Annual Scientific Meeting 2024


13-14th March 2024

Join us for UKSBM 2024 – our annual conference and an excellent opportunity to get together and share our science, see old friends and make new ones.

We are delighted to welcome you to Glasgow, Scotland.

This will be our 19th Annual Scientific Meeting showcasing the best of the UK’s research in behavioural medicine.

This year’s theme is “Changing Behaviour in a Changing World”.

Our 2-day programme will include nationally and internationally renowned keynote speakers, parallel sessions, research awards, special interest group meetings, early-career researcher sessions, the Society’s Annual General Meeting, and opportunities to network and socialise (including UKSBM’s conference dinner, always remembered for its dancing!)

Glasgow is waiting to welcome you … easy to get to, easy to travel around, with some fantastic sights to see when you’re not in the conference! #peoplemakeglasgow

Abstract submissions are now open! More information and the abstract submission portal can be found on our conference website.

The abstract submission deadline has been extended to 10am on 11th December 2023.

We are delighted to confirm our keynote speakers for the UKSBM 19th Annual Scientific Meeting

Professor Rory O’Connor

"Understanding and Preventing Suicide in a Changing World"

Professor Rosie McEachan

"Can tobacco harm reduction interventions reduce smoking-related inequalities?"

Dr Esther Papies

"Behaviour Change in the Climate Emergency"

Dr Sharon Cox

"Can tobacco harm reduction interventions reduce smoking-related inequalities?"

Past Meetings

2023, Birmingham

18th Annual Scientific Meeting 

28-29th March 2023, The Studio 

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Emma Frew from the University of Birmingham:
‘Using economics to generate a systems response to obesity – what’s it worth?’
Prof. David French from The University of Manchester:
‘What does the high risk strategy of prevention have to offer? The example of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.’

Dr Tim Chadborn from the UK Department of Health and Social Care:

Applying behavioural science to public health policy and practice: we can do so much more!

2022, Virtual

17th Annual Scientific Meeting 

30-31st March 2022 

Keynote Speakers
Stacy Clemes from Loughborough University (UK):
‘A structured Health Intervention For Truckers (SHIFT) – implementation and evaluation of a behaviour change programme in an at-risk and hard to reach occupational group’
Dominika Kwasnicka from University of Melbourne (Aus):
‘Advances in digital health promotion’, including news on the Open Digital Health initiative and the use and promise of conversational agents in digital health.

Jean Adams from the University of Cambridge (UK):

‘Changing the environment to support healthier eating: opportunities and challenges’

Molly Byrne, from the National University of Ireland:

‘Improving behavioural intervention research: Priorities and opportunities’

2021, Virtual

16th Annual Scientific Meeting 

13-14th January 2021

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Susan Michie, University College London. “Covid 19: behavioural science meets policy.”

Dr Kayle de la Haye. University of Southern California. “Network and systems approaches for health interventions and applications promoting healthy eating


Invited symposium

Successes and future directions for behaviour change interventions 

Professor Falko Sniehotta University of Twente/Newcastle:  

DIRECT diabetes remission intervention and associated weight loss maintenance programme 

Dr Afroditi Stathi, University of Birmingham:  

REACT: Physical activity and behaviour maintenance intervention for preventing physical function decline in older adults 

Professor Elizabeth Murray, UCL:   

Beyond Effectiveness: Challenges and successes in realising the potential of digital health 


Invited symposium

Professor Sharon Simpson, Dr Kathryn Skivington, Professor Laurence Moore. University of Glasgow 

The New Medical Research Guidance on Developing and Evaluating Complex Interventions 


2020, Bath

15th Annual Scientific Meeting 

16-17 January 2020, Apex City of Bath Hotel

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Bas Verplanken, Department of Psychology, University of Bath. “The Psychology of Repetition: Habits of Doing and Thinking.”

Prof. Jennie Macdiarmid, University of Aberdeen. “The global food system is broken: What can we do to move towards more sustainable diets?

Prof. Andre Kengne, Head of Non-Communicable Diseases Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council, Cape Town. “The challenges of non-communicable diseases in developing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.”

Panel Debate

Prof. Lucy Yardley, Chris Eldridge, Dr Helen Atherton & Dr Brad Middleton. Chaired by Julie Barnett. “The potential for digital technology needs to be exploited more urgently and broadly within health and social care services.

2018, Birmingham

Healthy futures: childhood and beyond

Prof. Peymane Adab (University of Birmingham). “Preventing childhood obesity, should schools play a role?”

Prof. Linda Bauld (University of Edinburgh). “Smoking, vaping and young people: should we be alarmed?”

Prof. Jackie Blissett (Aston University). “Psychological perspectives on children’s eating: implications for making positive and lasting changes to eating behaviour.”

Prof. Jim McCambridge (University of York). “Reconciling, then integrating, individual and population perspectives on alcohol and health.”

2017, Liverpool

Working together for healthy living: Multidisciplinary behavioural medicine

Prof. Zubin Austin (University of Toronto). “The psychology of Interprofessional Collaboration: how ready are health care professionals to truly collaborate?”

Chris Boardman, MBE in conversation with Prof. Greg Whyte, OBE (Liverpool John Moores University). “Cycling – the catalyst for multidisciplinary change?”

Prof. Trudie Chalder (King’s College London). “The role of trans-diagnostic processes in perpetuating fatigue.”

Sir Muir Gray, CBE (University of Oxford). “The National Activity Therapy Service.”