The call for submissions for the 2018 Bridging Conference is now closed. Thank you for your interest.
We are pleased you are considering submitting to present your work at our upcoming conference. Below you will find all the information you might need to make your submission and the guidelines for each type of submission. Please note: If you have submitted and presented at the conference in the past there are some significant changes to process. Most importantly, rather than honoraria. we will be offering presenters accommodations at the hotel. We will not be making exceptions to this policy. If after reading the information below, you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at the UCSD Center for Mindfulness, firstname.lastname@example.org, at 858-334-4631.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS MIDNIGHT, Sept. 10, 2017 and decisions will be announced by September 30th, 2017.
Breakout and workshop submissions will be reviewed blindly, and we ask that you not include presenter names or biographical information in the submission text.
These are 1.5 hour or 3-hour sessions on topics of relevance to the theme of the conference—CREATIVITY, INNOVATIONS, AND CHALLENGES. We would like most sessions to include significant experiential components and interaction among participants, and these are requirements for 3-hour sessions. Our intention is to share the wisdom in the room and foster relationships among participants that will enhance the field. We encourage creativity and innovation in presentation styles and formats. Abstract submission should describe the content and format of the presentation in concise detail and any other relevant information. (Presentations intended largely to describe a single program or curriculum are discouraged unless the content is highly compelling for other reasons.)
Two chaired research symposia will be offered during the conference, and submissions under this heading will be considered part of those symposia. Individual presentations will be approximately 25 minutes including time for questions-and-answers, and will be followed by a 10-15 minute wrap-up by the discussant. Submission abstracts must include the following six components: (1) aims and objectives of the study; (2) a brief description of the participants, including age, gender, and (if applicable) targeted clinical population; (3) study design and methodology; (4) mindfulness component of interest or mindfulness intervention used; (5) main findings; and (6) a brief discussion. You are encouraged to include quantitative or mixed methods results and statistical analyses. Abstract submission should describe the content and format of the presentation in concise detail, names of presenters and any other relevant information. Maximum 500 words. Submitters whose presentations are not accepted may be invited to submit their research as a poster.
A poster session will be held on Friday, February 2nd, and posters will also be displayed all day on February 3rd (presenter attendance is not required on the 3rd). Submission abstracts must include the following six components: (1) aims and objectives of the study; (2) a brief description of the participants, including age, gender, and (if applicable) targeted clinical population; (3) study design and methodology; (4) mindfulness component of interest or mindfulness intervention used; (5) main findings; and (6) a brief discussion. You are encouraged to include quantitative or mixed methods results and statistical analyses. Abstract submission should describe the content and format of the presentation in concise detail, names of presenters and any other relevant information. Maximum 500 words.
A limited number of 3-hour workshops on specific topics and programs of interest will be offered. These workshops should be practical, skills-based presentations that equip attendees to deliver specific programs or teach certain skills, or contribute to the professional development of those already doing mindfulness work with youth. Submissions should include a thorough description of the intention and content of the workshop and explanation of the specific skills that will be taught, as well as the format of the workshop and the names of all proposed presenters.
If you would like your submission to be considered as an all-day pre-conference workshop, please indicate this in your submission. (Workshops on specific programs or curricula in which the presenter may have a financial interest will be considered, but may be offered without continuing education credits.)
Consideration and Compensation
We value your potential contribution to the conference and its overall success, and wish to fairly compensate presenters for that contribution. At the same time, we are committed to making the conference affordable for attendees.
In support of this commitment, we would like you to be aware of the following policies. In fairness to all presenters, and in support of ease for the conference staff there will be no exceptions to the considerations and compensation listed below (i.e. swapping room bookings for payment…) Also if your follow-up paper work is not submitted by the designated deadlines, or you fail to fulfill your obligation for promotion (1 social media post every two weeks* from the time of proposal acceptance until the conference, as well as one 500-word original blog post to be run on the Bridging site) the presentation may be removed from the conference. Also if follow-up paper work is not submitted by the designated deadlines, the presentation may be removed from the conference. For each research, breakout, and workshop presentation two presenters may receive FREE conference registration. Additional presenters will be offered the student registration rate. For each poster presentation two presenters may receive the student rate (regardless of student status). In addition to this, we offer the following additional compensation and consideration:
Breakout Session Presentations will receive one night’s hotel stay for (1.5 hours) or two night’s hotel stay (for 3 hours).
Research Session Presentations will each receive one night’s hotel stay.
Workshop Presentations will receive two night’s hotel stay.
Thank you again for you willingness to share your hard won wisdom with the conference community, and more importantly the youth you work and play with. We look forward to receiving your submissions and being with you in February.
Take good care,
The conference committee
* unless you do not use social media. The blog post requirement stands for all presenters.