Conference and events

Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood: Bio-Cultural Perspectives

12th, 13th and 14th June 2017

Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood:
Bio-Cultural Perspectives

Three day international, interdisciplinary conference

Monday 12th, Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th June 2017

Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria

For conference enquiries please contact Liz Roberts, Conference and Events, University of Central Lancashire, Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: +44 (0)1772 893809

For academic queries please contact Professor Fiona Dykes on

For queries regarding publishing your abstract in Maternal and Child Nutrition please contact Dr Victoria Hall Moran on

We strive to ensure our conferences and events are inclusive for all. Please let us know at point of booking, if you have any requirements, eg access, mobility, interpreters, hearing, dietary etc, so that we can put provision in place.

Conference Themes

Our eighth international, interdisciplinary conference is being organised by the Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Nurture Unit (MAINN), University of Central Lancashire.

The conference convenor is Fiona Dykes, Professor of Maternal and Infant Health (MAINN, UCLAN).

The conference links closely with the international journal Maternal and Child Nutrition (Wiley-Blackwell Publishing) that has its editorial office in MAINN. Senior Editors are Victoria Hall Moran (MAINN, UCLAN) and Rafael Perez-Escamilla (Yale University, USA).

There is a growing understanding of the complex interactions between socio-cultural, biological, political and economic influences upon infant and child feeding, eating and nutrition.

The conference aims to:

  • Illuminate socio-cultural, political and economic influences upon infant and child feeding practices.
  • Explore the nature of relationships within families in connection with various types of nutritive and nurturing behaviour in infancy and childhood.
  • Increase understandings of breastfeeding as a bio-psychosocial activity.
  • Enhance understanding of the complex interactions between socio-cultural, psychological and biological factors in infant and child feeding, eating and nutrition. 
  • Focus on key initiatives that may impact upon practices related to infant and child feeding, eating and nutrition.

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers:

  • Anna Axelin, Associate Professor, Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku, Finland.
  • Nita Bhandari, Head of WHO Collaborating Centre for Research, Community Based Action and Programme Development in Child Health, Society for Applied Studies, India.
  • Tanya Cassidy, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow (EC funded), MAINN, UCLan, UK
  • Stephan Dombrowski, Health Psychologist, University of Stirling, UK
  • Suzanne Filteau, Professor of International Nutrition, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK.
  • Rafael Perez-Escamilla, Professor of Epidemiology & Public Health, School of Public Health, Yale University, USA.

Abstract Submissions

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts is 12th December 2016

Papers or posters are invited on:

  • Infant and child nutrition and feeding (to include biological, social, cultural, psychological, political, economic and practice issues). The scope includes fetal and neonatal nutrition, infant and child nutrition, feeding and eating, up to and including adolescence.
  • Nurturing the infant–parent relationship. The scope includes infants, parents, staff and/or organisations.

Thirty minute papers will be presented at concurrent sessions and posters will be displayed and discussed during designated poster sessions.

Abstracts should be submitted on the online submission form on the conference website here – link to abstract submission form on Google Forms.

All abstracts will be reviewed by the Conference Scientific Review Committee chaired by Professor Fiona Dykes.

The abstract must include the following:

  • Title of abstract
  • Author/presenter name(s), institution represented, postal address, email address
  • Primary contact person for the conference information
  • Corresponding author for liaison regarding publication of the abstract
  • An introduction, methods, results and conclusions
  • The abstract should not include subheadings
  • The abstract should be referenced, citing between 2–4 references
  • The references should be presented in Harvard APA

Length should be no more than 700 words (including title, author information and references)
Please state your preference for a paper or poster presentation
Please also supply a short biography of each author.

Maternal & Child Nutrition journal would like to invite you to submit your abstract for publication in the MAINN published conference proceedings. The proceedings will have open online access. Please note that abstracts will be subject to peer review. Should your abstract be accepted for publication in this special issue of Maternal & Child Nutrition, it will not preclude you from subsequently publishing your research in full in any journal. Please indicate if for any reason you prefer not to have your abstract published in the book of proceedings.

You can access the book of abstracts for the 2015 Conference from:

All presenters will be required to register for the conference and pay the fee which will be £395 for the three days, non-residential. However, if you cannot attend for the full three day event, a daily rate is available at £135.

Venue and Accomodation

Venue - Grange Hotel

Grange Hotel

The conference venue is The Grange Hotel, Grange over Sands, which is situated on the fringe of the Lake District in beautiful surroundings.

For details on the charms of this stylish location, including maps and directions, please visit the hotel website

Rooms have been secured as a special conference rate of £95 single occupancy, bed and breakfast. If you are bringing a guest, there would be an extra charge.
Grange Hotel contact details:

Tel: 015395 33666
Fax: 015395 35064

There are a variety of other options of hotels and B&B’s in Grange over Sands and the surrounding area.

Grange Hotel Conference Room

Booking Form


Section 1

  1. Your name and organisation/place of study as stated on this form will be used for your badge and the delegate list.
  2. Please provide your full postal address including the name of your organisation/workplace.

Section 2

  1. Please ensure you tick the appropriate fee box for the registration category you are applying for.

Section 3

  1. Please ensure that you complete this section for any dietary, access, hearing or mobility requirements you may have.
  2. Special Diets. All catering is organised with options to fulfil the requirements of vegetarians. However, if you have a special diet, please indicate this on the booking form. We will confirm if this cannot be catered for.

Section 4

  1. Please note that we cannot accept payments by Diners Club and American Express or by BACS transfer.
  2. If you require an invoice please complete the details in full and always include a purchase order number. We cannot issue an invoice without this.


Conference Fees:
Accommodation is not included in the conference fee and must be booked by the delegate separately.
Refreshments, lunch, delegate documentation and attendance to the Keynote and concurrent sessions are included in the conference fee.

Full Conference Fee is £ 395 (VAT not applicable)

Single Days Conference Fee is £135 (VAT not applicable)

Conference Dinner (3 course served dinner including wine and tea/coffee on the night of Tuesday 13th June at the hotel restaurant is £42 (VAT not applicable)

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Refreshments, lunch, conference documentation, access to the Keynote Speaker Sessions and Concurrent Sessions are included in the conference fee. Accommodation is not included in the conference fee and must be booked separately at your chosen hotel/b&b.

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Full Conference Attendance Fee, Monday 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 June 2017: £395

Single Days Conference Attendance: £135 - please state which day you are attending in the Additional Requirements section below

Conference Dinner Attendance: £42

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