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Abstract deadline: August 24, 2017

There will be no extension of this deadline.

Research and Practice/Policy Focus Areas
Our aim is to make the ALR conference the premier venue for policy-relevant research and cross sector exchange between scientists, practitioners and policy makers on how to create and sustain active living environments. The conference agenda will have two focus areas: 1) research and 2) practice/policy. The goal of including these focus areas is to encourage a broad audience to attend the conference and provide opportunities for exchange on how to use evidence to increase physical activity in many settings. It is anticipated that the programme will be comprised of approximately 2/3 research-oriented and 1/3 practice/policy-oriented presentations, with overlap welcomed. Research and practice/policy presentations will be integrated and organised by topic area.

General Guidelines
Abstracts related to active living environments and policies in all settings are invited for submission. We particularly encourage abstracts related to the conference theme and abstracts on research and practice/policies that inform strategies for increasing physical activity among racially and ethnically diverse populations and those living in lower-income communities who are at greatest risk for physical inactivity and its related diseases.

Abstracts describing research results, programme evaluations, methodological advances, translation of research to practice and policy, promising practices and policy innovations on all topics related to active living policies and environments are welcome, as are abstracts with an international focus. Progress towards creating more activity-friendly communities requires learning across many disciplines, so abstracts from all fields of research and practice will be considered. Abstracts focused solely on behaviour change at the individual level and studies related to obesity treatments will not be accepted.

Abstract Submission Types
Abstracts can be submitted under the following three categories: 1) Workshop; 2) Research; or 3) Practice/Policy. The deadline for all abstracts is August 24, 2017.

Please refer to the Format Guidelines for further information on submission


Interactive workshops for researchers (e.g., methods, statistics) and practitioners (e.g., use of measures or tools, dissemination, case studies of community change, translation or scalability of findings to inform policy and practice) for either 1.5 or 3 hour formats.

Research focused abstracts should describe research that is related to policy and environmental aspects of active living or obesity. Methodological, correlational, intervention, "natural experiment," economic, and policy research studies are encouraged. Abstracts presenting innovative conceptual papers and reviews will also be considered, including those with a focus on translating active living research into practice and policy.

Practice/Policy focused abstracts should describe programmes, interventions, case studies, policy or advocacy impacts, or new resources that are related to environmental aspects of active living or obesity prevention (e.g., how evidence-based research was translated into successful adoption or implementation of policy). Efforts that resulted from multi-sector participation, applied previous research, or included evaluation are particularly encouraged.

Abstracts submitted to the Research and Practice/Policy categories will be considered for the following three presentation types:

  • Oral Presentation
  • Speed Oral Presentation
  • Poster

Abstract Submission & Review Process

Authors must submit abstracts electronically through the online submission system by the deadlines listed above and are required to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Abstracts must follow the format suggested. Download guidelines here.
  • The body of the abstract for all submission types is limited to 450 words.
  • Word limit includes headings and excludes title and author block.
  • There is no limit on the number of abstracts an author may submit.
  • Submitted abstracts should not be accepted or in press at the time of abstract submission, but they can be submitted for publication.
  • The abstract deadline is August 24, 2017. There will be no extension of this deadline and no late submissions will be accepted.
  • Once the abstract is accepted, at least one of the authors must register for and present at the conference.

All applicants should submit via the online submission system and will be prompted to select the appropriate submission type. Abstracts will undergo blind review by a panel from diverse disciplines and backgrounds. Selection for presentation is based on the quality of the research or project, clarity of the abstract, relevance to the mission of ALR and adherence to the guidelines. Presentation type (Oral, Speed Oral or Poster) for Research and Practice/Policy abstracts is determined by review score and reviewer recommendation. Expenses associated with the submission, preparation, and presentation of the abstract are the responsibility of the presenters. Decisions regarding acceptance will be made by mid-October and the submitting author will be notified via email by Elsevier.

Abstracts of all accepted contributions will be included within the online abstract system which will be distributed to all registered conference participants.

Successfully submitted abstracts will be acknowledged with an electronic receipt including an abstract reference number, which should be quoted in all correspondence. Allow at least 2 hours for your receipt to be returned to you.

For revisions or queries regarding abstracts already submitted

If you do not receive acknowledgement for your abstract submission or you wish to make any essential revisions to an abstract already submitted, please DO NOT RESUBMIT your abstract, as this may lead to duplication. Please email the Conference Content Executive (Please do not email credit card information under any circumstances) with details of any revisions or queries. Please quote your reference number if you have one.

If you have questions that have not been addressed in this call for abstracts, please contact (Please do not email credit card information under any circumstances)

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