Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts for 2nd EBR Conference

Call is now closed

As a continuation of the first Evidence-Based Research (EBR) conference “Increasing the value of research” and in the context of recent conversations around the future of the evidence ecosystem, we invite you to join us for the second EBR Conference “The place of Evidence-Based Research in the Evidence Ecosystem”, organized by the EU-funded EVBRES COST Network (CA-17117) and taking place online from 27th to 28th September 2021.

Target Audience
The Conference is aimed at everyone who is keen to share their work and views on EBR and the role it should play in the evidence ecosystem.

Scientific Scope
Under the theme of “The place of Evidence-Based Research in the Evidence Ecosystem” we aim to bring together a broad range of key EBR actors and stakeholders (including researchers, funding agencies, research regulators, editors and reviewers, educators, patients and consumers, etc.) to discuss what role EBR might play in the different areas of the evidence ecosystem, respectively in the generation, synthesis and translation of knowledge. In addition, we are inviting contributions of perspectives and experiences on a broader range of topics, including but not limited to:

  • Stakeholders’ role in EBR
  • Challenges and success stories in the implementation of EBR
  • Local initiatives in EBR/Practice/Service development using EBR
  • Innovative learning methods in EBR
  • Efficient production and updating of SRs (categories of stakeholders may include librarians, health informatics etc.; artificial intelligence, rapid review methods)
  • Alternative pathways for synthesizing evidence 
  • Meta-research related to EBR

Abstract Submission
The abstract submission platform will open on 29 March 2021 and the abstract will have to be submitted by midnight GMT on 15 June 2021 via

Abstracts can be submitted for one of the following categories:

  1. Oral presentation: Presentations in this category will be 20 minutes long in total minutes (at least five minutes must be reserved for Q&As). The content of the abstracts should be linked to the main Conference theme “The place of Evidence-Based Research in the Evidence Ecosystem”.
  2. E-poster presentation: Poster abstracts will be linked to the main Conference theme “The place of Evidence-Based Research in the Evidence Ecosystem” and can be related either to research or practice in the area. Each presentation has a time allowance of 10 minutes (at least five minutes must be reserved for Q&As).

Submission Guidelines

  • Language: English
  • Text limit: maximum 1500 characters (including spaces; without title, author and affiliation)
  • Abstract structure: the abstract should include the following four areas
    • Aim: Brief statement regarding the purpose of the work and the current state of research in the field
    • Methods: Paragraph outlining the method(s) of the work
    • Results: Summary of results, including sufficient details to support any drawn conclusions
    • Conclusions: Statement explaining the significance of the work and its implications for further research.

Scientific Assessment
Submitted abstracts will undergo a peer review process by members of the Abstract Committee. They will be judged against a set of criteria for novelty, quality, potential scientific impact, interest and relevance to the scope.

Accepted Abstracts
Results of the abstract assessment and assigned category of presentation will be announced to the corresponding author via email by 9th July 2021. Individuals submitting abstracts agree that, if their abstract is accepted, they will present their abstract as scheduled. All accepted abstracts will appear in the final conference programme and will be made available to delegates online. All submitters will be asked to give consent to having the abstract and the contact details (name and affiliation) of the presenting author(s) published.

Important Deadlines

  • 29 March 2021
  • 15 June (midnight GMT)
  • 9 July 2021
  • 22 September 2021
  • 27 – 28 September 2021

Abstract submission opens
Abstract submission closes
Authors notified of the outcome of the assessment
Registration closes
2nd Evidence-Based Research Conference

Scientific Committee
Raluca Sfetcu (chair, EVBRES Working Group 3)
Lisa Affengruber (vice-chair, EVBRES WG 3)
Maritta Välimäkki (chair from last SC)
Karen Robinson (representing non-European EBR Network)
Caroline Blaine (Science Communication Manager EVBRES)
Klara Brunnhuber (vice-chair EVBRES)
Hans Lund (chair EVBRES)
Robert Prill (EVBRES WG1)
Tina Poklepovic (EVBRES WG2)
Wiktoria Lesniak (EVBRES WG4)

Conference fees
Due to Covid-19 we have decided to hold a virtual conference which will be free to attend for all participants.

Register for the conference here

For any queries, please contact the organisers by emailing

We are looking forward to virtually meeting you!