Hot Topic 2017: Obesity and Reproduction – the cradle of the epidemic

9 -10 November 2017, Leuven, Belgium

The rise of obesity in developed countries, including among women of reproductive age, means that the discussion of obesity’s impact on pregnancy could not be more relevant or crucial. 

This two-day event offers an attractive balance between basic science, translational research and clinical practice.  Topics such as the merit of obesity interventions during pregnancy will be discussed, and we will hear about new policy regarding pregnancy.  We will further delve into the often poorly-understood factors that affect the embryo in obese pregnancy, and find out about the long term consequences of maternal obesity for mother and child.  Our international panel of renowned experts will present their current findings on these diverse topics and integrate them to provide a better understanding of obesity and pregnancy altogether.

The conference is targeted at clinicians (obstetricians, paediatricians, endocrinologists, surgeons, etc.), and to midwives, psychologists, nutritionists and basic scientists involved in the field of obesity and reproduction.

 Attendees of this event will earn 4 SCOPE points and 16 CPD points


Park Inn By Radisson
Martelarenlaan 36, 3010
Leuven, Belgium

For directions click here

/Conference Delegate Handbook

Please click here for the conference delegate handbook.  Please note that printed handbooks will not be available at the conference, therefore please ensure you download and print a copy or save it on your smartphone/laptop for your reference.

/Speaker Presentations

Please find speaker's presentation available in the links below:

Christine Vinter

Dilys Freeman

Dharmintra Pasupathy

Gernot Desoye

Katrien Benhalima

Nicola Abate

Régine Steegers-Theunissen

Patrick Catalano

Scott Nelson  


/ Registration

Registration Type


Full Meeting – WOF - Member


Full Meeting - Non Member


Full Meeting - Student


Full Meeting - Corporate


Day Attendance – WOF Member


Day Attendance – Non member


Day Attendance - Student



Online registration is now closed. However, you can still register on the day by filling in a paper registration form on arrival. 

Please contact if you would like more information. 

Download paper registration form here

/Conference Social Event

Join us on Thursday 9th November for the Conference Social Event. Click  here for full details and to register please download the form below. 

Register for the social event here!

/ Abstract Submissions

Call for abstract is now closed.

The scientific committee invite submissions of abstracts for poster and oral presentations relating to the themes around which the conference will be developed. There will be an young investigator award presented to the top scoring abstract.

The deadline for submissions is 15th of Spetember 2017.  

Calls for Abstracts

/ Programme

Click here to view the programme

/ Exhibiton and Sponsorship

There are a variety of exhibition and sponsorship opportunities to suit all organisation and budgets. 

Download Exhibition and Sponsorship prospectus

/ Accommodation & Concierge 

We are delighted to confirm MICE Concierge are our official accommodation and concierge service for Hot Topic 2017.
MICE Concierge will be providing an enhanced service for all attendees to help ensure you're well looked after while in Leuven. As our trusted supplier, they have exclusive accommodation rates at all surrounding Leuven hotels and will ensure you receive the best experience and most importantly the best rates.

Book your accommodation online here

By booking through the official channel you’ll get the best rates and by staying in one of the accredited hotels you’ll have the chance to network and socialise with other delegates, getting the most from the event.

To contact MICE Concierge Ltd directly, get in touch with the team on +44 (0)1438 908770 or email and they will be happy to assist.

/ Leuven, Mecca of Books and Beer

A vibrant student population and a rich history combine in the city of Leuven, home to one of Europe’s oldest universities (KU Leuven).

Leuven is Belgium’s reigning brewing capital.  It is the headquarters of Inbev, the second largest brewery in the world, famous for Stella Artois beers. Leuven is a great place for the curious traveller with time to explore. It is an intimate city; any spot can be easily reached on foot or by bicycle.

Top things to see & do:

  • Marvel at the 15th Century Gothic Town Hall.
  • Live the student life and have a beer in one of the 45 pubs on the Old Market Square, known as the ‘longest bar’ in Europe
  • Visit the impressive Gothic and 19th century collection of the Museum M.
  • Wander through the Great Beguinage, a medieval town-within-a-town that is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Start to plan your visit here: