IPCD 2021: Connectedness in a post-COVID world

Submission Deadline: 19th June 2021

Response date: 15th July 2021 (you will be notified if your submission is accepted by this date).

NOTE: Accepted presenters must register their attendance at IPCD by 10th September 2021 to be included in the final agenda.

Submissions are accepted through the portal below – if the link is not working for whatever reason, please go to 

For any other questions, please email 

General Information for Authors / Presenters

Submissions are sought for presentations, panel discussions and workshops on topics relevant to our conference theme. Topics that specifically cover the unique considerations of psychological practice in the GCC region are particularly welcome. 

High-quality papers in fields outside of psychology will be considered, so long as their application to psychological practice is made clear.

In all areas, the focus should be on research and knowledge relevant to professional practice. Where researchers are presenting primary research, please ensure that the practical/applied implications of the findings form the basis for the presentation.

All presentations should be knowledge-driven in nature and should not be used to simply promote or advertise any specific organisation or tool. Presenters should also bear in mind the digital format in which delivery will now take place. There are additional skills involved in presenting engaging online material – the IPCD committee will be offering supports, tips and advice for those presenters whose submissions are accepted.

Please note that the structure of the conference is that Friday 8th October will be conducted fully online, and will be comprised of presentations, panel discussions and keynote speakers. On Saturday 9th October, IPCD 2021 will host a series of in-person, half-day workshops, located at Heriot-Watt Dubai Campus in Knowledge Park, Dubai.  However, workshop presenters should keep in mind the possibility that the form of delivery may need to change to online, if social distancing restrictions in Dubai require this

Presentations (20-30 mins) – online, Friday 8th Oct 2021

Presenters should allow time for a brief, 5-minute Q&A following their presentation. Speakers are encouraged to make the talk engaging and interactive within the time allowed.

Panel Discussions (45-60 mins) – online, Friday 8th Oct 2021 

Panel discussions are interactive sessions where 2 or more practitioners discuss their perspectives on a particular issue, whilst managing discussion and input from the audience. Sessions may include a brief presentation if this enables audience participation.

Workshops (3 hours) – in-person, Saturday 9th Oct 2021

These workshops should involve practical training relevant to psychology professionals. This could include (but are not limited to) information about new or updated assessment tools; training or information about therapeutic techniques or interventions; skill development in areas relevant to delivery of psychological services.

Workshops may be provided by commercial organisations to promote a specific tool, but must include discussion of relevant evidence and evaluations. Workshops are not to be highly promotional in nature (i.e. a strong commercial emphasis) and should provide some learning outcomes that do not require initial purchase of the product. Evaluation of workshops proposals will focus on the inclusion of interactive or practical activities, so please ensure that this is highlighted in your description.

What to Submit

There are 3 (short) components to the IPCD 2021 abstract submission. Please see the ‘Resources’ page for examples of past submissions.


1. Abstract (max. 400 words)

  • A clear heading stating the proposed title, authors name(s) and affiliation(s), and the session category (presentation, workshop, or panel discussion).
  • The area of psychology your submission is relevant to. 
  • Please include a reference list if you cite any literature.
  • NOTE: Please make it clear how your topic relates to the conference theme. 
  • Workshops should also include a list of aims and/or learning outcomes for the practical aspect of the session.

2. Presenter’s Information (max. 300 words)

  • The primary presenter must include a brief biography. This should include educational qualifications (can be listed) and relevant indicators of expertise including publications, projects, awards or career highlights (as sentences).
  • The presenter will also be asked (in the submission portal) to include a contact email that can be published to delegates and printed in the proceedings.
  • Where relevant, affiliations and commercial interests should be declared.

3. Short Video Intro (for new speakers) (1 minute in length)

  • If you have previously presented at IPCD, then you do not need to complete this step.
  • Please record a brief introduction to you and your topic. Here are suggestions:
    • Name, area of work/interest, and a fun fact about yourself!
    • What is your topic, why is this important for practitioners to learn/know?
  • This can be recorded on an iPhone or any available device, or you can provide a link to an existing presentation recording (e.g. on YouTube, LinkedIn).
  • Language must be English.
  • The video will be used to review presenters’ ability to engage and energize a professional audience.

Once I’ve submitted my application, then what happens? 

Proposals will be reviewed and rated by a panel of practitioners in the relevant field. 

In mid-July, the review panel will be in contact with all applicants to inform them as to whether their submission was accepted.

 Accepted authors must complete registration by 10th September 2021 to be included in the final programme.

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