Call for Abstracts

Application for Call for Abstracts

For the Swiss Public Health Conference on «Covid-19 and the public health management of pandemics»

25 - 26 August 2021

Since the first cases of COVID-19 were reported at the end of 2019, the disease has spread across all continents, regions and social classes. It has enormous, health, societal and economical implications that will last for generations and change our history forever. Important questions remain regarding the potential challenges that this pandemic poses to public health and society for the future, in particular: (i) how has the pandemic evolved and been dealt with differently in Switzerland and throughout the world; (ii) what psychosocial, economic and ethical considerations have been raised by the pandemic and its containment atempts and (iii) what leassons have been learned and what needs to be done in order to deal with the consequences of this pandemic and improve preparedness for the coming 50 years.

We would like to invite you to submit an abstract either for a 10-minute oral presentation at one of the parallel sessions, for a topical workshop or for a poster.

The call is closed

Abstracts may be submitted as follows:


Topics for submission are related to the conference theme or any other research topic reflecting ongoing public health sciences and challenges in Switzerland.

Forms of presentation

  • Oral presentations
    The length of an oral presentation is limited to 10 minutes, followed by a 5-minute discussion. Four to five talks will be presented at each parallel session.

  • Workshops with topical focus
    A workshop contains an introduction and may include 1-3 short content-related contributions. At least 20 minutes are to be allowed for the discussion. You may propose other formats such as a «World Café».

  • Poster
    The selection of posters should reflect the great variety of public health topics in Switzerland. The posters will remain hanging throughout the conference and can be viewed during the breaks.

Guidelines for submission of abstracts

  • The abstracts for poster, oral presentation or workshop may be submitted in German, French or English. The language of the abstract should reflect the language used for the presentation or the poster at the conference. The maximum length of the submitted text is 2,500 characters including spaces.

  • Indicate to which topic your abstract fits best.

  • In submitting an abstract, the author grants the organisers the right to publish the submission electronically or in printed form.

  • A maximum of two abstracts per first author may be submitted.

  • Presence on both days is mandatory. The organising committee allocates the presentations (for talks or workshops).

  • All presenters (including all speakers considered for a workshop) must register for the conference and pay the respective fees.

Submission deadline
The submission deadline for abstracts is 1 February 2021 (12pm CET).

Review and selection

The organising committee of the conference will review submitted abstracts. Where possible, qualifying abstracts will be assembled in thematic parallel sessions. For reasons of time and space, not all submissions may be considered. The authors will be notified about acceptance and the presentation form by 30 April 2021.