Frequently Asked Questions about submitting an abstract or proposal.
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The Culture, Health and Wellbeing international conference welcomes submissions of proposals, or abstracts, for presentations, workshops, films and performances, from researchers and practitioners, as well as those who are the beneficiaries of the work, people with lived experience of ill-health, those who convene, organise and fund both research and practice.


The language in the many overlapping fields of activity varies and can be a barrier. We have tried to write the guidance for submissions as clearly as possible. We welcome submissions from people with diverse perspectives and backgrounds.


The term ‘abstract’ is more familiar to those working in research and academia. A research abstract summarises the research paper or project that will be presented.


We have also used the word ‘proposal’ which may make more sense to practitioners who want to present their work, deliver a workshop, film or performance.


Our conference committee is made up of people with experience and expertise in both practice and research. We will have two sub-committees, one for practice and one for research, who will consider submissions and recommend their choices. The selection of submissions will also be affected by the practical limitations of the digital platform (numbers of parallel sessions) as well as our aim to achieve a balanced programme to engage a wide audience.


Some Frequently Asked Questions


Q: I would prefer to submit my proposal as a voice or video recording. Is that possible?


A: Yes, please don’t worry about making it a ‘good’ video but good sound quality would be helpful. Please try to keep to the 500 word limit for practice or 1000 word limit for research. If you would like to submit in this way please contact Alex Coulter.


Q: My ideas don’t fit the categories of 10 minute oral, workshop, film or performance, can I still submit?


A: Yes, please get in touch with us if you want to discuss ideas, or just explain in your submission what you would like to propose.


Q: Can I submit the same idea as a workshop and as a presentation/film/performance?


A: Yes, although we won’t accept two proposals or abstracts about the same project or work.


Q: I want to include more names in the submission for a research paper but there is only space for one name


A: The name required on the Google form is for correspondence. Please include all names of authors/project leads in your attachment. Please note only one person will have a free place at the conference if the submission is accepted.


Q: What do you mean by research?


A: There are two types of research papers, empirical research and scholarly contributions. Please check the guidance for submissions because research submissions have specific headings.


Q: Can I submit a research abstract if I don’t yet have the results?


A: Yes. For submissions based on an empirical study, please indicate the time line for your project and whether or not you anticipate having results by the time of the conference.


Q: Can I submit a research abstract for work that has already been published?


A: Yes, provided that it addresses the conference themes.


Q: If my submission is about practice and research should I submit it as practice or research?


A: The criteria for practice and research are different and it is up to you which category to choose.


Q: Can I submit more than one proposal or abstract?


A: Yes, although we won’t accept two proposals or abstracts about the same project or work.


Q: Can I submit the same proposal as a workshop, presentation, film and performance?


A: Yes, but we won’t accept more than one.


Q: If there are several of us involved in a project can we all have a free place at the conference?


A: No. You will be allocated one free place if your submission is accepted and you can decide who it is for. Other contributors will of course be welcome to join you but they will need to purchase a conference ticket.


Q: You have said that you want to place lived experience and co-production at the heart of the programme. What do you mean by that?


A: We are keen to ensure that people with lived experience of ill-health, and those with experience of the benefits of arts, culture and creativity for their own health and wellbeing, are present at the conference. That might be in leading or being part of workshops, presentations, films and performances; that their voice and presence is evident in the types of projects that are being presented; or that they attend as delegates. Co-production has various meanings. This is a useful definition from the Social Care Institute for Excellence.