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Organised Sessions

The Scientific Committee is now calling for abstracts for Organised Sessions


Theme: Building back better: public health resilience and recovery


  • Communicable Diseases
  • Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Mental Health 
  • Women, Adolescent and Children’s Health
  • Occupational Health
  • Social Determinants of Health 
  • Health Promotion and Prevention  
  • Health Financing
  • Service Delivery Platforms
  • Healthy Public Policies
  • Human Resources for Health
  • Health Information and Technology
  • Health Leadership
  • Quality of Healthcare
  • Urban Health  
  • Rural Health  
  • Migration and Health  
  • Global Health  
  • Environmental Health  
  • Climate Change and Sustainability  
  • Public Health Education

Organised Sessions - Submissions

Participatory sessions

These could be round table discussions, debates, ‘fishbowl’ discussions, simulations, or any other approach that actively encourages audience participation. 

Panel presentations

This format is the traditional panel presentation, but organizers must allow adequate time for audience discussion and interaction.

General Guidelines

  • All abstracts must be submitted online, through the conference website. 
  • All abstracts must be written in English. 
  • Length limit of abstract: 350 words. 
  • No images, charts or tables are permitted in the abstract. 
  • Abstracts must be informational and report on completed work. 
  • It is the author's responsibility to submit a correct abstract. 
  • Any errors in spelling, grammar or scientific fact will be reproduced as submitted by the author. 
  • Abstract submission deadline is midnight South African Standard Time on 20 May 2022 
  • Abstracts will not be accepted after this date. 
  • All abstracts will be reviewed and the final selection made by the Scientific Committee. 
  • Notification of acceptance/decline will commence on or before 5 June 2022
  • Accepted abstracts will only be included in the conference programme once registration, and payment of the registration fee, is completed.
  • All presenters must be registered and fully paid by 5 July 2022.

Format for Abstracts

  • Title (maximum 25 words)
  • Duration (90 minutes)
  • Language (English)
  • The session organiser’s contact details 
  • Contributors’ details: the session chair as well as a maximum of four named additional contributors, who will play active roles in the session. Include names, affiliations, why they have been selected and which topics/issues they will cover in their presentations. 
  • Please highlight if contributors are submitting multiple abstracts 
  • A 50-word overview of the organized session, that will appear in the conference program with clear description of session goals.  

The organised session abstract requires the following information (maximum of 350 words):

Organised Sessions

  • Session description: Explain what topics the session intends to cover and why they are important to be presented in the conference. 
  • Purpose of the session and the key objectives the organizers would like to achieve. 
  • Information about how the session will be run: Format and how you plan to engage the audience, what the flow of the session will look like, who will chair and who will moderate.

Criteria for organised session review

Submissions for organised sessions will be peer-reviewed. In line with the core Conference principles, the Scientific Committee will be asked to assess organised sessions on the basis of:

  1. technical/scientific merit;
  2. relevance to the Conference theme and selected sub-themes;
  3. rationale for selection of speakers is clear;
  4. originality and innovation;
  5. diversity of engaged speakers (e.g. balance across gender, country-income group and/or role); and 
  6. potential for active involvement by the audience.

Submissions with better gender and geographical balance of contributors, respecting inclusivity and diversity values of PHASA will be given preferences in the review process.