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ACBS World Conference 17, 25-30 June, 2019, Dublin, Ireland

Conference Theme:

“Evolving ourselves and others: Using CBS to face change with courage and flexibility”

Humans and the earth we live on are always in the midst of change. The unpredictability of change creates fear within individuals and we respond by pushing this fear out to others, and then to our communities, all species and the planet. In all this uncertainty, we can forget that we humans are the drivers of change and the evolution of our planet. CBS affords a unique scientific platform to help us not only embrace change but to face it head on with awareness, flexibility and courage.

CBS has a broad science agenda of shaping humanity and our world. We invite presentations that focus on how contextual behavioral science can be used to help humans adapt and shape our world.  - Louise Hayes, Ph.D., ACBS President

RFT Track:
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.

Oral submission deadline: 15 February, 2019. (Results of oral submissions will be emailed out in the last week of March or the first week of April, 2019).

Poster and Chapter/SIG meeting deadline: 20 March, 2019. (Results of poster submissions will be emailed out in the first half of April, 2019).

If you have any problems submitting, please contact

Tips for Submissions

Are you wondering how to increase the chance of acceptance for your submission? Click here for tips from program chairs Louise McHugh and David Gillanders.

Unsure about writing Educational Objectives? Click here to learn more about them. 

Are you submitting a poster? Check out the poster guidelines here


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 poster is strongly preferred). Smaller is also permitted.) 

Read the poster guidelines here

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, socialize, etc. This form allows you to request space before or during the conference day (early morning, during the conference, during lunch, etc.) 


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 Discussion

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 or 4 papers and a discussant)

Organized by a chairperson who moderates the 90 minute session, symposia are a series of three or four 15-20 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.  The Program Committee will not split apart symposia that are submitted together.

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 will usually report on data. All paper presentations will be 15-20 minutes long. Accepted submissions will be organized into paper sessions of 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.


Workshops are training sessions of 1.5 or 3 hours and usually focus on a combination of experiential and/or didactic exercises. Workshop submissions are highly competitive (note: based on past events, the acceptance rate for workshops is approximately 60-70%, and of workshops submitted only 7% receive 3 hour slots). Please put your best workshop/abstract forward keeping this in mind when determining your desired length. Keep in mind as well that most workshops selected are for the 1.5 hour slots. Be sure to clearly state your goals and objectives for participant education in your submissions. 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. However, 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. Submissions that are not clearly focused on training should be submitted for other formats.

Plenary/ Invited Address (use only if instructed) 

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