News

Official end of DEDIPAC

30 November 2016

On November 30th, 2016, DEDIPAC officially came to its end. For more information about what has been achieved in the last three years, please see the DEDIPAC brochure, the Final Report, and the DEDIPAC publications. The DEDIPAC coordinating team would like to thank all members of the Knowledge Hub for their contributions and collaborations.

Vacancies Limerick

21 November 2016

The University of Limerick (Ireland) has research opportunities available for two PhD students and a Post Doc in the field of physical activity and health. More information can be found here.

Successful Final Symposium

3 November 2016

The final DEDIPAC symposium was a great success. Almost 200 researchers, policy-makers and other interested parties gathered in the Universitätsclub in Bonn, Germany. After a warm welcome by dean Peter Stehle and organiser Ute Nöthlings, coordinator Hans Brug opened the meeting. Thematic Area leaders Pieter van 't Veer, Nanna Lien and Ilse de Bourdeaudhuij presented an overview of their Thematic Areas, followed by parallel sessions focused on the work of the early-career scientists and some of the highlights of the last three years. In the evening, everybody boarded the 'Rheinprinzessin' for an entertaining keynote by Annie Anderson, assisted by Antje Hebestreit and Catherine Woods, and an informal dinner. The second day was focused on the future of DEDIPAC, with parallel sessions discussing possible avenues, after which Hans Brug closed the meeting and thanked everyone for their contributions. The photos and presentations are now available.

German Press Release

3 November 2016

One of the German DEDIPAC partners, the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology (BIPS), has launched a press release about their work within DEDIPAC. The press release (in German) can be found here.

Final DEDIPAC Symposium

11 October 2016

The final DEDIPAC symposium will take place on Oct 12-13 in Bonn, Germany. The meeting will be used to present the key highlights of DEDIPAC as well as to look ahead. The scientific programme and abstract book are available online. You can follow the meeting on twitter, using #DEDIPAC.

DEDIPAC Press Release

10 October 2016

On the occasion of the final DEDIPAC symposium this week, DEDIPAC has launched a press release:

European researchers join forces to study dietary and physical activity behaviours

Diet and physical activity are of crucial importance for our health. But why do people engage in unhealthy dietary habits and lack sufficient physical activity? We need more insight in these "causes of the causes" to prevent the most important chronic disease across Europe and beyond. This is what the DEDIPAC (Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity) Knowledge Hub has provided. DEDIPAC is the first Joint Action of the Joint Programming Initiative 'a Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life' (JPI HDHL), and hosts its final symposium in October in Bonn, Germany.

DEDIPAC brings together approximately 300 researchers from 70 research institutes in 13 European countries, representing the necessary disciplines for investigating the causes of the causes of chronic disease: biomedical, behavioural, social, economical. DEDIPAC was specifically created to align this research across Europe so that resources and infrastructures are aligned and used more efficiently.

The Knowledge Hub is coordinated by Prof. Johannes Brug and a team of the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Brug: "With DEDIPAC we have build a virtual pan European research institute for expertise and further investigations into the causes of the causes of chronic disease across Europe and beyond. This will help policy makers to make informed decisions to promote health and prevent disease across Europe, and provides a solid basis for further research in this important and under-researched topic."

The scientific work conducted in these three years provides an overview of the state of the art regarding what is needed to motivate, enable and empower Europeans to adopt and maintain healthy diets and physical activity, and provides a research agenda for the years to come.

DEDIPAC advocates and provides important input for better surveillance of diet, physical activity and sedentary behaviour; for the establishment for a pan-European cohort study on the 'causes of the causes' of chronic disease; and for better evaluations and benchmarking of nutrition and physical activity policies across Europe.

Notes:

  1. Further details of the DEDIPAC Knowledge Hub are available at https://www.dedipac.eu/
  2. The DEDIPAC Knowledge Hub is supported by the Joint Programming Initiative 'Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life'. The funding agencies supporting this work are (in alphabetical order of participating Member States): Austria: Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research; Belgium: Research Foundation - Flanders; Finland: Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes); France: Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA); Germany: Federal Ministry of Education and Research; Italy: Ministry of Education, University and Research/ Ministry of Agriculture Food and Forestry Policies; Ireland: The Health Research Board (HRB); The Netherlands: The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw); Norway: The Research Council of Norway, Division for Society and Health; Poland: The National Centre for Research and Development; Spain: Carlos III Institute of Health (ISCIII); The United Kingdom: The Medical Research Council (MRC).
  3. Contact the VUmc communication department by telephone (+31 20 - 444 3444) or by e-mail (press@vumc.nl) for more information.

DEDIPAC Partners Launch Dublin Symposium

7 September 2016

DEDIPAC Ireland partners are gathering in the Gibson Hotel, Dublin on Wednesday September 7th to deliver a one day national symposium.

This free of charge event, which for the first time brings together the largest consortia (DCU, UCC, UL, UCD, TCD) representing diet and physical activity in Ireland, will exchange knowledge and disseminate research findings. Link to the programme.

Vacancy for Post-Doctoral Position

7 September 2016

Vacancy for Post-Doctoral position at the University of Limerick, within the Joint Action 'Malnutrition in the Elderly Knowledge Hub (MaNuEL)'. Read more.

Visit Your Neighbor!

5 August 2016

If you're on holiday in another European country; why not visit one of your DEDIPAC colleagues? Please send us your sunniest selfie picturing you and another DEDIPACer – and win a prize.

Two New Publications

2 August 2016

DEDIPAC has two new publications in International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity.

The first paper reports on the SOS (Systems Of Sedentary behaviour) framework. This paper, first-authored by Sebastien Chastin, describes the development of a transdisciplinary and dynamic framework for research on determinants of sedentary behaviour. It was developed using a concept mapping approach, and a part of this process was undertaken during the ISBNPA satellite meeting in Glasgow last year. The paper can be seen here and downloaded here.

The second paper is titled "Systematic mapping review of the factors influencing dietary behaviour in ethnic minority groups living in Europe: a DEDIPAC study" and first-authored by Hibbah Araba Osei-Kwasi. The researchers, part of Work Package 2.4, identified a range of factors and clusters influencing dietary behaviour among ethnic minority groups, as well as several gaps in the literature. The paper can be seen here and downloaded here.

DEDIPAC Ireland Symposium

4 July 2016

The Irish DEDIPAC partners are organising a one-day national symposium on Wednesday September 7th, 2016. This meeting will, for the first time, bring together all the Irish DEDIPAC partners (DCU, UCC, UL, UCD, TCD), to exchange knowledge and disseminate research findings from this HRB-funded joint programming initiative.

At this conference, research conducted by the Irish partners on diet, physical activity and sedentary behaviour will be presented under the following themes:

  • Measurement of diet, physical activity and sedentary behaviour
  • Determinants of diet, physical activity and sedentary behaviour
  • Evaluation of public health and policy interventions for diet, physical activity and sedentary behaviour

Attendance at this one-day symposium is free of charge however registration is essential. For more information and registration, please click here.

DEDIPAC reviews published

30 June 2016

This week, four DEDIPAC reviews were published in International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity. The reviews were conducted in WP1.2 and studied the prevalence of sedentary time and physical activity in European youth and adults according to cross-European studies:

  • Sedentary time in youth PDF URL
  • Sedentary time in adults PDF URL
  • Physical activity in youth PDF URL
  • Physical activity in adults PDF URL

DEDIPAC @ ISBNPA

7 June 2016

This week, the International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) will host its annual meeting in Cape Town, South Africa.

We would like to point out the DEDIPAC-related work that will be presented there:

  • Thursday June 9th 08:30 – 09:45
    Symposium (room 2.44-2.46)
    Development and relevance of multidisciplinary frameworks of determinants of dietary behaviour, physical activity and sedentary behaviour across the life course and in vulnerable groups – A DEDIPAC Knowledge Hub output
    Chair: Nanna Lien
  • Thursday June 9th 11:00 – 12:00
    Poster (P1.006)
    Food decision making: a systematic interdisciplinary mapping review
    Presenter: Claudia Symmank
  • Friday June 10th 11:00 – 12:00
    Poster (LP2.184)
    MAP-IT: A practical tool for planning complex behavior modification interventions
    Presenter: Sylvia Hansen
  • Friday June 10th 11:00 – 12:00
    Poster (P2.104)
    A hierarchy-analysis of socio-demographic correlates of sitting time in European adults
    Presenter: Anne Loyen
  • Saturday June 11th 13:30 – 14:45
    Symposium (room 2.44-2.46)
    Youth and adult physical activity, sedentary and dietary behaviour surveillance systems and population levels across Europe: a DEDIPAC symposium
    Chair: Hidde van der Ploeg

Registration Final DEDIPAC Symposium

2 June 2016

We are happy to inform you that the registration for the final DEDIPAC symposium 2016, to be held in Bonn on October 12th and 13th, is now open at:

https://www.ernaehrungsepidemiologie.uni-bonn.de/DEDIPAC-en/dedipac-symposium-en

There will be an attendance fee of € 70,- and all participants are required to make arrangements and pay for their travel and accommodation themselves. Please note that the number of participants is limited. Please find more information on the flyer.

We are looking forward to see you all in Bonn!

Job Position

9 May 2016

Glasgow Caledonian University is looking for a Research Fellow for research on sedentary behaviour and ageing. The School of Health and Life Sciences is looking to appoint a fixed term Research Fellow for 36 months to the Healthy Ageing and Active Living Research Group in the Institute for Applied Health Research. The post holder will contribute to the high quality and impact of the group’s research. They seek an outstanding individual with the right combination of research, numerate and public engagement skills to be part of our vibrant team. The Research Fellow will be embedded within the research team under direction from Prof Dawn Skelton and Prof Jo Booth to specifically work on the portfolio of research and develop new projects on promoting physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour in later life. Details can be found here.

DEDIPAC @ ISBNPA

9 May 2016

Next month, the International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) will host its annual meeting in Cape Town, South Africa.

We would like to present an overview of all DEDIPAC-related posters, presentations and symposia at the meeting. So are you presenting DEDIPAC-related work in Cape Town next month? Please let us know through e-mail (dedipac@vumc.nl) or twitter (@JPI_DEDIPAC).

Nutrition Course

29 March 2016

From 29 August – 2 September 2016 the 4th edition of the international advanced course "Exposure Assessment in Nutrition Research" is organized by the Division of Human Nutrition of Wageningen University (Wageningen, the Netherlands) in cooperation with the Graduate School VLAG.

The course is meant for university graduates in biomedical sciences; nutrition, epidemiology etc. The course is focused on PhD students and post-docs as well as participants from the industry and research centres.

More details on the programme can be found at: http://www.vlaggraduateschool.nl/courses/expo-nut.htm. Online registration is also possible via this link.

Final DEDIPAC Symposium

7 March 2016

On October 12 and 13th, the final DEDIPAC symposium will take place in Bonn, Germany.

On Wednesday October 12th the highlights of DEDIPAC will be presented in different plenary and break-out sessions. In the evening, there will be a dinner event including a keynote speaker during a boat trip on the Rhine. The future of DEDIPAC will be discussed on Thursday October 13th.

The preliminary program of the meeting can be downloaded here. More information and the possibility to register will follow in due time.

Determinants of sedentary behaviour

29 February 2016

The WP2.3 review on determinants of sedentary behaviour in adults has been published in BMC Public Health. The manuscript, first-authored by Grainne O’Donoghue, identified individual, social, environmental, and policy-related determinants and correlates of sedentary behaviours. The manuscript can be found on the website of BMC Public Health and can be downloaded here.

TA3 Publication

8 January 2016

The umbrella review from Thematic Area 3 titled "Implementation conditions for diet and physical activity interventions and policies: an umbrella review" is published in BMC Public Health. The publication is ready for download at: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/15/1250.

Job offer

5 January 2016

The Institute for Biomedicine of Aging (Nürnberg, Germany) invites applications for a position as postdoctoral research fellow. They are looking for a highly motivated, ambitious researcher for a European research project in the field of malnutrition in older persons. More information is available here. Deadline for applications is January 30th.

Happy Holidays!

18 December 2015

DEDIPAC wishes everyone Happy Holidays!

Happy anniversary!

1 December 2015

Today, the DEDIPAC project is running for exactly two years. Happy anniversary!

Deliverables achieved

30 November 2015

All Deliverables that were due in November 2015 have been achieved in time. These six Deliverables, two of which are publicly available, are now listed on the DEDIPAC website.

IJBNPA call for Associate Editors

30 November 2015

The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (IJBNPA) is looking for new Associate Editors to start work in early 2016. Suitable candidates should have:

  • Substantial experience in publishing in high quality journals;
  • Substantial experience in reviewing scientific papers for high quality journals;
  • Preferably some experience as member of an editorial board;
  • A commitment to ISBNPA / IJBNPA;
  • Expertise in at least one of the following areas:
    • Physical Activity
    • Behavioural nutrition
    • Psychometrics and scale development
    • GIS/Environmental issues
  • Time to spend at least 2 hours per week working on the journal.

For more information, please see the Call for Expressions of Interest. Interested candidates should send a 1-page letter outlining their interest in the post and any relevant experience along with a brief CV (max 2-pages) to ijbnpa-office@bristol.ac.uk by Friday 18th December.

Save the date!

3 November 2015

The final DEDIPAC symposium will take place on 12 - 13 October 2016 in Bonn, Germany. Details will follow but for now we would like to ask you all to save the date.

TA3 meeting

19 October 2015

On the 5th and 6th of October, 2015, TA3 partners involved in the development of the toolbox and in the natural experiments were invited to the TA3 meeting in Aberdeen (Scotland).

On the 5th of October, there were discussions about the TA3 toolbox and how to move forward after receiving feedback from several stakeholders. Furthermore, partners presented their natural experiment and how they used the toolbox in their experiment. Finally, there were discussions about the preparation of the consensus meeting for the toolbox, which will take place in April 2016 in Stuttgart (Germany).

On the 6th of October, TA3 partners were welcome to join an economical workshop. The workshop mainly focused on the economical evaluation part of the toolbox and how this section could be optimized. Furthermore, partners were able to sit down with economists to discuss how they (would) handle an economical evaluation in their natural experiment.

WP2.3 publications

14 October 2015

Within WP2.3, three manuscripts regarding determinants of sedentary behaviour have been accepted in IJBNPA. Two manuscripts are systematic literature reviews regarding determinants of sedentary behaviour in youth (Stierlin, De Lepeleere, et al.) and in older adults (Chastin et al.). One manuscript is a commentary regarding both systematic literature reviews, which has been written by Hans Brug and Mai Chin A Paw. The three manuscripts are accessible through the website of IJBNPA (www.ijbnpa.org).

Serious Health Games and Apps Conference

28 September 2015

On 30th Nov - 1st Dec 2015, Ghent University is organizing a two-day conference on serious health games and apps. The conference creates a forum for both academic discussions and practical applications, made possible by the contributions of several leading international authors in this field, including Profs. Tom and Janice Baranowski (US), Prof. Debbe Thompson (US), Prof. Ralph Maddison (NZ), Dr. Leanne Morrison (UK), Dr. Pepijn Van Empelen (NL), and Dr. Monique Simons (NL), and local researchers who will share their experiences and expertise in health game and app creation. There is an opportunity to submit poster presentations (before Oct 15th 2015). The program can be viewed here.

Registration is now open. For more information or to register, go to: http://www.ugent.be/ge/bsw/nl/actueel/agenda/healthgamesandappsconference.htm.

Job position Hanze University

18 September 2015

Hanze University of Applied Sciences (Groningen, the Netherlands) is looking for a researcher/lecturer (postdoc) Active and Healthy Lifestyle, especially related to the behaviours of physical activity, sport, sedentary behaviour and diet in young children and adolescents. The candidate will play a major and key role in (further) developing and implementing existing and new multilevel community-based lifestyle intervention research projects. Further information is available on: www.academictransfer.com/29878. The deadline for application is October 4th.

DEDIPAC publication

11 September 2015

The DEDIPAC publication "Are Self-Report Measures Able to Define Individuals as Physically Active or Inactive?" is accepted and published (ahead of print) in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. The paper, first-authored by Jostein Steene-Johannessen, is based on work in Work Package 1.2 (task 1.2.2) and can be viewed here and downloaded here.

Healthy Urban Living

1 September 2015

This fall, Utrecht University will host four lectures around the theme "Healthy Urban Living". On September 15th, Knowledge Hub coordinator prof. Hans Brug will, together with prof. Terry Huang, give a lecture titled "Fit in the City". Can the public space in cities be built in such a way that it invites people to go for a run or bike to their workplace? All lectures take place in Utrecht (the Netherlands). More information about the lectures and the program can be found here.

Serious games and mHealth symposium

27 August 2015

Monday September 14th there will be a "Serious Games and mHealth Application for Healthy Lives" symposium in Wageningen, the Netherlands. Speakers from the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK and New Zealand will discuss different aspects of serious games research in relation to health eating and physical activity, ranging from the development of a game, unravelling the working elements, to evaluating long-term effects. Interested? Visit their website.

Vacancy: Chair in Physical Activity and Health

18 August 2015

The University of Limerick is looking for a Chair in Physical Activity and Health. Further information for applicants and application material is available online from: http://www.ul.ie/hrvacancies/. The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 28th August 2015.

VUmc is looking for a PhD student

14 August 2015

The VUmc has a vacancy for a PhD student on the role of environmental characteristics in the development of chronic diseases, and the mediating effect of lifestyle. Applicants can apply until Thursday 20 August 2015. More information about this position can be found on: https://www.werkenbijvumc.nl/vacatures/phd-student-environmental-determinants-of-lifestyle-behaviors-and-risk-of-type-2-diabetes-and-cardi/.

PhD opportunities Dublin City University

22 July 2015

Dublin City University has two PhD opportunities available that might be of interest to members of the DEDIPAC consortium. The PhD studentship focus on Exercise Behaviour Change and Mobile Health Interventions (closing date: 7th August) and Childhood Physical Activity (closes July 30th). More information can be found on their website: http://www.dcu.ie/shhp/research_positions.shtml.

Statistical Analysis Workshop

9 July 2015

Last week, the data pooling taskforce met in Amsterdam for the Statistical Analysis Workshop. On Wednesday, the workshop consisted of lectures of prof. Rens van de Schoot (Bayesian analysis), prof. Heiner Boeing (Federated Meta-analysis), prof. Hendriek Boshuizen (Data harmonisation), prof. Mario Mazzocchi (Economist's view), dr. Saskia te Velde (Mediation/moderation analysis) and dr. Michiel de Boer (Longitudinal/multi-level analysis). On Thursday morning, dr. Marta Stelmach-Mardas, Annabel Stierlin and Joeri Kalter provided interesting hands-on tutorials. Thursday afternoon and Friday morning a lot of progress was made during the WP-specific meetings.

Consensus meeting

26 June 2015

On the 8th and 9th of June 2015, a workshop was organized on determinants of sedentary behaviour across the life course, as a satellite of the ISBNPA annual meeting.

The objective of the meeting was to finalize a transdisciplinary consensus framework for research on determinants of sedentary behaviour across the life course. The workshop followed an interactive Delphi process, and international speakers talked about determinants of sedentary behaviour throughout this workshop. In total, 69 participants and 7 members of the panel attended the meeting and contributed their opinion.

During the second day of the workshop, we got a consensus on six clusters regarding determinants of sedentary behaviour, being (1) physical health & wellbeing, (2) social & cultural context, (3) built & natural environment, (4) psychology & behaviour, (5) politics & economics, and (6) institutional settings.

The cluster with the highest priority that came out of the rating and the sorting of the first day was the cluster "Institutional settings". The cluster with the second highest priority was the cluster "Psychology & behaviour". This was followed by "Built & Natural environment", "Physical Health & Wellbeing", "Social & cultural context" and "Politics & Economics".

Masterclass effective interventions

26 June 2015

How to develop effective interventions in public health practice? That is the title of a masterclass which will be held on October 26th and 27th in Wageningen, the Netherlands and could be interesting for members of the DEDIPAC consortium.

Open the flyer for more information, or visit the website to register.

Periodic Report available

17 June 2015

The Periodic Report of DEDIPAC is now available. This report provides an overview of the first 18 months of the DEDIPAC Knowledge Hub. Knowledge Hub coordinator Hans Brug concludes "In this first 1.5 years since the start of this endeavour we have delivered what we promised, and even a bit more..." The report can be downloaded here.

JPI HDHL conference

2 June 2015

The 3rd International Conference of the Joint Programming Initiative on A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life will take place on Friday the 19th of June in Brussels, Belgium.

The theme of this conference will be the "Positioning and alignment of national and international research activities in the area of JPI HDHL in the context of Global and European Programmes". The objective of this conference is to achieve a dialogue between the participants – which are a representation of the great variety of stakeholder in the area of JPI HDHL – to support alignment and collaboration between research programmes and policies.

For more information, open the invitation, view the program, or visit the registration page.

DEDIPAC at ISBNPA

29 May 2015

Next week, the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity will host its 2015 Annual Meeting in Edinburgh. We would like to draw your attention to the several DEDIPAC symposia, a short oral and the satellite meeting:

  • Symposium (S1.3):
    Determinants of sedentary behaviour across the life span: a DEDIPAC symposium
    Friday June 5th, 08:30 – 09:45, Pentland Auditorium
  • Symposium (S1.6):
    Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity (DEDIPAC)
    Saturday June 6th, 08:30 – 09:45, Pentland Auditorium
  • Short oral (SO1.3.2):
    Dietary behavior: Developing a taxonomy of outcomes related to diet, eating and nutrition
    Marijn Stok, Britta Renner, on behalf of WP 2.1 of the DEDIPAC project and the DEDIPAC consortium
    Saturday June 6th, 08:30 – 09:45, Ochil 1
  • Symposium (S6.7):
    Mapping the determinants of dietary behaviour and physical activity/sedentary behaviour in minority ethnic groups - a DEDIPAC study: potential explanations, knowledge gaps and key research challenges
    Saturday June 6th, 11:30 – 12:45, Moorfoot
  • Satellite meeting (1):
    Determinants of sedentary behaviour across the life course: synthesis and consensus meeting
    Monday June 8th and Tuesday June 9th, Glasgow
    http://store.gcu.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&deptid=14&catid=9&prodid=18

We hope to see many of you in Edinburgh / Glasgow next week!

DEDIPAC symposium

26 May 2015

On Saturday June 6th, DEDIPAC will host a symposium at the ISBNPA Annual Meeting 2015. This workshop will introduce the DEDIPAC Knowledge Hub, present first results of the secondary data analyses and systematic literature reviews, and discuss future directions. The symposium will be hosted by Hub coordinator Johannes Brug and each Thematic Area will present their work. Everyone involved with and/or interested in DEDIPAC is welcome to join us from 08:30 until 09:45.

Summary DEDIPAC @ EXPO

19 May 2015

The DEDIPAC workshop at the EXPO Milano 2015 was a great success. Approximately 50 participants were involved in this interactive workshop. After a short quiz (using brand new DEDIPAC hats), Johannes Brug introduced the DEDIPAC Knowledge Hub and Hidde van der Ploeg presented the state of the art of physical activity and sedentary behaviour surveillance. Subsequently, Ulf Ekelund explained the rationale, objective, practice, findings and future of the International Children’s Accelerometry Database, Francesca Racioppi provided the WHO perspective while Will Norman presented the industry perspective. After these presentations, there was a lively panel discussion with the speakers, joined by Alan Donnelly and Wolfgang Ahrens. A few pictures of the workshop:

DEDIPAC @ EXPO

14 May 2015

Today, DEDIPAC will present their physical activity and sedentary behaviour surveillance & assessment workshop at the EXPO Milano 2015. DEDIPAC coordinator Johannes Brug will chair the workshop which will host researchers, policy makers and the activity monitor industry and aims to formulate recommendations on progressing physical activity and sedentary behaviour surveillance in Europe. The hand-out of Hans’ presentation can be downloaded here. Pictures of the event will be posted later, or can be directly viewed at twitter: @JPI_DEDIPAC.

Job offers Bonn University

7 April 2015

The department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Nutritional Epidemiology of Bonn University, Germany, is looking for a PhD student, a postdoc and a research coordinator.

Future Food Utrecht – Summerschool

31 March 2015

From 7 until 10 July 2015, the Utrecht University is organizing the Future Food Utrecht Summerschool, which might be interesting for DEDIPAC members.

Date: 7-10 July 2015
Venue: Utrecht University, the Netherlands
Registration deadline: May 1st 2015

The Future Food Utrecht Summerschool will bring together students and world-renowned scientists from different scientific disciplines to learn and discuss about how science can feed the world in the 2050. The combination of fundamental veterinary and plant sciences and integrated studies on molecular, immunological and psychological mechanisms of (un)healthy eating behavior will provide students with a broad perspective on the societal and scientific challenges that await to meet the dietary demands of the future.

For more information, please visit the website. The Summerschool is now open for registration. The organizers hope to welcome many of you this Summer in Utrecht.

Organizers:
Dr.ir. Joline Beulens, Prof.dr.ir. Corné Pieterse, Prof. dr. Denise de Ridder and Dr. Roeland Berendsen

Registration deadline EXPO workshop

31 March 2015

Please note that the registration for the DEDIPAC workshop "Physical activity & sedentary behaviour surveillance and assessment – maximizing Europe's resources" at the EXPO Milano 2015 will close on April 19th. You can register for the workshop via this link: http://ec.europa.eu/research/conferences/2015/expo2015/index.cfm?pg=dedipac.

DEDIPAC workshop at EXPO

19 March 2015

DEDIPAC presents a "Physical activity & sedentary behaviour surveillance and assessment – maximizing Europe's resources" workshop at the EXPO Milano 2015.

This workshop will take place on May 14th, from 10:30 until 13:30 in the EU pavilion at the EXPO in Milan, Italy. DEDIPAC coordinator Johannes Brug will chair the workshop which will host researchers, policy makers and the activity monitor industry and aims to formulate recommendations on progressing physical activity and sedentary behaviour surveillance in Europe.

For more information, please see the program.

The workshop is free of charge.

You can register for the workshop via this link: http://ec.europa.eu/research/conferences/2015/expo2015/index.cfm?pg=dedipac.

Online physical activity course

24 February 2015

The Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney Physical Activity Network (PLANET), WHO Collaborating Centre for Physical Activity Nutrition and Obesity (WHO-CCPANO) and International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) are organizing an online course on Exercise and Physical Activity in NCD Prevention. This is an introductory course on the role of physical activity and exercise in chronic disease prevention, using clinical and population health perspectives that might be interesting for members of the DEDIPAC consortium. The online course consists of 8 modules, spread over 6 weeks of instruction and starts on March 9th. For more information click here.

The Lancet Series on Obesity 2015

24 February 2015

A few days ago, the Lancet published their Second Series on Obesity. All content of this Series can be found here: http://www.thelancet.com/series/obesity-2015. In addition, a commentary by Carlo La Vecchi and Lluis Serra Majem titled "Evaluating trends in global dietary patterns" can be found here: www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/langlo/PIIS2214-109X(15)70011-2.pdf.

TA3 meeting

20 February 2015

On the 13th of February, 2015, a Thematic Area 3 live meeting was organised at INRA in Paris, France, and was attended by more than 20 partners from TA3. During this meeting, the online toolbox for the development, implementation and evaluation of policies and multicomponent interventions was presented. Furthermore, partners presented their natural experiments in which they will use different parts of the TA3 toolbox. In the afternoon, discussion groups were formed and discussions took place on how to provide general and specific feedback regarding the toolbox. During the wrap up, decisions were made regarding how to move forward with the natural experiments and the online toolbox.

TA2 meeting

9 February 2015

Thematic Area 2 organized a fruitful meeting in Amsterdam on January 27-28. The first day was dedicated to the frameworks, and concluded by an informal dinner. On the second day the data pooling tasks were discussed, and there was room for Work Package-specific meetings.

Umbrella review accepted

3 February 2015

The DEDIPAC paper "Good practice characteristics of diet and physical activity interventions and policies: an umbrella review" is published in BMC Public Health. The PDF of this paper, first-authored by Karolina Horodyska, can be downloaded here, visit the website of BMC Public Health here.

Best wishes

19 December 2014

DEDIPAC wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

MedEx job vacancies

19 December 2014

The MedEx Research Cluster in Dublin (Ireland) is looking for 1 post doc and 3 PhD students in the area of healthcare and physical activity.

The MedEx Research Cluster is a dynamic multi-disciplinary team of experts in physical activity, health and disease prevention spanning disciplines including psychology, health promotion, physiology, biomechanics and connected health. It is part of the Centre of Preventive Medicine, located within the School of Health and Human Performance. Recently MedEx has been successful in obtaining funding for research from Horizon 2020, industry and the public sector in Ireland. As part of this success, they are currently looking for 1 postdoctoral research fellow and 3 PhD candidates. In summary they are looking for researchers in exercise and health behaviour change. Essentially, trying to understand how best to intervene in order to encourage lifelong adherence to physical activity and ultimately a healthier life. Specifically, they are looking for:

Registration ISBNPA Satellite

15 December 2014

Registration for the ISBNPA 2015 satellite meeting on determinants of sedentary behaviour across the life course is now opened - with early bird discount. For more information please visit: http://www.isbnpa2015.org/satellite-meetings.

Review protocols in PROSPERO

1 December 2014

The review protocols of Task 1.1.1 have been registered in the PROSPERO database. These reviews aim to answer the following questions:

DEDIPAC symposium ISBNPA

1 December 2014

The DEDIPAC symposium has been accepted for the ISBNPA meeting in 2015. The purpose of this symposium is to present an overview, progress and midterm results of the DEDIPAC Knowledge Hub.

DEDIPAC paper accepted

25 November 2014

The DEDIPAC paper “Towards the integration and development of a cross-European research network and infrastructure: the DEterminants of DIet and Physical ACtivity (DEDIPAC) Knowledge Hub” is accepted for publication in the International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity. The article, first-authored by Jeroen Lakerveld, introduces the rationale, organisation and aims of DEDIPAC. The abstract can be found here.

FENS Conference

25 November 2014

The 12th European Nutrition Conference of the Federation of European Nutrition Societies (FENS) will be organized 20-23 October 2015 in Berlin (Germany). This conference might be interesting for members of the DEDIPAC consortium. For more information see: http://www.fensberlin2015.org.

DEDIPAC at EXPO

4 November 2014

DEDIPAC will be organizing a workshop during the EXPO Milano 2015 in Italy. This workshop will take place on Thursday May 14th 2015. More information will follow soon.

ISBNPA Symposium

4 November 2014

The DEDIPAC symposium proposal for the ISBNPA meeting in 2015 has been submitted. This meeting will be held June 3rd – 6th in Edinburgh (Scotland). The overall abstract of the symposium can be found on the Partner Portal under Proposals / Accepted.

2014 ASPO Autumn Symposium

10 October 2014

All DEDIPAC members are invited to the 2014 ASPO Autumn Symposium. This year's symposium will take place in Utrecht (Netherlands) on November 20th and focus on the topic of Environmental Psychology. State-of-the-art knowledge on the topic of designing and navigating built environments will be presented, highlighting the importance of researching such human-environment interactions outside the lab. The program can be found here. Costs for attending the symposium are € 30,00 (including lunch and refreshments). For questions and registration, please contact Ms. Amal Ng: T.T.Ng@uu.nl. PhD students interested in presenting their research during the symposium can indicate this during their registration. If more than four students sign up, we will make a selection based on appropriateness of the topic and inform the candidates on November 7th at the latest.

We hope to welcome many of you on the 20th of November.

With kind regards,
Marijn Stok, Denise de Ridder and Emely de Vet

Consensus meeting

19 September 2014

There will be an international consensus meeting on the determinants of sedentary behaviour across the life course at ISBNPA 2015. Dr S. Chastin and Prof G. Cardon are organising this meeting on behalf of DEDIPAC as the satellite meeting to ISBNPA 2015 in Glasgow the 8th and 9th of June 2015. This meeting will bring together epidemiologist, psychologist, clinicians, economist, rehabilitation, life, health, behavioural and social scientists to discuss the interaction between biological, psychological, sociological, economic, ecological, and socio-economic factors that determine sedentary behaviour. Experts will be invited and in depth multidisciplinary discussions will be held on; how these mechanisms change over the life course, how these factors and their interactions differ between social and ethnic groups and what are the right targets for actions at multiple levels. The conference objective is to finalise a transdisciplinary consensus framework for research on determinants of sedentary behaviour across the life course. The meeting will be held as part of the European Knowledge hub on Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity and will follow an interactive Delphi process. Please join us and contribute your expertise.

More information: http://www.isbnpa2015.org/satellite-meetings

Contact: Dr Sebastien Chastin
Glasgow Caledonian University, School of Health and Life Sciences
Email: sebastien.chastin@gcu.ac.uk

Review protocols in PROSPERO

18 September 2014

The review protocols of Task 1.2.1.2 have been registered in the PROSPERO database. These reviews will look at the variation in population levels of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in European youth, according to pan-European studies.

EYHS Symposium

15 September 2014

The 8th symposium of the European Youth Heart Study – ‘from observation to intervention’ will be organized 11-13 March 2015 in Oslo (Norway). The symposium might be interesting for members of the DEDIPAC consortium. For more information see: http://www.nih.no/EYHS.

European Congress of Epidemiology

12 September 2014

The European Congress of Epidemiology – Healthy Living will be held 25-27 June 2015 in Maastricht (the Netherlands). This congress might be interesting for members of the DEDIPAC consortium. See http://www.healthyliving2015.nl for more information.

TA3 meeting

10 September 2014

Monday September 8th, almost thirty researchers from Thematic Area 3 had a successful meeting in Amsterdam. The main discussions during this day were about the toolbox deliverables. The meeting showed that the individual components are nearly finished; in the next months the researchers will be focussed on the conceptual aspects and fitting it all together.

Symposium proposal

10 September 2014

The DEDIPAC management team is preparing to submit a symposium proposal for the ISBNPA meeting in 2015. The meeting will be held June 3rd – 6th in Edinburgh (Scotland). The proposal includes an introduction of DEDIPAC, as well as the presentation of the first results.

Presentation at WCPHN

10 September 2014

The abstract of the DEDIPAC manuscript has been accepted for an oral presentation at the III World Congress of Public Health Nutrition. This congress will take place from 9 – 12 November 2014 at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain). Thematic Area 2 leader Nanna Lien will be the presenter.

First deliverables ready

8 August 2014

The DEDIPAC management team congratulates Thematic Area 1 and 3 with the completion of the first deliverables. These deliverables can now be found at the Partner Portal and contain an interim report on identified measurement methods for a pan-European surveillance framework (deliverable no. 1.3.1), a report of consensus on how to define good practices for policies or multi-component interventions (deliverable no. 3.1.1), a report on policy monitoring and evaluation based on literature search and rapid review (deliverable no. 3.2.1) and a report on multi-component intervention monitoring and evaluation based on literature search and rapid review (deliverable no 3.3.1).

Publication guidelines

30 June 2014

The DEDIPAC management team has established publication guidelines to guide researchers from within the DEDIPAC consortium in the development of scientific publications. The guidelines can be found on the Partner Portal under Exchange / General / Publication guidelines.

Review protocols in PROSPERO

24 June 2014

The review protocols of Task 1.2.1.1 have been registered in the PROSPERO database. The reviews will look at the variation in population levels of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in European adults according to pan-European studies. The protocol for the review about physical activity can be found here, the sedentary behaviour review protocol can be found here.

“Exposure Assessment in Nutrition Research” Course

30 May 2014

From 25-29 August 2014 the third edition of the international advanced course “Exposure Assessment in Nutrition Research” is organized by the Division of Human Nutrition of Wageningen University in cooperation with the Graduate School VLAG. This course is extremely relevant for researchers involved in TA1, but also for some in TA2 and TA3 it might be an interesting course.

The course is meant for university graduates in biomedical sciences; nutrition, epidemiology etc. The course is focused on PhD students and post-docs as well as participants from the industry and research centres. The brochure of the course can be downloaded here, more details on the programme can be found on this website. Online registration is also possible via this link.

DEDIPAC presented at ISBNPA

22 May 2014

The DEDIPAC Knowledge Hub will be presented during this year’s International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) Annual Meeting in San Diego, California. Unfortunately, the poster was lost in transit, forcing Hub coordinator Johannes Brug to use a handmade replacement. Fortunately, the original poster can be downloaded here.

Successful Meeting

19 May 2014

The DEDIPAC full-consortium meeting on May 15th and 16th was a great success. The Knowledge Hub coordinator J. Brug opened the meeting on Thursday morning outlining the scope and stressing the relevance of DEDIPAC. After that, prof dr. U. Ebner-Priemer talked about ambulatory assessment methods, prof. dr. S. Kremers provided an overview of how determinants could be conceptualised and dr. S. Vandevijvere presented the INFORMAS framework. In the afternoon the three Thematic Areas had separate meetings. The reception was enjoyed on a (sunny!) boat trip through the Amsterdam canals. On Friday lots of progress was made in WP specific workshops and meetings.

Full-Consortium Meeting

13 May 2014

On May 15th and 16th the first DEDIPAC full-consortium meeting will take place at the VU University in Amsterdam. The meeting will host almost 200 researchers from 46 research institutes in 12 European countries. The keynotes are prof. dr. Ulrich Ebner-Priemer (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie), prof. dr. S. Kremers (Maastricht University) and dr. S. Vandevijvere (University of Auckland) and the meeting will be hosted by DEDIPAC coordinator prof. dr. J. Brug. The program can be found here.

The DEDIPAC website is now online!

10 May 2014

The DEDIPAC website is now online! We tried our best to make sure everything works and all the information displayed is right. Nevertheless, if you notice any flaws or errors please contact us at dedipac@vumc.nl. Comments and ideas are also welcome.

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