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Call for Submissions for the ACBS World Conference 12

(Deadline for posters and chapter/sig meetings - March 21, 2014.)

This year, our conference theme is “Using Contextual Behavioral Principles for Large Scale Behavior Change.” Although notable exceptions exist, contextual behavioral principles have been primarily targeted at the individual, small group, or unit level. However, due to the focus on the behavior within a context, CBS practices may be especially well suited to improving human lives through cultural change and decreasing suffering across organizational, national or international populations. We are greatly looking forward to all of the fascinating presentations focusing on how to utilize our methods to effect change among large groups of people. Although we welcome submissions for presentations outside this topic, you are encouraged to be mindful of our theme as appropriate, and special consideration will be given to presentations that add to this year's theme.

We are striving to be more research and data aware in our presentations this year. Although we continue to encourage workshops to remain chiefly experiential and panel discussions to continue to emphasize thought-provoking discussion, we encourage the inclusion of a slide or two citing related research or data. We are also welcoming more research-related presentations this year in addition to our more traditional clinical offerings. So, if you have those numbers… flaunt them!

If you have any problems submitting, please contact call for the session types below has closed........)


Posters usually report empirical research and will be organized 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.

Chapter/SIG/Committee Meeting

This is for Chapters/SIGs/Committees or (forming chapters and sigs) the opportunity to reserve a space time to get together and plan, meet, hang out, etc.  This form allows you to request space before or during the conference day (early am, during the conference, during lunch, etc.) (not intended for late night parties... although we're sure those will be happening elsewhere. :)

Plenary/ Invited Address (use only if instructed)



The Ignite presentation is a short, structured talk in which presenters present on ideas and issues they are most passionate about using a “deck” of 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds (no exceptions). Exactly 5 minutes total. Topics may be empirical, conceptual, philosophical, historical, or methodological. Presentation should be well-practiced and high energy (perhaps even... fun!).

For more on Ignite presentations, see:

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 organized by a chairperson who serves as the session’s moderator.

Symposia (chair, 3 papers and a discussant)

Organized by a chairperson who moderates the 80–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. This year, we are prioritizing submissions that are research and data driven. In service of being more data aware, we encourage you to include research citations (data citations) with your proposal.

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 50 or 80 minutes. Submissions not accepted will be considered for a poster session. This year, we are prioritizing submissions that are research and data driven. In service of being more data aware, we encourage you to include research citations (data citations) with your proposal.


Workshops are training sessions of 3 hours (or less) 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.