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Canadian Public Health Association

Call for submissions

important dates

  • Submission deadline: Thursday 9 September
  • Call for late-breaking oral abstracts launch: Thursday 23 September
  • Late-breaking submission deadline: Thursday 14 October

Submission Details

The Conference Executive Committee invites submissions for 60-minute didactic symposiums and interactive workshops to be presented in a virtual program from December 8 - 9. Our goal is to present an integrated scientific program of research, policy and practice perspectives that encourages participants and presenters to connect, share and learn from each other.

We encourage diversity in the organizing team and speakers. This includes diversity of viewpoint and thinking regarding the topics discussed at the symposium or workshop, gender, race, affiliations, seniority, geographic location, etc.

Industry-led applications are not accepted. Applications may include one (1) speaker from industry as long as that person is not the session chair or moderator.

Proposals may be submitted in either English or French and will be peer-reviewed according to the language of submission. Simultaneous interpretation will not be provided and French submitters must be comfortable presenting in English.

    Oral Abstracts
    A late-breaking call for oral abstract presentations will launch on Thursday 23 September. Accepted oral abstracts that share a common topic or complementary theme, are grouped together and scheduled to present on a specific date and time.
    Poster abstracts will not be presented at the conference.

      Symposiums 

      Total presentation time should not exceed 35-40 minutes and we recommend a maximum of three speakers plus a moderator. During the remaining session time (20-25 minutes), speakers take part in a moderated Q&A. 

      Audience engagement strategies such as audience polling or interactive quizzes to engage participants can be implemented.

      The template provides the opportunity to describe how participants can apply the information learned in the session to their day-to-day research, policy or practice setting. Speakers should offer a coordinated exchange on a common topic or complimentary theme and the focus of their presentation must be described in the submission. All submissions must include up to three learning objectives that describe the information, skills, behaviors, or perspectives participants in the session will acquire through their participation.

      All submission must use the MS Word template, other file types are not accepted.

      Download the Symposium Template

      Review Criteria

      The following criteria evaluate each symposium: 

      • Background / Rationale clearly outlines the need for the symposium.
      • Description reflects an emerging or new perspective on a vaccinology and/or immunization topic or issue.
      • Participants will be able to apply the information they learn in the session in their day-to-day research, policy or practice setting.
      • Proposed speakers will present diverse perspectives that will enrich the discussion.
      • Session chair demonstrates expertise in moderating.
      • Learning objectives are clearly described and articulate what participants are expected to accomplish as a result of attending the symposium.

      Workshops

      Workshop proposals that aim to generate lively interactions among participants are highly encouraged. Submissions must include the participatory elements that will build engagement and include facilitators who know how to lead the session and encourage participants to contribute to the discussion. All submissions must include up to three learning objectives that describe the information, skills, behaviors, or perspectives participants in the session will acquire through their participation.

      Audience engagement strategies must be included as part of the workshop agenda and the proposal must describe how a minimum of two (2) of the following interactive elements available on the virtual platform will be incorporated:

      • Live polling
      • Breakout rooms for group discussion
      • Large facilitated group discussion
      • Facilitated Q&A

      All submission must use the MS Word template, other file types are not accepted.

      Download the Workshop Template

      Review Criteria

      The following criteria evaluate each workshop: 

      • Background / Rationale clearly outlines the need for the workshop.
      • The impact of the workshop articulates the problem to be solved and how the workshop will contribute to their solution.
      • Description reflects an emerging or new perspective on a vaccinology and/or immunization topic or issue.
      • The workshop format is interactive and will engage participants throughout the session. 
      • Learning objectives are clearly described and articulate what participants are expected to demonstrate a result of attending the workshop.

      SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

      Submission deadline: Thursday 9 September

      Submissions must meet the following criteria to be eligible for peer review: 

      • Submissions must be uploaded using the online portal. E-mail submissions are not accepted.   
      • A Presenting Author may submit a maximum of two abstracts.
      • The submitting author certifies that all co-authors and/or co-presenters agree to the submission.
      • All submission must use the appropriate Word template and must not exceed two (2) pages. Any other file type will not be accepted.
      • Data, other research, and sessions presented at other conferences may be submitted. 
      • All sessions will be recorded and will be available to registered participants for one year post-conference.

      Submit your proposal

      SUBMISSION ACCEPTANCE

      • Each submission is reviewed and scored by at least two independent peer reviewers. 
      • Final acceptance will be determined by the Organizing Committee.
      • Submitters will be notified of the results of the peer review on or before Thursday 21 October.
      • Session recordings will be available registered participants for one year post-conference.