Call For Abstracts

Call For Abstracts

Abstracts submissions are now open for ICOH 2021. You are invited to play an active role in the scientific program by submitting an abstract for an oral or poster presentation.

Accepted submissions will also be published in an on-line supplement of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the major international journal in the field and part of the BMJ Group. Accepted authors will be able to add a citation for their abstract to their CV. 

If you wish to submit an abstract for consideration, you must also intend to register for the Congress. 


To assist in your planning please note the following key dates. Following the review of abstracts, you will be notified on Wednesday 30 September of the status of your submission. If accepted, you may still register and gain the Early Bird savings until Friday 30 October 2020.  You must confirm your acceptance by this date to be included int he Congress program.  

Call For Abstracts Date
Abstract submissions open February 2020
Abstract submissions close Tuesday 30 June 2020
Notification to authors  Wednesday 30 September 2020
Authors acceptance of the offer   Friday 30 October 2020
Early Bird Registration available until Friday 30 October 2020


The presentation options on offer include: 

Oral presentation: A standard oral presentation to be delivered in a themed session.

Poster presentation: Posters to be held during morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea breaks

Rapid posters presentations: We are introducing Rapid Poster Presentation sessions as part of the program. Poster authors will be given the opportunity to briefly present their poster in 1 min and using only 1 slide. This is optional and subject to program availability

The Presentation themes are aligned with the ICOH Scientific Committee themes. Read here for more information before making your submission.


The following themes are aligned with the ICOH Scientific Committees themes. You will be asked to nominate your preferred theme when making your abstract submission. 

Ageing and work

Cardiology in occupational health

Education and training in occupational health
Quality, effectiveness and coverage of education and information in OSH
Innovation in education and information to improve OSH

Effectiveness in occupational health services
Evidence-based prevention in occupational health

Emergency preparedness and response in occupational health

Epidemiology in occupational health

Global collaborations in occupational health

Health promotion in the workplace

History of prevention of occupational and environmental diseases

Indoor air quality and health

Industrial hygiene
Silica exposure in the workplace
Nanoparticles: exposure and prevention

Military and veterans’ health

Mining occupational safety and health
Occupational hazards in mining (chemical, biological, ergonomic, physical, noise)
Occupational diseases in mining (except silicosis and TB-related)

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD)
Collaborative strategies for prevention and management of MSD in work setting
Methods for risk assessment of work-related MSD

Nanomaterials workers’ health

Neurotoxicology and psychophysiology
Neurotoxicology and imaging
Neurotoxicology and pesticides

Occupational and environmental dermatoses

Occupational health nursing

Occupational medicine

Occupational toxicology
Biological monitoring

Occupational health and development
Sharing best practices in occupational health in low and middle income countries

Occupational health for health workers
Working with hazardous drugs
Migrant issues in health care
Update on infectious diseases
Psychosocial issues confronting health workers

Occupational health in small-scale enterprises and informal sector
Total worker health in small enterprises
Preventive solutions for SME and informal sector workers

Occupational infectious agents and diseases

Radiation and work

Respiratory disorders
Occupational respiratory health and diseases
Pneumoconiosis and occupational lung cancer
Asthma and hypersensitivity pneumonitis

Rural health: agriculture, pesticides and organic dusts
New developments in agriculture and pesticides

Shift-work and working time

Thermal factors
Methods for protection against occupational health effects of heat
Occupational health effects and protection of fire fighters and emergency workers
Climate change trend modelling for occupational health impacts and prevention

Toxicology of metals

Tuberculosis and silica
Workplace controls to reduce silica dust exposures
Sharing free online resources providing solutions for reducing silica dust

Vibration and noise
Control of risk for cochlear damage to acoustic comfort at the workplace
Vibration and muscle: from synchronization to model

Women, health and work – women in the present and future of work

Work disability, prevention and integration
Factors and determinants in work disability
Policies in work disability prevention
Implementation issues in work disability prevention
Intervention strategies to prevent work disability

Work organisation and psychosocial factors
Workers’ mental health and work functioning
Psychosocial safety at work
Addiction and work
Work-life balance and wellbeing
Micro-level and clinical approaches for managing psychosocial risks
Emotional work impacts on the health of the workers
Interventions to improve psychosocial factors at work

Other topics in occupational health



Please click on the applicable button below to download and save the template.


Abstract submission is a two-step process.

STEP 1: Creating an account and logging into the abstract submission portal

Click on the button below to access the abstract submission portal. To access the portal, we ask you to please set up an account to assist in the management and submission of your abstract/s for Congress.

Please select the ‘Create new account’ button and complete your preferred email address and password for your account log in details.

Once logged into the submission portal please click on the ‘Your contact information’ tab at the top of menu bar and complete your contact details.

Once you have created an account within the abstract submission portal you can upload abstracts, edit abstracts that are still in draft, and review terms and conditions at any time, by logging in.

STEP 2: Submitting your abstract

Abstracts must be submitted by the presenting author who should complete all fields. Click on the ‘Abstract submission’ tab and review the instructions.

Use the template as a reference for your abstract. Abstracts not submitted using the template format will be returned for correction.

The template can be found above and in the abstract submission portal.

You will be required to provide the following details prior to uploading the abstract file:

  • The abstract title
  • Preferred presentation type
  • Theme
  • Author names and affiliations
  • Your completed abstract template

Please complete each step within the portal and then select the ‘Submit’ button to successfully submit your abstract. Please note this button will show only when all fields have been completed. You can also choose to ‘Save as draft’ at any time. You can view all your drafts and successfully submitted abstracts in the ‘Your submissions’ tab.

Should you wish to delete or edit an abstract that has been successfully submitted you will need to contact Sophie Warner, Program Coordinator via email at or phone on +61 3 9907 8634.

Once your abstract is submitted correctly, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive this email, your abstract has not been submitted. The abstract will be found under the ‘Your submissions’ tab and you will need to complete the missing information and submit it.

If you have any queries, please contact Sophie Warner, Program Coordinator via email at or phone on +61 3 9907 8634.


You are required to double check whether your abstract has uploaded correctly during the upload process. If you have any concerns, please contact Sophie Warner, Program Coordinator via email at or phone on +61 3 9907 8634.


Abstract review notification and allocation to the program will be communicated to the corresponding authors on Wednesday 30 September 2020.

Please note the details provided as the author contact should be for the nominated main contact for your abstract. All correspondence relating to the submission will be directed to this person and they should in turn distribute to all co-presenters.

Acceptance of this offer must be notified to Sophie Warner, Program Coordinator via email at no later than Friday 30 October 2020.


The invitation to submit an abstract does not constitute an offer to pay travel, accommodation or registration costs associated with the Congress. Similarly, no presenter fee is paid to successful participants.

All presenters must register for the Congress before Friday 30 October 2020 in order for the presentation to be included in the Congress program.


For any enquiries regarding abstract submission please contact the Program Coordinator.

ICOH 2021 Congress Office

119 Buckhurst Street
South Melbourne VIC 3205
D +61 3 9907 8634
T +61 3 9645 6311

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