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Abstract Guidelines

Guidelines for Abstracts

Abstract theme

When preparing your abstract, please bear in mind the theme and philosophy of the Congress. The theme is ‘Homeopathy: Making Positive Waves’. As the location of the Congress is in one of England’s favourite seaside resorts, the theme is centred around the sea and all that this encompasses. Whilst this will include familiar themes associated with the sea, it is also hoped that there will be the opportunity for ‘Making Positive Waves’ within our community and generating the positivity and inclusiveness that has marked previous Congresses.

We would like to invite abstracts from around the world that will encourage both discussion but also drive practical partnership opportunities within broad thematic areas, including:

• Sharing of clinical good practice and breakthroughs, through case studies both human and veterinary

• Showcasing high quality research in homeopathy with potential impact for the homeopathic community and for public health

• Advancing homeopathy internationally

• Opportunities for international partnerships in teaching, research and knowledge exchange

• Highlighting the role and potential of homeopathy within both the conventional medicine and Integrative Medicine settings

• Growing relationships with colleagues working within Functional Medicine, Ecological Medicine and Integrative Medicine, plus other disciplines within the UK and internationally

• Comparing the cost and benefits of homeopathy with conventional treatments for both patients and practice

• Making the homeopathic case with governments, funders, policymakers and other stakeholders

The list is not exhaustive. In short, if you think you have an interesting story to tell wherever you are in the world don’t be shy, please get in touch.

Also do not be discouraged if you feel you are not good at presenting or speaking in public. We will provide a supportive environment and can help you in preparing presentations.

Preparing your abstract

These guidelines are intended to ensure that your presentation contains all the essential information and is as clear as possible to you and your audience.

Your abstract should have a short, descriptive title, and should aim to provide learning points which will draw the attention of other homeopathic colleagues.

For instance, in the example of a case study presentation, you might wish to consider some or all of the following questions:

• What have I done? (e.g. followed up patients with a particular condition or prescribed a particular homeopathic medicine; studied a medicine or prescribing strategy)

• What were the materials? (e.g. how many patients, seen where; books, software used)

• What were the methods? (e.g. how were the patients selected; what method of analysis)

• What were the results?

• What are the conclusions/lessons to be learnt?

• How has my practice changed as a result?

• What else should be done? (e.g. research or education)

The abstract should be written in English and structured using the four sub-headings in the abstract template. Please indicate if your preference is for poster presentation.

Submitting your abstract

Your submission should include your name, address, telephone number and email address. The abstract should not exceed 250 words.

Please submit your abstract using the online template available by clicking on the buttons on this page.

If you are not able to submit it online, please send a hard copy to Dr Sara Eames, The Faculty of Homeopathy, CAN Mezzanine, 49-51 East Road, London N1 6AH, United Kingdom.

Please note that the SUBMISSION DEADLINE is MONDAY 6th April 2020.

Abstract review

Abstracts will be reviewed by the Congress Organising Committee on the basis of their novelty, significance of the findings, quality and clarity, and relevance to the Congress theme. Selection of abstracts will also take account of the overall balance of the programme.

We will inform you as to whether your abstract has been accepted as an oral or poster presentation by 30th April 2020. Accepted abstracts will be included in the final programme and may later be published in the journal, Homeopathy.

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you and to welcoming you to Bournemouth.

On behalf of the Congress 2020 Organising Committee,

Dr Gabriella Day, Dr Sara Eames, Dr Jonathan Hardy, Mr Geoff Johnston, Dr Lee Kayne, Mr Simon Richards, Dr Patricia Ridsdale, Dr Roger Smith,    Dr Gary Smyth and Mrs Anne Smyth.