Call for Abstracts


The Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (SDMPH) invites the submission of abstracts for display at its 2nd Annual Meeting, to be held at the Hilton Hotel, Rockville, Maryland, between July 27-29, 2016

Abstracts should be submitted in MS Word only as an e-mail attachment to for review by the specially convened 2016 Abstracts Committee. All submitted abstracts will be reviewed and notifications will be issued as soon as possible after submission, but no later than July 13. Presenters are strongly encouraged to submit as early as possible to receive an early decision. All decisions will be sent by e-mail to the corresponding author and notices of acceptance will also contain guidelines on how to create an effective poster for presentation during the meeting.

The deadline for submission is July 6, 2016

Format for Abstracts

Key Submission Elements        

Title of Poster: The title should clearly and succinctly identify the contents of the abstract.

Authors and Affiliations: Enter each author separately and identify whether the individual is the presenting author (usually the first author) or a coauthor. Provide the institution for each author.

Funding. Clearly acknowledge any or all funders and provide grant numbers if applicable.

Conflict of Interest.  Authors should indicate if a potential conflict exists.

Format. Abstracts are limited to 300 words. Title, authors and affiliations are not counted.

Ideally your abstract should contain a title, an introduction, methods and results section, as well as a conclusion, but it is not necessary to specifically use these labels. Abstracts should describe work done or currently being worked on, not something which is envisioned in the future.

Abstract content should be somewhat in line with the overall theme of Disaster Global Health: Prepare, Respond, Recover, Prepare… but new and novel ideas are also welcomed for consideration. ALL presentations must be original, and not have been previously published or cited in the literature. Presenters who have material under consideration in peer-reviewed journals should contact the journal editor first to insure that prior publication issues are ruled out in advance.

Avoid excessive use of capital letters and boldface type. Carefully check spelling and grammar. Bulleted or numbered lists can be an effective way of presentation.

Rules for Presentation

The presenting author, usually the first author, must be registered to attend the meeting and must be present during the assigned time.

There will be a total of 8 hours presentation time between sessions, meals, etc. If the first author is unable to attend the meeting, the abstract must be withdrawn or a substitute presenter may be approved upon request.