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ASPHER is the key independent European organisation dedicated to strengthening the role of public health by improving education and training of public health professionals for both practice and research.


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ASPHER's Spring/Summer Newsletter 2019


12th annual YOUNG RESEARCHERS' FORUM - Marseille 
Wednesday 20 November 2019

Abstract submission deadline:

Poster presentation submission deadline extended until 23 August!

Oral presentation submissions now closed.

Notification of outcome to authors: Tuesday 20th August 2019

Click here to submit to the YRF

The Young Researchers Forum (YRF) is an exciting pre-conference event which will be taking place on Wednesday 20th November 2019 before the main Digital Public Health (DPH) and European Public Health (EPH) 2019 conferences open, in Marseille, France.

The YRF event for 2019 is a merge of the YRF day traditionally organised by ASPHER in partnership with EUPHA as part of the EPH conference and University College London (UCL) Digital Public Health PhD Track day, previously held as part of the DPH conference.


The YRF event is for postgraduate students (MPH, MSc, MRes, PhD, etc) and early career researchers from any field related to digital public health and broader public health that incorporates digital technologies and innovation, as well as their supervisors. It has been specifically designed to provide you with the opportunity to present your work in a friendly, supportive forum and to receive feedback from mentors and peers. 

This year’s event brings together audiences from digital health and applied public health. In recognition of this, we are welcoming submissions spanning these disciplines and offering you the chance to showcase your work to a wide audience of researchers, academics, practitioners and policymakers.

In order to submit to the YRF event, the lead author and presenter of the submission must be a student. Exceptionally, submissions by early career researchers (e.g. postdocs and other) with clear affiliation with ASPHER member schools, will be considered for presentation as well. 


We welcome all young researchers to submit their abstracts related to the ‘Digital Health’ theme but submissions outside of this field with a strong digital or techinological component are also welcomed.

This year have the possibility to submit your abstracts with two options:

Option 1: ACM PUBLISHED - deadline Tuesday 25th June 2019

If your work has a technical focus (e.g. Computer Science, Data Science etc.) you can opt to publish your submission with the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) proceedings. 


Work with a technical focus, submitted in the correct format (see guidelines above) and accepted by the YRF review panel will be published in the ACM Digital Public Health 2019 proceedings*. Authors selected for publication must ensure they submit their final paper by the Camera-ready deadline of 20th September 2019


You are invited to submit a progress report (max. 1,000 words) or an abstract for a poster presentation (max. 500 words) clearly outlining your project, its novelty and significance, and provide at least one result from ongoing work. Your submission should indicate the qualification for which you are currently studying for (e.g. MPH, MSc, PhD, postdoc). 

All submissions must be written in English; contain author names, affiliations, and email addresses; conform to the DPH conference publication policies; be formatted according to the ACM SigConf Proceedings template with a font size no smaller than 9pt – Click here to download the template available in both MS Word and LaTeX format; be in PDF (make sure that the PDF can be viewed on any platform), and formatted for US Letter size.

Option 2: NON-ACM PUBLISHED - deadline Tuesday 9th July 2019

Alternatively, if your work has a practical focus (e.g. healthcare application or systems etc.) you can submit your work for presentation, but your submission will not be published in the ACM proceedings. Note: This option is also open to technical authors who would prefer not to publish their work in ACM proceedings.


You are invited to submit an abstract for presentation (500 words) clearly outlining your project, its novelty and significance, and provide at least one result from ongoing work. Your abstract should be structured according to EPH submission guidance.


All submissions to YRF must be made via the online system. You will be prompted to create an ‘EasyChair’ account on your first visit if you do not already have one.


Submissions will be reviewed by the YRF review panel and assessed on a number of criteria including written quality, scientific contribution, originality, suitability for the conference scope and overall quality. Each submission is reviewed by at least two members of the panel according to the reviewing criteria. Authors will be notified of the outcome via email, by Tuesday 20th August.


Successful oral presentations will be allocated a 15-minute (timing dependent on programming) presentation within the YRF programme in which to present their work. This includes 10-minutes for presentation and 5-minutes for audience questions. Successful poster presentations will be invited to prepare their Poster for display during the conference. Posters will be on display throughout the YRF event with scheduled poster sessions to take place during coffee breaks and lunch.


*It is the authors’ responsibility to ensure that their submission adheres strictly to the required format most relevant for their work. Authors submitting their work for ACM publication should ensure their submission complies with DPH publication policies. Submissions that do not comply with the guidelines may be rejected without review. Any work of four pages or more that has been accepted for a journal or conference after peer reviewing, constitutes previous publication and will be considered as self-plagiarism and will influence the review panel’s assessment of the submission’s novelty and relevance. All presenters (oral and poster) are expected to register and pay to attend at least the YRF day, at the appropriate rate. Failure to do so may result in authors and their work being removed from the proceedings and programme.



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