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    Call for Papers

    Contribute to the cutting-edge interdisciplinary virtual programme and gain international recognition!

    The Congress Scientific Committee invites you to submit proposals for Symposia and Instructional Courses as well as Free Paper and Poster abstracts.


    Please review the guidelines (see links to PDFs below) prior to making a submission.

    Symposium or Instructional Course


    • Submission deadline:
      Monday, 1 March 2021, 23:59 UTC

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    Free Paper or Poster


    • Submission deadline:
      Monday, 1 March 2021, 23:59 UTC

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    Online submission forms

    Submissions are accepted via the online submission forms – see links above. First, you will be directed to register for an Oxford Abstracts account. If you previously submitted an abstract for ISPO 2019, you already have an account and can log into this account if you remember these details – email address is mandatory, password can be reset.

    Once you have registered or logged in, you can create your submission by completing all mandatory fields in the online submission form. If mandatory fields are left incomplete and/or a word count exceeds the permitted limit, you can still submit your proposal, but it will be marked as 'incomplete'. Log back into the system by the submission deadline and edit it until it is 'complete'.

    Review of submissions

    Once the submission deadline has passed, all submissions will be peer reviewed – the review process is double blinded, meaning that author and reviewer information is not shared with either party.

    Congress topics

    The programme will be organised by topics that are of interest to the international P&O community. During online submission, the submitter will be asked to select the primary and secondary topics applicable to their submission.

    Session formats

    During online submission, submitters select the applicable session format.

    Note that if proposing an Instructional Course, you choose between a basic and an advanced Instructional Course.

    If you have an idea for a virtual session format that is not reflected in our submission opportunities, please contact us at info@ispo-congress.com and we will consider alternative formats.

    The Scientific Committee reserves the right to assign a submission to a different format if it is deemed more suitable.


    Submissions are accepted in English only.

    Consent to publication, recording and posting

    During online submission, the submitter is required to consent to publication of the submitted abstract and recording and posting of the virtual presentation for viewing by delegates of the ISPO congress (mandatory). The submitter is responsible for receiving consent from all authors/presenters before completing a submission.

    ISPO would also like to retain recordings of Symposia and Instructional Courses and make them available to ISPO members for ongoing educational access. During submission, you will be asked for permission (optional).

    Presenters should be aware of limitations of controlling or restricting dissemination of confidential or proprietary digital content. ISPO cannot completely guarantee the usages of the content by congress delegates and/or the ISPO membership. See the guidelines for further details.

    Presentation information

    Symposia and Instructional Courses are scheduled for 60 minutes. This timeframe includes topic and presenter introductions, presentations and time for questions from the audience and for discussion. The chair is responsible for ensuring that the session adheres to the timeframe.

    Abstracts accepted for Free Paper (oral) presentation will be presented during Free Paper Sessions. Each Free Paper Session consists of 5-7 presentations of up to 7 minutes each. Questions from the virtual delegates will be moderated by the Session Chair and may be answered at the end of the session for a 2-3 minute answer period. Presenters will also be requested to respond to online posted chat questions, for example from delegates viewing the presentations asynchronously, for the duration of the congress.

    Abstracts accepted for Poster presentation will be presented as digital posters along with a 1-minute linked video/audio file (optional). Detailed instructions for digital poster formats will be provided after acceptance. Poster presenters will be required to attend a digital poster session to respond to online chat questions posted by the attendees, and will be encouraged to respond to posted questions for the duration of the congress.

    Presentations should not be specific to a particular brand or product. However, they may deal with a generic (non-branded) range of products. Details of the on-site presentation will be communicated to the submitter closer to the congress. The submitter is responsible for ensuring that these details are shared with the presenter(s).

    Technical requirements and details of the virtual presentations will be communicated to the submitter closer to the congress. The submitter is responsible for ensuring that these details are shared with the presenter(s) and adhered to.

    Chair/presenter registration

    Chair and presenters MUST register for the World Congress by the presenter registration deadline or the session/presentation may be removed from the programme. Presenter substitutions are not allowed except in extraordinary circumstances in which case they MUST be discussed and approved in advance by the Scientific Committee.

    Symposium or Instructional Course proposals: The submitter will be considered the chair of the Symposium or Instructional Course.

    Financial support

    ISPO does not provide any financial support – such as a registration waiver – to the chair or presenters. Chairs and presenters are responsible for their own expenses related to their congress participation.


    If you have any questions, please contact the Project Team.

    Phone: +49 341 678-8237

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