8th Annual Weight Stigma Conference


8th Annual International Weight Stigma Conference

The Annual International Weight Stigma Conference is an inter-disciplinary event that brings together scholars and practitioners from a range of backgrounds (e.g., public health, government and public policy, psychology, medicine, sociology, anthropology, allied health professions, education, sports and exercise science, social sciences, media studies, business, law, activism, and the lay public) to consider research, policy, rhetoric, and practice around the issue of weight stigma.




Although we have had to cancel the WSC for 2020, the Fat Studies New Zealand conference will go ahead in an online format. Some of our presenters will be presenting their work via the FSNZ conference instead, in addition to the already amazing line up they had in place. Online content will be presented between 18th June and 8th July, 2020. For more information, please visit: fsnz.onlineFat studies new zealand conference logo

We are now accepting abstracts for oral presentations and posters, as well as session proposals including brief symposia, round tables, debates, and workshops. We are also interested in non-traditional submissions (e.g. media, performance, art). The two-day interdisciplinary programme will cover the entire weight stigma research spectrum – from basic, to applied, to clinical, to policy – and feature an outstanding roster of international speakers and local experts. To submit an abstract or proposal, please click here.

If you don’t already know about it, you might be interested to check out the 3rd Fat Studies Conference, being held in Auckland on 18-19 June, 2020. Click here for more information.

Weight Stigma Conference Bursary Fund

The Weight Stigma Conference is a not-for-profit event. The conference is funded by registration fees and a small number of sponsors whose support has made this event possible. In order to make the conference more accessible, we try to offer a small number of full and partial bursaries to people who might otherwise not be able to attend, but there is never enough funding to give a bursary to everyone who needs one. Since 2016, we have been crowdsourcing the conference Bursary Fund, and your generosity allowed us to provide seven bursaries to the 2016 WSC in Vancouver, six full and two partial bursaries to the 2017 WSC in Prague and 10 bursaries and two travel awards to the 2018 WSC in Leeds, and ten full and one partial bursary to the 2019 WSC in London, ON. We hope to repeat that success this year. We’d also like to get the fundraising rolling a little earlier this year, which will make planning much easier for the recipients.

There are several ways that you can donate to the Bursary Fund. The simplest is to use the button below to pay via PayPal. This is our preferred option as there are fewer fees and charges involved at our end, and more of your donations can go toward the bursaries.

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We have also set up a GoFundMe page for the 2020 Bursary Fund.
Alternatively, you can contact us to discuss other arrangements or to explore other sponsorship options. All funds raised via these methods are ring-fenced for bursaries and will not be used for anything else. Thank you again for your generosity in helping us make this possible.


Platinum sponsor

We would like to express our thanks to the National Eating Disorder Association, our platinum sponsor for 2019 and 2020, for their continued support. NEDA is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. For more information, visit https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/. For a full list of our sponsors, please click here.

Previous Conferences

Information about previous conferences, including conference brochure and abstract books, and speaker slides, is available here.

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Abstract submission deadlines 2020

Conference sessions and oral presentations: CLOSED

Posters: CLOSED


Contact Us

Email us: stigmaconf@gmail.com