Centre for Behaviour Change


CBC Online Conference 2020

Behaviour Change for Health: new and emerging science and technologies #cbcconf2020

16, 17 & 18 September 2020

This year CBC 2020 will run entirely on the Whova virtual conference platform, delivering a  unique and fully interactive virtual conference experience.

#cbconf2020 promises to be an exciting and engaging event, combining the all the features that make our in-person conference the go-to event for scientists and industry professions in the digital health and behaviour change sector, along with unique features made possible by the digital platform! With three outstanding international keynote speakers, live question and answer sessions, webinars and networking opportunities, the programme will host presentations from academic researchers, practitioners, policymakers and technology developers working in the diverse field of behavioural science.

Your conference, your way!

Digital delivery offers delegates greater opportunity to curate their own conference experience, with no more having to choose between interesting presentations in parallel sessions. Delegates will be able to access all presentations and posters on the conference platform for two weeks before the dates of the live event, and interact with authors and others using moderated discussion boards. Webinars on the day of the live event will give presenting authors and delegates even more opportunity to discuss the work and its implications.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Wendy Wood, University of Southern California

Why don't we stick with Behaviour Change?

People are pretty good at changing their behavior in the short term. After deciding to eat more healthfully, most of us can forgo dessert tonight. The challenge comes over time, as few of us stick with that decision. In this talk, I will argue that habits are a central reason for this failure. Although people naturally persist by forming habits, it’s not easy to understand how habits work. In fact, we may know least about the actions that we do most often. I explain the basic features of habit formation and change and then present research on how people understand their own habits.

Dr Rachel Carey, Zinc

Startups as experiments: A behavioural science approach

New startups can provide a range of opportunities for behavioural science. This talk will explore how new ventures can adopt a more systematic approach to behavioural science, and how we can maximise their potential to improve health and advance knowledge.

Professor Heleen Riper, VU University

Speaker bio and abstract to be uploaded soon.

Programme & Information for delegates

With the exception of keynote presentations, panel discussions and Q&A sessions, all content will be pre-recorded and uploaded to the conference platform two weeks prior to the live event.

Delegates will be able to engage with content and network using discussion boards, and have the opportunity to ask further follow-up questions in live Q&A webinars which will run in real-time over the three-day event.

Conference themes

Conference themes for #cbcconf2020 reflect areas of exciting developments:

  • The Science of Behaviour Change
  • Methodology
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Current Technologies
  • Real-World Applications

Watch this space! Further details on the event programme, including a user-guide for attending delegates, will be uploaded in coming weeks.

Presenter Guidelines

Guidelines for presenters will be uploaded here soon.

Questions? Get in touch with our conference team via behaviourchange@ucl.ac.uk

Buy your tickets!

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

Revenue TypePrice
Small companies / Start-Ups (1-50 employees)£85
University staff, third sector, public sector£100
Medium companies (51-199 employees)£120
Large companies (200 + employees)£180

Tickets include access to all pre-released content and event content running over three days. Registered delegates will be sent information with how to set up and login to the conference portal ahead of the event.

All presenters (excluding invited keynote speakers) must purchase a conference ticket. Presenters who have not purchased a conference ticket prior to the event will be removed from the programme. 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.

Please send any questions relating to cancellations to behaviourchange@ucl.ac.uk.

Committee Members

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

A special thank you to our Scientific Co-Chairs, Dr Felix Naughton and Dr Sarah Jackson.

Full the list of committee members PDF iconhere.

Open Science Framework

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 the conference. Presenters will be encouraged to upload their presentation slides and posters following the conference.

If your abstract is accepted at the next conference, further instructions on the Open Science Framework will be available closer to the conference date.


If you have questions about the event, email the conference team at behaviourchange@ucl.ac.uk.

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