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16th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action

June 21-24, 2017

Sponsor: University of Ottawa in partnership with Wilfrid Laurier University

Theme: Transformative Community Research and Action around the World

Submission Deadline: 11:55 PM (EST), Monday, November 21, 2016.

Submission information needed: Session type (see below); session/paper title; abstract (300 words max; one for the session and one for each individual presentation); conference section (are you submitting to SCRA or Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice); keywords; audience interaction (process or method of how you will engage the audience); any additional information (e.g., access needs, religious accommodations); participants (presenters, chairs, discussant; it is easiest if the participants are already registered in the system).


Note: Our hope with this biennial is to provide as much opportunity for interested individuals to present their papers. Therefore we are encouraging people to submit only one first authored symposium paper for the biennial. Individuals may still, however, contribute posters, or participate in roundtables discussions, as well as to other biennial activities.


Submission types:

  1. Poster Presentations facilitate individual and small group conversations through the use of a visual aid. Posters that highlight innovative methods for conference participant interaction are preferred. Poster presentations can emphasize research, practice, action, or other initiatives. Posters will be organized in thematic groups and be presented during designated poster sessions.

  2. Symposia provide a forum for discussion, debate, and explication of diverse perspectives as they pertain to the conference themes and/or tracks. Symposia may be used to present practice and/or research topics. Submissions that explicitly describe the process or method that will be used to facilitate audience interaction and dialogue will be preferred. Symposia typically include 3-4 related papers, a moderator, and a discussant.

  3. Ignite Presentations provide an opportunity to share research and ideas in a brief 5-minute format (20 slides at 15 seconds each) to ignite conversations and discussions between the presenters and the audience. Several speakers will follow each other in rapid transition followed by a time to engage in conversation. This format is ideal for presenting findings from smaller studies (e.g., student thesis projects), a new tool or method, or research that is still in progress. Examples of this type of format can be found at and

  4. Roundtable Discussions should provide a forum for the sharing of ideas by several discussants related to innovative methods for addressing communal thriving; or debate of the issues related to the conference theme. This format is especially appropriate for sessions in which the discussants’ role is to facilitate the audience’s exploration of the issue. Roundtables should include from 4 to 6 discussants and last 60-75 minutes. One or more facilitators may lead a roundtable discussion.

  5. Town Hall Meetings feature participants’ discussion of critical and current issues or important future directions pertaining to community research and action and the field of community psychology. This format is most appropriate for exploring the broad issues that cut across the conference theme, subthemes, and related topics. One or more facilitators may lead a town hall meeting. These meetings are typically 60-75 minutes long.

  6. Workshops provide a means to teach new skills of relevance to the field (e.g., specific methods, analytical techniques, community outreach strategies). One or more instructors may teach a workshop.

  7. The Innovative Other. This format will provide an opportunity to submit sessions that are creative and innovative and do not fit within any of the other categories. This format is especially suitable for arts-based and practice-based presentations.


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