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

To share our latest analysis of this research, the findings from our own funded research, and our policy work with a wider audience, we host and attend conferences to exhibit and to speak. We also occasionally sponsor our funded researchers and experts to present at international conferences.

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.