2019 Conference Call for Submissions


We are pleased to announce that the call for submissions for the 2019 ANZACBS Conference is now OPEN!

Contextual Behavioural Science touches on every aspect of our lives. If you are doing CBS related research in clinical, educational, organisational or community settings, we encourage you to submit your work.

The deadline for submissions of individual research papers, symposia, panels and workshops closes on the 25th September 2018. The deadline for poster submissions closes on the 30th September 2018.

ANZACBS values diversity and inclusiveness. We are committed to eliminating barriers to participation based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, and ability. Diversity encourages innovation and creativity, and strengthens the community by harnessing a variety of skills, perspectives, talents, and resources to meet new challenges. Anyone who is considering making a submission and would like to discuss their submission, or request assistance with writing their submission, please contact the conference organisers via admin@anzacbs.com.

We are committed to creating a conference that will reach a wide audience of people from a range of professions and who have varying experiences with CBS related approaches to research and practice in clinical and other contexts.

Introductory, intermediate and advanced workshops are welcome. We are also keen for presentations on a variety of CBS related approaches and third-wave behaviour therapies (e.g., Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Functional Analytical Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Applied Relational Frame Theory, Compassion Focused Therapy, and other mindfulness based therapies).

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

Register via the link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=anzacbs2019

** Please note if you have not previously entered a submission, you are required to register with EasyChair. Please ensure you upload a bio and photo with your submission at the link above to be considered for the program.**

We look forward to seeing you in Canberra in February!

Submissions Guidelines:

The basic structure of the program is organised into blocks of 1 hr and 25 minutes (with the exception of posters). Please note the length of your presentation in your submission.


Workshops are training sessions of 3 hours* (with a break in the middle) and usually focus on some combination of experiential and/or didactic exercises. Workshops should be regarded as opportunities to directly train specific skills rather than to present research findings, discuss conceptual, philosophical, or methodological issues, or share opinions. Submissions that are not clearly focused on training will be considered for other formats. In service of being more data aware, we encourage you to include research and data citations supporting your topic with your proposal, and to briefly present these (1-2 slides) during your workshop.

*If you would like to present a workshop, but would like to submit a proposal for a shorter Workshop then aim to organise the workshop to fit a 1hr and 25 minute block.

Panel Discussions

Panel discussions consist of 3 to 5 speakers selected for some shared interest or expertise in an area. Panelists respond to one or more questions or issues, with time allotted for interaction among the speakers and with the audience. A panel discussion is organised by a chairperson who serves as the session’s moderator.

We ask that panel organisers keep the values of diversity and inclusiveness in mind as you assemble panel members so that our conference will reflect the diversity in our membership. To help achieve this goal, we recommend that panel submissions demonstrate:

Panel submissions that reflect a commitment to the values of diversity and inclusion will be considered strongly during the review process.

Please ensure that your panel discussion is organised to fit a 1hr and 25 minute block.

Symposia (chair, 3 papers and a discussant)

Organised by a chairperson who moderates the 1 hour and 25 minute session, symposia are a series of three 20–minute presentations focused on either empirical research or conceptual, philosophical, historical, or methodological issues. A discussant highlights and integrates the contributions of various speakers in the symposium and moderates questions from the audience. Chairpersons are encouraged to use symposia as an opportunity to integrate related work by: 1) bringing speakers of different affiliations together rather than showcasing the work of a single group and 2) incorporating different kinds of talks (e.g., historical, conceptual and research-based) on the same topic into one symposium. Papers from submissions that are not accepted may be considered for a poster session.

Paper (not part of a pre-arranged symposium)

Paper submissions are individual, oral presentations, usually concerned with conceptual, philosophical, historical, or methodological issues. A paper submission may report empirical research if it is too complex for effective presentation in a poster (e.g., an integrated series of experiments). Otherwise, most data-based and single-study paper submissions will be accepted as poster presentations. All paper presentations will be 20 minutes long. Accepted addresses will be organized into paper sessions of 80 minutes. Submissions not accepted will be considered for a poster session.


Posters usually report empirical research and will be organised into one or more sessions, during which attendees will be invited to review the research presented and discuss findings with poster presenters. Presenters must be at their poster during their assigned time of the poster session and may choose to provide handouts.

If your submission is shorter than 1 hr and 25 minutes, you might consider reaching out to our local community members and organising your talks into a similar theme. Feel free to use our ANZ ACBS Facebook page, our listserv, or the international ACBS Facebook page or listserv.

If you have difficulty finding others who are presenting similar themed topics, please make a submission and aim to make your presentation either 30 minutes or 45 minutes in length.

It is important that all submissions highlight the following categories regarding the nature of the workshop / presentation:

Introductory / Intermediate / Intermediate – Advanced / Mixed

Clinical / Research / Community / Workplace

Submissions should include an abstract (limited to 150 words) for use in the conference program.

All presenters are required to include a biography (no more than 150 words) and photo with their submissions. Submissions will not be considered without a photo and bio.

If you would like to ask any questions regarding your submissions please contact Linda Nicholson at linda.nicholson@anu.edu.au


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