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Abstract Submission results have been announced!

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Congratulations to all successful presenters!


We hope to see many of you in Basel for the 2019 iHEA World Congress and encourage you to submit an abstract for consideration by the Scientific Committee. We particularly encourage the submission of organized sessions in the form of presentation or panel sessions. 


  Important Dates

Abstract Submissions Open: Monday, September 10, 2018

Abstract Submissions Close: Thursday, December 13, 2018

Abstract review results announced on Wednesday, March 6, 2019.

Full Program Announced on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.


Please read through the following information before submitting your abstract.


What types of abstracts will be considered?

There are three categories of abstract submissions that will be considered by the Scientific Committee:

  • An individual abstract to be considered for inclusion in a Special Invited Session (SIS) – see below for more information on SIS;
  • An individual abstract pertaining to a primary health economics field – to be considered for inclusion in a ‘contributed session', which is made up of abstracts grouped together based on similar topics; and
  • An organized session proposal, which can take the form of either: a presentation session with three to four presenters, preferably with discussants; or a panel session with three to four panelists


How many abstracts can you submit?

You may submit a maximum of two abstracts where you are be a presenter or a panelist. So, you could submit a maximum of:

  • Two individual abstracts (pertaining to a SIS topic and/or a primary health economics field)
  • One individual abstract and one as part of an organized session, or
  • Presenter or panelist, as part of two organized sessions

Please note: The limit of two abstracts applies only to your role as a presenter or a panelist and not to your role as a discussant or a chair. This means that you may also be included as a discussant and/or a session chair in additional sessions.


Why is there a limit on the number of abstracts you can submit?

In addition to providing an opportunity for as many people as possible to actively participate in the congress, this limit also seeks to reduce unnecessary burden on the Scientific Committee. In past congresses, some individuals have submitted over 10 abstracts. But as is often the case, quantity ≠ quality; in many cases where large numbers of abstracts were submitted by individual, none of these abstracts were selected. You are encouraged to focus on preparing one or two high quality abstracts.


What is a Special Invited Session (SIS)?

The Scientific Committee has identified several topics that are seen as particularly important and topical. If you are undertaking research on one of these topics, you can submit an abstract to be considered for inclusion in that SIS. The best of the submitted abstracts on each topic will be selected for the SIS. If your abstract is not selected for the SIS or if there are insufficient acceptances for the SIS to proceed, but your submission is of sufficient quality to be included on the congress program, it will be considered for inclusion in a ‘contributed session' or for a poster session.

Please see the list and description of SIS topics here.


Why should you consider submitting an organized session proposal?

Experience from the 2017 congress in Boston and previous iHEA congresses indicates that organized sessions generally receive far higher scores in the abstract review process. This means that there is a higher acceptance rate of organized sessions than individual abstracts. Organized sessions also have higher attendance levels than contributed sessions consisting of accepted individual abstracts. This is because an organized session includes papers relating to, or has a panel discussion on, a single topic and so has a more coherent focus than a contributed session which tries to group abstracts on related issues into a session. Organized sessions also often include discussants or use other mechanisms to stimulate discussion among session participants.

If you would like to consider submitting an organized session proposal, iHEA members can:

  • Use our SocialLink to identify other researchers around the world undertaking research in the same area as you and to network with them to collaboratively develop an organized session proposal; or
  • If you undertake research related to the focus of one of the iHEA Special Interest Groups (SIG), why not join the SIG and network with fellow SIG members to arrange an organized session proposal.

You are encouraged to consider the gender composition of presenters and discussants, or panelists. Feedback from the 2017 congress included the following comments:

  • “A ban on all-male panels would be welcome. Health economics is a generally well-balanced field between genders. There is no excuse.”
  • “The male/female breakdown at key organised sessions was heavily weighted in favour of males. It is essential to address this at future meetings.”

Please note:

It takes time to develop a high quality organized session proposal, so start networking early.


Important Documents


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