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Call for Papers: Humanitarian Technology: Science, Systems and Global Impact
United States

Call for Papers: Humanitarian Technology: Science, Systems and Global Impact

12 – 14 May 2015 Boston, Massachusetts

Paper Submission: 15 December 2014

Humanitarian Technology: Science, Systems and Global Impact is being held on 12 – 14 May 2015 at Le Méridien Cambridge-MIT. Anchoring the renowned University Park at MIT, the conference venue is conveniently located in Cambridge’s vibrant innovation district, home to  high-tech firms and leading academic institutions.

Technical sessions and technology and policy panels will focus on all aspects of technology, from science to systems, that have a global humanitarian impact. Conference tracks will be presented within an operationally-relevant context, drawing as much as possible from real-world experiences in humanitarian operations and logistics, disaster relief, emergency management, disease management, global health initiatives, international development, and other areas. This will be achieved through contributed and invited talks and panel sessions presented by current practitioners, including professional responders, service workers, and government officials.

The HumTech2015 Conference Tracks are:

A. Humanitarian Assistance / Disaster Relief

B. Health and Disease Management

C. Public Safety and Emergency Management

D. Emerging Technologies

E. International Development, Poverty Alleviation and Food Security

F. Open Track: Water, Energy, Agriculture, Policy, Security, Education, …

We look forward to an exciting, relevant and technically focused international conference. HumTech2015 will be the premier event for researchers, industry professionals, and academics interested in the latest developments and innovations occurring across the humanitarian engineering domain.

You are invited to submit papers in all subject areas of humanitarian engineering and technology development. Papers describing academic research as well as field work are encouraged.

Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant, Technologist
Call for Papers: Society for Prevention Research 23rd Annual Meeting
United States
Washington, DC

Call for Papers: Society for Prevention Research 23rd Annual Meeting

May 26-29, 2015 Washington, DC

Pre-Conference Workshops May 26, 2015

Deadline for Abstract Submission: Friday, November 7, 2014

The Society for Prevention Research (SPR) is dedicated to promoting global health and well-being, and the SPR annual meeting provides an opportunity for scientists, practitioners, advocates, administrators, and policy makers from around the world to exchange ideas and discuss strategies to achieve this goal.

This year’s conference theme, “Integrating Prevention Science and Public Policy,” offers the opportunity to consider the intersection of prevention science and policy in settings around the world. This theme emphasizes the value of a mutually supportive dialogue that addresses ways prevention science can effectively contribute to advancing evidence-based policy, and opportunities for policy issues to drive a pragmatic science agenda.  Both researchers and policymakers have long suggested that high-quality research could and should be used to inform and shape policies and practice. The policy context can also serve as an important driver of applied research to provide empirical answers and data-driven information to address policy questions. Over the last several years, there have been exciting developments in both public and private investments in identifying solutions that work and making them work for more people.  For example, initiatives such as the Social Innovation Fund seek “new ways to solve old problems that are faster, cost-effective, data-driven and lead to better results for the public good.” Additionally, major shifts in health policy driven by the Affordable Care Act provide opportunities to conduct research to advance prevention in a changing health service context. The intent of this conference theme is to foster discussion regarding how and under what conditions research is used to inform policies and practices and how policy priorities shape what researchers study.  Discussions regarding the strength of evidence and “what works,” emerging science of studying how evidence can more effectively inform policy, cost-benefit considerations, and strategies for scaling programs to make deep and broad impact are central to this topic.  Importantly, this conference theme will encourage knowledge sharing about the science at all levels of integration of prevention science and public policy including cutting edge strategies and models for evidence-based policy and policy-informed science.

The SPR Program Committee invites submissions for the conference that fit within this broad theme as well as the related special themes described below. We will also consider proposals that focus on the core areas of interest to SPR, the general themes including research related to epidemiology and etiology, development and testing of interventions, implementation and dissemination strategies, and innovative methods and statistics (see below). Submissions are encouraged from researchers and policy makers at all stages of their career and from varied backgrounds including public health, population health, education, human services, criminal justice, medical and bio-behavioral sciences, genetics, developmental science, and social science.

All abstracts must be submitted online at

Please contact Jennifer Lewis for questions at 703-934-4850, ext. 213 or

Health Services Researcher, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant, Social Scientist
Call for Abstracts: NASN2015 - the National Association of School Nurses 47th Annual Conference
United States

Call for Abstracts: NASN2015 - the National Association of School Nurses 47th Annual Conference

The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) seeks abstracts for NASN2015 - the NASN 47th Annual Conference

Embracing Today - Transforming Tomorrow

June 24 - June 27, 2015  (pre-conference June 23rd) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Oral Presentations: [deadline extended] October 7, 2014

Poster Presentations: February 5, 2015

Submissions deadlines are by midnight Eastern time.


Develop and apply leadership and advocacy skills to improve collaborative partnerships at the local, state and national level to lead the transformation of school health.

Identify opportunities to promote health and prevent disease for self, students and school community.

Implement strategies in the management of chronic, acute and complex health conditions in the school setting that keep students healthy, safe and ready to learn.

Summarize and apply the current research and evidence-based indicators for school nursing practice.

Nurse Researcher, Pediatric Nurse, School Nurse
Call for Abstracts: 2015 Annual Conference Law, Religion, and American Healthcare
United States

Call for Abstracts: 2015 Annual Conference Law, Religion, and American Healthcare

May 8 - 9, 2015 Cambridge, Massachusetts

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School is pleased to announce plans for our 2015 annual conference, this year entitled: “Law, Religion, and American Health Care.”

Religion and medicine have historically gone hand in hand, but increasingly have come into conflict in the U.S. as health care has become both more secular and more heavily regulated.  Law has a dual role here, simultaneously generating conflict between religion and health care, for example through new coverage mandates or legally permissible medical interventions that violate religious norms, while also acting as a tool for religious accommodation and protection of conscience. 

This conference, and anticipated edited volume, will aim to: (1) identify the various ways in which law intersects with religion and health care in the United States; (2) understand the role of law in creating or mediating conflict between religion and health care; and (3) explore potential legal solutions to allow religion and health care to simultaneously flourish in a culturally diverse nation.

We welcome submissions on both broad conceptual questions and more specific policy issues.  Potential topics might include:

Analysis of the First Amendment, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and other federal, state, and local legal provisions that come into play at the intersection between religion and health care

The Affordable Care Act and employer-based health care coverage, including the contraceptives mandate and related court decisions

Legal obligations and accommodations of religious health care organizations

Protection (or not) of health professional conscience

Health care decision-making for minors with religious parents

Religious objection v. discriminatory behavior

Informed consent and information flow, e.g., religious objection to providing certain information, inclusion of religious information in consent disclosures, etc.

“Medicalization” of religious beliefs, e.g., regulation of homosexual conversion therapy

Abortion policy, including clinic protests and protections, and its relationship to religion

Embryonic stem cell policy and its relationship to religion

End-of-life care, including assisted suicide, and its relationship to religion

Complicity as both a legal and religious concept

Comparative analysis, e.g., between professions, health care practices, countries, etc.

Please note that this list is not meant to be exhaustive; we hope to receive abstracts related to the conference’s general theme even if a particular topic was not specifically listed here.  However, proposals that lack a clear linkage to all three aspects of the conference – law, religion, and health care – will not be considered.  Law will be treated broadly to include governmental policy decisions more generally.   Abstracts must propose or outline an argument/position, rather than merely stating a topic, in order to enable us to evaluate them.

In an effort to encourage interdisciplinary and international dialogue, we welcome submissions from legal scholars and lawyers, of course, but also from bioethicists, philosophers, scholars of religion and religious studies, clinicians, government officials and staff, international scholars and regulators discussing how their systems have handled these issues, and others who have a meaningful contribution to make on this topic.  We welcome submissions from advocacy organizations, think tanks, and others outside academia, but emphasize that this is a scholarly conference, and abstracts/papers will be held to academic standards of argumentation and support.

How to Participate

If you are interested in participating, please send a 1-page abstract of the paper you would plan to present to as soon as possible, but not later than December 1, 2014.   If your abstract is selected, your final paper will be due on April 3, 2015, and you will be assigned a presentation slot for the conference dates.  Please note that presenters are expected to attend the conference for its full duration.  We will pay travel expenses for presenters who must travel to Cambridge; co-authored papers must name a single presenter.

In the past, we have successfully turned several of our conferences into edited volumes (e.g., with Oxford, MIT, Columbia, and Johns Hopkins University presses). If such a volume arises out of this conference, our expectation is that conference presenters will publish their papers with us as part of the edited volume.  Those who do not wish their work to appear in a potential edited volume should so indicate on the abstract. We will accept conference papers of all lengths and styles (e.g., law review, medical, philosophy, or policy journal, etc.), but chapters in conference volumes are generally limited to about 5,000 words.  Previous conference participants have been able to publish their submissions in different formats in multiple venues, for example both as a short book chapter and a longer law review article.

Attendance is free and open to the public, but space is limited.


Please contact Holly Fernandez Lynch, Executive Director, Petrie-Flom Center, with any questions:, 617.384.5475.

Academic, Bioethicist, Ethicist, Lawyer, Philosopher, Physician Researcher, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant, Social Scientist
Call for Papers: Policies and Politics of Care--National Conference for Physician-Scholars in the Social Sciences and Humanities
United States

Call for Papers: Policies and Politics of Care--National Conference for Physician-Scholars in the Social Sciences and Humanities

April 18th-19th, 2015 University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

DEADLINE: February 1st, 2015

This conference is a biennial meeting for those committed to having dual training in clinical care and the social sciences and humanities inform each other in their academic work. This has historically provided a venue for graduates, trainees, and prospective students of MD-PhD training programs to build a community and present their research. This year we aim to expand to encompass scholars with a broader diversity of clinical training, including in nursing and social work, whose work also speaks to the core of this conference's organizing principle.

At the 2015 conference we are excited to explore the theme Policies and Politics of Care. Care lies at the core of a clinical relationship, but far from being an apolitical site of human compassion or technical skill, it is highly structured by broader social dynamics, market forces, and a (trans)national policy landscape. Our hybrid identities as both practitioners and researchers of care allow us a particular orientation toward care and caregiving, permitting us to tease out its historical and structural legacies, its lived experiential realities, the boundaries of its classification, and the aggregate effects of its policies on healthcare delivery, healthcare markets and health outcomes.

The planning committee invites you to submit an abstract of original research for presentation relevant to this theme. While we especially solicit work that investigates the connections between forms of care that occur within the walls of the clinic and the world outside, submissions on all topics and from individuals at all career stages are encouraged and will be considered.

Presentations may take the form of a 15 minute talk, poster, or “grand rounds”-style case presentation utilizing insights from your scholarly discipline. We ask that you limit your abstract submission to 350 words and include primary research question, methodological orientation, points of engagement with existing scholarship, and general conclusions. You may submit your abstracts via the form at:, where you will also find more information about the conference. 

Send comments and questions to:

Academic, Health Services Researcher, Historian, Physician Researcher, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Social Scientist
Call for Papers: Health in Africa and the Post-2015 Millennium Development Goals
United States

Call for Papers: Health in Africa and the Post-2015 Millennium Development Goals

May 20-22, 2015 Champaign-Urbana, Illinois

Abstract submission deadline: November 7, 2014

By the year 2015, the eight Millennium Development Goals set 14 years ago will be up for renewal and remodeling. Many decisions will be made in the next year, including the development of new health-related Millennium Development Goals and related targets and indicators for the post 2015 development agenda, yet there remains unfinished business in the health MDGs in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), with new emerging health priorities accorded the dual burden of infectious diseases and non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

The scale of the challenge posed demands an extraordinary response hence the need to bring together a leading and interdisciplinary group of researchers to discuss these issues and advance recommendations for the “Post-2015 Development Agenda.”

The Office of International Programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites researchers to submit manuscripts for consideration in a symposium entitled “Health in Africa and the Post Millennium Development Goals.” Manuscripts are invited in the following areas:

1. The dual burden of diseases (communicable and non-communicable diseases) in SSA

2. Addressing the challenges and opportunities with improving health in SSA, including ethical issues

3. Addressing gender-related issues and health including topics on maternal and child health, and men’s health

4. Addressing health and aging across the life course (with reference to adolescent, young adult, adult, and older population).

5. Addressing health systems roles, including physical resources, human resources, intellectual resources, health systems financing, governance, and service delivery with reference to Africa

6. Understanding the successes and failures in the implementation of health related Millennium Development Goals over the past decade through case studies

7. Understanding and charting the future for health in Africa in light of the impending “Post-2015 Development Agenda” (with reference to sustainability, partnership and participation)

8. Recommendations, and future directions

Submission of Abstract and Manuscripts

Articles for publication may be either from an academic or practitioner perspective, but must contribute to the general public discourse and the scholarly community. Interested authors should submit an abstract of no more than 300 words by November 7, 2014 to the following email address: Abstract proposals should include the author’s name, address, telephone number, email address, and institutional affiliation. Please submit electronic versions of the abstracts as an e-mail attachment. The conference organizers will review the abstracts and respond to the authors of the suitability of submitting a full-length paper for the special issue. Selected papers will be published in special issues of two prominent global health journals, namely, Global Public Health (Columbia University) and Journal of Global Health (Edinburgh University). Papers will be peer-reviewed following the policies of these two journals. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Submissions must be formatted in Microsoft Word. The documentation and stylistic standards of each article will have to conform to the requirements of the two journals. The deadline for full-length papers is February 15, 2015 and the symposium at which the papers will be presented will take place on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on May 20-22, 2015.

Juliet Iwelunmor, Ezekiel Kalipeni, Diana Grigsby-Toussaint
Symposium Organizers and Coordinators

Academic, Ethicist, Health Services Researcher, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant
Call for Proposals: National Association for Rural Mental Health 2015 Annual Conference
United States

Call for Proposals: National Association for Rural Mental Health 2015 Annual Conference

July 30-August 2, 2015 Honolulu, Hawaii

“Ahupua`a: From the Mountains to the Sea”

Deadline to submit is December 1, 2014 or until the agenda is filled.

The National Association for Rural Mental Health invites you to submit a proposal for the 2015 NARMH Annual Conference.

This year’s conference theme theme “Ahupua`a: From the Mountains to the Sea” focus is on bringing together rural community stakeholders from practice (children and adult services, early intervention, prevention, health, juvenile justice etc.) research sciences (prevention, intervention, treatment, integration, evaluation, etc. ) and policy (mental health, substance abuse, health, justice, law enforcement, prevention, etc.) to discuss the path ahead for rural communities in the face of the changing health/mental health environment.

Interdisciplinary Themes (but not limited to)

1. Veterans

2. Child & Adolescent

3. Forensics/Correctional

4. Substance Abuse

5. Research (RUP)

6. Cultural Based Deliveries

7. Systemic Infrastructure (Health Care Reform)

8. Compact Migrant Issues

9. Trauma Informed Care

10. Geriatric Mental Health

11. Other Themes

You do not want to miss attending and presenting at this great event.

Behavioral Scientist, Child Psychologist, Community Activist, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant, Social Worker
Call for Abstracts: Claiming Full Citizenship: Self Determination, Personalization and Individualized Funding

Call for Abstracts: Claiming Full Citizenship: Self Determination, Personalization and Individualized Funding

Thursday, October 15 - Saturday, October 17, 2015 Vancouver, BC, Canada

Submission Deadline: November 15, 2014

With the passage of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, self-determination, personalization and individualized funding initiatives have a new foundation upon which to build. In countries all over the world, these initiatives are transforming the lives of people with disabilities. Like the shift from institutions to community services, these initiatives are a momentous step forward in assisting disabled and elderly people achieve meaningful and rewarding lives as full citizens. In October of 2015, UBC Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship is hosting: Claiming Full Citizenship: an international conference on Individualized Funding, Self Determination, and Personalization.  We invite you to join us and share in the excitement and fellowship of this important event. 

15 years after “The Seattle 2000 Declaration on Self-determination & Individualized Funding”, an international gathering of researchers, policy makers, government representatives, service providers, agency administrators, as well as advocates and allies from the community living, independent living, and seniors sectors, will be coming together to:

• Hear stories of the transformative power that these initiatives have had on the lives of people with disabilities

• Share current research on the efficacy, cost, and outcomes

• Reflect on past mistakes, oversights and learnings

• Examine viable policies and implementation strategies

• Discuss the successful models of planning, facilitation, and supported decision making implementation and management

This is a rare opportunity to:

• Meet new like-minded leaders from all over the world

• Gain an overview of a range of models and practices

• Learn how support agencies have changed their practices to find innovative means to incorporate these new ways of supporting people

• Hear about the pragmatics of planning, support and administration

• Learn how governments have responded to the policy and administrative challenges and opportunities

• Hear the latest research on self-determination, personalization, individualized funding and supported decision making initiatives

Plan to be there and become part of this international movement for transformative social change.

Learning Objectives:

• Evaluate the progress in achieving the vision set out in the Seattle 2000 Declaration on Self Determination and Individualized Funding

• Share lessons learned on the implementation of self-determination, personalization, individualized funding and supported decision making

• Promote cross national, cross cultural and cross sector dialogue

• Share best practices

• Support the realization of the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities through promoting the effective global implementation of self-determination, personalization and individualized funding

• Create a roadmap for the effective implementation of self-determination, personalization, individualized funding and supported decision making

• Foster cooperative networks across jurisdictions, sectors and interests that will continue after the conference

Who Should Attend:

The conference is intended to bring together a broad range of people from around the world and from different constituencies and sectors to share experiences and dialogue to support the effective implementation of self-determination, personalization and individualized funding and ultimately to promote the full and effective citizenship of those who rely on formal and informal supports to participate to their full capacity.

To this end this we invite:

• Person with intellectual, physical and other disabilities

• Seniors

• Families, advocates and allies

• Disability and seniors organizations

• Researchers and educators

• Service and support providers

• Health and human service professionals and students

• Human service and health policy and program analysts

• Decision makers in government and the community sectors

Contact Information:

If you have any questions about this conference, please contact Katia at 604.822.0054 or email

Academic, Community Activist, Disabled Person, Family Caregiver, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant, Sleep Specialist, Social Scientist
Call for Papers: 8th International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training and Vehicle Design
United States

Call for Papers: 8th International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training and Vehicle Design

June 22-25, 2015 Salt Lake City, Utah

November 3, 2014 — Draft Papers Due

February 2, 2015 — Notification of Acceptance

March 2, 2015 — Final Papers Due

We invite papers from researchers and practitioners working on applications of human factors in driver assessment, training, and vehicle design from the perspectives of engineering, medicine, psychology, and public health.

Suggested Topics

Driving technology

In-vehicle driver alerting, warning, and assistive technologies

Vehicle connections to transportation infrastructure

Autonomous vehicles

Vehicle to vehicle, vehicle to drive, and driver-driver interactions

Commercial vehicles (e.g., buses, taxis, trucks, rental cars)

Driver state and individual differences

Driver impairments (e.g., fatigue, intoxication, and cognitive impairments)

Driver distraction and inattention

Driver perception, attention, and response

Psychological effects of personality, motivation, and attitude

Younger and older drivers

Driver training

Fitness to drive in at-risk populations with aging or medical disorders

Visual and cognitive factors

Movement and mobility

Driver rehabilitation

Fitness to drive in at-risk populations

Research methods and analysis

Simulators, test tracks, and naturalistic driving

Simulator validation

Scenario design and performance measurement

Data collection and reduction

Computer vision

Simulator data

Naturalistic driving data analysis

Driver modeling

Bench tests

Traffic micro simulation

Crash analysis


Kathy Holeton
The University of Iowa/PPC
210 South Quadrangle
Iowa City, Iowa 52242


Phone: (319) 335-6804

Behavioral Scientist, Computer Scientist, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Public Health Worker, Public Servant, Technologist
Call for Abstracts: 6th National Occupational Injury Research Symposium
United States
West Virginia

Call for Abstracts: 6th National Occupational Injury Research Symposium

May 19–21, 2015 Kingwood, West Virginia

Submission deadline: December 1, 2014

Abstracts are now being accepted for the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium (NOIRS 2015). The Symposium, taking place May 19–21 at the Camp Dawson Training Center in Kingwood, West Virginia, is the only national forum for occupational injury researchers and professionals to connect and share knowledge and experiences on the prevention of work-related injuries. The theme of NOIRS 2015 will be Advancing Occupational Injury Research through Integration and Partnership.

Researchers, safety and health professionals, and others who are interested in understanding and preventing workplace injuries are invited to submit an abstract by December 1, 2014. The agenda will include oral and poster presentations and Symposium organizers welcome research from all industry sectors on topics including falls, motor vehicle safety, workplace violence, machine safety, injury surveillance, and more.

Since its inaugural meeting in 1997, NOIRS has provided an invaluable platform for attendees from a variety of disciplines to showcase innovative and state-of-the art approaches to occupational injury research and prevention. The Symposium offers attendees the opportunity to network with colleagues and expand their knowledge of current research and best-practices to reduce work-related injury.

NOIRS 2015 is convened by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in partnership with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety (LMRIS), the National Safety Council (NSC), and the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR).

For more information about NOIRS 2015 and to submit an abstract, visit

NIOSH is the federal agency that conducts research and makes recommendations for preventing work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths. More information can be found at

Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant