Research Symposium

About the Event

The BDA Research Symposium is an invaluable, useful day for practising, research dietitians and dietetic students to enhance their knowledge of the ongoing research in dietetics. It also provides delegates the opportunity to network with a vast range of dietitians in attendance.

Research is the foundation of the profession providing the basis for practice, education and policy. The Research Symposium is a premier event to showcase topics impacting the profession.  The BDA have been supporting research and encouraging dietitians to get involved in research by delivering a Research Symposium for Dietitians on an annual basis since 2004.

Abstract submission for the 2016 Symposium is now closed. Dates for 2017 edition to be released in early 2017.

The 2016 symposium had six main streams but no abstract will be rejected based on theme, the streams for 2016 were;

  1. Clinical Nutrition, including malnutrition.
  2. Public Health, including freelance and industry.
  3. New to Research, including MRes and PhD research.
  4. Paediatric – supported by Paediatric Specialist Group.
  5. Service Evaluation.
  6. Sport and Exercise Nutrition – new for 2016 - support by SENr (sport and exercise nutrition register).

Judy Lawrence, BDA Research Officer explains the aim of the event:

"The aim of the symposia is to share dietetic research.  As a profession we are embracing research to a greater extent than ever, both as consumers of research to enhance our practice and as producers to answer questions.  Dietitians are increasingly asking themselves: Why am I practising this way? What if I did this?  What do my patients think about that?  Come to the symposium and see some of the answers to questions dietitians are asking”

The symposium aims to:

  • Provide a forum for the presentation of research findings and methods in the field of nutrition and dietetics.
  • Foster collaboration between researchers within the dietetic profession.
  • Identify and share effective interventions and practice within the key topics of the symposium.
  • Stimulate an increase in the quantity and quality research in dietetics and nutrition.
  • Promotion of dietitians as leaders in the field of nutrition and dietetic research.


The event is aimed at the developing researcher with opportunities for newly qualified dietitians to present their student research projects alongside MRes, PhD and clinical dietitians’ projects.  The event will enable dietitians to showcase their research and practice and participate in workshops to develop their skills.

Previous editions have seen the following attend and/or submit an abstract:

  • dietitians who have completed research from Masters Dissertation, MRes, or other higher degrees.
  • dietitians involved in research programmes.
  • dietitians who have undertaken audit or evaluation of practice.
  • dietitians working in clinical practice.
  • student dietitians who have recently completed their final year dissertation projects.

Submitting an abstract - Closed

Abstract submission is now closed. 

The abstract submission process is open to everyone and no abstract will be rejected on the basis of topic.

For details on how to submit an abstract please refer to the section below on 'Submitting an abstract' and 'How to prepare an abstract for submission'.

To submit an abstract, please read the abstract instruction document and JHND NOTES and abstract example.

Register your abstract using the online booking system and upload your abstract submission. If you have any problems with the online booking system please contact or call 0121 200 8080 and we will send you the manual booking form.

How to prepare an abstract for BDA events

Authors should follow the guidelines in the abstract instruction document.  Further information on conference abstracts can be found on JHND NOTES the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics Editor’s blog.

The abstracts are judged anonymously using the judging criteria and  peer reviewers guidance.

Guidance for peer reviewers

Peer reviewers and authors may find the reviewer guidance helpful. Further information on peer review can be found on JHND NOTES the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics Editor’s blog

Your Questions Answered

Following the success of the 'Angels Cradle' session in 2014 & 2015, (our panel of experts discussing research dilemmas put forward by the delegates and offering advice) we hosted this session again in 2016. The audience submitted their research question/dilemma to the panel and was discussed during the session.

2016 Symposium

The 2016 Research Symposium was held on 7 December in Birmingham City Centre following the Northern Ireland Satelite edition on 30 November. The day had a great vibe with lots of discussion and interactive. There were 61 abstracts presented,  140 attendees and 8 prizes awarded over the two days. Coverage of the 2016 event is available on the website.

Abstracts will be published in the March edition of the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics (JHND)

2015 Symposium

The 2015 Research Symposium was held on 2 December in Birmingham City Centre. The day was full of informative and interesting discussions, with over 100 people in attendance and over 80 abstracts being presented (quite possibly a BDA record), the winner of each of the streams was awarded at the end of the day. Coverage from the 2015 event is available on the website

Abstracts from the event were published in JHND and can be accessed here.

2014 Symposium

The 2014 Research Symposium on 3 December 2014, saw a day of interesting, inspiring and informative contents with speakers and presentations plus 51 abstracts presented from the four streams.

Each of the 2014 winners have provided more details on their winning research projects and journey. Printed in April 2015 edition of Dietetics Today (page 30) or download the online version (Members only)

Abstracts from the event were published in JHND and can be accessed here.

2013 Symposium

Abstracts from the 2013 research symposium were published in the European Journal of Nutrition and Food Safety and can be found on the publishers website.