Appearance research in spotlight as international experts gather for conference

Issue date: 08 June 2018

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A world-leading academic conference organised by the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) will bring the best research and debate on the psychology of appearance to Bath next week.

The biennial Appearance Matters Conference will be staged at the Assembly Rooms between 12–14 June. Now in its eighth year, the event will draw delegates from more than 30 countries.

Hosted by UWE Bristol's Centre for Appearance Research (CAR), the conference will see three distinguished keynote speakers offer insights into the world of body image and visible difference. Alongside presentations on research in the field, there will be workshops, art exhibitions, a dynamic panel discussion on the cosmetic surgery industry and a mentoring breakfast.

Research being presented to guests across the three days will be broad in scope, including talks on social media, vlogging and sexting, the fashion industry, breast reconstruction surgery, burns injuries, cleft lip and palate, and eating disorders. This year's keynote speakers are Professor Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, from Minnesota; Dr James Partridge OBE, of UK charity Changing Faces; and American academic Professor Rebecca Puhl.

The conference returns to the West Country this year after being held in London for the first time in 2016.

Phillippa Diedrichs, Professor in Psychology at CAR, said: “We are excited to have three outstanding world-leading keynote speakers, alongside a range of stimulating workshops, oral and poster presentations, and art exhibitions. In addition, we are proud to present a dynamic panel discussion on the booming cosmetic procedures industry, its regulation, and its future. Appearance Matters 8 promises a fascinating insight into appearance-related research and practice around the world.”

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