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Program and Abstract Book

Please click on the links below to view the printed version of the program and Abstract Book. Please note the print program and abstract book were correct at the time of printing.

Please find below the program outline for the WPHN Congress 2020.

Please note, due to the impact of COVID-19 on the international event, the program incurred changes beyond our control.

Program Overview
Congress Day 1

Opening Plenary Session - Perspectives on the Decade of Action on Nutrition

Welcome to Country

Minister Welcome

Health & Wellbeing Queensland Welcome
Speaker: Adjunct Professor Robyn Littlewood, Chief Executive Officer, Health and Wellbeing Queensland


Decade of Action on Nutrition (Video)
Speaker: Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization


Decade of Action on Nutrition. What is working or not? Where are the gaps? What needs more effort or change?

  1. Dr Francesco Branca, Director, Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, WHO, Geneva

  2. Dr Trudy Wijnhoven, Nutrition Officer, Nutrition and Food Systems Division, FAO, Rome

  3. Professor Stineke Oenema Coordinator United Nations Standing Committee on Nutrition

Reflections on Food and Nutrition and Challenges for the Future
Keynote Speaker 
Professor Bronwyn FedericksPro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement), The University of Queensland

Congress objectives and delegate engagement
Speaker: Ms Margaret Miller, President, WPHNA and Congress Convenor


Concurrent Session 1 - Symposia - Framing of problems & possible solutions

  • 1A - Food systems and sustainable healthy diets: what now & future challenges?

  • 1B - Are health systems able to support achievement of GNTs and SDGs?

  • 1C - The role of social protection in Food security: what is working and what is not?

  • 1D - Trade and investment for improved nutrition: Where are the threats and opportunities? 

  • 1E - Safe and supportive environments for nutrition at all ages: What now to make a difference?

  • 1F – Strengthening governance and accountability in global nutrition

  • 1G - Capacity for nutrition action: the missing link to preventing malnutrition in all its forms?

Concurrent Session 2 - Knowledge Fairs and Workshop - What is the evidence for policy and action?

  • 2A: Engaging and supporting adolescents and young adults

  • 2B: Influence of locality on food access and safety

  • 2C: Childcare & school food environments Influence of locality on food access and safety

  • 2D: Advertising and marketing  to children

  • 2E: Food industry  roles, responsibilities & impacts

  • 2F: Africa & Asia-Pacific Diet diversity and food security

  • 2G: Workshop - Stories of Change: How countries are grappling with the challenge of malnutrition

Plenary Session 2 - Governance, influences and ethical challenges in public health nutrition

The politics of health and sustainable food systems (Video)

Keynote Speaker: Professor Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition,

Food Studies, and Public Health, Emerita, at New York University

Case Study: Public private partnerships-what is working of not?
Invited Speaker: To be advised

Case Study: Industry influences on research
Invited Speaker: Dr Katherine Cullerton, Research Fellow, School of Public Health, University of Queensland

Congress Day 2

Plenary Session 3 - Science, Policy, Implementation, Evaluation in Public Health Nutrition

Ecology or algorithms? Using nutrition science to promote healthy and sustainable food systems

Keynote Speaker: Professor Mark Lawrence, Professor of Public Health Nutrition at the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University

From the science to the community experiences. How to change the evidence paradigm

Keynote Speaker: Dr Hernando Salcedo Fidalgo, FIAN Colombia's coordinator nutrition line, FIAN Colombia

Designing food policy that works: why understanding people's lived realities is vital

Keynote Speaker: Professor Corinna Hawkes, Director of the Centre for Food Policy, City University of London

Keynote Speaker Sponsor - Corinna Hawkes


Concurrent Session 3 - Knowledge Fairs - More evidence & some policy actions

  • 3A Targeting sugar, fat and salt

  • 3B Early childhood triple burden of malnutrition

  • 3C Determinants and remediation of food insecurity

  • 3D Effective food labelling, standards & regulation

  • 3E Civil society voice and advocacy

  • 3F Tools and systems for monitoring or evaluating food systems and environments

  • 3G Drivers of safe supportive environments (table top)

Concurrent 4 - Knowledge Fairs - Putting policies into action

  • 4A Community engagement through social media and public health campaigns

  • 4B Capacity needs for School based nutrition education

  • 4C: Nutrition in international trade and investment

  • 4D Strengthened governance and accountability for nutrition

  • 4E Multi-stakeholder governance and management of influence

  • 4F Development and us of dietary guidance and nutrition policy

  • 4G Systems engagement for nutrition

Concurrent Session 5 - Knowledge Fair and Workshops - Address controversial issues


  • 5A: Maternal  nutrition, influences and effects

  • 5B: Ultra-processed foods: theory, findings, and global policy implication

  • 5C: Why and how inequity matters for nutrition (Including GNR launch)

  • 5D: Transforming food environments within the Nutrition Decade: commitments, needs and what works

  • 5E: Strengthening a global network for public health nutrition action

  • 5F: Managing conflict of interest in nutrition policy: Strengthening governance and accountability

  • 5G: Accountability processes stimulating actors to create healthy and sustainable food systems

Congress Day 3

Plenary Session 4: What works to tackle obesity: Lessons from Latin America


Food ultra-processing and the pandemic of obesity: evidence and policy implications​ (Video)

Keynote Speakers: Professor Carlos Monteiro,  Professor of Public Health Nutrition at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

The Chilean Law of Food Labelling and Marketing: challenges and results

Keynote Speaker: ​Dr Marcela Reyes, Assistant Professor, Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology-University of Chile

Food politics in México:  the case of the front-of –pack labelling and the soda tax experience

Keynote Speaker: Dr Angela Carriedo, Communication Secretary, World Public Health Nutrition Association and Consultant

Concurrent Session 6 - Knowledge Fairs - What policies & actions have worked or not?

  • 6A Achieving sustainable healthy diets

  • 6B Resilient systems for Infant feeding

  • 6C Developing Community capacity

  • 6D Political economy of food systems and dietary change

  • 6E Public venue food service environments

  • 6F Influencing food retail and marketing

  • 6G Government policy leadership for equity, food security and nutrition

Plenary Session 5: Roles of Civil Society in Nutrition Action

Weapons of the weak: The types of power, strategies and tactics of public interest coalitions
Keynote Speaker: Professor Sharon Friel, Professor of Health Equity, Australian National University

Food Governance & diets: Emerging challenges and civil society responses (Video)

Keynote Speaker: Dr Stefano Prato, Managing Director, Society for International Development

Case Study 1 – Obesity Coalition action
Invited Speaker: Ms Jane Martin, Executive Manager, Obesity Policy Coalition, Cancer Council Victoria, Australia


Case Study 2 – The work of the People’s Health Movement in advancing understanding of the political economy of health, food and nutrition
Invited Speakers: Professor Fran Baum, Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor, Flinders University, and

Professor David Legge, Scholar Emeritus, La Trobe University, Australia


Case Study 3 – Public Health Resources Society (India) supporting community action
Invited Speaker: Dr Vandana Prasad, National Convenor, Public Health Resource Network, New Delhi, India

Closing Plenary Session

Congress recommendations for accelerated nutrition action to 2025
Speakers: Action Area working group spokespersons (7) and audience participation


Next Steps for WPHNA
Speaker: Ms Margaret Miller, Convenor WPHN Congress 2020, President, World Public Health Nutrition Association

Congress Close
Speaker: Adjunct Professor Terry Slevin, Chief Executive Officer, Public Health Association of Australia