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Abstracts can be sent to the different Working Groups.

The objective of this Working Group is to demonstrate the relationship between food and social inequality. In particular, it refers to inequalities in food consumption and health. Papers that can be presented to this group have to be related to: food habits and consumption in poverty environments; economic crisis and changes in food consumption; food security; nutrition and obesity; as well as social inequalities in food terms and lack of food in vulnerable groups will also be part of this workgroup. Key words: Food consumption and crisis, food habits in vulnerable groups, poverty and food, food insecurity.
2 Agri-food system, rural issues, urban agriculture, new forms of production and marketing.
The objective of this working group is to analyse the relationships between the different parties involved in the agri-food system, as well as their linkage with production and marketing. The papers that explore the primary phases of the agri-food system, production, distribution and marketing channels, will be included here. Will also be included in this Group papers based on the emerging pattern of production and marketing linked to the rural and/or urban environment, on new guidelines promoting sustainability, on food safety and on revaluation of agricultural environment. Key words: New and old patterns of production; new consumer profile; marketing and consumption channels, urban agriculture, rural values and food, social movements and consumption.
3 Eating habits, food and health perceptions and meanings.
The objective of this WG is to analyze the perceptions, attitudes, symbolisms and values linked to food and health. This group will include papers related to symbolic aspects, perceptions and attitudes towards food and linked to consumption, production or distribution. Also the studies that relate food and health in terms of the citizen’s ´appreciations, concerns and perceptions will be welcome. Studies focused on the analysis of the risk of new food forms and consumer products will be included in this group, likewise, works reviewing food attitudes and food particularisms, such as veganism or vegetarianism. Key words: Healthy habits, attitudes towards food, perceptions and values linked to a healthy diet, helth and nutrition conceptions, new products and new values, perception of the risk associated with food, veganism and vegetarianism.
4 Food and nutrition (in)security: food policies, health policies and governance.
The objective of this WG is the study of food governance as a tool to deal with global challenges in terms of nutrition and health. Papers related to food policies and the role of the different players involved in their design and implementation will be included here. Studies based on of policy and programme development for healthy diets, food quality, and consumer distrust may be here presented as well as papers focused on the significance of external actors, in the development of food and health policies. Key words: food insecurity, food policies, health policies, programmes to implement health, vulnerable groups and food, food risk, food governance.
5 Healthy Lifestyles and modernity: health, food and sports.
The objective of this WG is to present relationships between food, sports and health habits as components of healthy lifestyles. This group will include works that relate sports practice and healthy habits with food and diet, changes and improvements. Special attention will be given to studies based on programs that promote sports and physical activity between children and elderly population. Key words: Sport and health, healthy habits and physical activity, changes in healthy habits, improvement in healthy habits, feeding programs.
6 Obesity, health and diet: medical, social and sociological aspects.
The objective of this WG is to collect the effects of social change on eating habits with special attention on obesity and eating disorders. Studies on food advertising, food distribution and food consumption strategies, social actions and policies against obesity may be part of this working group. All Papers based on aspects that explain the origin and / or consequences of obesity and obesogenic contexts, as well as eating disorders will be included here. Key words: obesity, diabetes, social determinants of health and obesity, obesogenic environment, taxes on sugary drinks, advertising, industry and obesity.
7 Students Working Group.
This working group aims to promote the participation of students from different scientific fields in the Congress (Sociology, Anthropology, Medicine, Nursing, Marketing and Social Work). The main objective is to involve them and facilitating their learning. This is achieved through the sharing of knowledge between colleagues and researchers of recognized prestige. The WG seeks to encourage the participation of students in aspects related to food. In addition, other training activities will be carried out in order to offer useful tools for the completion of Final Degree Projects, Final Master's Dissertation or Doctoral Theses.