Abstracts should not exceed 300 words excluding the title and the author’s information

Abstracts must be submitted electronically via the conference portal

by 11:59 p.m. Greenwich time, 17 December 2017.

All abstracts will be published in the electronic abstract book. A selection of papers will be chosen for publication in the electronic conference proceedings.  Abstracts may be submitted in one of the 3 following categories:

Research Paper – Oral Presentation (20 minutes plus 10 minutes discussion) or self-organised symposium – 3 papers (90 minutes)

These papers will reflect traditional academically rigorous research intended to add to and develop existing body of knowledge.

  1. Positional, Theoretical or Professional Paper – Oral Presentation (20 minutes plus 10 minutes discussion) or self-organised symposium – 3 papers (90 minutes). These papers will reflect theoretical positions or policy/professional initiatives or experiential case studies intended to use to add to and develop to the existing body of theoretical and experiential knowledge.
  2. Poster Presentation – An illustrated presentation, related to category 1 or 2, to be on display with an accompanying presenter to stimulate discussion and collaboration during the conference.

All abstracts must be written in English, French or Arabic.

Category 1: Research Paper – Oral Presentation

Rationale: should indicate the key purpose of the research such as the statement of the problem, a novel idea or a knowledge gap in the field. This should lead to declaration of the objective(s) of your research and its added value.

Ethical Considerations: should indicate how you ensured the research was conducted in an ethical manner.

Methodology: should explain your approach, data collection tools, and the procedures adopted to analyze the data.

Results: should show illustrative examples/statistics of the main findings/results.

Conclusions: should discuss the implications and value of the main findings of the research.

As above or below. Please submit 3 separate abstracts as one document.

Self – organised symposium – should indicate the title of the symposium or panel, plus the names and affiliations of all participants in the session, including the chair, and an overview of 300 words should be submitted by the symposium/panel organiser/chair.  Each presenter in the symposium must submit (via the Chair) an abstract as above in addition to the overview. Organisers of symposium are encouraged to nominate a central theme (include this in the overview section of the submission) and must nominate a chairperson. This person may also be a presenting member of the symposium. Prior acceptance of all parties to participate must be arranged by the symposium/organiser/chair.  It is the responsibility of the symposium/panel organiser, in consultation with the other presenters, to organise the session to allow time for robust discussion and debate with attendees.

Category 2: Positional, Theoretical, or Professional Paper (Oral or Poster)

Rationale: should indicate the background and context, aims, position and theme under consideration. This should lead to declaration of the objective(s) of your paper and its added value to the field.

Ethical Considerations: should indicate the ethical stance of the paper and any challenges or dilemmas faced by you in a professional capacity.

Methodology: should provide brief description of theoretical position – appropriate policy, or professional initiatives, project innovation, case studies and/or evaluation.

Results: should illustrate key points raised by the position paper.

Conclusions: should discuss the implications and value of your paper in relation to research, policy and/or professional practice.

Category 3: Poster Session (Research or Theoretical Paper)

Posters should contain the key elements as given for oral presentations but with graphical illustrations.  They will be displayed for the duration of the conference with presenting authors to be available in the display area to respond to queries about their research during official networking breaks. Poster presentations must conform to the following:

Your poster must measure NO LARGER than 900mm (W) x 1200mm (H). Please prepare posters in portrait mode, not landscape, otherwise your poster may not fit in the available space.

Presenters are required to bring their own materials to affix their poster to the display panel. Panels provided for display will be Velcro compatible.

Abstracts will be evaluated on quality of writing, and their capacity to communicate the purpose of the presentation in a coherent and scholarly manner. Please consider the following criteria when preparing your abstract:

  • Originality
  • Contemporary significance and/or scholarly relevance
  • Conceptual, methodological and theoretical soundness
  • Disciplined, focused and persuasive argument
  • Coherent organisation and clarity of written expression
  • Reference to appropriate literature
  • Relevance to the conference strands and themes

It is a requirement that presenters whose abstract has been accepted and who wish to present their research must register to attend the full conference. If co-authors of the same paper also wish to present, they must also register for the full conference.

Authors may offer no more than two abstract submissions in which they appear as the lead author.

Conference attendees may not present more than two symposia.

The Conference Advisory Committee reserves the right to accept or reject any submissions.

The acceptance of an abstract does not imply provision of travel, accommodation or registration for the conference, nor any other costs associated with preparation or presentation of the abstract, or attendance at the conference.