7th Annual Weight Stigma Conference

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“Moving the Dial” in Weight Stigma Research and Resistance

This year’s theme focuses on new research and theoretical contributions that move the dial on weight stigma and how to resist it. The two-day interdisciplinary program 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. We encourage abstracts that offer novel and fresh insights and/or address existing gaps and open questions on how to bridge research and practice in this field, and challenge and resist weight stigma.


Abstract Submission 2019

IMPORTANT: Please read the Abstract Submission Guidelines before preparing your abstract

This year’s theme focuses on public health policy and campaigns, including framing, targeting, and content. We are accepting abstracts for sessions, oral presentations and posters on subjects related to weight stigma including, but not limited to:

  • Weight stigma and resistance
  • Weight stigma and social justice
  • Weight stigma and society
  • Weight stigma and policy implications
  • Internalised weight stigma
  • Impact of weight stigma on health and wellbeing
  • Weight stigma and public health
  • Weight stigma in medical settings
  • Weight stigma across social identities
  • Weight stigma in research, science, and academia
  • Weight stigma in the media

We are particularly interested in presentations related to this year’s theme. Presentations on new and emerging research in other areas pertaining to anti-fat bias are also welcome. Students are especially encouraged to submit proposals.

There are prizes for the best oral presentation and best poster.


Conference sessions – CLOSED

Deadline: 8 March 2019

Conference session formats include brief symposia, workshops, or other format that may be of interest to delegates, including debates, educational sessions, media, performance, etc. In general, all sessions should last 60 minutes. If your idea involves a single speaker or shorter presentation, please let us know how much time you think you will need – we may bundle related submissions together into a 1-hour session.

A brief symposium is a series of linked talks that aim to give a broad scientific overview of a topic and time for discussion. For symposia abstracts, please include details of your topic and suggested speakers in the abstract submission form. Workshops should involve some kind of training or professional development. For workshop suggestions, please outline the topic, format, speaker(s), and learning objectives.

For other formats, please just tell us about your ideas and what you would like to do – this doesn’t have to be in a formal abstract style.


Oral presentations – CLOSED

Oral presentation deadline: 29 March 2019*

Oral presentations will last for 10 minutes, including time for questions. If you wish to give a longer presentation, please submit into the Other Formats category.

*Oral presentation slots are limited. When submitting an abstract for an oral presentation, please indicate whether you would be happy to present as a poster if your application for an oral slot is unsuccessful. This will not influence your chances of being awarded an oral presentation slot. Additionally, to assist with advanced planning and funding applications, if you submit an oral/poster abstract, you will be notified if you have been accepted for at least a poster presentation within one week of submission. Your abstract will still be submitted into the review pool for oral presentations, with final decisions after the oral deadline.


Poster presentations

Poster deadline: Poster decisions will be made on a weekly rolling basis  


Please submit your abstracts using the form below.

IMPORTANT: Please read the Abstract Submission Guidelines before preparing your abstract

Note, the submission system is not automated. Please allow up to 24 hours for email confirmation. If you have not heard by then, please let us know.