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ICOWHI 21st Biennial Congress – Call for Abstracts

Baltimore MD | Nov 6 – 9

The International Council on Women’s Health Issues (ICOWHI) is an international nonprofit association dedicated to the goal of promoting health, health care, and well-being of women throughout the world through participation, empowerment, advocacy, education, and research.

We are a multidisciplinary network of women’s health providers, planners, and advocates from all over the globe. We constitute an international professional and lay network of those committed to improving women’s health and quality of life.

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, is excited to host this important meeting to frame global actions to address the Sustainable Development Goals. We are now accepting abstracts for the ICOWHI 21st Biennial Congress. The theme of the meeting is Scale and Sustainability: Moving Women’s Health Forward. Authors are encouraged to submit abstracts on the theme for current or emerging women health issues.

General Information

Submission Deadline — Abstracts deadline has been extended until May 15, 2016.  If additional time is needed, please contact

Abstract Notification — Presenters will be notified via email of abstract status on Wed. June 1, 2016. Please make sure your email address is correct and up-to-date.

Registration and Membership — You do not have to be an ICOWHI member to submit an abstract. However, if your abstract is accepted for presentation, the presenting author MUST register for the Congress by August 30, 2016. Please consider the exciting opportunity of becoming a member of ICOWHI with reduced fees as part of the registration package –

Author Disclaimer — Opinions expressed by a speaker represent only the opinions of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the International Council on Women’s Health Issues or the hosting school, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

Penalties — Presenters who fail to show up for their scheduled presentations without notifying the program planner of cancellation will not be permitted to present papers or posters at any ICOWHI-sponsored meeting for two years following the "no-show."

Publication Embargo — Abstracts submitted and accepted for the ICOWHI 21st Biennial Congress may not be presented at any other meeting or published prior to Mon. Oct. 31, 2016.

Presentation Types — Four types of sessions are planned for the Congress – Oral (Paper, Panel, Lightening Round) and Poster. Individuals may submit as either an Oral or Poster.  These session types are subject to change based on demand and availability.  For oral presentations a selection preference should be made.  If no selection is denoted, the default will be “no preference” and the committee will alert you to the format accepted. For more information visit

Oral Presentations

Paper Presentations

Paper presentations provide authors the opportunity to present original work related to congress topics.

  • Oral paper presentations will have 15-minute time slots and be clustered by theme into sessions that will include three individual presentations and time for questions from the audience.

Panel Presentations

Panel presentations provide authors the option to organize a panel comprising three related papers.

  • Panel presentation sessions will be 90 minutes long, with 45 minutes for presentations and 45 minutes for discussion.
  • A panel proposal must include an abstract summarizing the overall theme of the panel, as well as individual abstracts for each of the papers to be presented in the panel.

Lightning Round Presentations

Lightning round presentations provide authors the opportunity to share their work in brief oral presentations.

  • Each presentation is limited to 10 minutes and followed by a five-minute question and answer period.
  • When submitting an abstract, select the checkbox that indicates willingness to be considered for “Paper, Lightning Round, or Poster Presentation.” The Program Committee will select submissions to be included in the lightning round.

Poster Presentations

The 90-minute poster session provides an interactive forum for authors to discuss their work.

  • Presenters will be assigned locations to put up their posters, which will be organized by topic.
  • Poster boards and pushpins will be supplied, and posters should be attached to the boards for display.
  • Presenters are encouraged to bring 1-page double-sided handouts to accompany their posters.

Standard AV

All session rooms are equipped with an LCD projector, screen and microphone. Internet and video capabilities are NOT included and subject to approval.

Abstract Requirements

If any of the below requirements are not met by submission deadline your abstract will be removed

  • Abstracts must be submitted to or
  • Abstracts must be submitted in English
  • Paper, lightning round, and poster abstracts are limited to one page while panel abstracts are limited to four pages. Abstracts not meeting these page limits will not be considered.
  • Please specify the submission category: Oral or Poster. For oral presentations a selection preference should be made for “Paper”, “Panel” or “Lightening Round”.  If no selection is denoted, the default will be “no preference”. For more information visit
  • All abstracts must be formatted with 0.75 inch margins all around, 11-pt font size or larger for narrative text, and 10-pt font size or larger for table and figure legends.
  • Abstracts must use one of the following serif font styles: Times New Roman, Georgia, Helvetica, or Times.
  • The following information must be included in the submitted abstract: presentation/panel title; all author(s)' identifying information, including names, degrees, and institutional affiliations; ICOWHI topic (see list of topics below); 3 to 5 keywords; and narrative text. Narrative text may include tables and/or figures providing the submission stays within page limits.
  • Abstracts must be submitted as PDF files.
  • Please use the following naming convention for the file name: CorAuthorLastName_First Name_Topic.pdf (ex. Smith_James_Teams.pdf).
  • Refer to the form submission and list of Topics provided below for more information.
  • The selection committee reserves the right to propose alternative presentation formats as the scope of the final program requires.


  • Acceptance notifications will be made by June 1, 2016.
  • Presenting authors are responsible for their own travel and hotel costs and must register for the congress Abstracts will be compiled and made available to participants
  • Any presenter who is unable to attend should arrange for another qualified individual to present the paper/poster in question. If such a change is necessary, please notify the congress manager via email at

Abstract Form Submission


Corresponding Author, Degree(s), Unit(s), Institution, City, State/Province/District, Country; Author #2, Degree(s), Unit(s), Institution, City, State/Province/District, Country; Author #N, Degree(s), Unit(s), Institution, City, State/Province/District, Country

Corresponding Author Contact Information:, (XXX) XXX-XXXX

Keywords: List three to five keywords each separated by semi-colons. 

Abstract: Narrative text.  Tables and figures may be included provided the abstract stays within the page limit. Avoid using jargon and acronyms. Consider including the following information in the abstract, when relevant:

  • Objective, problem under investigation, hypothesis or research goal
  • Description of research methods
  • Summary of findings
  • Statement of how the research advances women’s health


The 21st ICOWHI Congress Scale and Sustainability: Moving Women’s Health Forward invites abstract submissions focusing on topics that will address the overall congress theme of focusing on the Sustainability Development Goals as a plan of action for people, our planet and prosperity.  Recognizing that the health and well-being of women and girls is the foundation of a just, civil and sustainable society.

Abstracts relevant to women’s health related to education, practice, research and/or policy are particularly encouraged, particularly addressing the themes below:

  1. Ending poverty and addressing social determinants of health
  2. Health and well-being for women and girls across the lifespan
  3. Gender equality and improved women’s rights
  4. Strategies to reduce violence against women and girls
  5. Promote sustainable, accountable, inclusive environments for women and girls
  6. Resilience and adaptive capacity to reduce the impact of climate change
  7. Promotion of peaceful and inclusive society for sustainable development
  8. Sex and gender issues in clinical care

Accessibility Policy

It is the policy of Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing to hold events (meetings, conferences and professional gatherings) where physical and communication barriers do not exclude people with disabilities from attending and participating.

Technology-based/Technology-dependent Presentations

All session rooms are equipped with an LCD projector, screen and microphone. Internet and video capabilities are NOT included and subject to approval.

PowerPoint presentations and voice recordings of oral presentations may be recorded and uploaded to the ICOWHI website for Congress attendees to have unlimited access after the meeting. Oral session presenters who do not wish to have their presentation recorded and included may opt out on the submission form.

Continuing Education Requirements

As an organization committed to providing quality continuing education (CE) activities to its membership and meeting registrants, ICOWHI and Johns Hopkins School of Nursing must adhere to the requirements of various accrediting bodies and professional organizations with which it collaborates. Because Johns Hopkins School of Nursing strives to make as many of its educational activities as possible eligible for CE, it is essential that the presenters (authors, faculty, etc) meet all CE requirements and follow discipline-specific regulations.

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