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Please note, abstract submission is now CLOSED. The deadline for submissions was February 20th, 2020.

In regards to publications.
The organization committee is not planning for a mutual publication of abstracts and papers from the conference outside the official web site.

Research for development covers a broad range of topics and approaches which generates knowledge that benefits sustainable development.  We welcome submissions from researchers, policy makers, practitioners, funders and other stakeholders. Submissions should be related to one or several of the Sustainable Development Goals with the aim to improve conditions in low-resource settings.

This page outlines all of the information you need to prepare for a submission. The different forms of submissions are described below. 

1. Proposal for sessions
You may submit proposals for 90-minute sessions:

  • Participatory sessions: These could be round table discussions, debates, simulations, games, 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.

The session template requires the following information:

  • Session description, explaining the purpose, what topics the session intends to cover and why they are important to be presented in the symposium. Word limit 250.
  • Session contributors, including name, country, why they have been selected and which topics/issues they will cover in their presentations. Word limit 350.
  • Information about how the session will be run, the format and how you plan to engage the audience, what the flow of the 90-minute-long session will look like. Who will   chair/ modrate. Word limit 100.

Scoring of sessions
The sessions will be selected on the basis of: (i) technical/scientific merit; (ii) relevance to the conference (iii) originality and innovation; (iv) diversity of engaged speakers (e.g. balance across gender, country-income group and/or role); and (v) potential for active involvement by the audience.

2. Proposal for abstracts
Individual abstracts may be submitted as an oral or poster presentation.

An oral presentation is a 10-minute oral presentation with 5 minutes allowed for questions. Note: If an abstract is submitted as an oral presentation, it may be accepted as a poster - please do not submit for both for the same abstract.

A poster is a physical display that is no more than 120 cm by 80 cm in size.

There is a 400 word limit for the abstract text. Please make sure that the abstract text includes the following at a minimum:

  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusions

Scoring of abstracts
The individual abstracts will be selected on the basis of: (i) technical/scientific merit; (ii) relevance to the conference (iii) originality and innovation.

3. Proposal for multimedia presentation
A multimedia presentation could be a short film (fiction/documentary/animation) or photo-essay.

There is a 400 word limit for the description of the media content. Please make sure that the text includes the following at a minimum:

  • Introduction and description of the content and the contribution this submission makes towards the conference
  • Justification for choice of media and the purpose for which it was produced (research, advocacy, education, public engagement)
  • Conclusion (including the lessons learned, and the questions raised as a consequence of the work)

Scoring of multimedia presentation
The presentation will be assessed on the basis of: (i) originality and innovation; (ii) relevance to the conference.

Travel Grants:
The Swedish international development cooperation agency (Sida) offers a limited number of travel grants for researchers from low-income countries (primarily following the DAC list of low-income countries, see list here) whom have had their abstracts accepted for the conference. Each conference panel can have one presenter on a travel grant. The travel grant covers travels, accommodation, and conference fee.

To apply for the travel grant, please check the box "Travel grant applicant" in the online abstract submission system which opened on 20 November 2019.

Selected travel grant holders will be contacted directly by the organizing committee with information about how to proceed.

Many of the submitters have applied for a travel grant. Please, notice that the number of travel grants are very limited and you are only eligible for a travel grant if you come from a low income country. Due to the circumstances we will get back with more information on how to re-apply for a travel grant in October 2020.