Thank you for showing interest in presenting at the International Congress of Behavioral Optometry to be held in Sydney Australia, 26 – 29 April, 2018.
The following is the formal “Call for Submissions” format that we would like you to adhere to and submit no later than 1 September 2017. You have the option to submit a Lecture Proposal or a Poster Proposal. Please note that the only people on the program with more than 45 minutes of lecture time will be invited Keynote speakers. We are trying to integrate all the presentations together as much as possible into themes that inter-relate.

We look forward to your submission.

Paul Harris
ICBO Education Committee Chair

Submission of Poster abstracts - ending 6 Dec

There is still time to submit your Poster abstract!  We just need an outline of your concept.  The finished poster is not due until shortly before the congress.  Submit your poster abstract today!

Abstract deadline dates

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts           15 September 2017
Deadline for Submission of Posters              6 December 2017

Authors Notified of Acceptance                    6 December 2017
Author Registration & Early Bird Deadline    22 January 2018

Summary of Abstract Submission Instructions

Please read through the submission instructions listed below before preparing your abstract:


Step 1: Read the General Policies and Requirements for the submission of abstracts.
Step 2: Write your abstract following the Abstract Format & Layout Guidelines.
Step 3: Check out the Themes for Submission

Step 4: Download the Abstract Template and insert/add your abstract text.
             Save as a .doc or .docx document to your computer.
             Please note that abstracts must not exceed the 300 word limit.
Step 5: Click on the link below to be directed to the online abstract submission portal.
             Create your author account and submit your abstract.

General Policies and Requirements

  • Abstracts will be accepted as oral (lecture) or poster presentations.

  • The presenting author will be required to register for the Congress in order to ensure their abstract(s) is included in the final program. Deadline for presenting author registration is 22 January 2018.

  • Abstracts must be original and must not have been published or presented at any other meeting prior to ICBO 2018.

  • An abstract must contain sufficient information so that if published it will be a complete report independent of presentation. The text should not contain statements alluding to results or conclusions not presented within the text.

  • All studies must have been approved by institutional committees on ethics of experimental and human investigations

  • Submission acknowledges consent to publication of the abstract on the Congress App or in the Congress printed materials.

  • Abstracts will be published in the Optometry & Visual Performance.

  • All submissions must be completed electronically via the online abstract submission portal. If you are unable to submit in this manner, please contact the Congress Managers at or phone: +61 2 9265 0700 for further information.

  • All abstracts must be prepared according to the guidelines provided. Abstracts will only be accepted and published if submitted using the supplied template.

  • Only one abstract is to be submitted by an individual.

Abstract Format and Layout Guidelines

  • Abstracts must be submitted in English.

  • Abstract title – limited to 50 words.

  • Abstracts body must not exceed the 300 word limit, including acknowledgements.

  • Your submitted abstract should include only the abstract body – not the title, authors or affiliations. Titles, authors and affiliations will automatically populate on the final abstract document based on the details entered into the relevant sections in the abstract submission site. Click here for the abstract template.

  • Font type must be Arial Font 11pt.

  • Use single line spacing.

  • Abstracts of research projects should clearly state:

    • Background and aims

    • Methods

    • Results

    • Conclusions

  • Abstracts of case reports should clearly state:

    • Patient’s symptoms

    • Findings, diagnosis

    • Treatments

    • Outcomes

  • Abstracts of diagnostic or therapeutic techniques should clearly describe:

    • The procedure

    • Its applications

    • Its unique or innovative characteristics.

  • No images or graphics should be used in the abstract body. These will be stripped out.

  • All formatting is preserved (italics, bold, superscripting, underlining) and symbol characters (i.e. ± , μ, ß) may be used.

  • Abstracts must be free of typographical and grammatical errors.

  • Standard abbreviations may be used for common terms only. All special or unusual abbreviations should be given in brackets after the first full use of the word. Abbreviations may be used in the title, provided the name in full is outlined in the body of the abstract.

  • Use generic names of drugs. Express numbers as numerals.

  • You will be asked to provide a short biography (up to 150 words) with your submission.

  • You will be asked to nominate your preferred presentation format; oral presentation, poster presentation

  • Do not include degrees or professional titles (e.g. Dr, Prof., etc).

  • Conflict of interest / disclosure: Work submitted for presentation must include an acknowledgement of funding sources of commercial nature and / or consulting or holding of significant equity in a company that could be affected by the results of the study.

Submitting a Poster

If a Poster is your thing, don't stress about submitting finalised artwork just yet.  At this stage, we are looking for an abstract of your idea, a description of the subject matter for the poster, and how it meets the educational theme.  Once we have closed submissions, we will let you know if your Poster application has been successful, and you can then finalise your artwork and make it look great for your big moment at ICBO 2018!

You have until December 6 to submit your poster abstract.

Themes for Submission

Authors must select one of the following educational themes to relate their abstract to.

1.  Evidence: Past, Present and Future

  • Codifying and documenting our current evidence base – a how to and outlining a methodology for this to happen.

  • Identifying gaps in our evidence vs. what we do clinically – what we do know and what do we know we don’t know.

  • Identifying future needs – what evidence do we need and how might we establish that evidence?

  • How might other professions help us with in all of this?


2.  Emerging Models of Practice

  • Technology – What technologies are needed to help us maximize the visual development of our patients and to establish a stronger foundation for our evidence base? (Note: some topics could include but not be limited to: specialty contact lenses, virtual and/or augmented reality therapy options, nutrition, colour/light/filters, special uses of prisms, etc.)

  • Are there different ways to deliver care than we currently have and if so, how do we support them?

    • School based

    • Inter-professional

    • Hospital

    • Third World

    • Other


3.  Children’s Vision

  • Making explicit the unique role of optometry in the realisation of what children can do with their lives.


4.  Exploring the Visual Process in Action or Practising What You Preach

  • Active VT exploration in large room break out format or workshop scenarios – think of ways you can have lots of people explore simultaneously.

  • How do we get ourselves to participate in that which we “preach” to our patients?

Notification of Acceptance

Notifications of acceptance and rejection will be sent via e-mail to the submitting author by 6 December 2017.

Selection Criteria

  • Each abstract will be reviewed for the following elements:

(1) scientific and clinical quality;

(2) broad appeal to the interests of the meeting attendees;

(3) multidisciplinary nature;

(4) timeliness of the topic.

  • Each complete submission received by 1 September 2017 will be independently peer-reviewed and rated on a blind evaluation basis.

  • Abstracts will be reviewed by the full ICBO Education committee made up of reviewers from around the world. The first round of review will be done using a blind-review process.

  • All submissions must be done through the online portal system.

Avoidance of Commercialism

  • All presentations must avoid commercialism. Presentations that constitute promotion and advertising will be prohibited. This specifically includes pervasive and inappropriate use of logos.

  • No advertising matter of any description may be distributed. No material may be displayed that in any way directly promotes the commercial interest of any particular company or enterprise, or of the author(s)/presenter(s).

  • If the cost of presentation has been underwritten to any extent, a clear acknowledgment stating support and identifying the particular source should be included (e.g., "The support of [name of corporation/institute] for this project is gratefully acknowledged.")


  • ALL accepted presenters/authors/speakers are required to register for the Congress, and are fully responsible for all of their expenses related to the Congress (e.g. registration, airfare, accommodation, meals).