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

1–4 May 2016, International Congress on Obesity, Vancouver (Canada)

Together with American Institute of Cancer Research we will be sponsoring Dr Arantxa Colchero to present on ‘Food Taxation: Evidence-based merits and drawbacks’, on Wednesday 4 May at 11am.

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23 –28 May 2016, World Health Assembly, Geneva (Switzerland)

Our Policy and Public Affairs team will be attending the World Health Assembly to advocate for greater government commitments and interventions, which target the prevention of nutrition-related non-communicable diseases and overweight & obesity. This is urgently needed if governments are to reach the global food and nutrition targets by 2025. We will be calling for the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition to advance progress on all areas of malnutrition, including overweight and obesity.

We will also be releasing a new policy brief on this topic, which will be available at the World Health Assembly and on our website from 23rd May.

During the WHA we are also a core part of organising a side event, which will see many high profile speakers, such as Jamie Oliver and Health Ministers from around the world, discussing malnutrition in all its forms.

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7-10 June 2016, IARC 50th Anniversary Conference, Lyon (France)

At this conference we will be supporting several speakers:

  • Sarah Lewis will present on mechanisms in carcinogen evaluation and discuss the work of our mechanism project on Wednesday 8th June, 4pm.
  • Michael Leitzmann will talk about nutrition, obesity and exercise including findings from the Continuous Update Project on Thursday 9th June, 11am.
  • With the American Institute of Cancer Research we will be supporting Walter Willet’s talk on ‘Diet, weight control and energy balance in cancer’ on Friday 9th June, 9am.

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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 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.