Call for abstracts

The call for abstracts for the WCPT Congress is now open and will close on 6th September.

This is your opportunity to present to a global audience and showcase your research, developments or innovations to the profession’s largest international congress. 

Abstracts are invited that:

  • report on the latest research with original scientific data [submissions with pending results will not be accepted]
  • address new and unique developments in practice, theory, education, management, policy and resources
  • describe innovative ways in which established methods have been adapted to meet the changing needs of practice

Platform presentations

There will be three types of platform presentation:

  • State of the art: 12 minute platform presentations from the highest quality cutting edge abstracts that are likely to influence practice, with a 30 minute moderated discussion led by a leader in the field.
  • Classic: eight platform presentations lasting eight minutes each followed by three minutes for questions.
  • Rapid five: a platform presentation session of 10 abstracts each delivering key messages using no more than five slides in five minutes (5 x 5) along with moderated discussion times.

Poster presentations

Posters are changed daily and are grouped by topic within the poster area in the exhibition hall. Presenters will have a dedicated 45 minutes to attend their poster for discussion with delegates.

In addition, virtual poster walks will provide the opportunity for a chair to lead delegates through a small number of selected e-posters for discussions with presenters. Some will be facilitated in languages other than English.

Platform and poster presentations are considered by the Congress Programme Committee (CPC) to be of equal standing and judged by the same criteria. You can indicate your preferred format when submitting, but inevitably there is limited space for platform presentations in the programme and many more posters can be accommodated. The decision of what format to assign to any abstract rests with the CPC.

How to submit an abstract

Each submission must be via the online submission system on the Congress website.

All correspondence will be with the person who submits the abstract online. The presenting author does not have to be the first named author listed in the abstract.

Please read the submission guidelines before submitting your abstract. A person may only present a maximum of two abstracts.

New to presenting at a WCPT congress? WCPT has a mentoring programme in place until 31st July 2018.

Submission criteria

Submitted abstracts will go through a blind peer-review process carried out by international reviewers. The following principles will be used to review abstracts.

  • Does the report address a "significant" or "important" issue?
  • Do the methods/approach enable the question to be answered rigorously?
  • Have the data/findings been interpreted appropriately?
  • Are the contents of the abstract clear and understandable?

Top tips for abstract submissions from individual CPC members

Jackie Whittaker (English)
Lara Allet (French)
Edgar Hernandez (Spanish)
Alia Alghwiri (Arabic)