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Skill Building Workshops

The Scientific Committee is now calling for abstracts for Skill Building Workshops


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

Skill Building Workshops - Submissions

These sessions can be 90 minute, half or full-day workshops. Participants at the Conference include researchers; implementers, students, civil society organizations, private sector, policy and decision-makers, as well as those involved in management, program delivery and advocacy; academics engaged in teaching as well as those concerned more broadly with capacity strengthening. Skills-building sessions may target one or more of these audiences. Participants at the Conference range from relative novices, to those with extensive experience in the field. We intend to build a menu of skills building sessions that are relevant to diverse audiences, though with a particular emphasis on the needs of early stage professionals.

Skill-building sessions should have clearly articulated learning objectives and an engaging, participatory format that is designed to help participants achieve these learning objectives. Using existing experience is especially welcome.

General Guidelines

  • All abstracts must be submitted online through the conference website.
  • All abstracts must be written in English.
  • Length limit of abstract: 500 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, half or full-day workshops)
  • Language (English)
  • Thematic area, as well as field-building dimension, including:
    • Cutting-edge conceptual, empirical, and/or synthesis research; 
    • Innovative research approaches, methods and measures; 
    • Successful and/or novel strategies for developing capacity; 
    • Platforms and mechanisms to share and translate knowledge; 
    • Innovative practice in health policy and systems development and analysis.
  • 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
  • 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 skill building goals and what skills participants will acquire

The organised session abstract requires the following information (maximum of 500 words):

Skill Building Workshops

  • Learning objectives: Please list 1-4 learning objectives that specify what participants will be able to do by the end of the session.
  • Target audience: Describe the target audience for this skills-building session. Is the target audience primarily researchers, decision-makers, people involved in advocacy, teaching faculty, or people concerned with capacity development? Is there a particular focus to the skills building session? Is any prior knowledge or training required to be able to participate effectively in the session?
  • Session description, format and flow: Please provide a description of the session, explaining what material will be covered, and what approach to teaching will be employed, and how both the material and methods link to the learning objectives described above. If helpful provide a suggested agenda for the session. Please specify whether participants in the session will need to read or review any material prior to the start of the session.
  • Session contributors: Please list all session speakers and/or facilitators explaining which country they come from, why they have been selected, and how they will contribute to the session.

Scoring of skill-building workshops 

Reviewers will be asked to assess skills building session submissions on the basis of: (i) relevance of learning objectives to Conference participants (ii) appropriateness of proposed format and delivery methods to achieve learning objectives and provoke interaction among participants (iii) suitability of contributors.