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Stellenbosch University Diverse students invite to submit abstracts

Key Information

Conference Dates:

  • Virtual Saturday, 22 October – Tuesday, 23 October, 2022;
  • In-Person Friday, 28 October – Sunday, 30 October, 2022


  • Results of application returned to authors: Generally within five weeks
  • Conference registration completed for all accepted submissions: 14 October, 2022
  • Full conference paper submission (after the event): 30 November, 2022

Submission Criteria & Considerations

  • Only one submission per submitter will be accepted.
  • Submissions should have a maximum of 400 words.
  • Conference organisers encourage abstract submissions that reflect interdisciplinary research and projects, and originate from a broad range of regions across Africa and beyond.
  • Conference organisers welcome presentations that incorporate the use of multimedia (e.g. film, sound, storytelling, performance, arts, etc.).
  • The paper, panel, or poster described in the submission should speak to the general theme of the conference: Catalysing Global Health Innovations for Sustainable Development.
  • The content presented in the submission should be impactful and relevant to diverse contexts in health. The submission should also reflect diversity (e.g. race, gender, youth, LGBTQIA+, etc.) in authorship, panelists, and presenters. 
  • Please note, all applicants with an accepted submissions must register and pay the registration fee in order to have their submissions included at the conference.
  • Each submission application form must include a selection of:
    • one of the submission streams, as described below. 
    • one of the track subthemes, as described below. 
    • either the in-person or virtual component of the conference. 
  • All accepted and submitted papers will be published in an open-source e-book following the conference.

Submission Streams

Submissions may request one of the following streams:

  • Papers – Presented in a 15 to 60-minute session by author or co-authors.
  • Panels – Generally a 3 to 4 person panel with an additional person serving as moderator. 1-1.5 hours.
  • Posters – Posters can be displayed at the virtual or in-person sessions of the conference. Formatting and other poster guidelines will be provided after poster abstracts have been accepted.

Subthemes and related topics

The conference will be organised into 4 tracks, each with a categorical subtheme that covers a broad range of potential topics for papers, panels, or posters to cover. The subthemes and related topics are:

Track 1, Implementation Science & Capacity-building

Potential topics may include but are not limited to: data science; bioinformatics; unique considerations for regionally diverse contexts; behavioural interventions; community interventions; governance and leadership; financing sustainable development; human resource development; professional education and training; stakeholder engagement; building equitable partnerships among stakeholders; research collaboration; and integrated approaches.

Track 2, NCDs and Infectious Diseases

Potential topics may include but are not limited to: designing healthcare with intersectionality in mind; bioethics; pandemic; pandemic response; vaccines; COVID-19; pandemic-related crisis governance; emerging technologies and innovations in treatment; HIV; hepatitis; diabetes; mental health; emerging infectious diseases; tropical diseases; and the convergence of multiple vulnerabilities to infectious disease.

Track 3, Human Rights & Equity

Potential topics may include but are not limited to: gender-based violence; gender equity in treatment/medical research; access to healthcare; poverty; treatment and care of historically-marginalis​ed populations (women, LGBTQIA+, ethnic minorities, etc.); corruption; humanitarian crises; crisis management; and migrating persons.

Track 4, Environment and Climate Change

Potential topics may include but are not limited to: one-health concept; urban centres; agricultural impact on human livelihood/well-being; clean water/water treatment; interventions for air and water pollution; malnutrition/hunger/famine; biodiversity crisis; conservation; ocean health; sanitation; climate change and mental health; and the role of health professionals in climate change prevention and preparedness.