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

Three day international, interdisciplinary conference

Monday 10 - Wednesday 12 June 2019, Grange Over Sands, Cumbria


Our tenth 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).

For conference enquiries and to register your interest in this conference, please email the Events Team or telephone: +44 (0)1772 892650

For academic enquiries please contact Professor Fiona Dykes

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

Papers or posters are invited and details about submitting your abstract are on the expandable Submissions tab below.

The deadline for submissions is Saturday 1 December 2018

  • Richmond Aryeetey PhD, MPH. Senior Lecturer, PI for Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly (BBF) Process in Ghana, University of Ghana

  • Laurence Grummer-Strawn, PhD. Technical Officer at WHO, Geneva

  • Rukhsana Haider MBBS, MSc, IBCLC, PhD. Chair, Training & Assistance for Health & Nutrition Foundation, Bangladesh

  • Mary Renfrew PhD, RM, FRSE. Professor of Mother and Infant Health, Mother and Infant Research Unit, School of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Dundee

  • Daniel Sellen, PhD. Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Global Health, Director, The Joannah and Brian Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

  • Cecilia Tomori PhD, Assistant Professor in Anthropology, Parent-Infant Sleep Lab, Durham University

Papers or posters are invited on the following:

  • 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.

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

Please send your abstract as a word document attachment to to arrive no later than 1 December 2018

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 with your abstract.

The deadline for submissions is Saturday 1 December 2018

You can access the book of abstracts for previous conference from the ‘Events’ section.   

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.

All presenters will be required to register for the conference and pay the fee £400 for the three days, non-residential. However, if you cannot attend for the full three-day event, a daily rate of £135 is available. There is no VAT charged on the conference fee.

The conference programme will be available in 2019.

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

Find out more details on the charms of this stylish location and how to get to the hotel here.

To book accommodation at the hotel, please contact them or telephone +44 (0)15395 33666 and let them know that you are attending this conference, as the hotel is blocked out for conference delegates.

Other local accommodation is available within Grange Over Sands, and further information can be found here.

The booking form will be available here soon.

The conference fee for 3 days attendance will be £400

The day delegate rate will be £135 per day.

There is no VAT charged on the conference fee.