GHIC 2021: Global Health & Innovation Conference
April 8-11, 2021
A Virtual Event

Click Here To Submit An Abstract and Register For The Conference

Instructions for Abstracts

Unite For Sight encourages you to submit an abstract for presentation at the Global Health & Innovation Conference. The goal of the conference is to exchange ideas about best practices across all fields of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship. Professionals and students are eligible to submit an abstract.

Abstract Categories

The abstracts may be research-focused, clinical-focused, or program-focused. The abstract must describe work that is evidence-based, and the work should not be in the early implementation or brainstorming stage. Those in an early stage of development should instead submit an abstract for the Social Impact Pitch Sessions.

You should not submit both an abstract and a social impact pitch. You should determine if your proposed submission discusses work that is in the early implementation or brainstorming stage without data or results (social impact pitch), or if your proposed submission includes data and results (abstract submission).


First Abstract Deadline: September 30, 2020

Presentations submitted by September 30 will be reviewed for the possibility of presenting a poster or oral presentation. Those submitting by this first deadline will be given preference for oral presentations at the conference. The final abstract deadline is November 15. Presentations submitted by November 15 will be reviewed for the possibility of presenting a poster or oral presentation. The majority of the abstracts submitted by this second deadline will be considered for poster presentation, as most of the oral presentation slots are expected to be filled by those submitting by the first abstract deadline in August.

Instructions For Submitting Unite For Sight Conference Abstracts

How To Submit an Abstract

First, register for the 18th annual Global Health & Innovation Conference. At the time that you register to attend the conference, you will be invited to thereafter submit your abstract. You must register for the conference first in order to submit an abstract for review.

If your registration and payment do not transmit properly, please review the page to be sure that you have filled in all of the required fields on the form.

Word Limit

Abstracts must be no longer than 250 words. Longer abstracts will not be reviewed and will be automatically rejected.

Conference Registration is Required

Submitting an abstract represents a commitment to attend the 2021 Global Health & Innovation Conference, irrespective of acceptance of an abstract. The opportunity to submit an abstract for consideration is available only to those who plan to attend the conference for educational and networking purposes, and not to those who wish to attend exclusively for the opportunity to present. Therefore, all persons submitting an abstract must register and submit payment to attend the conference at the time that they submit the abstract.

Preferred Method of Presentation

When you submit your abstract, please indicate your preferred method of presentation at the start of your 250-word abstract:

If you do not indicate your preference at the beginning of your abstract, it will be assumed that you have no preference. Your preference must be included within the abstract, as subsequent preference submissions by email would not be included with the materials that are reviewed by the committee.

The best abstract submissions will be given an option for oral presentation. All others that are accepted will be poster presentations at the poster session.

Submission Format

The 250-word abstract must be formatted to include design and methodology, original data and results, and conclusion. The headers (i.e. preferred method of presentation, design and methodology, etc.) do not count in the maximum word count.

Selection Criteria

Students and professionals are eligible to submit an abstract for presentation. Professionals may be accepted to present a poster presentation, or an oral presentation as a featured speaker. Undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent college graduates, may be accepted to present a poster presentation, or an oral presentation in the "Student and Young Leaders in Global Health" sessions. Read about a student's experience presenting a poster and attending the conference here.

Abstract submitters should ensure that their abstracts provide sufficient detail so that reviewers will be able to fully evaluate the author's work, research design, data, analysis, and results.

Each conference participant may submit only one abstract for presentation at the Unite For Sight Conference. If more than one abstract is submitted by the same conference participant, only the first abstract submitted will be considered.

Before submitting an abstract, please first be sure to review the instructions and abstract examples.

The abstract will be reviewed according to the following criteria:


The conference participant who will be in attendance and presenting the abstract must submit the abstract under their name. If both authors will be in attendance, then either of you may submit the abstract. The author submitting the abstract must be the presenter at the conference, and this author will also receive all communication from Unite For Sight.

Other authors are encouraged to attend the conference, but the other authors will not be the presenter of the abstract at the conference.

Abstract Review and Selection

Decisions will be announced around December 15, and decisions are final based on the abstract submitted by the deadline.

If the abstract is selected for presentation at the conference, the author submitting the abstract must be the presenter at the conference. The presenter should be a leader in the research or program. Co-authors may register for the conference separately and attend the session, but they may not present.

If selected for oral presentation, only the abstract submitter may present at the conference and be listed in the program book.

If selected for poster presentation, the abstract submitter must be the presenter at the conference. Other authors on the poster may be listed in the conference program book.

Abstract Acceptance and Next Steps

If my abstract is accepted for oral presentation, what are the next steps?

If accepted for poster presentation, what are the next steps?


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