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We invite abstract submissions for oral presentations, table top, rapid fire, workshops, storytelling, conversation starters and posters at the World Public Health Nutrition Congress 2020, convened by the World Public Health Nutrition Association (WPHNA) in partnership with the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA). The Congress will be held in Brisbane from Tuesday 31 March to Thursday 2 April 2020.

Congress Theme

The 2020 Congress theme is ‘Knowledge, Policy, Action in the Decade of Nutrition 2016-2025’ - What is working or not? Where are the gaps? What needs more effort or change?

Today, nearly one in three persons globally suffers from under-nutrition, micronutrient deficiency, overweight and/or obesity – and diet-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs) affect a large part of the world’s population. These different forms of malnutrition co-exist – within the same country, community, household or individual.  The causal factors are complex and multidimensional and the impacts of sub-optimal nutrition on development, society, health and well-being are serious and lasting, for individuals and their families, for communities and for countries.   

Global food production is the largest pressure caused by humans on Earth, threatening local ecosystems and the stability of the Earth system. Current dietary trends, combined with projected population growth to about 10 billion by 2050, will exacerbate risks to people and planet. The global burden of NCDs is predicted to worsen and the effects of food production on greenhouse-gas emissions, nitrogen and phosphorus pollution, biodiversity loss, and water and land use will reduce the stability of the Earth system. Unhealthy and unsustainably produced food poses a global risk to people and the planet.

There are many calls for action to address these issues at every level.  At the mid-point of the UN Decade of Nutrition 2016-2025, this conference provides an opportunity to pause and reflect on how we are progressing in our efforts to addressing public health nutrition issues across the world, to discuss our successes and failures and to consider where to next. With these and many other issues to consider, we invite you to contribute to the World Public Health Nutrition Congress 2020.

To download the call for abstracts flyer please click here. 

Abstract submissions closed on Sunday 21 July 2019, at 11:59pm AEST


Abstract Submission

We welcome submission of abstracts for presentations relevant to the Congress themes.

Priority will be given to presentations that offer critical or reflective comment related to the theme questions, demonstrate a link with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and the public health nutrition ramifications over purely program or descriptive papers. 

All abstracts are to be submitted electronically using the online facility and abstract submission form on the World Public Health Nutrition Congress 2020 website. You will be also asked for a 150 word bio for each presenter and a conflict of interest statement related to all authors.

You may either complete the form then submit directly online (preferred) or download the manual submission form and submit by email to

It is the submitting author’s responsibility to ensure that the abstract uploaded to the server is the correct version.
Abstracts submitted for presentation will be published exactly as received and should be checked for spelling and grammar prior to submission. Do not submit a version with ‘track changes’ active.

All presenters must register at the time of confirming their acceptance presentation offer and pay the conference registration fee.

Abstract Themes

The four day program is designed to provide lively and productive discussions and contributions from people engaged in public health nutrition and associated fields. We invite you to submit abstracts related to research, policy or practice under the following  themes:


  • Sustainable, resilient food systems for healthy diets;

  • Aligned health systems providing universal coverage of essential nutrition actions;

  • Social protection, food and nutrition security, and nutrition education;

  • Trade and investment for improved nutrition;

  • Safe and supportive environments for nutrition at all ages;

  • Strengthened governance and accountability for nutrition, and

  • Capacity development for public health nutrition action.

Further explanation of themes is available here.  Cross-cutting streams will focus on government and policy leadership, capacity development for public health nutrition students/early career, indigenous issues and advocacy.


First Nations People

Presentations that relate to First Nations Peoples’ food systems, nutrition and health are encouraged.

Presenters focusing on particular First Nations communities are to provide with their abstract an additional paragraph outlining whether the relevant community/ies have provided permission to publicise the work.


Conflict of Interest

All potential speakers will be required to disclose any potential conflicting or competing interest of themselves or co-authors when submitting an abstract to the Congress and also when presenting. 

Competing interests will not necessarily exclude speakers, but the Congress WPHNA will not accept potential speakers who have strong ties or alliances with any organisation conceived, founded, funded, led, controlled or organised by corporations or companies whose products, practices or policies conflict with  public health goals.  These organisations include but are not limited to : 


  • Any food, drink, arms, tobacco or pharmaceutical industry corporation or any representative or associated organisation.  

  • Any non-profit and charitable organisation whose governing body has more than 25 per cent of its members employed by or associated with any corporation or organisation as indicated above.    

Potential conflicting or competing interests include: 

  • Employment and other relevant paid activities such as consultancy or directorship

  • Honorary positions or association at any substantial level 

  • Project funding and research grants 

  • Consultancies, grants or honoraria for research, support to attend conferences and meetings, or to cover travel and accommodation.

  • Stocks, donations, gifts Stockholding, donations, gifts and other benefits that may be relevant. 


The general guide is to disclose any interests financial or otherwise that if disclosed by a third party might cause reasonable adverse comment, embarrassment, or other difficulty.  If in doubt please include possible interests. Further guidelines are available in the WPHNA COI Policy.


Presentation Types

Oral Presentations

Workshop - Workshops may be up to 90 minutes. They should aim to explore and make recommendations on knowledge, policy or action related to an issue relevant to the conference themes OR provide participants with an opportunity to develop a new skill relevant to public health nutrition practice. Interactive formats are mandatory. Abstracts should identify the aims/learning objectives of the workshop, background, process   and how the workshop findings will be utilized and disseminated for capacity building.

Long Oral - Presenters will have a total of 12 minutes (10 minutes for presentation, 225 minutes for questions). There will be 6 speakers per session with 15 minutes at the end of the session for discussion. The session will have a nominated chair.

Table Top - Table tops act as a pathway for networking and sharing of information directly with delegates in an interactive setting. Table Tops involve multiple presenters, with each presenter at a round table of up-to 9 participants. Each presentation has been allocated 12 minutes – 6 minutes for presenting and 6 minutes for questions. A bell will be rung at 6 minutes indicating questions should commence. Once your 12 minutes is up, music will start playing and you will need to move to the next table number then repeat your presentation. If you are located on the final table number, please ensure you move to Table 1.

As each table will only be allocated one reserved sign for each speaker, we can only accept one speaker per table.

Storytelling - In many cultures, stories and narratives are informal but important methods for conveying information. This format will accept stories up to 20 minutes long from one or more contributors, followed by 10 minutes open discussion with session participants, leading to a conclusion or recommendation relevant to the Congress theme.

Rapid Fire  - Presenters will have 6 minutes’ presentation time using up to 3 power point slides, e.g.1. beginning (background) 2. middle (body) 3. end (summary), and allowing to answer one question briefly at the conclusion of the talk. The session will have a nominated chair.

Conversation Starter  - Is there a topic related to the Congress themes that you wish to debate with other delegates? Find your tribe by participating in a Conversation Starter. These will be scheduled at various times during session breaks at the Congress. Speakers will have 2 minutes to present and can nominate a meeting place for further discussion.  

Abstracts should state 1.the question to debate 2. Background  3. Speaker’s position on the question 4. Justification of position.

Poster Presentations
Designated periods will be allocated in the program when presenters will attend their posters to take questions and discuss their work.

Abstract Requirements

  • All intended presentations require the submission of an abstract. All abstracts will be subject to peer review

  • Refer to the online abstract submission form or manual abstract submission form for requirements

  • The abstract title should be no longer than 12 words

  • The abstract should be a maximum of 250 words in simple text paragraphs without images or tables and unless otherwise stated, include headings: background/aims, methods, results, conclusions (including linkage to SDG’s) and significance to public health nutrition (So what factor?)

  • If there is more than one presenter, all correspondence will be sent to the person whose name and email address is entered with the abstract

  • Abstracts must be accompanied by a completed Conflict of Interests Declaration as part of the abstract submission form.


Whilst every effort will be made to accept an abstract for the nominated presentation format, the Scientific Committee reserves the right to allocate a different presentation type if appropriate.


Abstract submissions closed on Sunday 21 July 2019, at 11:59pm AEST


Presentation offers will be advised in August, 2019

Please note: All presenters must register at the time of confirming their acceptance presentation offer and pay the conference registration fee.

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