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Call for abstracts

Please note that abstract submission is now closed.

Creating active living environments requires expertise and sharing knowledge from multiple disciplines and different sectors including academia, government, public health, urban design, transportation and environment. Our goal is to bring together researchers, policy makers, health promoters, urban designers, transport experts and interested members of the public to engage in a multidisciplinary and multi-sector dialogue about Active Living and Environment.

The main areas of focus of this symposium include: Health, Transportation, Environment and Sustainability.

We invite researchers, professionals and practitioners from different disciplines and sectors to share findings from their research studies or describe programs, interventions, case studies or impacts of policy or advocacy.

Link to the abstract submission portal

Abstracts can be submitted under one of the two categories described below:

  • Research focused abstracts should describe findings from research studies.
    Research abstracts should contain the following headings: Background (including purpose), Methods (including type of data collected), Results, Conclusions, and Support/Funding Source (if applicable).
    Download template (Word format, 20KB)

  • Practice/Policy focused abstracts should describe programs, interventions, case studies or impacts of policy or advocacy.
    These abstracts should contain the following headings: Background (including purpose), Description (of the program, interventions, case study or policy/advocacy impact), Lessons Learned (including any evaluation results), Conclusions (including implications), and Support/Funding Source (if applicable).
    Download template (Word format, 20KB)

Abstract preparation guidelines

All abstracts are required to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Abstracts must be written in English and submitted as MS Word document.
  • The body of the abstract is limited to 300 words. (Word limit includes headings and excludes title, author names, affiliations and support/funding source).
  • For abstract title, authors and body of the abstract font use Arial 11 characters per inch.
  • For authors’ affiliations use Arial 9 characters per inch.
  • Use single spacing, and without hyphenating words at line breaks. Use hard returns only to end headings and paragraphs, not to rearrange lines.
  • Title must be typed using title case, in bold and with no full stop at the end.
  • Type full authors’ names followed by highest qualification (Peter Johnston PhD, Donella Smith MD, etc.)
  • Following the authors’ names, type affiliation underneath the authors: Department, Institution, City, Country. For multiple affiliations, number them and list each affiliation on a new line.
  • Abstract title, authors’ names and affiliations should be centered.
  • The body of the abstract should be left-justified.

See sample abstract (PDF format, 108KB)

There is no limit on the number of abstracts an author may submit.

Abstract submission

Please note that abstract submission is now closed.

Link to the abstract submission portal

Abstract review process

Submitted abstracts will be peer-reviewed and evaluated based on the quality of the research or program, clarity of the abstract, relevance to the symposium theme(s) and adherence to the guidelines.

Accepted abstracts will be designated for either oral presentations or poster sessions. Presentation type (oral or poster) will be determined by a review score and reviewers’ recommendations. More detailed guidelines for preparing oral presentations and posters will be available at a later date.

Abstract review process have now been completed and the authors were notified of the outcomes in early April.

Questions?

If you have questions that have not been addressed in this call for abstracts, please email ale.symposium@otago.ac.nz.

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