Abstracts & Moderators
Thank you to all those who put their names forward for the role of moderator. The Organizing Committee will be in touch with you very soon.
The Program Committee is seeking expressions of interest for moderators for concurrent sessions at the CBS Conference. Moderated sessions will consist of three 15 minute oral presentations, grouped by theme. The presentations will be followed by a combined-30 minute discussion period, facilitated by the moderator. There will be a separate timekeeper.
The moderator will be someone with relevant background who is knowledgeable about the theme of the concurrent session. Following the oral presentations, the moderator will provide a brief (maximum 3 minute) commentary, during which he or she will draw insights from and connections between the presentations, and make contributions from his or her own experience. The moderator will then moderate questions from the floor, possibly beginning the conversation with some prepared questions to stimulate discussion. The moderator will ensure that the discussion is, as much as possible, inclusive of the 3 presenters and that time is shared fairly among the participants in the room.
Standard Concurrent Sessions
(20 min + 10 min moderated discussion)
- 20 minute presentation followed by a 10 minute discussion period.
- Individuals whose abstracts are accepted in this category must submit their completed presentation (in Powerpoint or Microsoft Word format) to the Program Committee by mid-May, 2015.
(30 min + 15 min question period)
- A 30-minute, in-depth oral presentation.
- Followed by a dedicated 15 minutes for questions, for a total of 45 minutes.
- This format is intended for more theoretical presentations or ones where presenters who are making a normative claim would like an opportunity for the more comprehensive development of arguments.
(60 min workshop)
- A 60 minute facilitated session involving discussion, audience engagement and/or group activity
- A workshop differs from an oral presentation in that the primary goal is not to share information, but to facilitate learning through participation and hands-on learning
- This format may be best suited for sessions designed to teach or introduce a particular skill
- The abstract should include:
- the names and institutional affiliations of the workshop leader and co-presenter(s);
- a brief description of the workshop’s general theme and purpose;
- a draft agenda; and
- the learning objectives for the participants.
- A printed poster that provides a description of a project or program, its goals, methods and results
- An electronic version (in pdf format) of all posters will be featured on the official conference website six weeks prior to the conference and made available for public viewing and online conversation.
- There will also be two dedicated times during the conference for poster viewing. Presenters must make themselves available nearby their posters during these times in order to respond to participants’ questions.
- Abstract winners must submit their completed poster to the Program Committee by May 1, 2015.
The conference theme: Shadows and Light: Bioethics and Human Rights, invites presenters and participants to contemplate a broad canvas of ethical concern from the particular and familiar encounters of traditional domains in bioethics – patient and caregiver/subject and researcher relationships - to the global stage.
Bioethics strives for a common language to express a universally shared framework for addressing problems that plague and challenge humankind. Bioethics and human rights endeavors both grapple with basic issues of human nature, human equality and human dignity. This conference opens the door, and hopefully the imagination, to identification, analysis, evaluation, discussion and debate of matters that illustrate the interplay of bioethics and human rights in:
- health care and social service practices;
- research involving humans;
- the formation of health care and social service professionals;
- the development of public policy;
- national and international efforts to address social conditions;
- social media and its ability to "virtually" shape understandings of human solidarity;
- the contribution of arts and humanities to our understanding of these issues
Topics for the 2015 conference include:
- Human Rights
- Aboriginal health
- Clinical ethics
- Organizational Ethics
- Community and public health
- End of life decision-making
- Ethics and aging
- Ethics education
- Mental health ethics
- Policy and organizational ethics
- Professional ethics
- Research ethics
- Theoretical bioethics
- Women’s and children’s health
- The abstract submission process for students is the same as for others. Please refer to the instructions above.
- If the author is a student, she or he must identify her or himself as such on the Official Abstract Form and present a valid piece of identification at Conference registration.
- Each year, the CBS holds an abstract competition for students.
- Only abstracts submitted in the Standard Concurrent and Theoretical Sessions' formats will be considered for a student abstract award; the primary presenter must also be a student to be eligible.
- In order to be considered as a candidate and be eligible to win prizes, check the corresponding box in the online registration form. Your entry will be forwarded to the Student Awards Committee of the Canadian Bioethics Society Executive.
- Abstract submission lengths are as follows:
- Standard Concurrent Sessions: maximum 500 words
- Theoretical Sessions: maximum 500 words
- Workshop Session: maximum 1,000 words
- Poster presentation: maximum 500 words
- Abstracts may be submitted in French or English. Unless otherwise indicated, the language of submission will be assumed to be the language of presentation. However, in order to promote the bilingual character of the CBS, authors who are able to present in both languages are strongly encouraged to do so, either by adapting their Power point presentation for both languages or by indicating that they can answer questions in both official languages.
- Note that simultaneous interpretation will be offered in the plenary session room only (not all concurrent sessions will have access to SI).
- The individual listed as primary presenter will also be the main contact person. Co-presenter(s) should also be listed in the appropriate field on the abstract submission form.
- If the author is a full-time student, she or he must identify her or himself as such and present a valid piece of identification at Conference registration in order to be eligible for one of the student awards.
- Plan to draft and save your abstract in a word processing software program, and copy and paste the information in the online submission form.
- Please review your abstract to ensure it is completely accurate. If it is chosen, it will be published as it was submitted.
- Conflicts of interests (for example: grants, consultation, memberships in advisory boards, etc.) and financing sources must be divulged.
- Authors chosen for oral, workshop or poster presentations must register for the Conference and pay the associated fees.
- On the abstract submission form, abstract applicants will be asked to identify three valuable questions that a participant could pose after hearing their presentation, reading their poster, or attending their workshop. This information will be provided to the moderators of the Moderated sessions to possibly guide discussion, and will also be printed along with the abstract in the program booklet to enable participants to quickly understand the main issues to which the presentation/paper/poster/workshop may give rise.
- Abstracts that reflect the conference theme will receive priority in evaluation.
- Abstracts will be reviewed by a national abstract committee established by the CBS Board.
- All abstract applicants must identify a theme (and up to two sub-themes) that best describes the general subject area of bioethics being addressed. This information will be used by the program committee to group presentations, where applicable.