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Interdisciplinary perspectives on the food environment and public health

11 November 2019  -  12 November 2019
KNAW, Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam
020 551 0747
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Interdisciplinary expert meeting on the role of the food environment for public health to achieve a breakthrough in this research field.

The role of the food environment in eating behaviour and health has attracted increasing attention in recent years. Various research disciplines have made much scientific progress in a short period of time in understanding the impact of the food environment on public health. Examples include epidemiological, geographical, psychological and managerial research. New insights and a growing political and social interest in the prevention of diet-related chronic diseases have prompted momentum for creating a breakthrough in this research field. 

In view of the fact that innovations are generated increasingly at intersections of disciplines, this expert meeting will bring together researchers from different disciplines to discuss knowledge, knowledge gaps and prospects in the field of food environment and public health. 

This meeting will focus on the following questions:

  • What are the different scientific perspectives on the concept of the food environment, its demarcation, the most important current theories and the relationship with eating behaviour and health?
  • What methods – research instruments, infrastructure, analysis techniques – are used within the various disciplines to interpret and measure the food environment?
  • What challenges (or limitations) do scientists from different disciplines experience in researching the relationship between the food environment and eating behaviour/health, and are there interdisciplinary solutions?
  • What interdisciplinary collaborations, connections and follow-up steps are needed to advance and improve scientific research into the role of the environment in eating behaviour? 

On 11 and 12 November Dutch and foreign researchers will meet during an Academy Colloquium to discuss these questions by means of keynotes, panel discussions and nominal group discussions.


Professor Emely de Vet (WUR), dr. Maartje Poelman (UU) and dr. Joreintje Mackenbach (VUMC)