Call for Abstracts

The first Call for Abstracts is now closed. Please click here for information regarding the Call for Late Abstracts.

The Program Planning Committee invites authors to submit abstracts for oral, poster, symposium and workshop presentations for the IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing, Disasters in an Ageing World: Readiness, Resilience and Recovery

The Conference will be among the first to take place after the conclusion of the post-2015 Development Goals and the revision of the Hyogo Framework for Action on Disaster Reduction and an opportunity to consider the issues of older people in this context. This global Conference provides a vibrant opportunity for stakeholders including content experts, decision and policy makers, service providers and practitioners, consumers, advocates, and academics to come together to present and debate on age related issues, policies and practices and at the same time shine the spotlight on older people in relationship to disasters. 

The 13th IFA Conference will be the first to explore the implications for older people in natural and human-induced disasters and health emergencies, while at the same time covering the areas of interest for those across all disciplines in the ageing sectors through five (5) thematic tracks: 

  1. Disasters and Older People
  2. Age-friendly Cities/Communities
  3. Care and Support for Older People (Community and Residential)
  4. Elder Abuse, Law and Rights
  5. Income Protection and Security

Please note:
Abstract submission starts on 16 February 2015 and can be submitted at any time before the deadline of 5 November 2015 to ensure publication requirements are met.  Abstracts will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a notification issued within approximately three weeks after submission.  Please read the following guidelines carefully before preparing your abstract.  Acceptance of papers for presentation at the Conference will be on the basis of reviewed abstracts.  All abstracts must be prepared as per the guidelines provided below.  Incomplete or incorrect submissions will be returned to the author and must be resubmitted correctly by the deadline to be considered for presentation. Authors who submit and have more than one abstract accepted, must prioritise each in the event that all cannot be accommodated in the concurrent program.

Presentation Type Descriptions:

Oral Presentations
Each 90-minute time slot accommodates up to 6-7 oral presentations.  Accordingly, each will be allotted 12 – 15 minutes oral presentation followed by a moderated question and answer period. Concluding the presentation, key outcomes and implications in the field of the conference theme should be discussed.

Electronic Poster Presentations
Electronic posters will be used for researchers and practitioners to communicate in an interactive mode, and will create an electronic medium of information that can be discussed and shared beyond the means of traditional hard copy posters.  Accepted poster presenters will need to create their poster in Microsoft PowerPoint and upload it to the ePresenter™ system in advance, to be able to convert e-posters into a secure format for viewing onsite at the Conference.  Dedicated poster sessions will be scheduled alongside the concurrent oral sessions, so it is expected that at least one of the presenting authors will register and attend the Conference to present and discuss their research with fellow delegates in person during their scheduled session.  Poster presenters will have approximately 15 minutes to present their electronic poster from an ePresenter terminal onsite. This will allow for a more intimate presentation in a mini-oral format to provide for greater discussion with delegates. 

Delegates will also be able to browse or search online for specific posters, and make contact with presenters via the system mail tool to discuss their work further.  Following the Conference, poster presenters will be able to access statistics online to see how many times their poster has been viewed or downloaded (note downloading permission is at the discretion of the author).

Symposium
The purpose of a symposium is to provide a structured format, where a series of presentations are organised around a common theme in order engage the audience in critical reflection on key issues and questions relevant to the topic area.

A symposium will consist of a set of thematically integrated oral presentations.  The total time allowed for a symposium will be 90 minutes consisting of four to five presenters, a moderator to coordinate the session and facilitate the discussion, and a discussant (optional).  We encourage the submission of a symposium in which presenters and moderators/discussants represent different perspectives, such as policymakers, practitioners, and academics.

Workshop
The purpose of a workshop is to provide a participatory opportunity for a small group of participants to acquire knowledge about a particular topic or receive training in a skill set.

Each workshop session will be 90 minutes, consisting of two to three presenters and structured to include:

  1. A general description of the organised session with its purpose and motivation;
  2. An outline of the material to be covered in the workshop;
  3. Authors and title of each contribution; and
  4. Learning objectives, clearly identifying the outcomes or actions participants can expect to demonstrate as a result of participating in the workshop.

It is possible for proposers to make a case for a 180-minute workshop comprising two consecutive 90-minute sessions. It is not envisioned that this will be the norm however.

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Key Dates

Call for Late Abstracts
Now Open
Registration
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Author registration deadline (First Call for Abstracts)
Saturday 30 January 2016
Author registration deadline (Late Call for Abstracts)
Tuesday 22 March 2016
Early bird registration deadline
Tuesday 22 March 2016
Conference dates
Tuesday 21 - Thursday 23 June 2016

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