Event by Novo Nordisk Foundation Science Cluster

    Conference: Prevention of Childhood Obesity

    The aim of this conference is to address the fundamental challenges in prevention of childhood obesity. Leading scientists from all over the world will discuss the range of topics from basic understanding of what might cause obesity in childhood to experiences with interventions on these presumed causes of childhood obesity.

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    30-03 Oct-Nov 2023


    Berit Heitmann University of Copenhagen, DK
    Carolyn Summerbell Durham University, UK
    David Ludwig Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, US
    David Allison University of Indiana, US
    Erik Hemmingsson Swedish school of Sport and Health Sciences, SE
    Harry Rutter University of Bath, UK
    Jaap Seidell Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, NL
    Jane Martin Cancer Council, AU
    John Reilly University of Strathclyde, UK
    Jonathan Wells University College London, UK
    Ken Ong University of Cambridge, UK
    Louise Baur University of Sydney, AU
    Marie-Francoise Rolland-Cachera University of Paris, FR
    Morten Grønbæk Center for Childhood Health, DK
    Nicholas Timpson University of Bristol, UK
    Rachael Taylor University of Otago, NZ
    Ruth Loos University of Copenhagen, DK
    Shakila Thangaratinam University of Birmingham, UK
    Stephen Simpson University of Sydney, AU
    Steve Gortmaker Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, US
    Stuart W. Flint University of Leeds, UK
    Theresia Schnurr Stanford University, US
    Thorkild Sørensen University of Copenhagen, DK
    Tim Lobstein World Obesity Federation, UK

    Science Cluster Conference: Prevention of Childhood Obesity

    Scientific committee

    • Thorkild Sørensen, Copenhagen University & CSLT
    • Berit Heitmann, Copenhagen University
    • Morten Grønbæk, CSLT
    • Nina Geiker, CSLT
    • Teresa Holmberg, CSLT

    Center for Childhood Health (CSLT)


    The programme starts at 4:30 pm on Monday, 30 October 2023 and ends Friday, 3 November 2023 with checkout at 9:00 am.

    How to apply?

    If you wish to attend our conference, you will need to apply and submit an abstract* in our application system Oxford Abstracts. Please click here to find the submission form. 

    Please fill out applicant info including abstract.

    *If you are from industry or if, for another reason, it does not make sense for you to submit an abstract, you can apply with a motivation instead. The scientific committee will evaluate your relevance for the conference based on your motivation.

    All accepted participants will be expected to present a poster at the conference.


    Abstract submission: the application deadline is 6 August, 2023

    Evaluation of incoming applications: End of August, 2023

    Notifications to applicants: Early September, 2023

    SHORT TALKS: Some applicants will be invited to give a short talk during the conference based on their submitted abstract. Selected applicants will be notified in the autumn of 2023.

    Registration fee, accommodation and local costs for all approved applicants are covered by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. Only travel expenses to and from the conference venue will be at your own expense.

    For more practical details about the conferences, please click here.


    Conference topics

    Conference topics

    Theoretical and methodological issues and perspectives
    Experiences in prevention of childhood obesity
    Role of social, psychological, psychiatric aspects
    Genetic causes and mechanisms of obesity
    Early nutrition and developmental patterns
    Modifiable environmental and behavioral factors
    Prevention of childhood obesity before and during pregnancy
    Development and testing implementation methods
    Societal, public health and policy implications
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