Every year, around the world, new research is carried out which increases our understanding of the link between diet, weight, physical activity and cancer.

Forthcoming Conferences

1-2 September 2016, Hot Topic Conference - Life course influences and mechanisms: Obesity, Physical Activity and Cancer, Charles Darwin House, London (England)

World Cancer Research Fund International and World Obesity Federation are delighted to be hosting this two-day conference in 2016. This conference is a ‘part-2’ in a series following the first OPAC conference in 2013. It will bring together scientific, health and policy professionals working in the area of obesity, physical activity and cancer.

The programme for this event can be downloaded here.

The latest evidence and future research needs will be shared and discussed on topics including:

  • The epidemiology and metabolic mechanisms linking obesity, weight change, and physical activity to cancer risk and survival
  • Early life events linked to obesity and cancer susceptibility in later life, including discussion on findings on height and cancer risk
  • Issues and new approaches to assess body composition and metabolic markers of cancer risk and progression
  • A novel method for systematically reviewing mechanistic studies, and results from feasibility studies testing this method exploring mechanisms underpinning the links between postmenopausal body fatness and breast cancer
  • Best practice for implementing scientific evidence into policy actions for prevention of obesity, cancer and other non-communicable diseases

The Scientific Committee of this conference is as follows:

  • Prof. Matty Weijenberg (Chair), Maastricht University (Netherlands)
  • Prof. Alan Jackson, University of Southampton (UK)
  • Prof. Jennifer Baker, University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Prof. Juan Rivera, National Institute of Public Health (Mexico)
  • Dr Mark Gunter, International Agency for Research on Cancer (France)
  • Prof. Rudolf Kaaks, German Cancer Research Center (Germany)
  • Prof. Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, University of Alabama at Birmingham (US)


Registration Type Price
Standard £375
World Obesity Federation Member £325
Student £275
Standard Day Rate £195
Member Day Rate £175
Student Day Rate £145
Corporate £500
Corporate Day Rate £300

Online registration is now open. If you would like to find out more about how to register, please contact World Obesity Federation.

31 October – 3 November 2016, World Cancer Congress, Paris (France)

The World Cancer Congress, organised by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), takes place every 2 years and is the world’s leading event in cancer control. It brings together people working in all aspects of cancer, from prevention and screening, to treatment and care.

We will have an exhibition stand in the ‘Global Village’ and will be involved/presenting at the following sessions:

Date Time Session title Location
Monday, 31st October TBC Leader’s Summit: Tomorrow is now: our journey to 2025 Hotel Salomon de Rothschild
Tuesday, 1st November 15:30- 16:30 Obesity prevention and control-lessons from campaigns, interventions and advocacy (the Scottish Cancer Prevention Network and WCRF International) Room 352 B
Wednesday, 2nd November 9:00-10:30 Cancer outcomes associated with food, food contaminants, obesity and dietary patterns: from science to policy (IARC and WCRF International) Grand Amphitheatre

Wednesday,  2nd November


Strategies for breast cancer control: role of genetic and lifestyle factors (Breast Cancer Now and WCRF International)

Meet’ in Café

Thursday, 3rd November 9:00-10:30 Complex realities-Innovative solutions: identifying priorities and mobilising action in the areas of nutrition, physical activity (WCRF International with 12 other cancer societies) Room 342 AB

Limited places are still available - sign up for a place at the World Cancer Congress here.