Symposium submission

The Organizing Committee of the 7th International Self Determination Theory Conference 2019 invites you to submit an abstract for a symposium. A symposium is meant to bring together varied perspectives or an all-round perspective on an SDT topic. This includes involving the audience in an interactive discussion. The abstract must be submitted in English and all presentations must be given in English. There will be a total of 6 symposia in the conference program.

Please note the extended deadline: January 11, 2019! Abstracts arriving after this date will not be accepted! By submitting an abstract each presenter agrees to follow the General rules.

1. Symposium format and role of the chair

Time: 90 minutes; of which 15+3 (presentation + questions) minutes/speaker + 18 minutes Panel discussion

Speakers including chair: 4 (the chair is one of the speakers)

All speakers have to be from different institutes, also the chair will give a presentation.

Role of the chair:

  • Putting together the symposium topic and speakers
  • Writing and submitting the abstract/integrative statement
  • Ensuring that all speakers have registered for the conference
  • Leading the symposium at the conference and chairing the panel discussion
  • Giving a presentation himself/herself
  • Writing an integrative symposium statement

2. Choose one of the following broad categories for your abstract

1. Basic research topics in SDT

2. Applications of SDT

2.1. Within each category choose the relevant topic while submitting your abstract

During the submission process the submitting author will be asked to indicate the topic for his/her abstract from the following list:

1.10 Motivation and Self-Determination across Cultures

1.11 Nonconscious Process and Priming

1.12 Psychopathology

1.13 Relationships

1.14 Self and Self-Esteem

1.15 Vitality and Energy

1.16 Well-being and Eudaimonia


Applications of SDT

2.1 Education

2.2 Entertainment and Media (Virtual Environments and Video Games)

2.3 Nature and Environmental Sustainability

2.4 Health Care

2.5 Organizations and Work - Marketing


2.6 Organizations and Work - Mentoring

2.7 Psychotherapy and Counseling

2.8 Physical Activity and Exercise – Coaching

2.9 Physical Activity and Exercise - Physical Education

2.10 Technology

The author can choose only one category, but more topics if relevant. The Scientific Committee will decide the final topic for the abstract and club the presentation together with other presentations from the same topic to create a themed session during the conference.

3. Guidelines for abstracts

What details are required while submitting the abstract/integrative statement

  • Symposium title (limited to a maximum of 200 characters). Do NOT use CAPITAL letters for the title.
  • Please use Times New Roman 11 font and avoid using other fonts for special characters.
  • Contact details of the chair. family name, initial(s), institute, city, country.
  • Category and topic (to be chosen from a list) for classification of the symposium.
  • Integrative statement structure: Chairs are asked to indicate the core aims of the symposium and to indicate how the different contributions cumulatively build on each other and fit with these core aims.
  • Word Count: ≤400 words including references if any (excluding the title, authors, affiliations)
  • References: Maximum 2.
  • During submission of the integrative statement you will be asked to indicate if you prefer to present your work on Applied Day, 23rd May 2019.

4. Process of submission

  • Please note the extended deadline of January 11, 2019. Abstracts arriving after this date will not be accepted. 
  • You can work online on your abstract, save the data and come back to finish it later. However, once you have clicked on the ‘submit’ button, it is no longer possible to edit the information you have entered. The receipt of your abstract will be confirmed by email.
  • Abstracts should be submitted online via the online submission form provided below. Mandatory fields are marked with an asterisk (*).

5. Review process and criteria

The Scientific Committee will first review the abstracts of participants who submitted their abstract before November 30, 2018 and inform the chair of the symposium by December 21, 2018. The second review will take place in January and the chair who submitted the abstract after November 30, 2018 will receive a decision by February 13, 2019 in order to allow all presenters in the symposium sufficient time to register for the conference and make travel arrangements. All notifications will be sent to the e-mail address provided during the abstract submission process.

6. Registration

As chair you will be responsible to inform the presenters in your symposium to register for the conference before the deadline of the early registration February 28, 2019. Presenters not registered by this date will not be included in the scientific program.

7. Dissemination of abstracts

All accepted abstracts will be published on the conference website in the conference abstract book and will be available through a digital app during the conference.

8. Cancellation Policy

Please do not submit a symposium abstract if you are not confident that you will be able to attend the conference, organize the symposium and make the presentation. If your presentation has been accepted but extenuating circumstances prevent your attendance, we ask that you attempt to find another individual to make the presentation and notify us of this change as soon as possible at If cancellation becomes absolutely unavoidable, please contact us immediately at the aforementioned email address so we can remove your presentation from the conference program.

9. General rules

Abstract submission indicates acceptance of and compliance with the rules outlined below:
  • Submission of an abstract constitutes a commitment by the presenting author(s) to attend the conference and present the findings, i.e., that each one of the proposed participants has given his/her consent for the proposal and is committed to participate. If accepted, the presenting author(s) is required to pay all costs associated with the conference.
  • All authors have consented to be included as co-authors, have read and approved the abstract and its contents, and agree with the results stated, that all authors are acknowledged of and agree with the abstract submission rules, and permit the abstract, if accepted, to be published in the conference abstract book and on the conference website as submitted.
  • The submitting author of an abstract for oral or poster presentation is considered to be the presenting author.
  • Abstracts must be unbiased and conflicts of interest shall be disclosed. Papers that are written in a manner that promotes a company, service, or product will not be considered.