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SSI 2020 – Organized for the scientific and sports communities as well as the general public, this international conference on Safe Sport will promote reflection, knowledge exchanges and practical work in order to develop and provide concrete solutions. These will mobilize the various stakeholders so that TOGETHER, they prevent and curb all forms of violence in sport.  Be part of SSI 2020 and help us to effectively address the various approaches and the next challenges leading to healthy, safe and harmonious sports environments.

Abstract Submission

Safe Sport International and Sport’Aide invite submissions of research and community generated abstracts for its 2020 conference. Abstracts or presentations are encouraged from any area of safe sport: scientific research; community programmes and practices; education; and policies. We also welcome contributions from statutory agencies (police, child protection, health) which are working with sport.

All submissions will be evaluated by a Programme Committee.

How to Submit

All abstracts will be blind-reviewed by the Programme Committee.

Submissions will be made through the Conference Manager platform.

All individual presentation submissions will be considered for a 15-minute slide presentation.  If your submission is not selected for a slide presentation, the Programme Committee will automatically consider it for a poster presentation.

Submission types:

We invite submissions for the following presentations and themes:

Symposia / Workshop
  • Length: 60-minute presentation including 10mn Q&A
  • Number of speakers: 4
  • Description: Symposia presentation is a group presentation with a moderator and up to 4 additional presenters. The symposia must cover a specific coherent topic relating to violence in sport. The focus of the presentations can be theoretical, methodological, or applied.  Symposia presentations will last 60 minutes including 10 minutes for Questions and Answers.
Individual presentation
  • Length: 15-minute presentation including 3mn Q&A
  • Number of speakers: 1
  • Description: This is an individual presentation with the number of presenters limited only by length of the session in which they are to appear.  Individual presentations should focus on recent research studies and results. Submissions will be reviewed, after which the most outstanding contributions will be incorporated into one of the oral presentation sessions with each session having their own specific topic. 

Description: Poster presentations are the primary form of presentation and dissemination of scientific work. Poster presenters are expected to be at their poster during the poster session to explain their poster and answer any questions. They may also make additional arrangements to meet with interested observers.


Sharing experiences – Bringing together groups and individuals to create changes and achieve safe sport
  • Athletes, coaches, officials and parent’s knowledge and awareness about unsafe/safe sport 
  • Experiences of athletes, coaches, institutions about unsafe/safe sport
  • Institutional challenges and efforts/approaches
Education and communication – Reaching the sport community and the general population with information and resources to prevent violence and promote safeguarding in sport
  • Research developments that inform safe sport topics
  • Promotion of community education about safe sport
  • Education of individuals (competencies) and governing organizations (responsibilities)
  • Awareness: Media/Communication campaigns
Policies, systems and practices – Adopting regulations and shaping norms to prevent violence and promote safety in sport
  • Changing practices to reach a safe sport
  • Influencing policies and legislation to create safe sport
  • Fostering coalitions and networks to create safe sport
Compliance – Enhancing laws and policies and ensure their effectiveness to favor safe sport environment
  • Procedures, investigation and cases management
  • Governors, sport administrators, managers, safeguarding officers and their work
  • «Duty and culture of care» to protect children, young people and adult athletes

Abstract Submission Guidelines

When submitting an abstract for the 2020 Society SSI conference, please refer to the abstract submission guidelines below.

  • Select a Presentation type. Please note all unsuccessful orals will be considered for a poster presentation
  • Select a theme that most closely aligns with your submission
  • Enter your contact name, affiliation/institution name and email address (please note authors may specify only one affiliation)
  • If applicable, enter all corresponding authors in the order they should appear in the program
  • If applicable, indicate who will be your co-presenters, including names, affiliation and title
  • Prepare an abstract / presentation title (max 225 characters)
  • Prepare the abstract / presentation (max 300 words)
  • By submitting an abstract / presentation, you agree to present at the conference, should your submission be selected for the program
  • Abstracts / presentations should be submitted in plain text.


Abstract submissions open: July 26th, 2019

Abstract submissions close: October 16th, 2019 at 23:59 Central Daylight Time

Notification of acceptance: November 4th, 2019

IMPORTANT: Confirmations of accepted abstracts will be issued in early November. If you have not received a confirmation email from us by November 15th, please contact us at