Please excuse me for the short hiatus, as I’ve been eagerly preparing for the 2013 Annual Meeting for the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA), going on from May 22-25th in Ghent, Belgium.
The 2013 Annual Meeting will mark my second year attending this unique, interdisciplinary, third-party conference after last year’s meeting in Austin, Texas.
Like similar organizations, ISBNPA has a vision of becoming the international leader in advancing research on nutrition behavior and physical activity. However, what makes ISBNPA unique is their strict policy against conflicting sponsorship. In a recent event, the ISBNPA Annual Planning Committee withdrew sponsorship from a conference symposium after one of the sponsors revealed indirect funding from outside sources, including PepsiCo and Nestle.
A tough stance on conflict of interest make ISBNPA a trusted organization and respected peer-reviewed journal (IJBNPA), a rare combination given the politics involved in nutrition and physical activity-related research.
This year’s meeting is sure to bring together a fascinating assortment of keynote speakers, including Dr. Tim Lang from City University of London’s Centre for Food Policy, Dr. Simon Marshall from University of California’s Center for Wireless and Populations Health Systems, as well as 10 additional speakers and over 80 symposia, orals and debates.
Expect to see my summary of the conference proceedings in within the next two weeks.