Elsie Widdowson Memorial Lecture

GETThe Elsie Widdowson Memorial Lecture is organised and supported by the BDA General and Education Trust Fund.  Presented annually since 2001, each year one senior member of the profession, who is at the pinnacle of their career are invited to deliver the lecture.

The fund exists “to advance education and other charitable purposes related to the science of dietetics”. Grants are awarded to any individual or organisation engaging in dietetic research or related activities, with a long history of supporting the science and practice of dietetics through the promotion of national awards, which recognise the excellent work carried out by many members. Find out more about the General and Education Trust Fund (GET)

Next lecture

2020 - Details we be announced in Winter 2019.

About Elsie Widdowson

Elsie WiddowsonElsie Widdowson CH CBE was a pioneer in the history of dietetics and, along with Robert McCance, carried out research for around 60 years. They pioneered many aspects of the understanding of human nutrition throughout the 1930’s and 1940’s. They are also well known for undertaking much of the experimentation on themselves, including starvation diets. Their work was of vital importance during the years of the Second World War and led to the publication of The Chemical Composition of Foods.

The BDA launched an annual lecture in her memory in 2001.  Lectures are given on any topic that the recipient wishes and attract considerable interest amongst the profession. Each year Council invites one senior members of the profession, who is deemed to be at the pinnacle of their career, to deliver the lecture.

Additional information on the lecture and GET Awards

Previous lectures


Dr Angela Madden -Challenging dietetics: be curious, be critical and be kind


Professor Kevin Whelan - Modifying the microbiome in gut health and disease: research as the foundation of dietetic practice


Joyce Thompson - Realism in nutrition and dietetics


Dr Clare Shaw - Dietetics and Oncology: A Brief History of Time


Linda Hindle - Achieving our potential


Dr Miranda Lomer - From food additives to FODMAPs:
a dietetic journey through gastroenterology


Wendy Martinson OBE - Science into practice - What do Olympians really eat?


Judyth Jenkins MBE - C.H.I.P.S are good for you


Azmina Govindji - Use your influence to make an impact: could this be the era of the dietitian?


Rosemary Richardson – Modernisation of the NHS – will Dietitians become an endangered or protected species?


Diane Talbot – Nannying or Nuturing? Policies aimed at Changing Dietary Behaviour


Jane Thomas – The Challenge for Change


Gary Frost – Dietary Carbohydrates from Cells to Man


Patricia Judd – What's the Evidence – Practice, Advertising and the Popular Nutritionist


Anne de Looy – Are we ready for the challenges

2004 Sheila Bingham – What do people eat? Adventures in Nutritional Epidemiology
2003 Annie Anderson
2002 Margaret Lawson
2001 Susan Jebb