Call for symposia – ISBNPA 2016 Annual Meeting

PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR SYMPOSIA FOR
THE ISBNPA 2016 MEETING

Cape Town, South-Africa,
8-11 June, 2016
(you can find a pdf file with all the information on the bottom of this page)

 

We invite you to showcase your research and ideas in
symposia at ISBNPA 2016!
 

The call is open from September 4th to October 26th.  Submissions are made through the following
link:

https://isbnpa.conference-services.net/authorlogin.asp?conferenceID=4787&language=en-ukh

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
(symposium,
oral presentation or poster): ?

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

OR?

       maximum 2 free papers

 

We welcome research in behavioral nutrition and physical activity. Below
you can find an overview of research topics that are addressed by ISBNPA.

 

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

1.   Psychological (e.g.
social-cognition and motivation, self-regulation, emotional)

2.   Social, cultural and
economic environment (e.g. inequalities, food insecurity)

3.   Familial, parenting
and home environment

4.   Physical and built
environment, environmental policy

5.   Biological (e.g.
neurobiology, appetite control, metabolomics), genetic and epigenetic

 

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

1.    Individual and
clinical (e.g. Motivational Interviewing)

2.   Parenting and
family-based and home-based

3.   Preschool and
school-based

4.   Community-based

5.   Environmental and natural
experiments

6.   Worksite

7.   Games, virtual
realities, and simulations

8.   Technology-mediated
interventions (e.g. web, apps) and m/e-health

9.   Public health and
policy (e.g. behavioural economics, incentives/taxes)

 

C.   Assessment and
Methodologies in Behavioral Nutrition and Physical   Activity

1.    Intervention
development and evaluation frameworks

2.   Research methods and
measurement innovations

3.   Statistical
innovations (e.g. EMA, MLM)

 

D.  Physical and Mental
Health

1.   Chronic disease
(e.g. obesity, cancer)

2.   Well-being, quality
of Life

3.   Mental health and
eating disorders

4.   Healthy aging

5.   Cognitive function

6.   Academic achievement

 

E.    Other
Topics

1.   Research
translation 

2.   Special populations
(e.g. migrants, refugees)

3.   Pregnancy and early
motherhood, developmental origins of health and disease.

4.   Health
professionals’ training

5.   Education (e.g.
Physical Education)

6.   Ethical issues

7.   Global/international
health

 

 

Symposia are an important part of the ISBNPA program and it is our goal to ensure
a wide variety of topics concerning both nutrition and physical activity
during these sessions. The annual ISBNPA meeting also highly values the
interaction between attendants. In all symposia we invite people to interact
and discuss the presented ideas and findings. In order to further increase the
interaction, we also welcome “debate symposia”!

So, there are 2 symposia formats to choose from:

 

  1. Regular
    symposia

A regular symposium provides an opportunity for focused presentation of a
particular topic. The symposium should consist of three or four oral
presentations from speakers from different countries on a related theme.

A chairperson usually introduces briefly the general topic
of the presentations to avoid that all presentations start with the same
general introduction. In this way, all presenters can have a shorter and more
focused introduction.

After the presentations, a discussant may provide a brief overview
of the main issues, and facilitates a general discussion of the topic by the
audience and presenters, but should not give a new presentation. There should
be at least 15 minutes time for a general discussion between
presenters and attendants
.

Time available for each symposium is 75 minutes.

The chairperson needs to submit the symposium by completing the online
form in the submission site. We invite you to submit proposals for symposia
addressing themes within the broad area of behavioral nutrition and physical
activity. Here are some suggestions:

 

•  Behavioral nutrition/physical
activity/sedentary behavior intervention studies across the lifespan;

• Studies having direct policy implications or showing the impact of
advocacy work in improving the behavioral nutrition and physical activity of
populations;

•  Studies testing health behavior
theories;

 
Physical activity and nutrition in older adults;

•  Food availability issues;

•  Active transportation;

•  Measurement issues;

•  Ecological/environmental
sustainability issues; and

•  Any other relevant topics

 

  1. Debate
    symposia

In this format, we invite participants to share findings or ideas that are
controversial. One chairperson has to submit the symposium by completing the
online form on the submission site. This person will also lead the debate. The
symposium will start with a 20-minutes presentation by 2 presenters (speaker 1:
‘pro’ talk for 10 minutes; speaker 2: ‘con’ talk for 10 minutes), followed by a
40-minutes debate. Some examples of possible debate topics are listed below:

·      
The use of a fat tax to beat the
obesity epidemic

PRO: Fat tax is an efficient way to promote healthy food choices.

CON: A price increase does not affect food purchase.

·      
Sedentary behavior as an independent
health risk: is it real?

PRO: Sitting is a risk for cardiovascular disease, independent from
physical activity.

CON: There are limited effects of changing sitting time on health risk
outcomes.

·      
The use of social media in health
promotion efforts.

PRO: Social media is the way to go for future health promotion strategies.

CON: There is limited added value of social media use in influencing the
population’s eating and physical activity behaviors.


Other ideas or original topics are also welcome!

 

For both types of
symposia:

You are invited to submit one of these symposia by Monday October 26, 2015 through the submission site.

 

https://isbnpa.conference-services.net/authorlogin.asp?conferenceID=4787&language=en-uk

 

Abstract forms for the symposium as a whole (limit of 400 words), and each
individual presentation (limit of 350 words) within the symposium should be
completed online through the ISBNPA website. Submissions should adhere to the
formats as closely as possible. Complete the online forms carefully. The
chairperson can submit abstracts of individual presentations or he can invite
presenters to submit their own abstract. Please note that incorrectly completed
forms will not be considered for review. If there are any questions about the
symposia abstract process, please contact
[email protected]

 

The Program Committee will review symposia proposals according to the
following criteria:

  • Relevance of topic to behavioral nutrition and/or
    physical activity

  • Importance of topic to behavioral nutrition
    and/or physical activity research/practice/policy

  • International participation (mix of speakers from
    different countries)

  • Connection of each symposium paper to the overall
    symposium theme

  • Fit of symposium with other symposia proposals
    (i.e., to avoid duplication)

 

Decisions regarding symposia
acceptance for the ISBNPA 2016 meeting will be made by November 23rd, 2015.

 

The symposia are considered first in the construction of the meeting
program, followed by the open communications/free papers submission. The general submission deadline of
abstracts for the open communications/free papers will be November 27, 2015,
with the late-breaking submission deadline (posters only) being March 4, 2016.
Abstracts
rejected for symposium presentation will be automatically submitted for open
communications/free papers, unless otherwise requested.

 

Please note that all symposia
participants are required, as are all conference attendees, to pay their own
ISBNPA conference registration fees, and travel expenses. ISBNPA will not waive
any membership or registration fees for symposia presenters.

 

 


 

Format for the GENERAL symposium
proposal

 

Abstract format for the symposium
abstract

(400 words limit excluding title and
author details; Submit by OCTOBER 26, 2015):

 

Purpose:             A statement of the
purpose to be addressed, emphasizing what is innovative about this session

Rationale:           A rationale for addressing
this issue at this conference

Objectives:        Up to four aims, summarizing
what you expect the session to achieve

Summary:          Outline of the session as a
whole and outline and integration of the individual contributions

Format:                List of presenters or
activities that will be undertaken during the session

 

For each presenter an individual
abstract should be submitted by the chairperson or the presenters using the
format outlined below.

 

Abstract format for each individual
symposium presentation

(350 word limit excluding title and
author details; Submit by OCTOBER 26, 2015)

 

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

Methods:             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).

Results:                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’.

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

 

Please complete only one online
form
per symposium. As a chairperson make sure you have the following
information ready before starting the online submission (or ask the authors of
the different papers to be presented in the symposium to submit their abstracts
after you have submitted the symposium abstract):

  • Symposium title and abstract

  • Title and abstract for each individual
    presentation

  • Presentation order

  • Contact details of each presenter (and
    discussant, if applicable) and of all authors of each individual
    presentation (we suggest up to 8 authors per presentation):

    • Last Name, First Name, MI

    • Institution

    • City, Country

    • E-mail Address

    • Any funding of each co-author

All correspondence about the
symposium will be addressed to the symposium chairperson.

 

Format for the DEBATE symposium
proposal

 

Abstract format for the symposium
abstract

(400 words limit excluding title and
author details; Submit by OCTOBER 26, 2015)

Purpose:             A statement of the purpose of the
debate, emphasizing what is innovative about the debate topic

Rationale:           A rationale for addressing this
issue at this conference and why this is a debatable topic

Objectives:        Up to four aims, summarizing what
you expect the debate to achieve

 

For each presenter (pro and con) an
individual abstract should be submitted by the chairperson using the format
outlined below.

 

Abstract format for each individual
symposium presentation

(350 word limit excluding title and
authors details; Submit by OCTOBER 26, 2015):

 

Purpose:             State the primary purpose of this
presentation.

Methods:             Include details of the procedures
adopted (e.g. literature search, original research).

Results:                Include a summary of
the main findings/ideas that will be discussed in the presentation.

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

 

Please complete only one online
form
per symposium. As a chairperson make sure you have the following
information ready before starting the online submission or ask the authors of
the different papers to be presented in the symposium to submit their abstracts
after you have submitted the symposium abstract:

  • Symposium title and abstract

  • Title and abstract for each individual
    presentation

  • Presentation order

  • Contact details of each presenter (and
    discussant, if applicable) and of all authors of each individual
    presentation (max 8 authors per presentation):

    • Last Name, First Name, MI

    • Institution

    • City, Country

    • E-mail Address

    • Any funding of each co-author

 

All correspondence about this
symposium will be addressed to the symposium chairperson.