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Canadian Public Health Association

Symposium and Workshop Submissions

Deadline for Submissions: Thursday 7 November 2019 before 11:59 pm EST

Submission types

Symposium

A Symposium is designed to be a focused session in which speakers present on a common public health theme, issue or question. 

Symposiums are 90 minutes in length and are moderated by the session chair identified in the application. A good moderator is essential to the success of the session and therefore, the session chair should have experience moderating symposiums, understand the subject matter and be able to guide the session to ensure a connection between presenters and delegates.

Submissions should be designed to offer conference delegates the opportunity to interact with presenters and to gain clear ideas on how they can use the information learned in the session in their day-to-day research and public health setting.

Submissions that identify new opportunities for collaboration and new directions for future public health activities are encouraged and preference will be given to timely topics that will favor highly interactive discussions.

Review Criteria

Symposium submissions will be reviewed against seven (7) criteria: 

  • Rationale clearly explains a need for this presentation. 
  • Description reflects an emerging public health research, policy, or practice issue that outlines what attendees will learn and how they will be engaged.  
  • Delegates will be able to apply the information they learn in the session in their day-to-day research or public health setting. 
  • Agenda includes an interactive discussion and describes how delegates will be engaged.  
  • Session chair demonstrates expertise in moderating. 
  • Speakers represent a range of knowledge and will present diverse perspectives. 
  • Learning objectives are clearly described and demonstrate what knowledge a delegate will acquire as a result of attending the session. 

Workshop

Workshops are intended to be a dynamic format to enhance the skills of conference participants through a practical learning experience. 

The 90 minute session will have presentations no longer than 30 minutes without excessive use of PowerPoint or lecture style format to allow delegates the opportunity to learn and apply the knowledge and skills that are the focus of the Workshop. Submissions should clearly describe what skill attendees will learn during the session and emphasize how they will participate throughout the session. 

Preference will be given to timely topics that will favor a highly interactive and skill-building format.

Review Criteria

Workshop submissions will be reviewed against six (6) criteria:

  • Rationale clearly explains a need for the Workshop. 
  • Description reflects an emerging public health research, policy, or practice issue that outlines what skill attendees will learn and how they will be engaged.  
  • Delegates will be able to apply the skill they learn in the session in their day-to-day research or public health setting. 
  • Workshop format is dynamic and demonstrates an interactive format for delegates.
  • Speakers demonstrate expertise in facilitating.
  • Learning objectives are clearly described and describe what skill(s) delegates will be able to utilize as a result of attending the session.

Conflict of interest

We support the Canadian Medical Association's Policy on Guidelines for Physicians in Interactions with Industry. A conflict of interest may exist if a presenter is affiliated with, or has financial interest in a commercial organization that may have a direct or indirect interest in the subject matter of his/her topic presentation. This policy is not intended to prevent a presentation and the information you disclose will not influence the review of your abstract.

As the conference is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), all sessions must include three learning objectives that meet their guidelines. Review the recommendations on how to draft RCPSC-approved learning objectives.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions must meet the following criteria otherwise they will not be accepted for peer review:

  • Submissions must be completed using the templates provided and be submitted electronically.
  • The template CANNOT be changed to include additional sections. 
  • Submissions must not exceed two pages.
  • A maximum of two (2) submissions may be submitted as the presenting author.

Submissions that do not adhere to these criteria will not be accepted for peer review.

Submissions MUST be completed using the templates provided.
Download the most appropriate template for your submission.

Online Submission

As part of the online submission process, you will be prompted to: 

  • Sign into your account. If you have created an account for any of the two previous conferences, you can use it for this submissions. Otherwise, create a Public Health 2020 account. The account must be created in the name of the Presenting Author. Accounts from CPHA memberships are not transferred.
  • Submit a short and precise title that will capture a reader's attention.
  • Select your preferred method of presentation. Final presentation format(s) will be determined upon acceptance.
  • In order of priority, select a minimum of one (1) up to a maximum of three (3) keywords that best relate to the content of your submission. You may enter one (1) alternate keyword.
  • The submitting author certifies that all co-authors /co-presenters agree to the submission.

Submit your Symposium or Workshop 

Submission Acceptance

  • Final decisions regarding acceptance will be made by the Scientific Review Committee and Submitters will be notified of the selection on or before Tuesday 31 December 2019.
  • All speakers who present must be registered for at least one day of the conference by the close of early bird registration in order to be included in the conference program. Exhibitor and sponsor passes CANNOT be used by presenters.

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