Topical seminar instructions 2012
Please note that these instructions are for topical seminars only.
The deadline for the submission of abstracts is Thursday March 1st, 2012.
Topical seminars are considered for dedicated sessions of one and a half hours.
By submitting an abstract for a topical seminar, you agree to the following statement:
If my proposal is accepted, I plan to attend the 2nd Scientific Conference on Work Disability Prevention and Integration; if I am unable to attend I will make necessary arrangements for a substitute chair / presenter and will communicate such arrangements to the conference secretariat in a timely manner.
Please note that you as well as each co-organiser and presenter must register for the conference in order to present your abstracts in a topical seminar.
Topical Seminar formats
The conference organisers welcome the following topical seminar formats:
- Regular topical seminar / workshop
Up to 4 presentations leaving ample time for discussion.
- Round table
A round table topical seminar consists of a chair person and 3-4 panel discussants. They will each make a short presentation of a specific subject which will be discussed between the panel members, the chair person and the audience.
- Pro/con sessions
In these sessions a burning issue or controversial subject can be addressed. Two persons are invited; one to talk in favour (pro) of the issue and one to oppose it (con). The procedure is that the pro-presenter starts (e.g. 15-20 minutes) followed by the con-presenter (also 15-20 minutes). Afterwards the pro-presenter and con-presenter will have time for reactions. This is followed by a general discussion with the audience. Depending on the subject there could be 1 or 2 pro-/con-presenters in one topical seminar.
Guidelines for abstracts for topical seminars
- The abstract for the topical seminar is limited in length: a maximum of 2500 characters (including spaces) is allowed. For the topical seminar abstract instructions, see below.
- A maximum of 3-4 presentations per topical seminar is allowed. Please make sure you leave enough time for discussions. For the individual presentations of the topical seminar, see the WDPI research abstract instructions document.
- Thus, for a topical seminar a general abstract on the contents of the seminar needs to be provided, together with individual abstracts for each presentation that is part of the seminar. The general abstract and the individual abstracts need to be submitted together by the chairperson.
- Because of production limitations, no graphics nor tables can be accepted.
- Conflict of interest: It is the intent of the WDPI Scientific Committee to provide high quality sessions focused on educational content that is free from commercial influence or bias. Thus the submitting author of an abstract is requested to declare any potential conflicts of interest for all authors during the abstracts submission.
- Style guidelines:
a. Define all abbreviations upon first use in the abstract, such as occupational health service (OHS), except for those used in standard measurements, such as 25 mg/L.
b. Spell out numbers lower than 10 except in the case of standard measurements such as time, dose and temperature, such as “two patients”, but “2 cc” and “9 p.m.”
c. When presenting confidence intervals, state the confidence level and confidence coefficient in the upper and lower limits, such as (95% CI=1.32-4.56).
Start your submission
- Click on “Topical Seminar Abstract Form”.
- A Word document with the abstract form opens. Save the form on your computer.
- Fill in all text boxes of the abstract form. Use the Instructions for Topical Seminars below.
- In the first text box, you need to mention two topics that suit the topical seminar best from the list of topics in the Instructions. If you cannot find a matching topic, please choose ‘other’.
- When you have filled in the topical seminar form, save it again on your computer.
- Email the form to email@example.com.
All submitted abstracts will be peer-reviewed by the International Scientific Review Committee composed of 25 WDPI experts from 11 countries. Topical seminars will be reviewed based on the criteria for single presentation abstracts (see WDPI research abstract instructions) as well as their added value for the programme. Topical seminars with international collaboration will have precedence over topical seminars without international collaboration.
Each abstract will be reviewed by two reviewers. If not accepted, the International Scientific Review Committee may decide to invite some of the proposed individual presentations of the topical seminar for individual oral or poster presentations.