Liverpool Obesity Research Network (LORN)

Events, Meetings and Conferences

Obesity and related meetings at Liverpool and other key conferences are listed below including LORN obesity research seminars, ASO North West regional group meetings, ASO national meetings, and the European (ECO) and International Congresses (ICO) of Obesity.

The University of Liverpool and Liverpool Obesity Research Network (LORN)

LORN Seminars

LORN holds a series of seminars each year.

Liverpool Christmas Meeting

Since 2001 Liverpool has run a number of Christmas conferences.  These one-day conferences are designed to explore various aspects of psychology, physiology, nutrition and neuroscience related to appetite, food choice and obesity. The goal is to provide an interesting overview of current perspectives in these areas to an invited audience from academia and industry – in a friendly and festive context.


The North West region of the UK has particular high levels of child and adult obesity and related complications, but it also contains considerable expertise in biomedical sciences, public health, diet and nutrition, exercise and sports sciences, and in behavioural sciences.  The Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO) has a network of region groups across the UK including one for the North West. 

This area is covered by the Liverpool Clinical Commisioning Group (LCCG) and includes twelve higher education institutions such as Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), North East Wales Institute of Higher Education (NEWI), Liverpool Hope University (LHU), Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), The University of Bolton (UoB), The University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN), The University of Chester (UoCh), The University of Cumbria (UoC), The University of Manchester (UoM), The University of Lancaster (UoLc), The University of Salford (UoS) and The University of Liverpool (UoL).


The UK Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO) is the world's original obesity society founded in 1967.  The ASO founded the International Journal of Obesity (IJO) and helped set up the International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO) to which that journal was eventually bequeathed. 

The ASO holds three national meetings a year in the UK and also has run a yearly two-day obesity training meeting in Liverpool since 1999.  Details of national meetings and events can be found at the ASO site.


The European Congress on Obesity (ECO) is the official annual congress of the European Association for the Study on Obesity (EASO).  In 2013, Liverpool hosted the European Congress on Obesity.