Athens 2024: eight reasons to submit an abstract

19 Dec 2023

Abstract submission for the 12th IPCRG World Conference in Athens 9-11 May 2024 remains open! The deadline for submission is 23:59 GMT on 8 January. Find out more about abstract submission here.

Here are 8 good reasons WHY you should submit an abstract for the conference:

1. Reach a unique audience 

The IPCRG conference has a unique audience of respiratory-interested respected primary and community care academics and teachers, paediatricians, primary respiratory care opinion leaders, and front-line practitioners from low, middle and high income countries from all five continents. 

2. Attend our Conversation Cafés and receive robust review from peers in primary care 

IPCRG will select some authors to present their work at Conversation Cafés to enable discussion of your abstracts with your fellow researchers in respiratory health. Peer review is an important part of any research project. Those selected for this will have dedicated time to present your findings and receive feedback from your peers in an intellectually challenging but very welcoming atmosphere. 

3. Substantial scope and range of topics for submission

As a primary care conference with a focus on respiratory care, we welcome submissions on respiratory symptoms e.g. breathlessness, wheeze and cough, whatever their causes; tobacco dependence and its impacts, air pollution and its impacts and also the relationship with mental health. 

4. Multi-professional opportunities

All members of the multi-professional team, including patients and patient representatives, can submit. 

5. Not just clinical research findings but we are looking for research ideas and implementation studies too

We accept three categories of submission:

  • Clinical Research Results (that must include a hypothesis, method and data and be relevant to our conference audience of predominantly primary care practitioners)
  • Research Ideas (that have a title and proposed method, but the author may want feedback on the design) 
  • Service Development & Evaluation 

Our call for abstracts provides more detail and can be found here.

6. You can submit previously presented relevant research 

Previously presented research at a non-IPCRG conference is acceptable for submission because our audience is different from other respiratory or primary care conferences and so this is a chance to achieve our mission of getting research findings into the public domain.  Please disclose that it has been previously presented.   

7. Language and structural issues do not impede acceptance 

Our mission is to build primary care research capability, which is still an under-developed field. Therefore we aim to provide opportunities for new and inexperienced researchers to reach a wider audience and receive peer review that may be difficult in their own country. We are again pleased to offer support to make our conference as inclusive as possible. We can support you, for example, by:

  • Connecting to peer support within your country/language
  • Reviewing the readability and sense of the English
  • Using our multidisciplinary network to connect you to a specialist mentor
  • Enabling practice runs of your presentation, at the conference venue or online 

8. Feedback and support offered for selected abstracts that are relevant but need improvement

The Abstracts committee has offered to help authors whose abstracts are relevant but need improvement before they can be accepted.  This is particularly aimed at new researchers. 

Hints & tips to improve the success of your Clinical Research Results abstract:

  • Include a hypothesis
  • Include data and check it is accurate 
  • Check it is relevant to a primary care audience  
  • Check it is relevant to the conference theme 

Tips to improve the success of your Service Development & Evaluation abstract:

  • State the problem the change is trying to address 
  • Specify who has made/is making the change, and/or who benefits 
  • Include measures: more measures, less text is a good way to think  
  • Provide evidence of the change (remember we can learn from changes that are not improvements) 
  • Consider how it is relevant for a wider international IPCRG audience 
  • Include a final message: what have you learned that you want to share? 
  • Avoid presenting a literature review; we want an analysis of a real service change 
  • If it is about clinical medicine, it might be more suitable for the Clinical Research Results category 
  • In the limited time and space focus on the change not the background 

To submit your Clinical Research Results, Research Ideas, Service Development & Evaluation abstract, please follow the links on this page. Best of luck with your submissions - we hope to see you in Athens!