for the abstract, excluding title and author details, is 350
    . Submissions
    should adhere to the format
    detailed below (including headings) as closely as possible.
  3. Selection
    of submissions to oral/short oral/posters will be made at the discretion
    of the Abstract Review Committee.
    Abstracts submitted for oral presentations may be assigned to poster
  4. To give
    more attendants the chance to present their work orally, SHORT ORALS are programmed. Short
    oral presentations are allocated 5 minutes presentation time and 2 minutes
    discussion time. Allocation of the papers to long or short oral
    presentation will be done by the scientific committee (so no choice has to
    be made on submission of the abstract).
  5. Please
    designate the corresponding author(s) after entering each author name (all
    authors can be designated as corresponding authors). In addition, please
    designate which author is presenting! 
    ‘Presenting’ authors are those who will actually present the paper
    or poster at the conference and MUST attend the conference. ‘Corresponding’
    authors are those who will receive email notices about the
    submission.  If only one of the
    co-authors is a ‘corresponding’ author, that author is responsible for
    communicating abstract submission correspondence to the rest of the
    co-authors on the paper.
  6. If there is
    an unexpected change in the presenter, please contact [email protected]  or
    [email protected] by April 30, 2016.
    the presenting author is not registered in the conference, and full
    registration fee payment received by this date, the presentation will be
    automatically removed from the program with no further notice.
  7. Before
    submitting, you will be given the opportunity to review all of the
    information you have provided.
  8. You will be
    notified by email upon receipt of your abstract. Decisions regarding abstract acceptance will be sent to you by February
    9, 2016, after completion of
    the review process.
    No information regarding acceptance will be
    available before that date.
  9. Once submitted,
    your abstract will be assigned a unique tracking number. Please include this number in any
    correspondence with ISBNPA regarding your submission.

Any requests to withdraw a
may be made in writing no later than April
30, 2016 to [email protected]  or [email protected].
All submissions must adhere to the
format given below (including headings) as closely as possible:


The following
information should be included in the content of the abstract.


State the primary purpose of the
study, including the main research questions or hypotheses being addressed,
emphasizing what is innovative about this research.


Quantitative studies should
include design, participants, measures and analyses. Qualitative studies
should include a reference to the approach being adopted (e.g. discourse
analysis, grounded theory) and describe the method of data generation, (e.g.
interviews, transcripts of conversations, written accounts). Reviews should
include details of the procedures adopted (e.g. literature search,
inclusion/exclusion criteria and methods of analysis).


Quantitative studies should
include a summary of the results, which can contain numerical data,
qualitative studies should include an indication of the main results of the
analysis (e.g. examples of themes, categories, responses, discourses to be
reported). Reviews should include a summary of the main findings that will be
discussed in the paper. This section should present specific findings, rather
than suggesting that ‘results will be discussed’.


Some discussion of the possible
contribution to, or implications for, the advancement of behavioral nutrition
and/or physical activity knowledge, methods or practice.

Please note:  There is a 350 word limit for each individual abstract;
The abstract review committee will review abstracts according to the
following criteria:

  • Innovativeness
  • Importance for the field
  • Quality of design
  • Quality of measures
  • Quality of analyses
  • If intervention, quality of intervention
  • Overall quality of presentation

Thank you for your
participation in ISBNPA 2016!