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ISTSS 37th Annual Meeting Abstract Submission System

Trauma in Context: Moving Beyond the Individual
November 2 - 5, 2021, Pre-Meeting Institutes November 1

Note: Closed to new submissions.


Instructions to Submitters

  • All new submitters MUST begin by creating a new account.
  • For each co-author you will need: Full name, email, designation/degree, institution/affiliation, phone number, institution address, city, state, country.  
  • Please ensure all email addresses for all participants are correct. For any co-authors that are also presenting, chairing or acting as a discussant, you will also need a current CV. Sample abbreviated CV. You do not need CVs for non-presenting co-authors.
  • For any co-authors that are also presenting, chairing or acting as a discussant, you will need to send them a link to complete the Diversity Disclosure Statement. 
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Presentation Types

Pre-Meeting Institute (PMI)
Institutes are full or half day sessions that provide opportunities for intensive training on topics integral to the conference program, presented by leaders in the field. Submissions must specify the level of presentation (introductory, intermediate, or advanced) and summarize the evidence for the material to be presented. Priority will be given to courses that present material for which there is clear empirical support. 

Session that includes a group of 4 sequential presentations, each related to the overall theme of the symposium. Submission includes a brief outline of the overall submission topic, along with separate submission of the component parts of the symposium. All symposia should, at the time of submission, include data which has not yet been published. Symposium 
presentations will be selected for live or pre-recorded presentations.
Preference will be given to symposia with 4 speakers, however, we encourage creativity in the roles these presenters assume. The following serve as examples:
·         A symposium may include a chair, who provides an overview to a complex topic (for example, epigenetics), followed by three data-focused presentations. If that approach is taken, the role that the chair will play in framing the discussion should be noted as such in the symposium overview submitted for review.
·         A chair may serve as a non-presenting chair, providing brief introductions and time-keeping, but with four other individuals presenting their work (and thus four presentations submitted alongside the symposium overview), or with three presenters and a discussant.
·         A chair may also serve as a presenter, with three other presenters (and again, with four presentation abstracts submitted).
It is the at symposium chair’s discretion whether they choose to include a discussant, but, if a discussant is included, significant time should be allotted for them to fulfill their role.
Please do not hesitate to contact the conference chairs to inquire about whether your symposium configuration would work well. Our goal is provide a forum for a broad range of presenters while allowing for time to deeply engage in material.

Panel Presentation
Session that includes 3-5 participants discussing a common theme, issue or question. Panels may include short statements during which panelists outline diverse or similar approaches to the same question. Panels are typically more interactive than symposia, involving active discussion among the panelists. Panel 
presentations will be selected for live or pre-recorded presentations

Workshop Presentation
Instructional session that aims to help participants increase their understanding and skill in a particular area of interest. Such sessions may include active involvement of the audience. Priority will be given to workshops that present material for which there is clear empirical support. Workshops will be held live. 

Case Study Presentation
Sessions that use material from a single or a set of cases to illustrate clinical, theoretical, or policy issues. These sessions may involve the audience in discussion of the case material presented. Case Study presentations will be selected for live or pre-recorded presentations. 

Flash Talk

Individual five-minute presentations on a topic related to traumatic stress, typically including the presentation of research data. Flash talks will be presented live in a grouping of talks by track with a moderator. 

Poster Presentation
Individual presentation in a poster format on a topic related to traumatic stress, typically including the presentation of research data. Posters will be presented in PDF format. 

Multi-Media Presentation 
Session involving presentation of a segment of film, video, music, drama, literature, artwork, or other forms of media relevant to traumatic stress, along with discussion. Multi-Media presentations will be presented live. 


  • Presentations should be original contributions and that any presentations concerning work that has been presented elsewhere should provide new information or a new perspective relative to the previous presentation(s).
  • Publication of the work, such as in a journal, prior to the date of abstract submission (not the abstract submission deadline) is prohibited. This policy applies to symposia presentations, panels, and cases, but does not apply to training sessions (workshops and PMIs) or forums, which may replicate presentations at other conferences or past ISTSS meetings, largely unchanged.
  • Proposal descriptions must be sufficiently detailed to allow the relevance, originality and feasibility to be judged.
  • Incomplete proposals (draft status) will not be considered. 

  • All live presentations will be recorded for asynchronous viewing. 

Participant Roles:

Contact Roles:

  • Submitter: The person who submits an abstract; may or may not have any other role in relation to the abstract.
  • Primary Contact: The primary author on the abstract is automatically designated as the primary contact and they will receive email communication regarding the abstract.
  • Administrative Contact: Optional non-participant who will receive email communication from us about the abstract.
Participant: Anyone associated with an abstract other than a submitter or administrative contact.
  • Speaker: A presenter or discussant.
  • Presenter: A speaker who will be making a formal presentation of content as outlined in an abstract.
  • Discussant: A speaker who will not be making a formal presentation but only participating in comment or discussion.
Author: Any person involved in developing the content of a presentation. Authors are either primary author or co-author.  May or may not also be a presenter.
  • Primary Author:  The lead person involved in developing the content of a presentation.  Each presentation should have one and only one primary author. May or may not be the primary contact. May or may not also be a presenter.
  • Co-Author: Any author other than the primary author.  May or may not also be a presenter.

Author Diversity Disclosures:

Diversity disclosure statement is required for each presenting author before submission deadline. Your abstract cannot be finalized until all presenting authors have completed their diversity disclosures.  At any time before the submission deadline, you may return to the abstract submission system to check the statuses.  Abstracts will be automatically finalized if all pages are complete and all presenters have completed their diversity disclosure.  Disclosures can be done by the presenting author here

Important Dates:
Submission Deadline March 22, 2021 (11:59pm EST) 
Abstract Presenter Registration Deadline October 1, 2021
Presentation Dates November 1-5, 2021

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For questions regarding the ISTSS 36th Annual Meeting, please contact:

Kristin Miodonski
ISTSS Program Director


Note: Closed to new submissions.