25-28 July 2018 | Edinburgh

**Abstract submission is now closed**



You are invited to submit abstracts for presentations of one of three types:


An individual or small group presentation grouped in parallel sessions with comparable papers. If applying for an oral paper presentation please submit an abstract of 300 words.


An individual or small group presentation placed on a portable wall accompanied by the author(s). If applying for a poster presentation please submit an abstract of 300 words.


A self-organized seminar of up to four papers on a similar topic and presented in the same session and as relevant to the conference theme. If applying for a symposium, please submit an overall abstract of 300 words describing the symposium theme and its importance, along with an abstract of 300 words for each symposium paper.

When submitting papers for a symposium the lead person should login and add themselves as Author 1 and the other participants in the symposium as Author 2, 3 etc. In the field ‘Title and abstract’ please type the title for the symposium and the overall abstract of 300 words first. Then upload a pdf or Word document with the symposium papers as follows: Paper 1: Title. Abstract; Paper 2: Title. Abstract, etc. Preference will be given to symposia that demonstrate cohesiveness across presentations. Symposia will be accepted or rejected in total.


The following guidelines are advisory and for general guidance only.

  • Background and purpose: description of the problem, study objectives, research question(s) and/or hypotheses
  • Methods: study design, including a description of participants and selection strategies, data collection procedures, measures, and approaches to analysis
  • Results: specific results in summary form
  • Conclusions and implications: description of the main outcome(s) of the study and implications for practice, policy, or further research.

If your abstract is for presentation which is not based on primary empirical research, it should include the following:

  • Background and purpose of the proposed presentation
  • A summary of the main points of the presentation
  • How the proposed presentation addresses one or more of the conference aims and themes
  • Conclusions from and implications of your presentation for practice, policy, or subsequent research.



All abstracts must be relevant to the conference theme and/or subthemes and submitted using the abstract management system, ExOrdo. All abstracts need to be submitted online between Monday 4 Sept and closes Friday 24 November. To access the submission system, click on the ‘Submit Abstract Here’ button and create an account from which you can login in and be directed through the submission process. Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by an international panel. Notification via email of decisions to accept or further review abstracts will take place on the 5 February 2018. Please note that authors may submit up to a maximum of two abstracts as first author.