Friday, 16 September, 2016
Manchester Art Gallery 81 Princess Street Manchester M1 4HR
9:30am to 16:30pm



The Behaviour Change Conference 2016 organised by Manchester Metropolitan University's Behaviour Change Network aims to bring together academic researchers and practitioners to focus on improving public health, using techniques derived from a wide range of discipline areas including Psychology, Public Health, and Computing.

Speakers at the event include:

Professor Christopher Armitage BA(Hons), PhD, C Psychol, AFBPSs

Professor of Health Psychology at The University of Manchester

"Effective Behaviour Change Needs More Than New Technology"

Prof Armitage explains that the science of behaviour change is at an exciting point in its development.  We have moved beyond the days when behavioural intention was the modal dependent variable to a point at which we have well-articulated theories of behaviour change and robust means of designing behaviour change interventions.  Concurrently, we have cutting-edge technologies that are capable of delivering personalised complex behaviour change interventions at speeds beyond conscious awareness.  However, there is a substantial gap between the techniques that have been shown to bring about behaviour change and the technologies that are purported to bring about behaviour change.  In this talk, I will elaborate on this behavioural science-engineering gap and present work that focuses on how one behaviour change technique (implementation intentions, Gollwitzer, 1999) brings about meaningful and sustained changes in multiple important behaviours (e.g., dietary intake, alcohol consumption, self-harm) that is deliverable via old, new and future technologies.

Dr Joe Delaney PhD CSci FIBMS

Consultant Principal Lecturer in Integrative Medicine with Wirral Metropolitan College and an Associate Lecturer in Evolutionary Psychology and Integrative Health Practice with Liverpool and Edge Hill Universities

"No such thing as a hopeless case?"

Dr Delanay will discuss the art and science of lasting behaviour change and describe a holistic and humanistic approach to help patients tap into their core values in order to discover an unsuspected inner resourcefulness which will help them to ‘work with what works for them’

More speakers tbc.


This years event will be taking place at Manchester Art Gallery.  Manchester Art Gallery, is a publicly owned art museum on Mosley Street in Manchester city centre. The main gallery premises were built for a learned society in 1823 and today its collection occupies three connected buildings, two of which were designed by Sir Charles Barry. Both Barry's buildings are listed. The building that links them was designed by Hopkins Architects following an architectural design competition managed by RIBA Competitions. It opened in 2002 following a major renovation and expansion project undertaken by the art gallery.

Manchester Art Gallery is free to enter and open seven days a week. It houses many works of local and international significance and has a collection of more than 25,000 objects.


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