International experts put spotlight on appearance and body image research at Appearance Matters conference in Bristol

Issue date: 25 June 2014

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6th Appearance Matters International Conference on Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 July 2014, Wills Memorial Building, Queens Road, Bristol, UK.

The renowned Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) will provide a forum to highlight current research, theory and good practice around appearance-related issues at the Appearance Matters 6 conference on Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 July 2014 in Bristol.

This biennial conference has become a key event globally for those working in the area of appearance research. This unique event provides international experts with the opportunity to come together and share cutting edge psychosocial research on issues including: body image, visible difference, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, the media and interventions that seek to address appearance concerns.

The Appearance Matters 6 conference will host approximately 250 delegates from more than 20 countries around the world.

Professor Diana Harcourt, Co-Director of CAR, says, “Appearance related concerns are widespread among both adults and young people in Western countries around the world. The Appearance Matters conference is the only forum where experts from across the world can come together and share their knowledge and expertise on this important issue. In doing so we aim to discover new ways to help people who are affected by appearance related issues. ”

This year's Keynote speakers are Professor David Sarwer, University of Pennsylvania, who will speak on “The psychosocial aspects of plastic surgery” and Dr Tracy Tylka, Ohio State University who will be speaking on “Positive Body Image”.

The evening before the conference CAR will be hosting a screening of the film “American the Beautiful Part 3: The sexualization of our youth”. This is the third instalment of award-winning director Darryl Roberts' American the Beautiful series and specifically focuses on the controversial issue of society's sexualisation of children . This screening will take place at the Watershed on Monday 30 June as part of the Bristol Festival of Ideas and will feature an interview session with the film's director.

The 6th Appearance Matters conference is supported by The Dove Self-Esteem Project , The Healing Foundation and Changing Faces.

For more information about the Appearance Matters 6 Conference and to register for attendance go to the conference website or e-mail

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