Abstract Presentation Formats

Abstracts should include adequate discussion of background/rationale, method/approach, results/findings/discussion objectives, and conclusions/implications so that reviewers can evaluate the submission's potential contribution to the conference.

Poster presentation: Posters can provide valuable opportunities for one-on-one or small group discussion of a work. Submissions will be considered across all topic areas, and poster sessions will be organized to cluster work with similar themes, populations of focus, or emphases. Poster abstracts are limited to a maximum of 250 words. 

Individual paper: Submissions will be considered across all topic areas. Accepted submissions of these traditional presentations will be groups thematically with one or more other related works in a 50-minute session. Paper abstracts are limited to a maximum of 250 words. 

Symposium: Symposia typically include 3 or 4 papers organized around a central theme, issue, or approach. They also will generally include a chair or moderator as well as a discussant. Symposia can present different elements of a large-scale project, varying approaches to intervention/prevention, diverse perspectives regarding an issue faced by communities or systems, and the like. Symposium submissions should include a 200-word (maximum) abstract that provides an overview of the session and the planned approach as well as abstracts (250 words maximum) for each individual paper. The overall abstract should also include specific information about the presenters' planned approach for engagement of conference participants. At the time of submission, presenters will also indicate a preference for a 50- vs. 75-minute session. 

Panel discussion: These 50-minutes sessions typically include multiple presenters and a moderator who facilitates discussion. Panels may include one or more brief presentations of ideas or key content; the primary focus is on the presentation of ideas, findings, and/or recommendations by panelists, with these presentations eliciting questions from and responses by conference participants. These sessions typically focus on timely issues in the field as well as needed future directions and recommendations for practice, programming, and policy. Abstracts must also include specific information about the planned strategies for facilitation and the proposed approach for engagement of audience members. Abstracts are limited to a maximum of 250 words. 

Round table: These 50-minute sessions are intended to foster discussion among presenters and conference participants. These sessions are typically less formal than panel discussions and often lend themselves to more audience participation. One or more facilitators may lead a session, which may include a brief presentation of foundational content prior to the interaction- or discussion-focused activity. These sessions provide a forum for sharing ideas and learning about diverse perspectives. They typically focus on critical issues in the field, innovative projects or initiatives, lessons learned, and needed future directions. Abstracts must also include specific information about the planned strategies for facilitation and the proposed approach for engagement of audience members. Abstracts are limited to a maximum of 250 words. 

Workshop: This presentation format focuses on skill-building or competence-enhancement. These sessions are usually focused on a method (e.g., using social network analysis in applied research; how Geographic Information Systems can inform community-based intervention), approach (e.g., community-based participatory research), or work within a particular setting or domain (e.g., policy, advocacy). Workshop instruction may be provided by a maximum of 3 presenters. Workshop abstracts (maximum of 500 words) must specify the content focus of the workshop, the proposed instructional methods, the learning objectives for participants, and strategies for engaging audience members and facilitating interaction. Submissions must also specify the preferred length of the workshop session (i.e., 60, 90, 120, or 180 minutes). Those proposing workshop sessions will also need to submit a brief biosketch (150 word) for each presenter and a short (maximum 10 pages) curriculum vitae

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