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The Centre for Behaviour Change hosts a variety of events on issues that create opportunities for discussion and collaboration between researchers, policy makers, practitioners and the public.  Previous events have included seminars, workshops and large public events, most notably the annual digital health conference hosted by the CBC.

We welcome suggestions for topics for future events. For further information on events or if you have recommendations please contact behaviourchange@ucl.ac.uk


Upcoming Events

Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) webinar series: Integrating the Multiphase Optimization Strategy and the Behaviour Change Intervention Ontology

  • Presenters: Susan Michie and Linda Collins
  • Date: Thursday 06 February
  • Time 13:00 - 14:00 EST 18:00 UK time

This webinar presentation is sponsored by SBM and the Optimization of Behavioural and Biobehavioural Interventions SIG

Recent advances in the design and evaluation of behavioral and biobehavioral interventions include the Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST) and the Behaviour Change Intervention Ontology (BCIO). Inspired by engineering, MOST is a framework for development, optimization, and evaluation of behavioral interventions,where optimization is defined as the process of identifying the intervention that provides the highest expected level of effectiveness obtainable within key constraints imposed by the need for efficiency, economy, and/or scalability. Part of the Human Behaviour Change Project, the BCIO is a set of definitions for entities and relationships used to describe behaviour change interventions, their contexts, effects and evaluations. Development of the BCIO is ongoing and has involved a combination of reviewing, refining and extending existing relevant ontologies and taxonomies (such as the Behaviour Change Techniques Taxonomy (BCTTv1)), consultation with ontology experts, and peer review from, and discussions with, international behaviour change experts. In this webinar, Dr. Linda Collins, a developer of MOST, and Professor Susan Michie, a lead investigator for the Human Behaviour Change Project and BCIO, will outline the ways in which elements of BCIO complement the MOST framework and how behavioural scientists can incorporate principles from both frameworks/ontologies into their work.

To view the flyer for the webinar, click here:

For more information on the webinar and to register visit: https://www.sbm.org/training/webinars


Behaviour Change Guide for Local Government & Partners - launch webinar

To celebrate the launch of the new guide to behaviour change for local government, the CBC and Public Health England's Behavioural Insightes team invite you to a webinar on Wednesday 19 February. The webinar will be chaired by Dr Tim Chadborn (Head of PHEBI and Evaluation Lead), speakers include Professor Susan Michie and Professor Rober West. Click the link below to register. Please note that registrations will close Friday 14 February 2020.


Annual Meeting Keynote: Innovators Will Explore Artifical Intelligence - SBM Annual Meeting 2020

  • Date: Friday 03 April
  • Time: 17:00-18:15
  • Session Title: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine: Hope, Hype or Harm?
  • Pol Mac Aonghusa (PhD), Susan Michie (BA, MPhil, DPhil), Robert Wachter (MD)

In 2015, Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and dozens of the world’s top visionaries in artificial intelligence (AI) signed an open letter declaring “a broad consensus that AI research is progressing steadily, and that its impact on society is likely to increase.” Precisely because these capabilities are now expanding beyond the hypothetical, though, the letter went on to say “it is important to research how to reap its benefits while avoiding potential pitfalls.” The potential for both good and harm from these disruptive technologies is enormous. Understanding the future of these systems requires urgent, cross-disciplinary conversation. This panel will bring together three pioneering voices across the fields of computational science, behavioral medicine, and healthcare to identify the provocative questions that are urgently needed to guide the evolution of “intelligent systems” in medicine.

Information about the session is available here: https://www.sbm.org/meetings/2020/2020-keynote-speakers

To register for this event visit: https://sbm.execinc.com/edibo/AM20


6th annual CBC digital health behaviour change conference

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Behaviour Change for Health: current and emerging science and technologies

06 - 07 April 2020, UCL Institute of Education - London, UK

Save the date: Harnessing digital technologies, the science of behaviour change and industry-academic collaborations to advance knowledge and practice.

Registration

Early bird ticket registration is now open via the UCL Online store. To secure your spot at the next conference, purchase here.

More information on Abstract Submissions and Event details is available via our conference webpage.


CBC Behaviour Change Clinics - Spring 2020

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After the success of last years CBC Clinics, we are opening registration of interest again for Clinics scheduled in March.

UCL staff can register their interest for the CBC Clinics here.

The CBC Clinics:

  • Are available for UCL staff from any discipline and faculty
  • Address any issue, whilst we have particular expertise in health and environmental change
  • Are led by senior members of the Centre for Behaviour Change
     

NIHR Policy Unit in Behavioural Science Launch Event

23 January 2020, The Shard - London

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The NIHR Policy Research Unit in Behavioural Science is a £4.5m project led by Professor Falko Sniehotta at Newcastle University in partnership with University College London, University of Warwick, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a wide network of collaborators.

The PRU in Behavioural Science will use its expertise to explore influencing factors on demand for services, and how to successfully implement health and social care initiatives to improve the level of quality care in England.

The launch event will be held at The Shard, Warwick Business School London. The evening will begin with an opening reception followed by a series of short talks and panel session, with opportunities for networking.

For more information and to register, visit eventbrite.


EnviroHub Spring Public Meeting

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Hosted by the CBC EnviroHub, this seminar will bring together key people at UCL and within sustainable industries to discuss environmental disasters and how we can take a behavioural angle to address these. More information on this event will be released soon.

Previous events

Energise book launch

July 2019, Bedford Way UCL - London, UK

In this book Professor Robert West explores the science behind motivation, delving into the Machiavellian art of persuasion and examining the roles the incentives, praise and punishment play in our society.

You can purchase your copy from Silverback Publishing.


5th annual CBC digital health conference

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07 - 08 April 2019, UCL Institute for Education - London, UK

The CBC would like to thank all delegates who attended and presented at the conference this year. The event was a huge success and one of the most exciting programmes of scientific content we have had - so thank you!

The theme of the 2019 conference was the use of digital and non-digital approaches, alone or in combination, to bring about behaviour change for health and wellbeing. Conference themes included:

Engagement with digital health interventions Digital Health interventions to promote physical activity, health eating and dietary change Advances in measurement and evaluation of digital health interventions Conceptual and ethical issues in digital health Big data approaches in the design, delivery and evaluation of digital health interventions.

Conference Programme Highlights

We hosted three world-class keynotes presentations this year from:

Dr Jennifer Turguiss - Vice President Behaviour Science & Advanced Analytics, Johnson & Johnson (USA)

Felix Greaves - BMMCh PhD FFPH, Deputy Director, Science and Strategic Information, Public Health England (UK)

Professor Sherry Pagoto - Director of UnConn Centre for mHealth & Social Media, University of Connecticut (USA)

2019 CBC conference programme


Open Science Framework (OSF)

We will be uploading all presenter abstracts to Open Science Framework as a platform of information to oversee research projects and outputs across multiple disciples that were shared at this year's conference. If you DO NOT want your submitted abstract uploaded to OSF please email behaviourchange@ucl.ac.uk.

The CBC would like to encourage presenters to upload their presentation slides and posters to OSF. To upload, please click on this link.


Whova - conference app

The conference app is still available to use and download for the next six months. Keep in contact with other conference delegates, network and share what you learnt at this year's conference by using the Whova app.

You can download the Whova conference app in the Apple Store on Google Play. You can also go to this link to download the app as well


Sponsors

Thank you to our 2019 pre-conference workshop sponsors:

Bupa