Research Symposium


Submission is now closed to present at the 2019 Research Symposium on Wednesday 4 December 2019 in Birmingham.

Why not come along and hear over 80 research projects across a range of themes being presented. All places are now booked but why not add yourself to the wait list

Research is the foundation of the profession providing the basis for practice, education and policy. The symposium provides the profession with an opportunity to showcase their research and highlight the ongoing development of dietetic practice, all approved abstracts have the opportunity to be published in the BDA Journal Human Nutrition and Dietetics (JHND)

Cost to attend BDA Members £60.00 or Non-Members £70.00.

Who will present?

The range of members presenting include students, new graduates, pracitising clinical dietitians and dedicated researchers. The Symposium is for all members of the dietetic workforce to present and/or attend. 

Research Streams

In 2019 we will hear research from across nine main streams, all streams are now closed for submission.

  1. Clinical Nutrition, including malnutrition 
  2. NEW - Critical Care - supported by Critical Care Specialist Group. Bursary available
  3. New to Research, including MRes and PhD research - supported by Yakult 
  4. Nutrition Support - supported by PENG Specialist Group. Bursary available
  5. NEW - Obesity - supported by Obesity Specialist Group. Bursary available
  6. Paediatric – supported by Paediatric Specialist Group. Bursary available
  7. Public Health, including freelance and industry - supported by Public Health Specialist Group. Bursary available
  8. NEW - Renal Nutrition - support by Renal Nutrition Specialist Group. Bursary available
  9. Service Evaluation 

What else happens on the day?

In addition to the abstracts being presented during the day we also hear from dietitians involved in the world of research. We have previously heard from Dr Gary Frost, Dr Clare Pettinger, Professor Mary Hickson, Yvonne McKenzie and Dr Duane Mellor. This year's speakers are Dr Fiona Lithander, Maria Barrett and Sally Abbott.

We will be hosting a breakfast session from 8.30am with Quorn Foods on the role of evidence based nutrition research to remove uncertainty. Join Quorn Foods for breakfast 

The angels cradle question panel will return providing you with the opportunity to ask your research question/dilemma to the panel, who will discuss and offer advice and guidance. In addition, we will also be hosting a PEN masterclass and JHND masterclass.

We have released initial timings for the day, 9.15am to 4.30pm. However, the programme is defined by the number of abstracts being presented on the day. We will notify attendees of the final timings as soon as the programme is finalised.

Already submitted next steps ...

1. Following submission you will be contacted by the team to confirm receipt of your submission and to advise of the next steps.

2. Your abstract is sent for peer review

3. You will receive feedback following review in September, your abstract will be advised as accepted, accepted with amendments, you will be advised on what amendments are required  or rejected, you will be provided feedback on the rejection.

4. You will be provided a time frame to return your abstract with any amendments.

5. Start to prepare your three slide powerpoint presentation.

Deadline for submission is November exact date will be provided. You will be allocated five minutes to present and an additional two minutes for Q&A. Slides should be in 16:9 format

6. Attend and enjoy!

If you applied for a bursary from a BDA Specialist Group, upon successful acceptance of your abstract you will receive further information on bursary and travel reimbursement as applicable. 

Bursaries are subject to the abstract being presented on the day and will be reimbursed after the event.

Looking into further support for your attendance, GET Trustees have established funding to support BDA members attending conferences and events. The relevant application form can be found here. Please submit your form and abstract at least three weeks before the relevant Trustees meeting, to allow it to be assessed and reviewed. Deadline for next round of submissions is Monday 14 October 2019, you will be notified of the outcome by Monday 18 November.

It's never too early to start to plan for 2020

The Research Symposioum is held annually and each year we are overwhelmed by the breath of research being undertaken by dietitians and wider in the field.

We know many believe that research is a long and sometimes painful process to accomplish the outcome. However, we believe most (if not all) members are currently undertaking research but just need to know how to portray.

We have provided guidelines for authors in the abstract instruction document and abstract example. Further information on conference abstracts can be found in 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. The abstract submission process is open to everyone and no abstract will be rejected based on topic.

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

Definition of research 'the systematic investigation into and study of materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions'

We are pleased to accept research, service evaluation and audit abstracts. If you have any queries on any work you have undertaken please contact the BDA Research Officer for further clarification. We hope to see you presenting your work in 2020 and beyond.

A useful information source for you

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.

Previous editions

The Symposium is held annually, why not catch up on what happened in 2018 and take a look at all the research presented.

Guidance for peer reviewers

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