Eating behaviour and nutrition research – A focus on Africa

Inspired by the success of recent online conferences, including BFDG2021 we have developed an afternoon of seminars on appetite, food intake and nutrition research based in Africa. 

Please join us for this gathering to disseminate and discuss research in partnership with colleagues in sub-Saharan Africa, showcasing collaborations investigating energy regulation, mealtime interactions, improving nutrition status of children and measuring eating behaviour. 

Registration is free for this event.  However, we invite a suggested minimum donation of £5 to the charity Give a Child a Hope ( whose ongoing mission will be introduced at the beginning of session 1.

To register please use the following link –

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Opening 2pm (Co-Chairs – Professor Marion Hetherington, University of Leeds and Professor Jackie Blissett, Aston University)


Session 1 – chaired by Professor Marion Hetherington

2:05 – 2:15pm Brief introduction to Revival Centre, Matugga, Uganda – M Hetherington (trustee, Give a Child a Hope)

2:15- 2:30pm Dr Hedwig Acham, Makerere University – title to be decided

2:30-2:45pm Dr Emma Haycraft, Loughborough University– Understanding how to improve the nutritional status of urban poor children in sub‐Saharan Africa (Delphi Study)

2:45 – 3pm Professor Claire Farrow, Aston University - Food talk: An observational study of eating behaviour and mealtime language use with families of young children in Kenya and Zambia

3:00 – 3:15pm Comfort break

Session 2 - chaired by Professor Jackie Blissett, Aston University

3:15-3:30pm Professor Charlotte Wright, University of Glasgow- Why energy regulation is important in understanding malnutrition: Research in Kenya and Ghana.

3:30-3:45pm Dr Ada Garcia, University of Glasgow and Dr Antonina Mutoro, African Population and Health Research Center, Nairobi - Measuring eating behaviour in malnourished children: Experiences form Nairobi (Kenya).

3:45- 4:00pm Professor Jeff Brunstrom, University of Bristol – Understanding ‘fundamental principles’ of human dietary behaviour: What can we learn by studying Samburu pastoralists in North-Central Kenya? 

4pm – closing remarks and thank you to speakers, donors, participants.

For further information, please contact Professor Marion Hetherington