Call for Abstracts

Welcome to the 21st Nordic Conference for therapists working with traumatized refugees

Stavanger 6. – 7. June 2019.
We are pleased to announce that the Call for Abstracts for oral and poster presentations is now open.

The theme for the conference is “Fra avmakt til styrke”, or “From Powerlessness to Strength”.
We want the conference to be a place where the different challenges involved in working with traumatized refugees of all age groups can be shared. Your experiences are important to us, e.g. scientific contributions, work with special target groups, ideas for the future.

There will be several parallel sessions each day of the conference, each of 60 minutes duration.  The language of the conference will be English, but you are welcome to present in your own language if you prefer – Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.

General instructions
The deadline for all submissions is 15. January 2019.
150 – 200 words
Abstracts can be submitted preferably in English, otherwise in a Scandinavian language
Times new roman 12
No references, tables or graphics should be included
When using abbreviations, please spell out the name in full at first mention and follow with the abbreviation in parenthesis.
Abstracts can only be submitted online to
Presenting authors of accepted abstracts must register for the Conference by 1. April 2019

Oral presentations
Oral presentations may consist of either paper presentations or workshops.

Paper presentation
Refers to a developed academic topic, policy area, ongoing project or program evaluation and will have the following characteristics:

15 minutes + 5 minutes for questions and answers (Q&A)
1 presenter pr. abstract
Up to 3 presenters per 60 minute session
Q&A following all presentations

An opportunity for a group of interested delegates to engage in intensive discussion or activity on a particular topic. The intention is to build new knowledge and educate delegates on particular skills that can be used in a practical setting.

The sessions may be structured as a panel, a dialogue or debate, case study and/or interactive activity.

60 minutes duration
1 – 3 speakers
The abstract can only be submitted with one theme

Poster presentations
Each poster will be presented on one side of a large poster board.
A comfortable poster size is generally approximately 1.5 x 1 m.
A poster presentation is a graphically oriented summary of your research/project and is considered successful if it conveys a clear message to the viewers. Simplicity is the key. It should not contain a lot of details, but should tell a complete story by itself. If possible, use pictures, graphs and (limited) tables rather than text. Viewers should be able to grasp the message in a short time, e.g., less than one minute.

Suggested format
Title: Include a banner frame clearly stating the title of the poster
Abstract: display your abstract on one frame, accompanied by your name, and department on one frame

Introduction: Specify the objective of your study, provide an overview of what you have done, and point out the significance and value of the research.
Method: Use a least one frame to present the methodology
Results: Indicate what your research has revealed.
Conclusion: Include, in one frame, an explanation of the ways the results satisfy the research objective.
Finally: acknowledge any support you received that enabled the completion of your project (e.g., logos)

Frequent mistakes:

Too much text
Text too small
Unclear structure
Poor figures

Following the conference, we are planning to publish the abstract compilation in book format.
The scientific committee is looking forward to your contributions and to meeting you in June next year.