Congress of the World Public Health Nutrition Association with
Abrasco (the Brazilian Association of Collective Health)
to be held in Rio de Janeiro, 27-30 April 2012

Submit your abstracts now!

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Our Rio2012 congress is open for registration, and is now also open for submission of abstracts. You can send abstracts in conventional research format, or as fieldwork experience reports in written or video form, and we also have a special category for young people. To guide you, we have created themes and sub-themes for the whole congress; please make sure that your abstract corresponds to one or more of these. Awards will be given to the best three abstracts in each of these four categories, during the final plenary session of the congress, on 30 April.

A reminder on registration

We have different registration periods. If you register now, you will pay less than if you register by the end of the year, and much less than if you register at the venue of the congress. So register now!

We also have special rates depending on the travel distance to Brazil, and the socioeconomic level of different regions. Students and professionals also have different fees, as do members and non-members of both the Association and Abrasco. As you will see, the costs for members are much lower. Actually, the difference between members and non-members is much greater than the yearly cost of membership itself, making it a bargain to join the Association or Abrasco. So first, apply to become a member now, by clicking here!

How to submit an abstract

Before submitting an abstract you must pre-register at the congress website, and receive a login and password. Acceptable abstracts are of four types:

1    Research report

These are the conventional type of abstract. They are of reports of original work completed by researchers and postgraduate students in research groups from public and private institutions.

2    Experience report

Abstracts of experience reports contain information on the development of field activities and actions related to capacity building of professionals, the organisation and management of policies, programmes and services, and of community mobilisation and action.

3    Experience report in video form

As above, in the form of short videos (maximum of 10 minutes), to be shown at the congress.

4    Report of young professionals or community workers.

As above, in the form of short videos (maximum of 10 minutes), to be shown at the congress.

Themes for abstracts

Abstracts need please to correspond to one or more of the following themes and sub-themes and be identified appropriately. These themes also guide the presentations being made at the congress.

  1. Equitable food systems with dietary diversity
    1.1. Local food for improving nutrition
    1.2. Traditional knowledge and culture in public health nutrition
    1.3. Biodiversity for diet diversity
    1.4. Cultural heritage
    1.5. Subjective issues in eating practices
  2. Environment and food and nutrition security for all
    2.1. Food and nutrition security: new concepts and strategies
    2.2. Food systems
  3. Determinants of and threats to health
    3 .1. Defining key determinants in the life-course for action
    3.2. New issues on nutrients of current public health interest
    3.3. Topical food issues
    3.4. Nutrition related conditions of current special interest
    3.5. Food practices throughout the life-course
  4. Food and nutrition policies
    4.1. Role of the United Nations in coherent action and progress in world nutrition
    4.2. Managing nutrition transitions
    4.3. Multiple sectoral policy revisited
    4.4. Reforming nutrition reference standards: how effective are nutrient and anthropometric goals?
    4.5. Food regulation
  5. Successful strategies and interventions
    5.1. Direct nutrition interventions: what works or not, and why
    5.2. Indirect nutrition interventions with impact on food and nutrition security
    5.3. Impact of food and related industries and food industry on public health nutrition
  6. Nature of and strengthening of public health nutrition
    6 .1. Theories of knowledge in nutrition
    6.2. Evidence base of public health nutrition
    6.3. Capacity building of public health nutrition professionals
    6.4. Capacity building of the public

Format of abstracts

As a further guide with more information and examples, and summaries of the areas covered by each theme, as well as for all instructions on the format of abstracts, please access the congress website at

Now is your turn: get started with your abstracts!

Sabrina Ionata
Association General Secretary


World Nutrition



Folic acid and
spina bifida

Mark Lawrence
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The Food System

Big Food bitten

Geoffrey Cannon
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Philip James

From Cairo

Moving on to 2015-2025
How to work with industry

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Geoffrey Cannon

From São Paulo

The five dimensions of nutrition
It is best to be small

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Claudio Schuftan

From Bangkok

A tale of three meetings
How nice to meet Dr Nabarro

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Reggie Annan

From Kumasi

Cancer in Africa:
Prevention and control

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Michael Pollan

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