FAQs



Can we present papers used for a thesis? 
If the work is SBCC-centric and a connection can be made to the Summit Themes, we would encourage you to submit for consideration! Please think carefully about the best fit in terms of format. Proposal reviewers will have the final say regarding acceptance, so be sure to use the webinar tips to create a strong submission.


Where can I view the proposal/abstract webinar recordings? 
You can find all of the recordings here.


Will we be able to propose a double session skill building format?
The Skills building session time slot is 2 hours. Given the popularity of these sessions, space limits, and in an effort to encourage broad participation, the answer is no.


Are there word limits on the abstracts? 
Yes. It is spelled out in the guidelines and in the submission template/portal.


Can I began an abstract and finish it later?
Yes. You can save your work and return later to work on it, and submit.


What if we don't have conclusions or research findings yet but will have them in time for the Summit? 
You are welcome to submit - your proposal will need to convey the potential implications of the work even without findings. Depending on the strength of your submission, reviewers may still accept it.


Will you connect presenters if you think the topics could be linked together for a different type of session?  
The review committees will do their best to cluster relevant work in the creation of the sessions. This work depends on a strong pool of reviewers – please consider being a reviewer! Fill out the reviewer registration form here.


If we submit for a pre-formed panel and are not accepted, would it be possible for individual abstracts from that panel to be submitted
and if they meet criteria, would they be accepted?  

If not accepted, preformed panels are not automatically considered for individual proposals as preformed panels should not just be a set of presentations. There should be a strong justification for why they are combined into a single session resulting in an experience for the conference goers that is greater than the sum of the parts.


Does the Summit focus on research from low- and middle-income countries, or is work from high-income settings be relevant?
The Summit is not limited to LMIC work. Please feel free to submit relevant work from high-income settings for review.


Is attendance only open to presenters? 
No, attendee registration is available here.


If the abstract is accepted, how many presenters are allowed to come to the conference? 
Abstract acceptance does not eliminate the cost of registration/attendance. There are limited scholarships available, and having an accepted abstract is a required criterion for scholarship eligibility. More information about scholarships is available on the website.


In the online portal - how much information is required at submission from co-authors? 
Also, I plan to include co-authors on the abstract but they do not plan to attend the conference. Is that OK?  Additional authors do not need to create an account. Additional authors do not need to attend the conference if accepted.  


Can I submit more than one abstract? 
Yes. Feel free to submit as many proposals/abstracts as you like, but know that in the interest of achieving the broadest possible representation and participation in the Summit, the Program Sub-Committee will not select more than two submissions from any one person as lead author or session organizer.


Can I submit a proposal and be a reviewer? 
Yes! And it is encouraged. It is a great way to see what is happening in the field, and reviewers will be matched with submissions in their area.


Do we need to be affiliated with an organization to be accepted as a participant/presenter? 
You do not need an organizational affiliation.


Discounts

Are there discounts? 
Attendees who register before Dec. 31 are eligible for a U.S. $50 discount. 


Languages

What language will the Summit be held in? 
English is the primary language of the Summit. However, there will be Arabic, French and Spanish interpretation available during all plenary and some breakout sessions. Important documents and information will be translated into Arabic, French and Spanish. 

Will you accept abstracts in multiple languages? 
Abstracts will be accepted in English, French and Spanish. 


Logistics

When is the 2020 Summit? 
The 2020 Summit will be held from March 30 to April 3. 

Where will the Summit be held?
The Summit will be held at the Palais des Congrès in Marrakech, Morocco. 

What is the Youth Space? 
The Youth Space is an area dedicated to young professionals (and those young at heart!) to gather, share ideas and connect informally. 

What is the Spark Stage? 
The Spark Stage will be a focal point in the exhibition space where innovative, creative and thought-provoking short presentations that "spark" new conversations will be given throughout the day.

How do I book a hotel?
Visit our hotels page to learn more about hotel accommodations. 


Registration

How can I register for the Summit? 
Ready to register? Visit the registration page here

Who will be attending the Summit? 
The Summit will connect the many individuals and organizations working in social and behavior change, including donors and those working in media for development, health education, communication for development, social marketing, advertising, research agencies, community development, academic institutions, and ministries of health, gender, social welfare, education and other sectors. 

What is the cost? 
The general admission rate is U.S. $725; the rate for attendees from low- and middle-income countries, young professionals and students is U.S. $575. Attendees who register before Dec. 31 are eligible for a U.S. $50 discount. 

What is included in my registration? 
The registration fee includes full access to the Summit program including breakout sessions, keynotes, exhibition hall, etc. It also includes breakfast, lunch and coffee/tea breaks. Lodging and transportation and any activities outside of the main Summit program are not included. 


Scholarships

Are there scholarships? 
The Summit Steering Committee will award a limited number of scholarships of varying levels for applicants from low- and lower middle-income countries. Check our scholarships page or sign up for updates to learn the latest. 

Do I need to have my abstract accepted to be eligible for a scholarship? 
Candidates are encouraged to submit an abstract via the Call for Abstracts page. However, this is not a requirement for becoming eligible for a sponsorship award. 


Sponsorship Opportunities

How can I sponsor the Summit? 
Visit our sponsorship opportunities page to learn more about the various ways you or your organization can sponsor the Summit.