Conferences - 2020

2020 SAVIR Conference


The 2020 Annual Conference will be held in Philadelphia April 27 - 29, 2020 at The Inn at Penn.

SAVIR Conference Submission Information


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SAVIR Conference Proposal Submission Site

The SAVIR conference plays a vital role in the dissemination of injury and violence prevention and safety promotion through cutting edge methods, research, practice, and policy. Gather your colleagues to submit a proposal for the 2020 SAVIR conference in Philadelphia April 27-29, 2020.

The theme of the SAVIR 2020 conference is:

Promoting Health Equity

through the Science of Injury and Violence Prevention 


Call for Proposals including Short CoursesTechnical Workshops, Topic Symposia, and Scientific Abstracts.

Short Courses are slated for 4 hours on Monday morning before the conference (and possibly Wednesday afternoon after the conference). It is usually taught by one or more instructors on a topic of interest to Injury and Violence Prevention researchers and practitioners with (optional) hands-on practice time for attendees. If selected, up to two instructors per short course will receive complimentary conference registration, though more instructors are allowed. Instructors will also receive standardized course evaluations after the conference. Accepted short courses will need to meet the minimum number of registrants to be offered at the conference.

Technical Workshops provide in-depth technical information about a topic relevant to injury and violence prevention researchers, preferably methodological (technical) in nature. Technical workshops will run concurrently with other 90-minute conference sessions.  If selected, one instructor per technical workshop will receive complimentary conference registration, though more instructors are allowed. Instructors will also receive standardized course evaluations after the conference.

Topic Symposia are designed to provide attendees with an in-depth discussion,  an interactive experience or both related to a specific topic or theme. Individual speakers (up to 5) should offer unique perspectives on a specific central theme, possibly followed by a moderated, interactive scientific exchange involving the audience.  Topic Symposia will run concurrently with other 90-minute conference sessions.  Topic Symposia may address broad topics, but submissions focused on the conference theme of “Promoting Health Equity through the Science of Injury and Violence Prevention” are especially encouraged.  Collaborations from varied disciplines or research groups/institutions are welcomed.  Presenters will not receive complimentary conference registration or course evaluations. 

Scientific Abstracts During this meeting we will highlight ways that scientists are approaching injury and violence prevention research as a means of understanding and mitigating the impact of differences in health across different populations. Authors are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts relevant to the meeting’s theme, but submissions relevant to all areas of injury and violence prevention and control are also encouraged. There are a number of different opportunities for presentation including flash science, oral, and poster sessions. All injury and violence prevention scientists are invited to submit abstracts to the general meeting. "Flash Science" presentations by students and early career scientists will be featured again this year. The flash science format challenges authors to present their research in a clear, concise yet provocative way and provides the audience with a small taste of what will be presented in the subsequent poster session. Click  HERE for the Abstract Submission Guidelines. Abstracts selected for the conference will be published in the BMJ Journal; please review the publishing license information HERE.

SAVIR welcomes proposals on diverse topics including sessions on design innovations, practice, policy, methods related to different injury and violence mechanisms, analytical strategies, advocacy, and theory. Click HERE for our Health Equity Guidelines for key definitions and guidelines to help guide you through your submission process.

SAVIR conferences have provided a unique forum for participants to learn, exchange, and build upon the disseminated ideas to improve health and safety. We want to reach out to potential participants from different backgrounds including but not limited to students, practitioners, policymakers, and researchers.

To create a login and submit a proposal, click here:

SAVIR Conference Proposal Submission Site




Short Course Proposals:

November 15, 2019

December 13, 2019

Technical Workshop Proposals:

November 15, 2019

December 13, 2019

Topic Symposium Proposals:

November 15, 2019

December 13, 2019

Scientific Abstracts:

December 2, 2019

January 15, 2020



If accepted for presentation, the presenting author(s) agree to present their proposal at the 2020 SAVIR Meeting.  The lead author and all collaborating speakers must register to attend the 2020 SAVIR Meeting.

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Commonly Asked Questions:

Can I be part of more than one proposal:

Yes, you can submit more than one proposal.


How well does the proposal need to be formulated?

A well-developed proposal with all the speakers in place is welcome and preferable. But, it will not hurt if you have a cutting edge idea with some speaker(s) and rest to join later. The committee will look at all proposals and might contact similar proposals to see if they want to or can work together. 


Sponsorship Information

Our meeting participants are experienced researchers and practitioners who use services, equipment, software, and supplies for their research and communities.  The SAVIR Annual Conference provides an excellent opportunity to reach this important group of public health experts that specialize in the areas of injury and violence prevention.

Sponsorship can provide your organization with access to key leaders and decision-makers in local, state, and federal injury and violence prevention agencies and institutions.  Benefits include:

  • Get exposure to the right people
  • Establish and strengthen relationships with states and communities
  • Put your organization in the spotlight

Complete 2020 SAVIR Sponsorship Information, including specific opportunities is now available.

For questions or sponsorship opportunities still available, contact the SAVIR office at or call 937.586.3702