Eight major formats are offered for submission: 1) symposium, 2) workshop, 3) research oral/poster presentation, 4) innovation in policy and practice oral/poster presentation, 5) round table discussion, 6) alternative showing/new technology, 7) alternative showing/art, and 8) lunch with an author.
All abstract submitters, including individual contributors, are encouraged to interact and collaborate with other presenters and participants wherever possible. Participatory, collaborative and non-traditional session formats will be given priority in the selection process.
A symposium consists in a set of integrated oral presentations related to a particular topic. The total time allowed for a symposium will be 90 minutes, consisting of three to five presenters with a moderator to facilitate the discussion (variations will be considered). At least 45 minutes of the symposium should be dedicated to interaction with the audience. We encourage the submission of symposia in which presenters and moderators/discussants represent different areas, such as from policymaking, practice, and research. Diversity of gender, cultural and geographical representation is an asset.
The convener must submit an abstract on the entire symposium, stating the general objective and proposed format of the session, conference’s theme and/or sub-themes addressed, as well as the abstracts and contact details for each presentation in the symposium.
Past experience has shown that due to the challenges of room allocation in the conference facilities, a small proportion of submitted symposium abstracts are selected. The scientific committee reserves the right to ask submitters to merge symposium projects.
A workshop provides an opportunity for conference attendees to participate either in a Skill Training Workshop, or to debate innovative ideas and challenging questions, and thus identify areas for further action and/or develop suggestions as to how these ideas could be implemented in practice. A workshop involves a session coordinator, and possibly several co-organisers/session trainers. The duration of the workshops will be up to 105 minutes, and will take place in the last session of each full conference day.
The convener must submit an outline of the entire workshop, stating objectives, format and learning goals (training workshops), as well as the contact details of all co-organizers/session trainers.