Call for contributions

The Wennberg International Collaborative Spring Policy Meeting will showcase the healthcare system in Switzerland, highlighting key regional differences and ways to address challenges.

Within the parallel sessions, five topics will be addressed:

  • Regional Variation in Health Care
  • Incentives for Smarter Health Care
  • Bridging the gap between health care research and policy
  • Health Policy in Switzerland
  • Open health services research

The conference brings together Swiss and international healthcare experts, and links researchers and policy makers in the healthcare field. The conference organizers prefer discussions and interactive formats during the parallel sessions.


We would like to invite you to submit contributions to a parallel session that may follow the following formats:

These contributions will be presented as max. 10-minute talks followed by 5 minutes for discussion and questions and contain one of the following:
  1. An abstract on a scientific study that fits into any of the five topics of the conference
  2. A health care practice related project that fits into any of the five topics of the conference and that have relevance to the Swiss or another health care system
  3. A specific challenge in health care policy and a proposed solution that fits into any of the five topics of the conference
Half a parallel session or a full parallel session
These contributions may be planned for half a parallel session (45 minutes) or for a full parallel session (90 minutes):
  1. A debate of two people (e.g. a policy maker and a scientist) addressing a specific health care-related topic that fits into any of the five topics of the conference. The debate and the discussion with the audience will be moderated by the chair of the session
  2. An educational activity on methods for health services research

Rules of submission

The abstracts and proposals for sessions may be submitted in German, French or English, with English as preferred language for scientific studies. The language of some of the parallel sessions will be French or German, depending on the submissions. In submitting the abstracts the authors allow the organizers the right to publish the submission electronically or in printed form. A maximum of two abstracts and one session proposals as first author may be submitted.


The submission deadline for abstracts is December 18, 2017. Acknowledgement of receipt will be sent within 3 days. Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee of the conference and sorted according to subject for the parallel sessions. The authors will be notified about acceptance or rejection by February 5, 2018.

The abstract submission tool is only available in English (for organizational reasons).