Call for abstracts

A poster session complements the plenary sessions and workshops that make up the IBTN Conference. Poster abstracts will be published in a peer-reviewed journal (TBA).

The IBTN Conference will be held from May 28 to 30, 2020, and is open to anyone registering to attend. The conference will include a poster session. Authors whose posters have been selected have until February 21, 2020 to accept and confirm their attendance to the conference. Presenting Authors will then be required to register for the conference before the conference registration deadline (May 8, 2020). Please note that Presenting Authors are in no way required to apply for the IBTN Summer School.

The decision to accept an abstract is based on a peer-review process. Prizes will be awarded for the best abstracts submitted by students.

Timeline and Deadlines

Call for poster abstracts
November 5, 2019
Poster abstract submission deadline
January 20, 2020, 23h59 EST
Early bird registration period
January 27 to March 27, 2020
Notification for acceptance of poster abstracts
February 3, 2020
Poster abstract author’s deadline for confirmation
February 21, 2020, 23h59 EST
Deadline to register for the conference
May 8, 2020

Submission Instructions

  • Abstracts may be submitted in English or French (for those submitting in French, please refer the Publication section)
  • All abstracts presenting a protocol must include the word “Protocol” in their title, and have the name of the trial registry, and the trial registration number included as the last line of the abstract. Unless they are registered protocols, abstracts need to include at least preliminary results. Non-registered protocols or abstracts without any results will not be accepted.
  • Abstracts can be submitted in any of the following formats: .doc, .docx, .odt, .ott, .pdf, .rtf
  • The total length of the abstract should not exceed 1,750 characters (including spaces and excluding the authors and their affiliations)
  • The name of the Presenting Author must be indicated in bold and the name of the Corresponding Author must be indicated with an asterisk.
  • The abstract must include the following clearly identified headings:
    • Abstract title
    • Authors, Author Titles and Affiliations
    • Background
    • Objectives
    • Methods
    • Results
    • Conclusion

Download a sample (PDF format) to help you prepare your submission.

The submission period is now closed. Winning posters have been announced.

Publication of Abstracts

  • Abstracts will be published in Annals of Behavioral Medicine.
  • Authors submitting a French-language abstract can present their abstract in French or English at the conference. However, if they wish to have their abstract published, they will need to submit an English translation with their submission.

Frequently asked questions

If I submit an abstract and then can’t attend the conference, will it still be published?

All abstracts that will be published need to be presented. If you are not able to attend, a coauthor can present the abstract on your behalf. If you are a student and the person who presents the abstract is not a student too then you will no longer be eligible for a student award.

I will not be participating in the IBTN Summer School. Can I still submit a poster abstract to the conference?

Absolutely! Presenting Authors attending the conference are not required to apply to the Summer School. Summer School candidates are offered admission based on a separate application process. Poster abstract submissions will be evaluated through a separate peer-review process.

I will not be participating in the IBTN Summer School. Can I still attend the IBTN conference?

No problem! People attending the Conference are not required to attend the Summer School. Admission to the Summer School is managed through a separate selective process. Only selected Summe School applicants will be offered admission.

Information for Summer School Applicants

The IBTN Summer School and the 2020 IBTN Conference have been organized in parallel and run sequentially specifically to allow Summer School applicants to also submit a poster abstract (if they wish to do so). For those submitting applications to both of these IBTN initiatives, simply consult the information provided to IBTN Summer School applicants, along with the information provided on this page for IBTN Conference poster abstract submissions. Deadlines have been coordinated to allow for applications to both events.

If you have questions or concerns, contact the IBTN team at