The PEGASUS 2020 Call for Abstracts closes Friday, October 25, 2019


Call for Abstracts Closes: Friday, October 25, 2019
Notification of Acceptance: Friday, November 29, 2019
Presenter Response: Friday, December 27, 2019
Early Bird registration by Friday, January 31, 2020


Poster: Abstracts submitted for consideration for the Poster Session will be displayed in a predetermined area at the venue; the poster boards will be available for viewing for the duration of the conference. A poster ‘walk-about’ will allow participants to walk around and discuss the featured work. One presenter, with or without co-authors.

Oral/Paper: The oral presentations will feature students and professionals (3-5) presenting relevant and current work within each of the central themes. The members of these sessions (as selected by the Academic Committee and based on their submitted abstracts), will give a short presentation (10-15 minutes followed by a 3-5-minute question and answer and discussion to allow for audience participation) on current research papers, case studies and other activities/information that will serve to stimulate debate and participation from the audience.

Workshop: A limited number of workshops will be developed with our program streams, These are meant to represent a range of practical, hands-on sessions presented by invited ‘experts’ in their field. Facilitators will work with groups, provide handouts and the session will be based on developed learning resources and relating to specific sub-themes within each stream. In the event that an action-oriented workshop cannot be organized, other formats of sessions will be acceptable (e.g. mini-plenary style presentations, or specialty group discussions).


All submitted abstracts will be peer-reviewed by the Abstract Review Committee in November 2019. Each abstract will be reviewed by up to 3 reviewers according to the following criteria:


  • Relevance to the overall theme and sub-themes

  • Is the abstract/research innovative?

  • Are the design and methods of the research appropriate?

  • Can the research be used in other countries/settings?

  • Are the lessons to be learned relevant to others

Oral Presentation / Workshops:

  • Relevance to the overall theme and sub-themes

  • Value and clarity of the learning objectives

  • The coherence of presentations in relation to objectives

  • Diversity of the speakers on the pane


All abstracts must follow the guidelines outlined below:

  • Abstracts must be submitted online here

  • Abstracts should not exceed 400 words

  • Abstract titles should not exceed 150 characters (including spaces) and should not be in all caps. An example of correct formatting is Global capacity for emerging infectious diseases and surveillance.

  • Abstract submission deadline: October 25, 2019, by 5 pm (EST).

  • Notification of abstract acceptance or rejection will be sent by November 29, 2019

  • Correspondence will be with the submitting author ONLY

Abstracts for Posters should be structured as follows:

  • Issue/problem - describe the issue/problem including the background and rationale, settings and time frame. Demonstrate how the issue addresses the sub-theme identified.

  • Objectives - describe the learning objectives

  • Methodology – describe the methodology and global health significance of the topic

  • Results - Present the results (effects/changes), ensuring the questions asked are properly answered. Statements such as ‘Results will be presented at the conference’ will not be accepted. If appropriate, state that the results are preliminary.

  • Lessons to date - state only those lessons that are directly supported by the project results. Highlight the importance of the lessons learnt for other settings/countries.

  • Main messages - summarize the work in 2-3 brief key messages

Abstracts for Oral Presentations and Workshops should contain:

  • Background - explain the global health topic to be addressed, need for and rationale for organizing the symposium.

  • Learning Objectives - outline what the participants can expect to learn through this symposium.

  • Topics - indicate the issues to be discussed and discussion points covered by the panel speakers, the link between the panel’s topics, and the format for the session.

  • Main messages - summarize the impact of your proposed symposium in 2-3 brief key messages.

  • Target Audience

Sufficient and precise information must be provided in the abstract to permit evaluation by reviewers. Statements such as "additional information to be presented at the meeting" are not acceptable.

All presenters are expected to register, pay and present at the conference. Presenters must pay all expenses to present and attend the conference (e.g. preparation of the poster, registration fee, travel, hotel, etc.). The conference organizers do not provide honoraria or awards for travel or accommodation. If external travel sponsorships do become available, they will be posted on the conference website.


Impacts of:

  • Global Change on the Vulnerable or on Conflict

  • Climate Change on Indigenous Populations/ Migration and Refugees/ Sustainable Development

  • Sustainable Development on Migration or Migration on Sustainable Development

Other topics might include, but are not limited to those below

Health and public health impacts of, and responses to, peace-building in conflict and post-conflict contexts.

  • Implications of gender equality and peace for health and sustainable development

  • Sexual violence as a public health and human rights concern in conflict and post-conflict settings

  • Links of colonization to conflict

  • The role of the arts in peace and health activism

  • Impact of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction on health

Global Health - Local: Addressing the social determinants of health, tackling health inequity through policy/practice/programs, and leading and taking part in change with respect to topics such as:

  • Poverty, homelessness, the opioid crisis; prison health and inner-city health challenges locally

  • Health and healthcare of vulnerable populations (immigrants, migrant workers, refugees, asylum seekers)

  • Health and healthcare of Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, Inuit) people

  • Systemic, institutional, structural racism, marginalization, discrimination in Canada

  • Grassroots mobilization through advocacy and organizing work, developing tools and sustainable interventions and creating coalitions for change

Global Health - International: Topics of relevance to global and international health programs, policies, issues such as:

  • Global health governance, public policy, and decision-making (e.g. analysis of institutions such as Doctors Without Borders, Partners in Health, World Health Organization);

  • Global health advocacy, partnerships, and ethical relationships (e.g. north-south partnerships, research ethics);

  • Global health equity (e.g. critiques on measurements of global poverty (gender, educational, rural/urban, etc.)

  • Critical discussions of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);

  • Gender and health globally (e.g. intersections of health, peace, and gender equity);

  • Concerns related to specific populations (e.g. modelling epidemics, maternal-child health, migrants, use of technologies to overcome disparities);

  • Pedagogy (e.g. global health mentorship and training).

Environmental Sustainability: Considering questions of displacement, migration and the Sustainable Development Goals such as:

  • Impacts of climate change, flooding and wildfires and other natural disasters; climate refugees and/or climate change-induced migration

  • Forced migration of indigenous and other people as a result of hydro dam development, forestry, mining, water contamination, global industrial food system, etc.

  • Diversity and integration in urban settings; e.g. right to the city, the environmental health of marginalized peoples, newcomers

Other: If your submission doesn’t address one of the above sub-themes, please provide a brief justification for your topic’s relevance to the overall conference theme.