Call for Abstracts

The call for abstracts is now closed.
Thank you to those that submitted, acceptance will be confirmed by June 30, 2013. 

Abstracts for oral and poster presentations and for workshops or symposia are welcome. New this year, documentary and video submissions will also be considered. Submissions should be directly related to the conference theme. Suggested topic areas, grouped under each of the daily plenary themes, are listed below.

Topic areas

All those submitting abstracts must choose a topic area that best fits their proposal. This will allow the committee to review the abstract and, if selected, to group it with similar presentations.

  • MDGs: Progress Made and Lesson’s Learned:
    o Ethics of development
    o Equity and development
    o Progress towards the MDGs (eg: HIV/AIDs, MNCH)
  • The Remaining Challenges:
    o Measurement of the impact of interventions
    o Integrating the social determinants of health
    o Health system strengthening
    o Equity effectiveness
    o Neglected areas (e.g. mental health, disability, chronic disease, injury, aboriginal health, complementary medicine)
  • Post 2015 Development Agenda:
    o Healthy life expectancy
    o Universal healthcare coverage
    o Sustainable development
    o Early childhood development
    o Training, service delivery and health human resources
    o Global health research

Abstracts may focus on new findings, the development of a program, project or new global health tools, moving from development to implementation, policy or ethical issues, or related topics.

Session formats

Oral presentation: An oral presentation is an individual oral presentation of 10 minutes followed by questions. We will group oral presentations into sessions that discuss similar topics.

Poster presentation: A poster presentation is a visual presentation on a 3.5 feet by 3.5 feet (approximately 1 metre by 1 metre) space. Presenters will be required to stand at their poster during a scheduled poster session to discuss their work with delegates. Posters will be grouped by similar topics.

Workshop: A workshop is a 1.5 hour session that is led by one or more presenters. It is meant to be an interactive learning session and involve participation from the audience.

Symposia: A symposia is a 1.5 hour session that is led by more than one presenter. It is meant to be an in-depth session focused on a specific topic or finding.

Documentary/Videos: A special screening room will be set up throughout the conference to show selected global health documentaries/videos that fit the theme and topic areas. A video should not exceed 1.5 hours.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

• Abstract submission deadline: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by 5PM.
• Notification of abstract acceptance or rejection will be sent by June 30, 2013.

Abstracts must follow the guidelines outlined below.
• Abstracts that have previously been published may be submitted and presented at the CCGH.

• Abstracts may be submitted in English, French or Spanish. Only plenary sessions will be simultaneously translated.
• Abstracts must be submitted online.
• The abstract should not exceed 400 words.
• Abstracts may be submitted for oral or poster presentations, workshops or symposia and video presentations. Authors may indicate a preference for an oral or poster presentation, but final decisions on allocation will be made by the Abstract Review Committee.
• Abstract titles may not exceed 150 characters (including spaces) and should not be all caps. An example of correct formatting is: Global capacity for emerging infectious diseases and surveillance
• All abstracts should be structured as follows:
o Objective: Why this research, program, topic is important
o Methods: What research/program was implemented
o Outcomes: What was achieved e.g research results, program implementation.
o Discussion:  A concise interpretation of the completed work.
o Conclusion: Major message(s) emanating from the work.

• Sufficient data/information must be provided in the abstract to permit evaluation by reviewers. Statements such as “additional information to be presented at the meeting” are not acceptable.
• All presenters must be registered at the conference. Currently, no honorarium, travel or accommodation expenses will be provided – although they can be requested by accepted abstracts in the confirmation process. Travel grants will be pending sponsorship.

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