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About ICDAM

ICDAM is the only international conference solely devoted to improving methods and measures for both diet and physical activity. The triennial conference provides an important forum for sharing knowledge and understanding in the area.

Diet and physical activity are lifestyle and behavioural factors that play an important role in health and the etiology, prevention, and treatment of many chronic diseases. Accurate data on diet and physical activity are critical in understanding how these factors may impact health and functional status over the human lifespan.

The measurement of usual dietary intake or physical activity is challenging. Improved methods are critical to monitoring changing food consumption and physical activity patterns, enhancing our understanding of relationships to health, monitoring health objectives, assessing household food insecurity and hunger, and measuring energy balance.

At this conference the most prominent in the field gather to present, learn, improve, and germinate new research to improve the measurement of these two critical dimensions of health and the environment.

Originally, ICDAM was known as the International Conference on Dietary Assessment Methods. Due to the acknowledged interrelationship of diet and physical activity, particularly in the context of obesity and energy balance, objective assessment of physical activity was a theme of the 2006 conference. Following this meeting, the planning committee decided to continue to include physical activity as a focus and subsequently modified the name to the International Conference on Diet and Activity Methods.

ICDAM9, the Brisbane event, will provide an opportunity to draw attention to specific progress in the field in Australia and the wider region. The program will be comprised of informative and practical presentations and workshops with the opportunity to interact with industry leaders. Daily activity opportunities will be provided for delegates along with wonderful healthy food prepared by the internationally renowned staff at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Themes, Dates and Locations of Previous ICDAM Conferences

Theme Dates Location Hosts & Chairperson(s)
Assessing Diets to Improve World Health Sept 20-23, 1992 St. Paul, Minn, USA University of Minnesota, Marilyn Buzzard
Combining Theory and Practice Jan 22-24, 1995 Boston, Mass, USA Harvard University, Walter Willett and Laura Sampson
Advances in Dietary, Biochemical and Statistical Approaches May 6-9, 1998 Arnhem, Netherlands Wageningen Agricultural University, Wija van Staveren and Elio Riboli
Promoting the Appropriate use of Dietary Assessment Tools for All Sept 17-20, 2000 Tucson, Ariz, USA University of Arizona, Douglass Taren
Expanding the Horizon, Dietary Assessment in a Multi-cultural World Jan 26-29, 2003 Chiang-Rai, Thailand Mahidol University, Pattanee Winichagoon
Complementary Advances in Diet and Physical Activity Assessment Methodologies April 27-29, 2006 Copenhagen, Denmark Diet Research Foundation, The Danish Network of Nutritional Epidemiologists, Swedish Network for Nutiritonal Epidemiology, Berit L. Heitmann, Lauren Lissner, Anna Winkvist
Diet and Physical Activity Assessment: From the Individual to the Environment June 5-7, 2009 Washington DC, USA U.S National Cancer Institute, Amy Subar, National Cancer Institute, United States
Methodological Challenges for Measuring the Achievements of International Policies May 14-17, 2012 Rome, Italy Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)
TBC September 1-3, 2015 Brisbane, Australia Andrew Hills, Mater Mother’s Hospital, Mater Medical Research Institute, Griffith Health Institute, Griffith University