The 1st International Energy Drinks Conference
The first international conference on Energy Drinks Research will be held in Geelong, Victoria, Australia on 6-7th November 2014
Scholars interested in presenting to the conference are invited to submit an informative abstract by August 1st 2014
Registrations for the conference are now open. Register Now! Early bird registration closes on the 8th of September.
Caffeinated energy drinks are the focus of a new and rapidly progressing public health conversation in a number of countries. With most developed nations experiencing an exponential growth in energy drink sales, there are emergent fears amongst many health advocates about the health and behavioural effects of energy drink use. A developing interdisciplinary group of independent, government-supported and industry-funded researchers are working to investigate the: health and behavioural outcomes of consumption; consumption by young people; consumption of energy drinks with alcohol; impacts of excessive consumption, and; public health and policy issues surrounding availability and product labelling.
In this context, an international conference on Energy Drinks Research will be held in Geelong, Victoria, Australia on 6-7th November 2014.
The conference will be an interdisciplinary meeting of international non-beverage industry affiliated researchers at the forefront of energy drinks research.
The following international researchers will present keynotes on the primary themes of the conference:
- The stimulating truth about energy drinks and the heart (Professor Chris Semsarian, Australia)
- Energy drinks mixed with alcohol: What are the risks? (A/Prof Cecile Marczinski, USA)
- Scientific evidence regarding the health effects and safety of energy drinks: What are the public policy responses? (Professor Amelia Arria, USA)
- "These are for the cool people": why you won't see advertising for alcohol energy drinks (Professor Sandra Jones, Australia)
We aim to have 80 or more attendants from various fields participating in the conference. Presentations will be 20 minutes. Poster submissions will also be considered.
The conference will be held at the Deakin University Waterfront Campus in Geelong, located approximately 1-hour south west of Melbourne, serviced by rail (V-Line) and air (Melbourne Avalon).
The conference will be preceded by a waterfront cocktail party on the evening of Wednesday November 5th and will finish in the late afternoon of Friday November 7th. A conference dinner will be held in the evening of Thursday November 6th. International visitors may wish to combine travel to the conference with attendance at the 2014 Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol & other Drugs conference, taking place in Adelaide from Monday 10th November.
A registration fee of $250 will apply to all attendants at the conference, reduced to $200 for early-bird registration and $125 for current students. Early bird registration will close Monday 8th September. The organisers will suggest hotel and transport options at different price levels on the conference website.
The conference will be hosted by the Deakin University Faculty of Health, at the Geelong Waterfront Campus. The Scientific committee is chaired by A/Prof Peter Miller (Deakin University) and includes Professor Dan Lubman (Monash University), Mr Nicolas Droste (Deakin University), Dr Raimondo Bruno, and Ms Amy Peacock (University of Tasmania), Dr Amy Pennay (Turning Point) and Dr Genevieve Cowie (Monash University).
A broader organising committee for the conference is chaired by Dr Beth Costa (Deakin University), and includes Dr Lucy Zinkiewicz, Dr Arlene Walker and Ms Alexa Hayley (Deakin University), Mr Sean O’Rourke (VicHealth), and Ms Helen Reddan (City of Greater Geelong).
Papers are welcomed from a variety of methodological traditions, including controlled trials, case studies, chart audits, population survey analyses, time-series analyses, qualitative studies, program or policy evaluations, social psychology experimental studies and systematic reviews.
Community organisations who have undertaken energy drink-related interventions or awareness raising efforts are also encouraged to submit an abstract. All abstracts relevant to the conference topic will be considered and subject to peer review.
All submissions must declare sources of funding for the research and the nature of any financial relationship with beverage industry stakeholders. Attendance is based on invitation only based upon your application to attend. People who are employed by energy drinks manufacturers, or have received research grants, travel expenses or other financial rewards will not be invited to attend.
Scholars interested in presenting to the conference are invited to submit an informative abstract by August 1st 2014. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words. The document should include all author and institution details as well as contact details of the corresponding author. Abstracts should cover the background to the paper, methodology, results and conclusion.
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