Submissions are invited for oral abstract and poster presentations that represent original and new, important or relevant science, research, clinical application or public health relating to one or more of the themes of the conference, or relevant to the field of Lifestyle Medicine generally.
First round (oral abstracts and poster presentations) close: 31 December 2018
Second round (posters only) close: 3o April 2019
Who should apply?
Scientists and researchers
Post-graduate students and research fellows
Other healthcare practitioners
Public health professionals
How does the call for abstracts work?
The call for abstracts is a competitive process. Abstracts received will be de-identified before being assessed and ranked against selection criteria drawn up by the scientific committee including:
The extent to which the content relates to the themes of the conference or is relevant to the field
The extent to which the abstract represents new, original, innovative or important research
The scientific, academic and/or clinical rigour of the work
Successful applicants will be offered the opportunity to present either; 1) a poster or 2) a short oral abstract and Powerpoint presentation of about 10 minutes in a concurrent stream. Oral presenters may also present a poster if desired. Posters will be displayed on boards in an allocated area for the entire conference.
Poster presenters are asked to stand near their posters during allocated poster viewing times across the weekend to discuss with, and answer questions from, delegates. On receiving notification of acceptance, oral abstract and poster presenters must register to attend the main conference. This is a condition of acceptance. Oral abstracts and posters must be presented by one of the listed authors and any costs of presenting including conference registration, travel and accommodation are the responsibility of the presenter, except where a student scholarship may cover certain costs. Submission of an abstract or other work confers permission to publish it in the official conference proceedings book.
Oral abstract and poster prizes
Two awards will be given during the closing plenary session of the conference to the best oral and poster presenters, as decided by the scientific committee:
Best Oral Abstract – for the best oral abstract presentation
Best Poster Presentation – for the best poster presentation
Instructions for preparation of posters
Posters will generally be A0 in size (841mm x 1189mm), not larger, in either landscape or portrait format, and follow the usual guidelines for scientific posters available from most academic institutions, however some flexibility is available. For more guidance, see http://colinpurrington.com/tips/poster-design. Posters are usually printed in full-colour, can be printed on paper or fabric, can be laminated, etc, and will be fixed to the display board by hook and loop ‘velcro’ fasteners. Poster presenters should bring the poster to the conference venue with them and will be advised the time and date by which posters should be displayed.
Instructions for submission of abstracts
Abstracts should be submitted in the format described below to , accompanied by the necessary abstract/scholarship submission form. Incomplete or incorrect submissions will be returned. Abstracts must be submitted in the following format:
Microsoft Word document (one page)
Use a common sans serif font such as Arial
Title of abstract: 14pt bold capitals
Authors: 11pt sentence case. List family name, initials. If more than one author, underline the presenting author and use superscripted numerals to refer to author affiliations.
Author affiliations: 11pt, sentence case, italics. List affiliation, city and country. If more than one author, use numerals to refer to author superscripted numerals.
Abstract body: 11pt, sentence case, 300 words maximum not including references, generally with sections in the following order: Introduction/Background, Methods/Materials, Discussion, Conclusions.
References: 9pt, sentence case. List up to five references in order of mention in the text using superscripted numbers.
Insert one blank line after Title, Authors, Author affiliations and Abstract body. Do not insert any other blank lines.
A number of scholarships are available to under-graduate and post-graduate students up to PhD candidate level (not post-doctoral level) including medical students, GP/hospital registrars, science and research students, public health students and students of allied health disciplines, to attend the conference free of charge.
Students wishing to be considered for a scholarship must indicate this on the necessary Abstract & Scholarship submission form. Students may also be considered for a scholarship without submitting an abstract, by instead submitting an original piece of work (between 1500-2500 words) suitable for publication, such as an article, case study or discussion, addressing one or more of the conference themes. Students wishing to submit an article rather than an abstract are advised to make contact with the conference organisers to discuss the suitability of their intended topic at .