The deadline for abstract submission is 15th of March 2021!

Submission Guidelines

All abstracts must be submitted online through the abstract submission page.

The submitting author assumes full responsibility for the contents of the abstract and will exclusively be updated about the submission process by the scientific committee of EAMHID by e-mail. 

Presenting authors have to register as congress participants once their abstract has been accepted.

The scientific committee reserves the right to change the topic and/or format during the abstract assessment process.

A limited number of abstracts may be submitted in German. Those will be allocated to a German track within the Congress.

Maximum of words: 500 words for individual submissions and 2000 words for symposia (including author data, disclosures and references)

Composition should follow this general structure

  • Title
  • Topic (From the topic list below.)
  • Format (Oral presentation, Solicited Symposium (Indicate overall title and chair!), Co-Productive Symposia, Roundtable Discussion, Poster)
  • Authors (First and last names and affiliations.)
  • Keywords (Up to five comma separated keywords.)
  • Background
  • Methods
  • Results/Aims
  • Conclusions
  • From Science to Practice

Available Formats for your abstract

The topics of all formats should be based around the congress theme “From Science to Practice: Improving mental health in persons with IDD”

Oral Presentations

  • Presenters should point out the impact of their research for everyday lives of persons with IDD within their networks.
  • The scientific committee will arrange all submissions to form a free symposium.
  • Duration of each presentation: 15-20 minutes plus 5 minutes discussion
  • Overall duration: 90 minutes (max. 4 presentations)

Solicited Symposia

  • Developed by a group of three to four colleagues who present and debate their research related to an overall topic.
  • Please submit 3-4 abstracts separately and indicate the symposium and responsible chair
  • Duration of each presentation: 15-20 minutes plus 5 minutes discussion
  • Overall duration: 90 minutes (max. 4 presentations)

Co-Productive Symposia

  • Typically generated by a group of up to five stakeholders.
  • Emphasis on the principles of co-production, i.e. recognition of service users and other stakeholders as being assets in developing and delivering approaches based on people’s capacities rather than deficiencies.
  • Working in mutual partnerships and networks in which there is a sharing of roles and in which professionals act as catalysts for change.
  • In the abstract, please cover the aims of the session in the results/aims section as well as the participants and their background in the method section
  • Overall duration: 90 minutes

Roundtable Discussions

  • Topics covering varied and uncertain opinions often based on missing and/or inconsistent evidence.
  • The submitting author selects a theme and a limited number of debating experts and puts forward an abstract with the overall theme (e.g. “Ageing with IDD – A privilege or a burden?”)
  • In the abstract, the main positions and arguments should be summarized in the background section, the aims within the results/aims section as well as the names of the debaters in the author section.
  • The submitting authorwill co-chair and moderate the roundtable by opening the floor and include the audience
  • Duration: 45 minutes


  • Ongoing and recent work can be presented with posters as printouts.
  • Sessions will be organized thematically by the scientific committee. Authors should be available during the poster sessions for individual debates.
  • Please upload your poster as a PDF (max. 10MB) in additionto filling out the regular abstract admission form.
  • There will be an award for the best poster presentation.

Get more information here.

Available Topics for your abstract

  • Ageing/Lifespan
  • Autism Spectrum and Related Developmental Disorders
  • Borderline ID
  • Challenging Behavior
  • Child and Adolescent
  • Communication
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Education and Employment
  • Emotional Development
  • Empowerment and Independence
  • Ethics and Human Rights
  • Families/Parenting
  • Genetic Syndromes Health literacy
  • Health Promotion und Health Education
  • Inclusion, Society and Community
  • Legal and Forensic Issues, Restraints
  • Models of Care and Support
  • Mental Disorders
  • Physical Health
  • Prevention
  • Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities
  • Sexuality/Partnership
  • Spirituality
  • Trauma and Abuse
  • Women, Gender and Mental Health
  • Quality of Life and Wellbeing


Dr. Brian Fergus Barrett
Email: scientific.committee@eamhid.eu