Implementation, Translation, Scale-up and Sustainability

The SIG aims to build a multidisciplinary community of ISBNPA members interested in Implementation Science related to nutrition, promoting physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour.


In the last few decades, governmental and other funding agencies have prioritized the development, piloting and evaluation of evidence-based public health programs, including those focussed on healthy nutrition, physical activity and sedentary behaviour. Despite evidence for the positive impact of such programs, and the increasing recognition of the importance of robust process evaluations within trials, there is less evidence for program effectiveness at scale and little evidence about successful scale-ups and sustained implementation. 

There appears to be a gap between the development of efficacious interventions and their wide scale uptake and sustainability in practice. With the public health impact of these programs dependant on implementation on wider scale, it is timely to develop multi-disciplinary, international and collaborative forum for researchers, which combines the expertise of relevant behavioural, physical activity, nutrition, policy and sociological disciplines. Implementation science in the field of physical activity, nutrition and sedentary behaviours is relatively new and set to grow as the need to understand how implementation, scalability and sustainability can be promoted and evaluated.


The SIG aims to build a multidisciplinary community of ISBNPA members interested in Implementation Science related to nutrition, promoting physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour.

This SIG will:

• provide a platform to discuss, disseminate evidence and promote networking and collaboration on issues related to implementation and translation research;

• support efforts which aim to assist translation of research into practice and policy by moving from research ideas, through feasibility/piloting and randomised controlled trials to widespread real world implementation and translation trials;

• support efforts which aim to assist more standardized implementation evaluation and how to measure degree of implementation and sustainability;

• offer professional support through exchanging information about relevant conferences, seminars and workshops.

The SIG will communicate with members via email, through the ISBNPA newsletters, social media and also via a face-to-face meeting at the ISBNPA Annual Scientific Meeting. Documentation will be exchanged through a Dropbox communications folder (key references, funding calls, members interested in collaborations).


SIG Leadership Team

Dr Femke van Nassau (SIG Chair) 

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Public and Occupational Health, Amsterdam Public Health research institute, Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc, The Netherlands. Contact:

Dr Harriet Koorts (SIG Co-Chair) 

Research Fellow in Implementation Science, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Contact:


SIG Officers

• Jo Chau

Senior Lecturer, Department of Health Systems and Populations, Macquarie University, Australia.

• Erin Hennessy

Research Assistant Professor, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Boston, USA.

• Jannah Jones 

Program Manager, Hunter New England Population Health, NSW Australia.

• Lisa Moran

A/Prof and Head, Healthy Lifestyle Research Program. National Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow and Accredited Practising Dietitian. Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University – in partnership with Monash Health.

• Elaine Murtagh

Senior Lecturer, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland.

• Nicole Nathan

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, School of Medicine and Public Health, The University of Newcastle, Australia and Hunter New England Population Health, Hunter New England Local Health District Newcastle, Australia.

• PJ Naylor

Professor in the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education, University of Victoria, Canada. 

• Thomas Skovgaard 

Associate professor, Head of Center, Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark.

• Taren Swindle

Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

• Luke Wolfenden

Associate Professor, School of Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle, Australia, and Hunter Medical Research Institute, Newcastle, NSW, Australia.


SIG Expert Advisory Committee

• Alice Ammerman

Director, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Kauffman Distinguished Professor, Department of Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health and School of Medicine University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US.

• Adrian Bauman

Professor, School of Public Health, Sydney University, Australia.

• Paul Estabrooks

Harold M. Maurer Distinguished Chair, College of Public Health, Department of Health Promotion, University of Nebraska Medical Center, US.

• Heather McKay

Professor, Department of Orthopaedics and Family Practice, University of British Columbia, Canada.