Call For Abstracts
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Abstract guidelines.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 15 November 2017. Please click here to submit your abstract. Faxed abstracts will not be accepted.

All appropriate abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee. All abstracts received will be acknowledged, and authors will be sent acceptance or rejection letters by the 10th of December 2017. Please note that presenting authors of accepted abstracts must be registered delegates. All costs, including registration, are for the authors own expense.

Abstract submission Deadline: 15 November 2017

  • The duration of each session (individual paper session, round table discussion, in-conference workshop) is 75 minutes, including discussion.
  • Abstracts should be submitted by the presenting author. The presenting authors of accepted abstracts must be registered for the conference to be included in the conference program.
  • Authors are requested to check the list of tracks and select the track that fits their topic best. The Scientific Committee reserves the right to adjust the track if necessary.
  • The acceptance of abstracts by the Scientific Committee does not imply any financial assistance or fee reduction.
  • The Scientific Committee reserves the right to change submissions for oral presentations to posters, rather than refusing abstracts, depending on the number, theme, and quality of submissions.
  • The maximum number of oral presentations per presenting author is 2 (this excludes presentations in invited symposia, in-conference workshops, poster presentations, presentations as part of roundtable discussions, keynote addresses, and pre-conference workshops). There is no limit on the number of non-presenting co-author presentations.
  • All accepted abstracts will be published in an abstract book. It is assumed that authors give consent and authorise the Scientific Committee to publish their abstract.
  • Presenting authors of all accepted abstracts must register and pay the conference registration fee by 31 January 2018. The abstracts of authors who fail to do so will be removed from the programme and will not be published in the final abstract book.
  • All abstracts will be subjected to peer-review, coordinated by the Scientific Committee. Original work that has not been published or accepted for presentation elsewhere is preferred. The criteria for review are: practical and theoretical impact, empirical and theoretical basis and clarity of ideas and structure.
  • Abstracts should be in English. If English is not the author’s first language, we strongly recommend that the abstract is proofread and language edited before submission.
  • Abstracts must be based on studies that adhered to ethical guidelines.
  • Data collection should be complete at the time of submission and sufficient analyses should have been completed to establish the basic outcome of the research.
  • The titles of potential presentations should be no longer than 15 words and abstracts should be no longer than 250 words.
  • Things to consider including when writing the abstract:
    1. A statement of the purpose of the presentation (preferably in one sentence).
    2. A brief mentioning of the theoretical framework, if applicable, and/or the rationale for the study.
    3. Details of methods and procedures for collecting data or conducting the study.
    4. A summary of the results obtained (if it is an empirical study), or the major points to be made.
    5. A conclusion.
    6. A brief reflection on practical, methodological, or theoretical implications. Abstracts should not include vague statements such as “results will be discussed”.
    7. The abstract should not include keywords or references. Abbreviations should be written out the first time they are used.
  •  When submitting an abstract, the “General Category” and “Specific Topic Category” that best fit the abstract should be selected. The following options will be listed:

General Categories:

  • Theory / Basic Research / Applied Research
  • Practice

Specific Topic Categories:

  • Education
  • Clinical setting and populations
  • Work & Organizations
  • Evaluation and Measurement
  • Lifespan Development
  • Relational: Families, groups, communities, spiritual / religious
  • Culture, diversity, politics and global issues
  • Applications and interventions
  • Health and biological aspects
  • Ethics, philosophy and critical psychology
  • Training in Positive Psychology
  • Research methods
  • Community and social issues and application
  • Coaching and practice
  • Other

The following presentation types will be accommodated at the conference:

1. Individual Paper Presentation

Individual paper presentations last 15 minutes which should include at least 3 minutes for questions (i.e., the presentation itself should last no longer than 12 minutes). Abstracts not accepted for oral presentations will automatically be considered for poster presentations (there is no need to submit the same abstract twice). The presenter’s background information should be presented in a brief résumé with relevant information, and not exceeding 150 words.

2. Round Table Discussion

A Round Table Discussion (75 minutes) provide an opportunity to take forward an issue of relevance to positive psychology by addressing the topic / issue from different perspectives. Suitable topics for Round Table Discussions might include intellectual topics, such as a specific theory, research method or tool, a basic or applied research question, or new directions for positive psychology. Topics may also focus on specific professional issues, such as finding jobs in industry, professionalization of the field, or addressing criticisms of the field. A Round Table Discussion should involve a chairperson / moderator and a panel of 3 to 6 individuals. The chairperson / moderator will play a very active role, asking questions to the panel members and ensuring that all panel members, as well as the audience, have the opportunity to speak. Round Table Discussions should generate spontaneous interaction among panel members and between panel members and the audience. Diversity among panel members is important for the success of the session. In addition, all panel members must recognise the need for preparation, which will allow them to provide concise and coherent summaries of their respective perspectives on the topic/issue. An abstract for a Round Table Discussion should describe the purpose of the discussion, questions that will be addressed by the panel, the underlying issues or themes to be discussed, the context of focus of each panel member’s research or approach, and the structure or format of the session. Information about the background of the chairperson and panel members must be submitted with the abstract. The chairperson’s background information should be presented in a brief résumé with relevant information, and not exceeding 150 words. Panel members should not all have the same institutional affiliation.

3. In-conference Workshop

 In-conference workshops are 75-minute, small-group interactive and experiential sessions that focus on either a specific positive psychology intervention or assessment or a specific research method or tool. It provides the opportunity for individuals to share research methods or professional practice strategies through demonstrations and hands-on experiences for participants. Workshop proposals should include (a) a title with a maximum of 15 words, (b) an abstract of maximum 250 words, (c) a brief summary of the presenter's education and work (d) the intended audience or participants (e.g., scientists, practitioners, students, educators, health care professionals, coaches, human resources specialists, organizational leaders, etc.); (e) an outline of the material to be covered, with experiential activities clearly designated; (f) a minimum of 3 learning objectives for the session; (g) examples of exercises and/or skills that you will teach to people that attend; and (h) a current CV or resume of the presenter with similar workshop experiences highlighted. Workshop proposals in the categories of applied research or practice (i.e., that do not report original research or present research methods or tools) should also include an additional 250-word explanation of how the workshop is based on specific empirical research in the field. Conflict of interest: Facilitator(s) are required to disclose any potential conflict of interest they may have in relation to the content of the proposed workshop (this disclosure is not included in the word limit).

4. Poster

Posters will be scheduled into one of several poster sessions. Accepted Poster presenters will be required to prepare and present an A0 (841mm (w) x 1189mm (h)) poster for public display and to attend their assigned poster session to represent their work. Please use letters large enough to be read from a distance of 1.5 meters. The presenter’s background information should be presented in a brief résumé with relevant information, and not exceeding 150 words.