5th Annual Weight Stigma Conference


WSC 2017: Programme announced

The full programme for the 5th Annual International Weight Stigma Conference is now available on the conference website at stigmaconference.com/programme

Also, we are still trying to raise funds for the WSC Bursary Fund. As a non-profit event, our budget tends to be very tight every year, and we rarely have funds available to assist those without funding or on low incomes who may struggle to attend. Last year we tried crowdfunding our bursaries for the first time and your generosity made this a very successful endeavour, providing seven bursaries for those in financial need. So far this year, we have raised enough for two bursaries, but we still need more.

Thank you to all those of you who have donated so far. If you haven’t yet, please, please consider making even a small donation to the fund, and sharing the webpage among your colleagues and networks. It is so gratifying to see the support of the weight stigma community and the academic community more generally make this possible. The funding site is: gofundme.com/stigmaconf2017. If you are attending this year, you can also make a donation during the registration process. Thank you so much.

FYI. 5 PhD scholarships inn Social Policy at University of Birmingham, UK

The School of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham is seeking to recruit to five full-time or part-time doctoral research scholarships to commence September 2017. Two scholarships of £9000 and three of £7500 per year are available. All scholarships include the UK/EU nationals level annual fee (£4,180 at current rates) and an annual research training and fieldwork support grant of £750. The remaining funds form a maintenance grant.

The successful candidates will have previously undertaken research training as part of an MA Social Research or equivalent programme, or will have demonstrated their research capacity through study and / or professional activity and be willing to undertake further research training.

We invite proposals in any field of research within the disciplines of the School of Social Policy (Social Work; Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology; and/or Health Policy and Health Management/Leadership). Proposals could also be aligned to one of our five cross-cutting research centres:

*   Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM)
*   Family Potential
*   Institute of Mental Health (new centre in the process of being established)
*   Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS)
*   Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC)

Please see the School website for details of our research and possible supervisors: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/social-policy/research/index.aspx>

Those currently involved in postgraduate research studying with the School of Social Policy or those who have been offered a place are eligible to apply for these scholarships.

How to apply:

1.      email a covering letter (no more 750 words) and research proposal (no more than 3 pages A4, size 12 font) in support of your application for funding to Dr Kerry Allen (Director of Postgraduate Research) socialpolicy-doctoralresearch@contacts.bham.ac.uk

2.      submit your full application to one of our full time doctoral programmes (follow this link here to make your application). http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/social-policy/courses/research-degrees/courses/index.aspx

The application letter and course application must have been submitted by Friday 12 May, 5pm.

Please feel free to contact Dr Kerry Allen informally at k.allen@bham.ac.uk to discuss any aspects of your application or to ask any questions about studying for a PhD at the University of Birmingham.

Early-bird registration deadline just a few days away

Don’t forget, if you’re planning on attending the WSC this year, early-bird registration is available until Saturday 15th April. The full-price will come into effect from 16th April. Register here.

Also, we are still trying to fund raise for our Bursary Fund. Every donation helps, no matter how small. More information here.

FYI. Several lectureship positions in Psychology available at Aston University, UK


Aston University, Birmingham, UK are advertising the following positions in Psychology:

Lecturer – Brain and Behaviour
Senior Lecturer – Health Psychology
2 Lectureships – areas unspecified

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Head of Psychology, Professor Helen Pattison (0121-204 4073; email: h.m.pattison@aston.ac.uk) for informal discussion about the posts before applying. You may also wish to consult the Research Directors, Dr Claire Farrow for AHRG (0121-204 5384; email: c.farrow@aston.ac.uk) and Professor Brian Roberts for BANG (0121-204 3887; email: b.roberts@aston.ac.uk).

More info: https://jobs.aston.ac.uk/
Deadline for all positions: 1st May.


Early-bird and abstract deadlines

Just a reminder, if you’re planning on submitting a poster to this year’s Weight Stigma Conference, the deadline is next Friday, 14th April. Submit here.

And the 15th is the last day to access Early-Bird Registration rates. Register here.

And don’t forget, the 2017 Bursary Fund is now open. So far, we’ve raised enough for one bursary and are on our way to a second. Anything you can contribute is very much appreciated. Find out more here.


FYI. New journal brings hope for rejected (or never submitted) papers


This is not your everyday run of the mill Call for Papers.
Instead, we explicitly want to ask you to submit your work that has so far been rejected everywhere!
Specifically, the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS) hereby cordially invites you to take a moment to open your file drawers, look up those papers you didn’t manage to get published, and submit them to Health Psychology Bulletin.
As you may know, the EHPS is actively working to improve the integrity of Health Psychology science, and as a result, the integrity of our evidence base. To this end, the EHPS has founded Health Psychology Bulletin (HPB), an innovative journal designed to remedy publication bias.
HPB, while also welcoming regular contributions, explicitly invites submissions of null findings, replications (regardless of the outcome), and reports of failed manipulations. In fact, although the HPB reviewing procedure is as rigorous as you can expect from an EHPS journal, reviewers and editors are instructed to not reject papers because of methodological errors or insufficient power.  Instead, at HPB the reviewing procedure is a collaborate effort where authors and reviewers work together to make sure the paper is a transparent documentation of the conducted research. The focus is on learning what can be learned, making sure we, as a field, don’t repeat the same mistakes, and enabling accurate meta-analysis of the total sum of our findings.
So, please take a moment, and dig out that one paper that for some reason, no journal seems to understand, and submit it to HPB!
The EHPS has taken the first big step to a less biased health psychology literature – we need you to take the next step!
For more details, see the editorial at http://healthpsychbull.com/articles/10.5334/hpb.2 or contact one of the editors (see http://healthpsychbull.com/about/editorialteam for the editorial team).
Note that HPB is a peer reviewed, fully open access journal with a low APC of €500 (€400 for EHPS members) to cover publication costs. There is no charge for submissions.
We look forward to your submission!
On behalf of the editorial board,
The HPB Editors-In-Chief,
Gerjo Kok and Gjalt-Jorn Peters


Can you help? 2017 Weight Stigma Conference Bursary Fund

Hi all. As you know, the Weight Stigma Conference is a not-for-profit event and is funded by registration fees and a small number of sponsors who have made this event possible year after year. Despite our efforts to keep costs down, there will always be some people who are unable to attend. Last year we decided to trial crowdfunding as a way of raising funds specifically for bursaries. Thanks to your generous donations, we were able to provide seven bursaries to the 2016 conference in Vancouver.

We are hoping to do this again this year, for the 5th Annual International Weight Stigma Conference, being held in Prague, Czech Republic on June 6th and 7th. We are excited to launch the 2017 Weight Stigma Conference Bursary Fund. We have a GoFundMe page here: www.gofundme.com/stigmaconf2017. If you are planning to attend the conference this year, you can also make a donation during the registration process.

All money donated by these methods will be ring-fenced and used only to provide full or partial bursaries to help make the conference more accessible. We are very grateful for any assistance you can provide and for sharing this call widely among friends and colleagues.

Thank you again for helping us make this happen.

Angela & the Conference Team


FYI. Multiple positions available, postdoc to full professorships

FYI. Listed in order of deadline.

Source: Psychoneuroxy.com

1. McCain Postdoctoral Fellowship in Psychology
Location: Mount Allison University, Canada
Overview: The Department of Psychology at Mount Allison University invites applications for a one-year McCain Post-Doctoral (teaching) fellowship position. The successful candidate will have recently completed a Ph.D. in Psychology or a related field. The candidate will be required to teach three courses from the following: Introductory Psychology, Child Development, Social Psychology, Personality, Memory, Educational Psychology, and an advanced seminar course in the candidate’s area of expertise. The candidate will also be expected to initiate an active research program and potentially provide undergraduate student research supervision/mentorship.
Application closing date: Rolling until position filled
More info

2. Full Professor of Social Psychology
Location: University of Cologne, Germany
Application closing date: 30 March 2017
More info

3. Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Sport or Health Psychology
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Salary: Up to DKK 408,730 (+ pension); may be negotiable
Application closing date: 2 April 2017
More info

4. Lecturer in Psychology (Assistant Professor)
Location: Royal Holloway, University of London
Salary: £41,458 to £49,059 pa (including London Allowance)
Application closing date: Sunday 09 April 2017
More info

5. Lecture/Senior Lecturer in Psychology (equivalent to Assistant/Associate Professor)
Location: De Montfort University, UK
Salary £32,958 – £46,924 pa
Application closing date: 16 April 2017
More info

Many more positions available at psychoneuroxy.com



FYI. Postdoctoral fellowship available at UBC (Canada)


The Emotion and Self Lab in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia in beautiful Vancouver, B.C., Canada is seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Fellow. Research in the lab focuses broadly on functionalist approaches to emotions, the self, and links between specific emotions and social behaviors. The successful candidate will work primarily with the lab director, Jessica Tracy, to design, analyze, and write-up projects that focus on current research directions in the lab. The position is expected to commence in July 2017, but may start earlier if preferred. Review of applications will start April 1st, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. The post is a full-time position for a minimum of one year, with the possibility for renewal contingent upon grant funding and exemplary progress. Applicants may be Canadian citizens or non-citizens.

More information


Abstract submission deadline tomorrow!

Don’t forget that submission of abstracts for oral presentations and conference sessions for WSC 2017 closes tomorrow, Friday 24th March. Poster submissions will be accepted until 14th April.

For more information, please visit: https://stigmaconference.com/abstract-submission/