Call for Abstracts - Closed

The call for abstracts is open, the deadline for submission is 12 May 2019. Abstracts for oral presentations and posters are invited in areas relevant to the Symposium themes.

The focus of the Symposium is on using qualitative evidence to inform decisions in the SDG era. We ask that abstract submissions aim to be relevant to this theme. In particular, we welcome submissions that address or discuss innovative ways of using qualitative evidence to broaden and humanise decision and policy-making processes to achieve the SDGs; that explore the tools and methods needed to support the translation of qualitative evidence into policy and practice; or that focus on ways of strengthening capacity within and across sectors, and among different actors and institutions, to produce and use qualitative evidence.

Submissions are invited in the following categories:

  • Case studies of using qualitative evidence to inform decision making for the SDGs
  • Tools and methods for incorporating qualitative evidence in decisions
  • Citizens, citizen science and qualitative evidence
  • Strengthening capacity for producing and using qualitative evidence for the SDGs among policy users, knowledge brokers, policy stakeholders, researchers, the public and institutions
  • Learning across sectors and geographies regarding ways of using qualitative evidence to inform decision making for the SDGs
  • Qualitative evidence on strategies for cross- and multi-sectoral working
  • Using qualitative evidence to prepare for future global challenges
  • Building bridges between different elements and actors within the ecosystem for qualitative evidence
  • Tools and methods for enhancing rapid access to qualitative evidence for policy users and citizens
  • Novel methods for producing and synthesizing qualitative evidence
  • Other topics on the use of qualitative evidence to inform decisions for the SDGs

The deadline for abstract submissions is 23.59 UTC, 12 May 2019.

How to submit an abstract

You can submit an abstract through the online submission system here:

You do not need to register for the Symposium to submit an abstract, but all participants who have an abstract accepted for presentation will need to register for the Symposium by 12 August 2019.

Instructions for oral and poster abstracts

  • Abstracts must be submitted online by 12 May 2019, 23:59 UTC.
  • Only abstracts submitted in English will be considered. However, posters and oral presentations can be given in English, Portuguese or Spanish.
  • Abstracts must not be more than 2400 characters (approx. 350 words).
  • We suggest using the following structure for your abstract: Background, Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusions. If your abstract does not fit into this format, please choose alternative headings that are appropriate.
  • The abstract title should not be more than 150 characters with spaces.
  • If abbreviations are used, the abbreviated term should be written out in full the first time it is used.
  • Figures, tables, graphs or other images cannot be submitted with your abstract.

You do not need to submit a PDF version of the abstract alongside the form.

Submission of abstracts

You will receive an automated email to acknowledge your abstract submission. (Please allow up to 20 minutes to receive this email). If you do not receive an email, or if you require any help with submitting your abstract, please email

Acceptance and notification of abstract

Submissions will be judged on their originality, clarity, scientific quality, policy relevance and their level of relevance to Symposium themes. The abstracts will be evaluated by people from multiple sectors so keep that in mind when making your submission and write in plain language with as little use of jargon as possible.

At the time of submission, you will be asked to indicate a preference for oral or poster presentation. However, the final decision on the type of presentation offered is made by the Abstract Committee. We aim to notify authors of acceptance or rejection of their submission by 30 June 2019.


All presenters of accepted abstracts are required to register and attend the conference. The organizers reserve the right to withdraw abstracts if presenters have not registered for the Symposium by 12 August 2019.

Travel stipends

Due limited funding, we ask all participants to seek and identify their own sources of travel support. A small number of travel stipends will be available. Priority will be given to low and middle income country participants who have an abstract accepted for the Symposium. Participants who have an abstract accepted will be invited to apply for a travel stipend.