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Abstract Guidelines

23rd World Congress on Safety and Health at Work

The 23rd World Congress on Safety and Health at Work will be held from 27 – 30 November 2023 at the International Convention Centre, Sydney. The 23rd World Congress is hosted by the International Labour Organization, the International Social Security Association and SafeWork NSW.  

The theme of the Congress is: Shaping change - collaborating for a healthier and safer world of work. 


Abstract Guidelines 

We welcome abstracts that demonstrate diverse and inclusive storytelling, perspective sharing, and highlight opportunities and learnings.  

Select if you would like to be considered for:

  • symposia (20-minute presentation with Q&A),
  • poster presentation (3-minute presentation),
  • other format (e.g. roundtable, speed thesis, case study)
  • all formats 

Submission of an abstract implies the commitment that you will attend the Congress in Sydney, Australia. Submission of an abstract does not constitute registration for the Congress.  

Abstracts must be submitted in English.  

Abstracts must not exceed 250 words.  

Submissions must include answers to three mandatory questions (50 words each – see questions at end of document) 

Abstracts must not have been previously submitted for other conferences. 

Abstracts must address at least one of the three key topics:  

  1. collaborating for a better future  
  2. a changing world of work  
  3. futureproofing against ongoing and re-emerging risks.  

Abstracts must be submitted through the abstract submission portal prior to the deadline.  

Submitted abstracts will be published on the Congress platform.  


Key dates  

Abstract submissions close 30 November 2022. 

Abstract notification will occur in April 2023. 

Abstracts may be amended any time prior to the deadline.  

Abstracts submitted after the deadline will not be accepted and will not be considered for the program.  


Selection criteria 

All abstracts will be reviewed by the Congress organisers with the following criteria:  

  • Alignment to theme/s  
  • Human-centred approach that relates to a human experience 
  • The perspective is clear, and either shares an unique individual perspective or multiple perspectives  
  • Demonstrated focus on prevention and positive change  
  • Shares practical examples, lessons, tools, or methods to enable action  


Abstract application form  

Title of abstract  

What format are you applying for? (select) 

  • Symposium (20-minute presentation with Q&A) 
  • Poster presentation (3-minute presentation)  
  • Other format (roundtable, thesis sprint, case study) 
  • All formats  
Which theme does your abstract align to (select):  
Collaborating for a better future 
  • Examples include but are not limited to: leading from the top, performance measures, governance (ESG), quality of work, organisation of work, safety culture, regulation and enforcement, workers compensation and prevention, application of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) regulation, Vision Zero 
A changing world of work  
  • Examples include but are not limited to: Future of work, technology driven change, gig economy, flexible / new ways of working (COVID impact), human-centred design and behavioural insights, mental health, fragmentation / casualisation of work, psychosocial factors at work, new work 
Futureproofing against ongoing and re-emerging risks  
  • Examples include but are not limited to: Supply chain, safety in design, high risk industries, workplace health and public health, ageing workforce, managing change in declining industries, experience of Indigenous Peoples, education and global skills training, biological hazards, occupational disease, climate change 

Please select 3 – 5 keywords to describe your abstract: (select from list)  

Abstract (250 words maximum) 

Question 1 (50 words maximum):
  • We want to hear about the human experience. Who is the centre of the story and how were they impacted?  
Question 2 (50 words maximum):
  • We want to hear from varied and unique perspectives. What perspectives are reflected in your abstract? (for example you might share your research or case studies or lived experience. What industry do you represent? What unique/diverse cultural approach can you share?) 
Question 3 (50 words maximum):
  • We want to learn from each other. What will your audience learn from your presentation? Are there practical examples, lessons, tools or methods, or other resources to enable action that participants can take away?  

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