Research is the foundation of the dietetic profession, providing the evidence base our practice, education and policy work relies on. The Symposium provides Dietitians, dietetic students and researchers an opportunity to showcase their research, highlight the ongoing development of dietetic practice, and be published in the BDA Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics (JHND).
We held the 2023 Symposium on Wednesday 6 December in Birmingham. Check out the selection of photos on the day below! Save the date for next year: Wednesday 4 December 2024!
Breakfast session with Precision Biotics
Join Precision Biotics for breakfast to hear Noelle Power, Specialist Gastroenterology Dietitian and Team Lead at The Ulster Hospital, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust present Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) as a disorder of gut-brain interaction: what does this mean for clinical practice
The talk will be spilt into 3 sections:
Noelle is a Specialist gastroenterology dietitian, with 15 years’ clinical experience in the NHS. Specialises in the dietary management of gastrointestinal disorders in adults. Vast experience in evidenced based, clinical management and teaching of diet related gastroenterology disorders. Special interest in topics such as Small Bowel Bacterial Overgrowth, IBS and IBD.
**NEW FOR 2023** There were limited opportunities to submit abstracts to be presented as a recording during the day. If you proivide a recorded abstract you will not attend the day, the abstract will be presented with a voice over and published (Subject to your approval) in JHND. We will review this opportunity to decide on plans for 2024.
If your abstract is rejected your registration will be cancelled without charge.
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We believe most (if not all) of our members are currently undertaking research, whether they are in traditional research settings or in practice.
Research can be defined as 'the systematic investigation into and study of materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions'
The symposium aims to:
Anyone who is researching in the field of dietetics and human nutrition is invited to submit their abstract to the symposium.
We welcome students, new graduates, practising clinical dietitians and dedicated researchers, as well as non-dietitians, to present and attend. The Symposium is for all members of the dietetic workforce.
Previous attendees include those taking their first steps in research, presenting 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.
We've been delighted to welcome to previous symposiums:
Each year, we have a number of streams, in 2023 we will hear work from across 16 main streams, no work will be rejected based on theme.
Showcasing the latest research in the field of dietetic supplementary prescribing. Exploring the role and impact of dietetic prescribers in practice, and supporting our case for independent prescribing.
1. Prepare your abstract in line with the submission guidance
We have provided guidelines for authors in the abstract instruction document. Further information on conference abstracts can be found in JHND NOTES the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics Editor’s blog.
To submit an abstract, please read the abstract instruction document and JHND NOTES and abstract example.
2. Register your abstract using the online booking system and upload your abstract submission
Review the research stream and submit your abstract in your chosen stream via the online booking system selected streams open until 8am on Monday 17 July. Extensions will be considered upon request.
If you have any problems with the online booking system please contact [email protected]
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. In September, following review, you will be advised whether your abstract has been accepted or rejected and whether any amendments are necessary. Any required amendments will be communicated to you. Should your abstract be rejected, you will also receive feedback.
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 will be in November, exact date tbc. 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!
Some BDA Specialist Groups have provided bursaries to cover the cost of attendance.
Bursaries currently available
Bursaries are subject to the abstract being presented live on the day and will be reimbursed after the event. You will be contacted in August if you fulful the criteria for the bursary.
GET Trustees have also established funding to support BDA members attending conferences and events. Please submit your form and abstract at least three weeks before the relevant Trustee meeting, to allow it to be assessed and reviewed.
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 Miranda Lomer, Dr Danni Bear, Dr Gary Frost, Dr Clare Pettinger, Professor Mary Hickson, Maria Barrett, Sally Abbott and more.
We have also held breakfast sessions with Quorn Foods and California Walnut Board in the past and also masterclasses on pitfalls and perils of manuscript submission, funding opportunities with GET and top tips on using Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition (PEN)
Initial timings for the day are 9.15am-4.30pm, with breakfast session from 8.15am. We are pleased to announce a breakfast session with Precision Biotics to hear Noelle Power, Specialist Gastroenterology Dietitian and Team Lead at The Ulster Hospital, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust present Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) as a disorder of gut-brain interaction: what does this mean for clinical practice. The programme is defined by the number of abstracts being presented on the day so these may change. We will notify attendees of the final timings as soon as the programme is finalised.