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Canadian Public Health Association

Forum sur les maladies infectieuses et de changements climatiques

Veuillez noter que le forum sera présenté uniquement en anglais et l'interprétation simultanée ne sera pas disponible. Par conséquent, les informations sur l'événement n'est disponibles qu'en anglais.

The Infectious Disease & Climate Change Forum will be held virtually 5 October 2021. The Forum is a key knowledge exchange event for public health and allied health professionals, researchers, policy-makers, academics, students and trainees committed to sharing their research, best practices and policies to deal with the impacts of climate change on infectious disease in Canada.

The virtual event will deliver a scientific program featuring plenary and panel sessions on Tuesday 5 October from 11:00–16:30 (EST). Accepted submission will be presented in a dedicated stream of Public Health 2021 on Wednesday 6 October.

Forum objectives
Call for submissions
Submission guidelines
Submission acceptance

IMPORTANT DATES 

  • Registration opens: Friday 18 June  
  • Notification of results: Friday 23 July
  • Forum Preliminary Program: Tuesday 12 August
  • Infectious Disease & Climate Change Forum: Tuesday 5 October 2021
  • Public Health 2021 dedicated IDCC Stream: Wednesday 6 October 2021

Forum Objectives

The Infectious Disease & Climate Change Forum will provide participants the opportunity to:

  • engage public health leaders and other partners and local organizations from within and outside the health sector;
  • highlight local, regional, provincial and national level projects; and
  • provide a platform for professionals and providers to discuss gaps and opportunities.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The call for submissions is closed.

The Infectious Disease & Climate Change Forum invites submissions that address topics related to the impacts of climate change on infectious diseases. Topics of particular interest include:

  • Surveillance and modelling
  • Impact on health inequities
  • Multi-sectoral projects
  • Preparing the healthcare system

Submissions are invited for oral presentation, symposiums and workshops. Accepted submission will be presented in a dedicated stream of Public Health 2021 on Wednesday 6 October.  

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

Each session is 60 minutes and includes six presenters. Accepted abstracts that share a common topic or complementary theme, are grouped together and scheduled to present on a specific date and time. 

Accepted presenters are required to submit two unique presentations in advance of the Forum: 

  1. 10-minute pre-recorded presentation: Available in the Presentation Gallery to registered participants for one-year. 
  2. 5-minute pre-recorded presentation: Played during the live session. 
  • The six pre-recorded presentations are played in succession. During the remaining session time (approximately 25 minutes), presenters take part in a moderated Q&A. 
  • In advance of the session, Forum presenters can participate in a rehearsal to become familiar with the virtual presentation platform.

As presentation time is limited, one presenter per abstract can answer questions.

Review Criteria

Research abstracts

  • Research addresses a gap in existing literature and evidence known to date.
  • Problem addressed by the research is clearly articulated.
  • The methodology supports the purpose of the study.
  • Validity of the conclusions based on the results.
  • Research demonstrates innovation appropriate to the advancement of knowledge about infectious disease and climate change.

Policy abstracts

  • Definition of the problem demonstrates the need for a change in policy.
  • Research methodology is clear and transparent and appropriate stakeholders were engaged.
  • Results and analysis support the policy recommendation.
  • Policy recommends innovation appropriate to the advancement of knowledge about infectious disease and climate change.

Practice abstracts

  • Program need and objectives address an important issue.
  • Program methods and activities address the issue and includes evaluation.
  • Results and outcomes used indicators that are valid and reliable.
  • Program demonstrates innovation appropriate to the advancement of knowledge about infectious disease and climate change.

Symposiums and Workshops

Sessions are 60 minutes in length and can be a didactic symposium, or an interactive workshop. 

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 will not be accepted. Applications may include one (1) speaker from industry; that person cannot be the session chair or moderator.

Symposiums

Symposium submissions that identify timely topics and new opportunities for collaboration are encouraged. Audience engagement strategies such as audience polling or interactive quizzes to engage participants can be implemented.

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. 

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 (3) learning objectives. Learning objectives should be concise, specific and identify the outcomes or actions that participants can expect to demonstrate as a result of attending the session.

Review Criteria

The following criteria evaluate each symposium: 

  • Background / Rationale clearly outlines the need for the symposium.
  • Participants will be able to apply the information they learn in the session in their day-to-day research, policy or practice setting.
  • Description reflects an emerging or new perspective on a public health issue. 
  • Proposed speakers will present diverse perspectives that will enrich the discussion.
  • Learning objectives are clearly described and articulate what participants are expected to demonstrate 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.

    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 submissions must include up to three (3) learning objectives. Learning objectives should be concise, specific and identify the outcomes or actions that participants can expect to demonstrate as a result of attending the session.

    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 public health 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 3 June

    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.
    • Abstracts must not exceed 300 words (excluding title and section headings) and symposium and workshop submissions must not exceed two (2) pages.
    • 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.

    SUBMISSION ACCEPTANCE

    • Each submission is reviewed and scored by at least two independent peer reviewers. 
    • Final acceptance will be determined by the Steering Committee.
    • Symposium and Workshop submitters will be notified of the results of the peer review on or before Tuesday 20 July.
    • Oral abstract submitters will be notified of the results of the peer review on or before Friday 23 July.
    • All accepted presenters will be notified of the date and time of their presentation on or before Thursday 5 August.
    • All presenters must register for at least one day of the conference to be included in the program. Daily presenter rates will be available. 
    • Pre-recorded presentations and session recordings will be available registered participants for one year post-conference. Presenters may request that the presentation/recording not be posted.