Please read through the submission instructions below before preparing your abstract

All submissions must be completed electronically via the online submission facility.

If you are unable to submit in this manner, please contact the Conference Organising Office for further information at: |  Phone: +27 12 338 9320  |  Mobile: +27 82 052 1772

Note: The Programme Planning Committee will not be held responsible for abstract submissions not received via the website or for submission errors caused by internet service outages, hardware or software delays, power outages or unforeseen events.


  • The abstract body must not exceed 300 words. 
  • The word limit relates only to the body of the abstract and does not include title, authors, qualifications, affiliations and institutions. These should be populated in the section below the abstract as per submission site. 
  • The abstract title must not exceed 150 characters.
  • It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that the title, author and affiliation details entered in the abstract submission site are correct and exactly as they should be published on the abstract and all conference materials.
  • Abstracts must be free from typographical and grammatical errors.
  • Standard abbreviations may be used for common terms. Otherwise, abbreviations should be given in brackets after the first full use of the word/s. Abbreviations may be used in the title, provided the full name/term is contained in the body of the abstract.


The Programme Planning Committee in its review, will consider a number of factors, including :

  • Is the abstract relevant to the Conference Theme and Sub Theme? 
  • Does the title reflect the content of the abstract?
  • Is the theme of the abstract clear/explicit?  
  • Is the abstract interesting in that it adds new knowledge or a fresh perspective?
  • Does the abstract add to the current body of work in this area?
  • Does the topic include national and international perspectives and is it of relevance to a broad range of Conference attendees?
  • Is there an opportunity for audience engagement and participation?