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Call for Presentations – 29th Annual Conference


Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Thursday–Sunday, October 24–27, 2019

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Deadline:  Presentation proposals must be submitted by March 1, 2019, 11:59:59 PM HST.

Click here to access the IADMS online abstract submission system.


Presentations are invited for the 29th Annual Conference of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) on clinical dance medicine, dance medicine research, dance science, dance education, and general dance topics. Proposals must be submitted electronically and must be completed before March 1, 2019.

IADMS enhances health, well-being, training, and performance in dance by cultivating medical, scientific, and educational excellence. We invite proposals for presentations that contribute to this purpose. You will be asked to explain the relevance of your presentation when you submit your proposal electronically, as well as when you make your presentation.

For 2019, we are also inviting presentations from researchers, teaching artists, healthcare practitioners and Dance or Health institutions instrumental in the field of Dance for Health that cultivate medical, scientific, practical and educational excellence, representing avenues of research and investigation promoting and validating dance as a viable, preventative health intervention for all public groups and ages.

Presentation Format
You will be asked to specify one of the following formats as your preferred choice.  Since there are a limited number of spaces available, you must also specify your second and third choices.  Presenters must adhere to the time limits.  

  • Poster Presentation (no lecture time)
    Poster presentations are on display during the conference.
  • Brief Scientific Presentation (10 minute lecture)
    Examples: Simple dance science studies, dance medicine clinical 'pearls,' case presentations.
  • Standard Presentation (20 minute lecture)
    Examples: Dance medicine clinical lectures, dance medicine experimental research, dance science studies, dance education presentations, dance presentations.
  • Interactive Forum (50 minutes total for presentation and discussion)
    Lecture, theatre-based. Example: Two or more speakers (preferably from different disciplines) covering one area in depth, with maximum audience participation.
  • Interactive Workshop (50 minutes total for presentation and discussion)
    Movement, studio-based. Example: Two or more speakers (preferably from different disciplines) covering one area in depth, with maximum audience participation. No AV provided.
  • Movement Session (50 minutes total, with continuous audience participation—studio-based)
    Early morning or late afternoon sessions for conference attendees. Minimum of two speakers. No AV provided.

Presentation Topics
Please review the Presentation Proposal Guidelines online.  These guidelines identify the topics that reviewers look for when evaluating presentation proposals.  The more of these topics you can address in your abstract, the more fairly the reviewers will be able to evaluate your proposal.  Sample abstracts are also available.

The guidelines include terminology chosen to communicate effectively with IADMS’ diverse membership.  Review the descriptions to see where your presentation will fit best.  If your presentation does not fit any of the categories, adapt the guidelines that come closest to fitting your presentation. 

Ethics Review – Human Participant Research
All original research involving human participants must be reviewed and approved by a research ethics committee [also known as an ethics review board, institutional review board (‘IRB’), or human subjects committee].

Research that has not been reviewed and approved will not be accepted for presentation.

Authors must state in their presentation proposal submission whether the participants gave informed consent and whether the study was approved by a research ethics committee.  If you require assistance regarding these ethics requirements, please contact the Program Committee.

Presenting Authors
The contact email provided online must be for the presenting author.

A person may be the presenting author on only two (2) abstracts.  The Program Committee will not review additional submissions or consider them for inclusion in the scientific program.  A person may be a secondary author on an unlimited number of abstracts. 

The official language of IADMS is English.  All abstracts will be reviewed in English. Presenters from English-speaking countries should be aware, however, that English is not the native language for many of the attendees.  Presenters are advised to prepare their lectures accordingly.

Student Researcher Support
Students whose abstract is accepted for presentation at the 29th Annual Conference of IADMS will be invited to apply for a travel grant from the Student Researcher Travel Fund and for the Student Research Award sponsored by the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries at NYU Langone Medical Center and the IADMS membership.  Interested student researchers must first submit an abstract before the March 1, 2019 deadline.  See Student Researcher Support online for more information.


Deadline: Presentation proposals must be submitted by March 1, 2019, 11:59:59 PM HST.

Click here to access the IADMS online abstract submission system.


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