Call for Papers



In addition to invited keynote presentations and focused communications the 12th Congress of the European Association for Mental Health in Intellectual Disability will offer researchers, scholars, professionals and others from the field a number of formats for presenting and discussing their recent work. Formats will include solicited and co-productive symposia, individual presentations and round-table discussions as well as poster presentations.



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Formats for contributions



1. Solicited symposia


A solicited symposium typically relates to the overall theme of the congress (Working Together: the mental health and wellbeing of people with intellectual disabilities and their families in their communities) and is developed by a group of three to four colleagues who present and debate their work related to an overall theme. These symposia would typically be research driven or on a significant theme for which there is practice-based evidence. The group identifies a leader for their symposium, who will be responsible for the group’s contact and exchange with the congress organisers. The group leader puts forward the overall theme of the solicited symposium as well as the abstracts of each individual contribution. A solicited symposium has an overall duration of 60 minutes, which would allow – dePENDING on the number of presenters - between 15 to 20 minutes for each presentation, including discussion time. The sessions will usually be chaired by a non-presenting colleague. identified by the Congress scientific committee.



2. Co-productive symposia


A co-productive symposium will be based around an overall theme related to that of the Congress and is typically generated by a group up to five stakeholders. The emphasis of the presentation should be based on the principles of co-production i.e. recognition of service users and other stakeholders as being assets in developing and delivering approaches based on people’s capacities rather than deficiencies. Working in mutual partnerships and networks in which there is a sharing of roles and in which professional acts as catalysts for change.


Examples might include:

  • Improving the recognition of mental health problems and access to mental health care
  • Addressing the social determinants of mental and physical health
  • Workforce training and development related to mental health
  • Fostering resilience and empowering individuals and families


and with contributions from, for example:

  • People with intellectual disabilities
  • Family carers
  • Service providers / professionals
  • Policy makers
  • Scientists


The group identifies a leader who will be responsible for the contact and exchange of information with the congress organisers. The group leader puts forward the overall theme of the co-productive symposium with an abstract covering the aims of the session as well as the participants and their background. A co-productive symposium has an overall duration of 60 minutes, the format is for the submitting leader to propose. These sessions will be moderated by a colleague proposed by the group leader in discussion with the congress scientific committee. The moderator will briefly introduce the topic and the participants of such a co-productive symposium.



3. Individual presentations within free symposia


Individual presentations typically refer to research (e.g. basic and applied as well as used-inspired research) offered by single researchers or research groups. The congress organisers will arrange contributions with related and similar topics. The sessions will usually be chaired by a non-presenting colleague.



4. Round-table discussions


Round table discussions may cover a topic where there may be varied and uncertain opinions often based on missing and/or inconsistent evidence. The round-table leader selects a theme and a limited number of debating experts who will briefly present their differing positions and debate these with their opponents / co-presenters. The roundtable leader acts as moderator and in the final round opens the floor to the audience for questions and contributions. The roundtable leader puts forward an abstract with the overall theme (e.g. “Ageing with ID – A privilege or a burden?”) and summarising the main positions and arguments, as well as the names and the backgrounds of the debaters. There will be one roundtable discussion per congress day and limited on each occasion to 45 minutes.



5. Posters


These depict individual researchers’ ongoing and recent work with posters being presented in electronic format. The posters will be running in flat panel TV’s under a navigation software.


These sessions with be organised thematically. Poster authors will be available during the poster sessions to exchange on an individual level with the congress delegates interested in their work.







Abstracts are submitted in English through the congress’ homepage. Contributors first select one of the five formats and thereupon are offered a form with the respective instructions and structure. Abstracts for scientific contributions follow a structure typical for this kind of congress, whereas abstract structure for co-productive symposia and for roundtable discussions are designed according to the nature of these formats.


The deadline for abstracts will be March 4th 2019


All abstracts will be peer-reviewed and the acceptance feedback will be given by March 18th 2019







Instructions to authors


Carefully read the guidelines below before submitting your abstract. Acknowledgement of the receipt of your submission will also be sent to the corresponding author’s e-mail address immediately upon submission. If you do not receive the confirmation e-mail, please do not submit the abstract again, instead please contact the Abstract team at for advice.



Submission guidelines


  • Abstracts can only be submitted electronically through the Congress website.
  • You are allowed to be the presenting author of more than one abstract.
  • You are allowed to be a co-author of more than one abstract.
  • Submission of similar abstracts from the same group is discouraged.



Personal page


When entering the abstract submission system for the first time, you will be asked to create a profile. Through your account you will be able to access your personal page to submit one or several abstracts.



Abstract language and length


Abstracts must be written in English (or Spanish). The maximum length allowed for an abstract is 2500 characters (approximately 350 words) including blank spaces. The abstract title, the author(s) or names of institutions are not included in the count of 2500 characters.



Abstract structure and content


In order to make the abstract as informative as possible, please include a brief statement of the purpose of the study and/or the underlying hypotheses, the method used, the results observed, and the conclusions based upon the results. It is inadequate to state “The results will be discussed” or “The data will be presented”. You may subtitle the paragraphs in the following order: Introduction, Objectives, Results, and Conclusion. The abstract title and body text should only include pharmacopoeia names printed in lower case. Trade names are not allowed. Non-proprietary (generic) names of drugs, written in lower case, are required the first time a drug is mentioned in the text. References, credits or the authors’ academic degrees or grant support are not to be included in the abstract. Standard abbreviations may be employed in the text. Place special or unusual abbreviations in parentheses after the full wording at the first time it appears in the body of the text. Company names are not allowed in the title but can be named in the authors’ affiliation.



Notification of acceptance


Notifications of acceptance or rejection of the abstracts from the regular submission is by March 18th 2019. The corresponding author receives all correspondence concerning the abstract and is responsible for informing all co-authors of the status of the abstract.





The presenting author of an abstract must register for the Congress by March 18th 2019.


Failure to do so will result in exclusion from the final scientific program.











Physical health

Care and support

Isolation and inclusion







Family and social support

Mental health

Behaviour issues

Health inequalities



Inclusion, society and community






Inclusive community living

Integrated Care




Social inclusion

Social networking

Sport & Exercise



Children and young people


Specific learning disorders

Early intervention

Family support

Education support and integration

Developmental issues






Behavioural Phenotype


Neural sciences

Neurodevelopmental disorders



Mental health assessment / treatment



Dual Diagnosis

Mental Health Promotion


Psychiatric disorders






Physical health / health inequalities



Health and wellbeing

Health inequalities


Sport & Exercise



Diagnosis and assessment


Adaptive Skills

Borderline Intellectual Functioning






Development and developmental disorders


Developmental Disorders


Models of social and emotional development



Behaviour disorders


Behavioural therapies

Challenging Behaviour

Problem behaviours



Psychological assessment and therapies



Body-mind connection

Gender-related issues

Life Events



Psychological therapies and interventions





Family wellbeing

Support for families

Family functioning

Families and professional working together



Ethics / Human rights


Ethics & Human Rights

Philosophy and Humanities

Human rights in institutions



Models of care and support


Multiprofessional approach


Person-centred approach




Staff skills and support




Quality of life


Determinants of QoL

Assessment of QoL

Family QoL



Education, occupation and training


Education – inclusive and special education

Employment and psychological health - wellbeing

Supported employment



Legal issues


Forensic issues

Legal capacity

Community support for offenders

Risk assessments

Legal frameworks for mental health and decision making capacity



Social and environmental issues



History of intellectual disability





Social relationships


Social inclusion





Determinants of individual and family wellbeing

Life Events


Sport & Exercise



Empowerment and independence






Self determination



Vulnerability and safeguarding




Service responsibilities and responses



Research and epidemiology



Outcome measures

Future research priorities

Engaging people with intellectual disabilities and families in research

Current research issues



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