Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts

The call for abstracts deadline is now closed. Notice will be sent by August, 2019.

The CCGH invites abstracts for oral, poster, workshops, symposia, and for videos. Submissions may address any global health topic, but must relate to the conference theme and at least one of the sub-themes below.

Governance for Global Health: Power, politics and justice
For more detail on subthemes visit: http://www.csih.org/en/events/canadian-conference-global-health/theme-2019

  1. Globalization, governance, and diplomacy for health
  2. Accountability, transparency and mechanisms for governance
  3. Peace, conflict, and governance
  4. Public-private partnerships and governance
  5. Promoting governance by activism, advocacy, and grassroots mobilization
  6. Inter-sectoral action for governance and policies

All accepted sessions should address as many cross cutting themes as possible:

  1. Gender - Governance and power are inextricably linked to gender. Now more than ever, with national and international movements to improve and acknowledge gender inequities and its impacts for global health and beyond, it will be critical to explore the approaches to close the gaps, embrace feminism, improve maternal, newborn and child health, and sexual and reproductive health and rights.
  2. Equity - Ensuring that good governance and its outcomes impact those individuals and communities that need and require it the most is critical for effective and appropriate implementation for addressing equity by designing outcomes and methods for and with vulnerable and under-served populations acknowledging the impacts of intersectionality.
  3. Evidence - Politics and power often reflect the collective will and movements of communities. However, good governance should also take the best evidence to help inform decision making. In an era with easily accessible information and a wealth of resources and data at our fingertips, and the growing field of artificial intelligence, evidence-based practice is crucial.
  4. Sustainability - Climate change is arguably one of global health’s most significant challenges being tackled at various levels of governance. The long-term impacts and viability of outcomes of decisions ought to balance human development and advancement with environmental and biodiversity sustainability.

Session formats:

  • Oral presentations: One presenter, with or without co-authors; 15 minutes:  10 minutes presentation, 5 minutes for questions.
  • Poster presentations: One presenter, with or without co-authors; dimensions:  1m x 1m (~ 3.5 ft x 3.5 ft)
  • Workshops: Total time:  1.5 hours; One or more facilitators; A workshop is meant to be an interactive learning session and involve participation from the audience.
  • Symposia: Total time: 1.5 hours; Between three and five presenters; A symposium is meant to provide an in-depth examination of a specific topic from the different points of view or experiences of the presenters. A 20-30 minute question and answer and discussion period is recommended to allow for audience participation.
  • Video Documentaries:  Cannot exceed 20 minutes; Color or black/white; permissions needed, as appropriate. Video documentaries are meant to provide an in-depth analysis of a specific topic.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

  • Abstract submission deadline: June 16, 2019 by 11:59 PM ET
  • Notification of abstract acceptance or rejection will be sent by July 31, 2019.

All abstracts must follow the guidelines outlined below:

  • Abstracts may be submitted in English or French. Abstracts for posters and video presentations may also be submitted in Spanish.
  • Abstracts must be submitted online.
  • Abstracts for orals and posters should not exceed 400 words.
  • Abstract titles should not exceed 150 characters (including spaces) and should not be in all caps. An example of correct formatting is: Global capacity for emerging infectious diseases and surveillance
  • While you may indicate an oral presentation, please note that you may be offered a poster.

Oral and posters: Abstracts for oral and poster presentations should be structured as follows up to a maximum of 400 words:

  1. Issue/objective: Describe the issue including the background, objectives, as well as the significance of the subject related to the theme of governance
  2. Methodology/approach: include settings, time frame
  3. Results: Research submissions should report full results. Policy/program submissions should report findings/lessons learned
  4. Discussion/conclusion: Discuss the contribution to the field of global health   

Workshops: Abstracts for workshops should contain the following section (there is no word limit as these abstracts are not printed):

  1. Background: Please explain the reasons and rationale for organising the workshop.
  2. Learning objectives: Please outline what the participants can expect to learn through this workshop.
  3. Expected outcome/results: Indicate what innovative methods you will use to conduct the workshop and the level of interactivity. What is the added value of organising the workshop? Include the room layout of the workshop.  
  4. Main messages: Please summarise the impact of your proposed workshop in short key messages.

Symposia: Abstracts should contain (no word limit as these abstracts are not printed):

  1. Background: Please explain the rationale for organising the symposia.
  2. Learning objectives: Please outline what the participants can expect to learn through this panel.
  3. Expected topics: Indicate the expected topics and discussion points covered by the panel speakers and format for the session.
  4. Main messages: Please summarise the impact of your proposed symposium in short key messages.

Videos: Abstracts for videos should contain (no word limit as these abstracts are not printed):

  • Background: Explain the issue addressed and rationale for the video/documentary
  • Learning objectives: Outline what the participants can expect to learn through the video/documentary and the focus of a discussion after the video is shown
  • Topics: Indicate the topics and discussion points covered by the video
  • Main messages: Summarize the impact of your proposed video in short key messages

Sufficient and precise information must be provided in the abstract to permit evaluation by reviewers. Statements such as "additional information to be presented at the meeting" or "results to be discussed" are not acceptable.  

All presenters must be registered at the conference. Please note that the conference organizers do not provide honoraria or awards for travel or accommodation.  If external travel sponsorships do become available, they will be posted on the conference website.

Evaluation criteria

All submitted abstracts will be peer-reviewed by the Abstract Review Committee in June 2019. Each abstract will be reviewed by up to 3 reviewers according to the following criteria:

Workshops:

  • Relevance to the overall theme and sub-themes
  • Value and clarity of the learning objectives
  • Level of interactivity and use innovative methods for interaction
  • Diversity of the perspectives of the workshop (diversity in terms of geography, sector, gender will be considered)

Symposia:

  • Relevance to the overall theme and sub-themes
  • Value and clarity of the learning objectives
  • Coherence of presentations in relation to objectives
  • Diversity of the speakers on the panel (diversity in terms of geography, sector, gender will be considered)

Orals and posters:

  • Relevance to the overall theme and sub-themes
  • Is the abstract/research innovative?
  • Are the design and methods of the research appropriate?
  • Can the research be used in other countries/settings?
  • Are the lessons to be learned relevant to others?

Videos:

  • Relevance to the overall theme and sub-themes
  • Value and clarity of the main messages
  • Quality of the video

Questions? Contact us:

ccgh@csih.org
613 241 5785 x 326