A workshop entitled "Increasing the Impact of European Obesity Research: preparing for the ERA" will be held in Aberdeen in mid 2002. The meeting will discuss key areas of obesity research and will identify major medium term research targets. The format of the meeting will consist of a limited number of plenary lectures presented by leading international authorities, breakout discussion groups, and a plenary discussion in which research-sensitive priorities and the appropriate research structures will be identified. An expert aided by a professional facilitator will lead all discussions. A Scientific Steering Committee will determine the precise scientific content of the workshop and the delegate profile. The outcome will be a dissemination document for scientists and policy makers setting out research objectives where multidisciplinary European research endeavour will be able to make a major impact upon the obesity epidemic.