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Call for Submissions for the ACBS World Conference 15

Estamos aceptando presentaciones para conferencias. Se aceptan presentaciones en Inglés o Español.

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Committed to Science

The 2017 annual conference theme – Committed to Science – invites collaborative efforts from the members of our contextual behavioral community to push the boundaries of our knowledge of basic principles of behavior while exploring the effectiveness of our applied implementations. As CBS scientists, we care about improving quality living for people while remaining staunchly dedicated to data-based evidence and our scientific values.

Poet Mary Oliver asked, “Can one be passionate about the just, the ideal, the sublime, and the holy, and yet commit to no labor in its cause?” She did not think so, and neither does the ACBS community! Our vision is to stay “dedicated to the alleviation of human suffering and the advancement of human well-being through research and practice grounded in contextual behavioral science.” We are committed to the meaningful labor as scientists for the cause of reducing suffering and improving purposeful, vital living for people.

Such a grand vision requires collaboration among scientists in order to develop a broader and more integrated view of how behavioral science can lead to meaningful achievements. Our ambition in Seville, Spain will be to demonstrate how CBS scientists can forge alliances and link our work to each other. CBS has always cared about translational research, and being Committed to Science during the 2017 conference will highlight the usefulness of bidirectional synergy between the “basic” and “applied” work. The culture at-large typically reinforces specialization in basic or applied work because it leads to better precision in work endeavors; however, coherence, depth, and scope are also crucial to a more robust, less fragmented science. ACBS understands this, and such integrative collaboration will be the theme of our conference.

RFT Track:
At this year’s conference, an RFT Track will be organized for submissions of RFT data, as well as conceptual and clinically-relevant submissions to address the needs of those interested in RFT across experience levels. Learn more about the RFT Track here.

Poster and Chapter/SIG meeting deadlines: 15 March, 2017

(Oral submission deadline: 15 February, 2017)

If you have any problems submitting, please contact

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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. (Poster size: no larger than 36 inches tall by 48 inches wide, or A0 size (a vertical or horizontal poster is fine). Smaller is also permitted.)

Chapter/SIG/Committee Meeting 

This gives Chapters/SIGs/Committees (or forming chapters and sigs) the opportunity to reserve a space and 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.) 

Plenary/ Invited Address (use only if instructed) 


IGNITE  - Closed

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  - Closed

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) - Closed

Organized by a chairperson who moderates the 75-90–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) - Closed

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 15-20 minutes long. Accepted addresses will be organized into paper sessions of 75 or 90 minutes. Submissions not accepted will be considered for a poster session. 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.

Workshop - Closed

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.