Centre for Behaviour Change


CBC Conference 2021

Monday 01 - Wednesday 03 November 2021

Welcome to the annual CBC conference!

Online conference

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The 7th international CBC conference brings together academia and industry to exchange developments in behaviour change and digital health to build back better.

Our 2021 event promises to be packed with thought-provoking talks, debates and loads of networking opportunities and social exchanges for delegates. With international keynotes and half-day workshops still to be announced, the conference is a great opportunity to share your work and collaborate with experts in the field.

This conference will celebrate the amazing contributions behaviour change has made to tackle the pandemic. It will also showcase the day-to-day application of behaviour change in the diverse field of behavioural science and digital health to deliver real-world impact.

Join us at the next CBC conference 2021

Twitter hashtag: #cbcconf2021

Keynote Speakers

Eric Hekler
Professor Eric Hekler

Interim Associate Dean Community Partnerships, Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Sciences (HWSPH)

Director, Center for Wireless & Population Health Systems (CWPHS) Qualcomm Institute & HWSPH

Faculty Associate Director, Design Lab

University of California, San Diego, USA.

Eric is a transdisciplinary researcher, educator, and practitioner who works at the intersection of public health (primary affiliation), health psychology (original training), design, and control systems engineering. His mission is to advance methods and processes that equitably serve people and practice towards a more vital, just, and resonantly diverse society and planet. He is recognized internationally as an expert in applied health science methods and digital health.

Molly Bryne
Professor Molly Byrne

Professor of Health Psychology, School of Psychology, National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway), Ireland.

Molly is a Professor of Health Psychology at the School of Psychology in NUI Galway where she directs the Health Behaviour Change Research Group (HBCRG). This Group is a national hub and internationally-recognised centre of excellence in the application of behavioural science to health behavioural intervention development, evaluation and implementation. Molly’s research aims to improve population health by working with key stakeholders to develop and promote an evidence-based behavioural science approach to health behaviour change interventions. She is particularly interested in chronic disease prevention and management, and directs the Collaborative Doctoral Programme in Chronic Disease Prevention (CDP-CDP).

Molly is an Honorary Fellow of the European Health Psychology Society, Associate Editor of Annals of Behavioral Medicine and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Behavioural Trials Network. Since March 2020, Molly has been a member of the national Communications and Behaviour Change Advisory Group to inform the government’s response to COVID-19 in Ireland.

Conference themes

The following themes in any area of health or sustainability are indicative of the scope of the conference:

  1. The Science of Behaviour Change:  advances in behaviour change evidence and theory and its application to developing and evaluating online or offline interventions.
  2. Methodology: methods for evaluating process, user experience, and outcomes; innovations in analysing complex data; and novel designs (e.g. Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA), N-of-1).
  3. Current technologies:  established and pervasive technologies, such as: SMS or more traditional mobile device apps that have been applied to behaviour change.
  4. Emerging technologies: Translation of basic behavioral research into novel intervention technologies and strategies e.g. wearables, sensors, just in time methods.
  5. Real-world applications:   implementation of individual and multilevel interventions that address structural, cultural, and policy interventions in the private sector, public sector or charitable sector including scalability and sustainability. These include:
  • Environmental sustainability: enabling behaviour change in relation to reducing climate change and preserving biodiversity and the physical environment.
  • Equity: reducing social and material inequalities amongst individuals and communities.
  • Covid19 and pandemic preparedness: understanding and changing behaviour in relation to Covid19 and increasing societal resilience to the likelihood and impact of future pandemics.


Call for abstracts & key dates

Submitting a proposal for #cbcconf2021 will help to bring your work to an expert audience. You can share your research and ideas by submitting papers (oral presentations), posters and panel discussion proposals. Additionally, you may submit a proposal for a symposia to generate discussion on a specific subject matter relevant to the conference themes .

All abstracts must be submitted through the online submission portal . Emailed abstracts will not be accepted.

Online submission portal

Key dates

Call for abstracts open via submission portal

14 June 2021

Ticket sales open

14 June 2021

Submission deadline

05 August 2021

Review period

12 August - 27 September 2021

Submission decisions announced

27 September 2021

Registration opens

October 2021

Programme released

October 2021

CBC conference

01 - 03 November 2021

Submission guidance


Please ensure that your abstract adheres to our submisison guidance.

Download the submission guidelines here

We ask that authors read the following point before submitting an abstract:
  • Abstracts should not be more than 350 words (with exception to panel discussions and symposia presentations).
  • Authors must select the heading they are submitting their abstract under: research, knowledge in practice (industry), symposia or panel discussion.
  • We will only accept one oral presentation per author, with the exception given to those who have the role of discussant in a symposia presentation. In addition to this role, you can contribute to a panel discussion or poster presentation.
  • The presenting author is responsible for checking that all co-authors are aware of the content of the abstract before submission.
  • The presenting author should be listed as first author.
  • Abstracts presented at previous CBC conference will not be accepted.
  • Please do not include symbols in the submission and replace any symbols with words.
  • Accepted abstracts will be published on the conference website (refer to Open Science Framework for full details) and on the virtual event platform Hopin.
  • If submitting an abstract for panel discussion or symposia, it is the responsibility of the chair/convenor to notify all speakers of the panel to purchase a ticket in order to present

Online submission portal



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Registration includes access to all early released materials and content running over the three day event. Registered delegates will be sent information with how to set up and login to the conference portal ahead of the event.

We have organised registration prices depending on your professional sector. Please check the table below to find the appropriate rate.

Registration type 
Low-, Middle-Income Countries (LMIC): small, university & third sector£75
Small companies / Start-ups (1 - 50 employees)£85
University, third sector, public sector£100
Medium companies (51 - 199 employees)£120
Large organisations (200 + employees)£180

Low-, middle-income countries (LMIC): to be eligible, participants must work for an organisation that has its administrative offices based in an LMIC, or be employed by an organisation and live in an LMIC. This includes university staff and students from LMIC.

All presenters (excluding invited keynotes) will be required to purchase a conference ticket in order to present their work.  It is the responsibility of the lead author for symposia and panel presentations to notify presenters within their group that ticket registration is required by all people presenting

Cancellation policy
  1. Delegates are entitled to a full refund providing they request a cancellation within 7 days of booking
  2. After 7 days of the booking, and up to 15 days before the event, delegates can request to cancel the booking and will be entitled to a refund of 80% of the total booking price
  3. If there are 14 days or less to the event delegates can cancel their bookings but are not entitled to a refund.
  4. Please note that delegates booking within 14 days or less of the event can still cancel, but unlike point 1 where they would be entitled to a full refund, delegates will not be entitled to a refund.

Questions relating to cancellations or refunds should be sent to behaviourchange@ucl.ac.uk.

Conference committees

The UCL Centre for Behaviour Change would like to thank the members of the Conference Executive, International Advisory Board and Scientific Committees for their valuable contributions in steering the conference and organising the programme.

A very special thank you to our Scientific Co-Chairs Dr Sarah Jackson and Dr Jane Walsh.

You can view the full list of committee members here:

Open Science Framework

Open Science Framework (OSF) is a platform of information to oversee research projects and outputs across multiple disciplines that were shared at the conference. We will be uploading accepted abstracs for conference proceedings to OSF. Presenters will be encouraged to upload their presentation slides and posters following the conference.

Our conference team will release additional details on publication and the OSF proceedings following the announcement of accepted abstracts in September. Watch this space!

Questions & Support

If you have questions about the event, or would like to get in touch, please email behaviourchange@ucl.ac.uk.

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