Abstract instructions and submission

Research Abstracts 


Talks will be allocated a 30 minute slot in the programme; 20 minutes presentation with 10 minutes for questions.*

Poster Presentations

Posters will be timetabled into the Congress programme in sessions, providing an opportunity for presenters and delegates to discuss work and findings.  Further information regarding the dimensions of the poster boards and suggestions of how to display poster material will be supplied to presenters who have their posters accepted.  Full details will be sent to all poster presenters closer to the event.


Symposia should be clearly themed and comprise of three or four talks which must be clearly thematically linked.  They should have a named Convenor who will be responsible for the symposium submission and act as the responsible link person to the Congress organisers; there should also be a named Chair and (optionally) a named Discussant. The same person can fulfil these three roles.  Symposia will usually be allocated 90 minutes for four talks plus discussion. Submissions with three talks are also welcome and 60 minutes will be allocated to these, to include discussion.   Abstracts will be required both for the symposium itself and its component talks.  Ideally, these should all be submitted at the same time but if necessary, those for the component talks can be submitted once the symposium proposal has been accepted in principle.

Reviewing Procedures

Each submission will be evaluated by at least two members of the Congress’s National Scientific Committee (NSC) according to established criteria and standards.  Any abstracts which fall outwith the expertise of the NSC will be referred on to an appropriate colleague for review. Please note that submissions will be considered solely on the information you provide in this section. If a submission does not evidence all the required elements as set out in the abstract instructions below, it will be rejected.

Referees may feel that a particular submission lends itself to a different format to that proposed and in these cases, authors will be invited to consider an alternative format.  In the case of symposia submissions, the referring procedure will review the package as a whole and the merit and importance of individual contributions.

Authors will be notified of the referees’ decision via email.  The decision of referees is final.  Every effort will be made to accommodate any timetable constraints notified at the time of submission.  Individual presenters in symposia will not be contacted directly by the Congress organisers.  All correspondence will be conducted through the Convenor who is responsible for keeping co-presenters informed.


In writing your abstract, please bear in mind the mixed composition of the audience and use accessible language wherever possible; try to avoid using discipline-specific or unusual technical terms if this can be avoided.

All presenters are expected to register as delegates and pay the appropriate rate.  Registration is now open and Early Bird rates expire on 31st March 2018.  It is the responsibility of presenters to inform the Congress organisers of any change in institutional affiliation or contact details.

Please note that by submitting your abstract, if it is accepted, you are consenting to it appearing in the WDSC2018 programme and on the websites or publications of Down Syndrome International and Down’s Syndrome Scotland and/or organisations affiliated to them.

*Timings are subject to the quantity of abstracts selected for presentation and therefore may change.

Abstract Instructions

Abstracts must be a maximum of 300 words, including all headings

Please structure your abstract around the following five headings.  These should be included in your abstract and will contribute to the overall word count.

Background: State the primary objective of the study and the research question posed.

Design: Describe the design of the study and the rationale for the procedures adopted.

Methods: Provide information on the number of participants and how they were selected, on the materials employed (if appropriate) and on how the data were collected and analysed.

Results: Include numerical and/or textual data.  This should be kept to a minimum and should not include tables or figures.  For qualitative analyses, briefly describe your findings (e,g, identified themes, categories).

Implications: State the conclusions that can be drawn from the study, (including for practice, policy and/or future research).

Abstract Submission 

Please ensure that you have submitted your abstract before 23:59 (GMT) on Thursday 30th November 2017.