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The Elsie Widdowson Memorial Lecture is organised and supported by the BDA General and Education Trust Fund.  Presented annually since 2001, each year one senior member of the profession, who is at the pinnacle of their career are invited to deliver the lecture.

The fund exists “to advance education and other charitable purposes related to the science of dietetics”. Grants are awarded to any individual or organisation engaging in dietetic research or related activities, with a long history of supporting the science and practice of dietetics through the promotion of national awards, which recognise the excellent work carried out by many members. Find out more about the General and Education Trust Fund (GET).

Next lecture

2020 - Details we be announced in Winter 2019.

About Elsie Widdowson

Elsie Widdowson CH CBE was a pioneer in the history of dietetics and, along with Robert McCance, carried out research for around 60 years. They pioneered many aspects of the understanding of human nutrition throughout the 1930’s and 1940’s. They are also well known for undertaking much of the experimentation on themselves, including starvation diets. Their work was of vital importance during the years of the Second World War and led to the publication of The Chemical Composition of Foods.

The BDA launched an annual lecture in her memory in 2001.  Lectures are given on any topic that the recipient wishes and attract considerable interest amongst the profession. Each year Council invites one senior members of the profession, who is deemed to be at the pinnacle of their career, to deliver the lecture.

Watch and read more about previous lectures.