Submit your abstract

Children holding up "I am..." signs of developing resilienceThe deadline for submiting your abstract was 3 September 2021. The call for contributions is now closed.

Thank you for your interest in the International Resilience Revolution Conference. Abstracts for both research and/or practice based work/community activities can be submitted for a variety of presentation types. By ‘abstract’ we refer to any type of contribution for the presentation formats listed below. You can find the information you require specific to each type of presentation below, followed by general guidelines for all presentations and abstract submission.

We particularly welcome abstracts that have been thoroughly co-produced between different partners (e.g. young people, academics, practitioners). Or if not, ones that have an element of co-production, in the project and ideally in the presentation. If you plan to co-present with young people, we have prepared a quick guide to bringing young people, which contains things you may need to think about when supporting young people to attend the conference. And if you’ve never been to a conference before, and find the idea a bit daunting, you can find out more about the process in our conference guide, written by three young Resilience Revolutionaries.

We are proactively seeking to include contributions from people who face additional barriers to participation, including those who identify as being from an under-represented community, eg from an ethnic minority, working-class, LGBTQ+, neurodiverse, or those with a longterm illness or disability.

Presentation Format Explanation Length
Individual presentation A spoken presentation that provides a focussed summary of a piece of research or other project. 20 minutes
Poster One or more researchers can present their research in the form a visual poster presentation. The posters should be A1 sized and summarize the research in an engaging way. The presenter/s typically prepare a short oral summary that can be given to conference attendees who are interested.
Symposium A topic will be proposed for symposium sessions that draw together between three and five paper presentations. Each contributor will have an opportunity to make a short presentation, followed by time for discussion. This type of session is valuable when multiple perspectives on a particular subject may be of interest to the audience and can complement one another when presented together in one session.

60 minutes – 3 presenters


90 minutes – 5 presenters

Workshop Sessions that the audience can join in with. They start with an introduction to the research / practice/community activities being explored or demonstrated. This is followed by engaging the audience in a participatory activity with time for discussion. 45 minutes
Debate / discussion panel A topic can be suggested for a panel style discussion. This topic will be related to conference themes and involve between 3 and 5 presenters, as well as a chair to co-ordinate the panel discussion. 60 minutes
Alternative format A range of other formats can be proposed by both individuals and groups. For example, artistic performance or exhibition of artwork, site specific talks, practical demonstrations or digital media. 20/45/60/90 minutes


General guidelines for presentations

  • Given that the focus of the conference is on resilience and co-production, we really want a mix of presenters. If you are an academic, please give serious thought as to how you might support, both financially and practically, at least one co-researcher, i.e. a community partner, practitioner or a young person who has been involved in the project, to come along and co-present. We know this isn’t always easy, and know the challenge well ourselves.

General guidelines for all abstract submissions are as follows

  • There is no specific format for abstracts, other than the following:
    • Max 350 words
    • Easy to understand language
    • Up to 50 word biography of each of the presenter(s)

Timeline for abstract submission

  • 03 September 2021 – Deadline for abstract submission
  • 03 September 2021 – Deadline to request a template for a symposium
  • 30 September 2021 – Response to submissions
  • 15 December 2021 – Confirmation of attendance by the registration of at least one presenter paying the appropriate fee
  • 31 December 2021 – End date for early bird registration
  • 15 January 2022 – Finalising the conference programme

Selection criteria

  • All abstracts will be assessed by two members of the conference team based on the following criteria:
    • Criterion one: Is the work relevant to the themes of the conference?
    • Criterion two: Is the work original and engaging?
    • Criterion three: Has the work included a co-produced element and if so, are the presenters appropriate representatives of the project team?
    • Criterion four: Are the aims and methods of the work clearly expressed?

Additional information

We will make every effort to accommodate each contributor’s first choice of presentation type. However, we may recommend alternative presentation types to some contributors in an effort to be inclusive as possible. For example, a contributor submitting an individual paper presentation may be suggested to be included in a symposium within a suitable work theme or contributors not selected for a paper presentation may alternatively be offered an opportunity to participate in a poster presentation.

Submission details

Our call for contributions is now closed. If you require further information on the submission process, please contact


Last year we were pleased to announce some bursaries (up to £1000 per bursary, plus free conference attendance) for overseas not-for-profit organisations whose abstracts had been accepted for the conference, but who would not be able to attend without support. These were funded by the University of Brighton’s Responsible Futures. We will update this section to let you know if we are able to secure funding to offer bursaries for 2022.


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