Young Researchers Forum

Deadline for submission to this track:

Tuesday 25th June 2019 (ACM published) or Tuesday 9th July 2019 (non-ACM published)

**EXTENSION** – Poster presentations (non-ACM published) extended deadline to Friday 23rd August 2019

Notification of outcome to authors: Oral presenters will be notified on Tuesday 20th August 2019; Poster presenters will be notified week beginning Monday 26th August 2019

Camera-ready deadline (for ACM published): Friday 20th September 2019


The Young Researchers Forum (YRF) is an exciting pre-conference event especially for postgraduate students (MPH, MSc, MRes, PhD etc.) and their supervisors, whose research relates to health. It has been specifically designed to provide students with the opportunity to present their work in a friendly, supportive forum and to receive feedback from mentors and peers. 

The YRF event for 2019 is jointly organised by the DPH, the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region and the European Public Health Association.

ASPHER is the key independent European organisation dedicated to strengthening the role of public health by improving education and training of public health professionals for both practice and research. EUPHA is an umbrella organisation for public health organisations and associations in Europe.

The event for 2019 is a merge of the YRF day traditionally organised by ASPHER and EUPHA as part of the EPH conference and the PhD Track day, previously held as part of the DPH conference.


This year’s event has a ‘Digital Health’ theme but we warmly welcome submissions outside of this too.

When is it taking place?

YRF will be taking place on Wednesday 20th November 2019 before the main DPH 2019 and EPH conferences open.

Submission format

This year’s event brings together audiences from digital health and applied public health. In recognition of this, we are welcoming submissions spanning these disciplines and offering you the chance to showcase your work to a wide audience of researchers, academics, practitioners and policymakers.

In order to submit to the YRF event, the lead author and presenter of the submission must be a student. 

There are two options for submission:

ACM Published

If your work has a technical focus (e.g. Computer Science, Data Science can opt to publish your submission with the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) proceedings. You can submit your work for presentation as either an oral presentation or a poster presentation but you will need to follow the guidance below to ensure you submit your work in the correct format.

Non-ACM Published

Alternatively, if your work has a practical focus (e.g. healthcare application or systems etc.) you can submit your work for presentation as either an oral presentation or a poster presentation but your submission will not be published in the ACM proceedings. You will need to follow the guidance below to ensure you submit your work in the correct format. Note: This option is also open to technical authors who would prefer not to publish their work in ACM proceedings.

Submission guidelines

ACM Published

You are invited to submit a progress report (max. 1,000 words) or an abstract for a poster presentation (max. 500 words) clearly outlining your project, its novelty and significance, and provide at least one result from ongoing work. Your submission should indicate the qualification for which you are currently studying for (e.g. MPH, MSc, PhD). 

All submissions must:

  • be written in English;
  • contain author names, affiliations, and email addresses;
  • conform to the DPH conference publication policies;
  • be formatted according to the ACM SigConf Proceedings template with a font size no smaller than 9pt – Click here to download the template available in both MS Word and LaTeX format
  • be in PDF (make sure that the PDF can be viewed on any platform), and formatted for US Letter size

Do consider submitting a full paper, poster or demo to the DPH Main Track or EPH conference, if your project is sufficiently advanced!

Non-ACM Published

You are invited to submit an abstract for either an oral or a poster presentation (1,000 words for oral; 500 word for poster presentation) clearly outlining your project, its novelty and significance, and provide at least one result from ongoing work. Your abstract should be structured according to EPH submission guidance.

How to submit

All submissions to this track must be made via the online system. You will be prompted to create an ‘EasyChair’ account on your first visit if you do not already have one. Submissions must be submitted in the required format – see guidelines above.

Review process

Submissions will be reviewed by the YRF review panel and assessed on a number of criteria including written quality, scientific contribution, originality, suitability for the conference scope and overall quality. Each submission is reviewed by at least two members of the panel according to the reviewing criteria. From time to time panel members may feel that a particular submission lends itself to a different format to that which is proposed, and in these cases, authors will be invited to consider an alternative format. Authors will be notified of the outcome via email, by Tuesday 20th August (oral presenters) or week beginning Monday 26th August (poster presenters).

Publication of your work

Work with a technical focus, submitted in the correct format (see guidelines above), by the June 25th deadline and accepted by the YRF review panel will be published in the ACM Digital Public Health 2019 proceedings*. Authors selected for publication must ensure they submit their final paper by the Camera-ready deadline of 20th September 2019. You will be contacted with further information on how to prepare your paper for publication, following the review period.

Inclusion in the conference programme

Successful oral presentations will be allocated a 14-minute (timing dependent on programming) presentation within the YRF programme in which to present their work. This includes 7-minutes for presentation and 7-minutes for audience questions. Successful poster presentations will be invited to prepare their Poster for display during the conference. Posters will be on display throughout the YRF event with scheduled poster sessions to take place during coffee breaks.


You can register to attend the YRF here via the EPH Conference website. All presenters must register. Registration is free but the number of registrations is strictly limited so don’t delay!

We warmly welcome you to enjoy the full DPH conference after the YRF event. Registration for DPH 2019 conference can also be booked via the EPH conference website, and includes:

  • Free entrance to the YRF day on 20th November
  • Access to the 3-day DPH and EPH conference (21st – 23rd November)
  • Ticket to the DPH Gala Dinner on the evening of Thursday 21st Nov
  • Conference bag
  • Printed DPH programme book
  • Online access to the Abstract Supplement of the European Journal of Public Health and to the DPH 2019 ACM Proceedings
  • Buffet lunches, refreshments and much more!

Can I just attend the YRF, and not present?

Absolutely! Not everyone attending the YRF is required to present their work. Attend the YRF and you can enjoy hearing about exciting research from our speakers, view poster presentations, participate in interesting discussions and talks on career mentoring and much more.

Important information

*It is the authors’ responsibility to ensure that their submission adheres strictly to the required format most relevant for their work. Authors submitting their work for ACM publication should ensure their submission complies with DPH publication policies. Submissions that do not comply with the guidelines may be rejected without review. Work submitted for ACM publication after the June 25th deadline will be reviewed as a non-ACM submission. Any work of four pages or more that has been accepted for a journal or conference after peer reviewing, constitutes previous publication and will be considered as self-plagiarism and will influence the review panel’s assessment of the submission’s novelty and relevance. All presenters (oral and poster) are expected to register. Failure to do so may result in authors and their work being removed from the proceedings and programme.