Dear Colleagues,
On behalf of the Scientific and the Organising Committees of the XX IAGP Congress, we officially invite you to participate and contribute actively at the upcoming congress:

“Rising Tides of Challenge and Hope – Healing Identity in Society, Groups and Individuals” in Malmö/Sweden: Pre-Congress on 31 July and Congress from 1- 4 August 2018
There is no need to submit proposals for the pre-congress.
Experienced professionals will be invited to create pre-congress workshops that will offer specific development or training in the field of group work, different modalities and applications, connected to the congress theme. Particular emphasis will be placed on presentations for young professionals and students but this emphasis is not exclusive.

The overall congress theme will unfold each day within the following key areas:
Challenges in a changing world
Gender roles revisited
Race and racialisation
Trauma and its aftermath

Although these themes may sound rather abstract, perhaps focussing mainly on theoretical ideas, we also want to strongly encourage proposals that trace the impact of these themes on our day-to-day clinical work illustrating how they emerge or impact in our everyday clinical work. 

We look forward and welcome proposals from everybody, and especially all IAGP Sections and Task Forces, with their special contributions to the field of group work theory and practice relating to the congress theme.

Proposal Types
Depending on the nature of the study or research, you may submit your proposal as one of the following types:

The authors conduct a 20 to 30-minute oral presentation followed by a 15 to 20-minute response by a discussant or discussants, who might be nominated by the presenting author or the Scientific Committee. The Session Chair provides a short summary no more than a 10-minutes and then concludes the session by encouraging a 30-minute open discussion with everybody present.

Paper Presentation
The authors prepare a 20-minute paper presentation on a topic of their choosing. The Scientific Committee will then choose two additional authors writing on a similar topic to form a 60-minute session where all three authors will present their work.  A 30-minute discussion with everybody will follow, coordinated by the Session Chair.

With the idea of combining both theoretical and experiential work, the authors are at liberty to choose the method of work and conduct a 90-minute session (discussion, exercise etc.) related to any of the congress themes. Workshops should encourage an open discussion on a particular topic and sharing of different thoughts and experiences.

Poster Presentation
Poster presentations are especially welcome to the congress, as they are a great opportunity to share case studies or any aspect of ongoing or completed research.

Pre-Conference Workshop
More experienced professionals are invited to create a pre-congress workshop that will offer specific development or training in the field of group work, different modalities and applications, connected to the congress theme. Particular emphasis will be placed on presentations for young professionals and students but this emphasis is not exclusive.

Daily On-going Small and Median Groups and Social Dreaming Matrices
If you wish to conduct one of these, you do not need to submit an abstract. Please send an email to with the following information:

  • Group - Small or Median 
  • Social Dreaming Matrix
  • Modality
  • Language

Abstract Guidelines
The abstract is limited to between 1500 and 1700 characters (approximately 200 words). The author should also select up to five keywords that describe the content of the abstract.

For paper presentations, symposia and workshops, the abstract should contain an overview of the session and answer the following questions: What is your contribution about?  What would you like participants to take from your contribution? How might you encourage this?

For poster presentations, the structure of the abstract can (but not necessarily) be divided into the following sections: Introduction, Results, Discussion, Conclusion.

In the case of acceptance, the main author of the proposal must attend the congress and present it in person. If the authors are unable to attend for some reason, they are obliged to inform the Organising Committee or the Congress Secretariat in a timely manner.
All abstracts must be submitted in English language, written using English UK spelling.  If you wish to conduct the presentation/workshop in another language than English, you will be asked after acceptance of your submission to send an abstract in the language of your session to be included in the abstract book.
The abstracts can only be submitted through the online submission platform on the congress website. Abstracts that are sent by e-mail to the congress organisers will not be included.

Important Notice
The Scientific Committee may change the type of author’s proposal (for example, from Symposium to paper presentation), depending on the number of submissions and the congress programme.

Dates to Remember
Candidates may submit their work until 28 February.
If the abstract is accepted for presentation, the authors will receive a notification of acceptance. 

Additional Information
All accepted abstracts will be included in the ‘Book of Abstracts’ that will be provided to all participants of the congress.
For any additional information, do not hesitate to visit the congress website: or contact The Congress Secretariat, Meetagain, either through the IAGP contact page, or directly through the congress website.