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Key dates and information on submitting abstracts forthcoming.

The SVRI has developed the following guidance when writing up your abstract for submission and review:

Abstract Format and Content :

The purpose of an abstract is to summarise, clearly and concisely what you will present on at the conference. A good abstract tells us why the original research/project/presentation adds value to the conference, meets a conference theme and ongoing dialogue in the field. It is the only information a reviewer will have about your work so it must provide enough information to stand on its own.

Abstract length is up to 6400 characters (including spaces) with 1,200 characters for the background, 2,000 for methods, 2,000 for results, and another 1,200 for the conclusion.

The abstract should be as informative as possible and include a problem statement (why your project is important and the problem it addresses); how you addressed the problem (the methods used); the results, and finally, the ‘so what’ – the impact of your findings for the field.  

Try to make your abstract enticing, using plain language. Succinctly outline why the study is important, how you did your study, your findings, why the reviewer should care about your study, and how it is important for the field. 

See tips on how to write a good conference abstract here.

Types of Abstracts:

Abstract submitters can submit from one of the following forms of presentations: 

  • Research
  • Intervention
  • Science pitch

Research Presentation:

A research presentation is an abbreviated version of your research project. You can either be awarded a plenary or parallel presentation on the conference programme. 

Guidelines for research presentations:

  • Presentation length. Times for presentations can range from 10-15 minutes, followed by 5-10 minutes of Q&A. Your time will depend on the number of presentations in your panel and the time allocated for the panel ie some panels are 1.5 hours and others are 2 hours long.
  • Number of slides. If your presentation is supposed to be 10-15 minutes long, it will be impossible to get through 35 slides. Make sure you time your presentation in advance – there is nothing worse than one presenter taking time from another.
  • Font size. Make sure your slides are readable. 28pt and up is recommended.
  • Your audience. SVRI Forum is home to researchers, practitioners, programme managers, policy-makers, funders, survivors – all of us have the power to use the findings presented at Forum to advance and strengthen our work. All presenters, where possible should avoid over-use of technical jargon and if necessary provide a description of concepts either at the end of their presentation or offer to discuss issues/concepts with delegates during the break.
  • So what? We do this work because we want to create a kinder world, please make sure you detail how your work is relevant to changing policy, improving research, serving survivors etc.
  • Secondary trauma. We work in the field of trauma and many of us are survivors. Carefully consider the types of photos/images you use in your presentation. Avoid the use of images that may trigger vicarious trauma among delegates.

Intervention / Project Presentation:

We are also interested in abstracts on innovative projects and/or interventions/intervention development, adaptation, and scale-up efforts.  An intervention/project abstract should present the essential elements of your project/intervention/scale-up efforts and detail its relevance to the Forum. It should outline the kind of project you implemented and/or the process you followed to implement the project, and any evaluation undertaken. 

You should also note any theoretical framework or methodological assumptions. For interventions, include a description of the intervention (aim, training, facilitators, delivery, length, etc.); any evaluation done and efforts made with scale-up (if any), and what you have learned so far. 

Intervention/project presentations provide intervention/research partnerships an opportunity to showcase both the research and aspects of the intervention interactively with the audience. 

Guidelines for intervention/project presentations:

  • Presentation length. You have about 20 minutes to share information on your programme or intervention, followed by 10 minutes of Q&A.
  • Interaction and engagement. Intervention content panels are meant to be interactive experiences where you have an opportunity to share a component of your intervention with your audience. Think about the best way to share your intervention in an engaging and interactive way.
  • Evidence-based. When introducing your programme/intervention, briefly detail the evidence that underscores your intervention e.g. the intervention effects were tested through an RCT, and provide the key findings in one slide.
  • Content. Think about what your audience needs to know about your intervention, e.g. what is it trying to change, who is it for, what is the length, who facilitates/delivers the programme, how are they selected, how are they trained, and by whom, how are facilitators managed and mentored, has it work anywhere else, and what is the content and share some exercises with the audience.
  • Use of slides. Try keep the use of slides to a minimum and focus on sharing how the intervention works in practice. Avoid using photos/images which may trigger vicarious trauma among delegates (see guidelines for research presentations).

 Four-Minute Presentation:

The Four-Minute Presentation (FMP) forms part of the main conference programme and is a concise, well-prepared 4-minute description of your research or intervention/project.  These presentations are all about telling a story, which is why this format has become hugely popular at the SVRI Forum.

Guidelines for Four-Minute Presentations:

  • What is a Four Minute Presentation FMP? An FMP is a concise, well-prepared 4-minute description of your research / or programme. FMPs are all about telling a story, which is why this format has become hugely popular at the SVRI Forum.
  • Presentation length. You have 4 minutes to present your work, with no time for Q&A. During FMP panels, up to 15+ presentations will be delivered over 1.5 hours.
  • Slides and visuals. You are limited to only one slide/image during your FMP. Think carefully about what you want to show. We suggest you show one image/words / visual that identifies your research/programme e.g. a picture of your beneficiaries; your curriculum; a key question you are trying to answer with your work.
  • Send in your image/slide. Even though you only have one slide, you must still send it to the Forum organisers in advance of the Forum. Make sure you label it correctly, so we can match the file to you and your presentation time slot.
  • Supporting materials. We will provide a table at the back of the room to share briefs, brochures on your work. At the end of your presentation let people know about your materials so they can read more about what you are doing.
  • Practice. FMPs, although short, can be powerful ways to share your work. Make sure you practice your pitch, that it is only four minutes long, and that you don’t sound rehearsed. Practice really helps with those nerves as well.
  • Timing. You really do only have 4 minutes. Your Chair will stop you after 4 minutes to ensure you do not cut into other presenter’s time. Make sure you practice – we can’t say this enough.

Examples of SVRI Forum FMPs:

Khat use is linked to Intimate Partner Violence
S. Papaefstathiou, V. Sharma, S. Tewolde, Negussie Deyessa, B. Relyea, J. Scott

The effect of play based intervention on depression status of public school children: a cluster-randomized controlled trial
Shireen Shehzad Bhamani, N. Asad, R. Karmaliani, J. McFarlane, Y. Somani, H.A. Maqbool, E.D Chirwa, R. Jewkes

How to submit your abstract:

More information on how to submit your abstract forthcoming.  

Please note

Submission of an abstract is on the understanding that author(s) of accepted abstracts will register for the full conference. Authors will be required to confirm their acceptance of presentation and register with full payment. SVRI will communicate all important dates. Kindly sign up to the Forum 2022 newsletter for updates.

Submissions of more than one abstract from an individual and/or group of authors is welcome. However, in the interests of achieving an inclusiveness of presenters and a broad and balanced program, it is necessary that for each accepted abstract one author / presenter is registered.

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