The theme of the conference is “Moving Respite Forward”

Authors are invited to submit abstracts to the conference. Abstracts should be submitted through the abstract submission form. All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by referees.

Submission guidelines
Abstracts must be written in English or any of the Scandinavian languages.

The abstract title should be in initial capital case and then lower case, not all capitals.
Authors’ names should be supplied as asked for in the abstract registration form.
All affiliations should contain institution, city and country.
Abstract text
Sub-headings e.g. Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusion etc. may be included.

Abstract text should not exceed 400 words.
Table and figures in abstract are not allowed.

You can select preferred presentation

  • Oral
  • Poster

Keywords if applicable.

Length of a presentation
2 presentations in a workshop.
The slot available for each paper is 30 minutes: 30 for the paper presentation + 15 minutes of QT

Poster size 91″ x 44.75″

Important dates

  • Abstract submission
    – August 1, 2019

  • Registration opens
    – August 1, 2019

  • Deadline for abstracts
    – September 30, 2019

  • Abstract notification
    – December 1, 2019

Abstract submission is now closed

Conference Theme: Moving Respite Forward
With this conference we want to bring together people with personal experience of short breaks/respite, family members, carers, providers, professionals and all individuals with fresh ideas in order to find new opportunities and explore ways to co-create personalized services that benefit various groups of people. We want to discover the endless opportunities that lie in co-creation through different perspectives from all over the world and various fields.

Conference Aims

  • To meet – families, colleagues, friends and gain new friends
  • To share – our vision, enthusiasm and knowledge with others
  • To co-create – to exchange experiences between participants from different backgrounds and create exciting solutions to the challenges of short breaks/respite care

Who Would Attend
People with personal experience of, or interest in short breaks/respite, social and health service professionals, families, providers, policy makers and educators are invited to come together to share information, experience and best practice of short break/respite care throughout the world.

Call for Presentations and Papers
Presentations and workshops are invited that explore the following key concepts with moving respite forward in mind. Presenters are encouraged to use visual presentations, such as videos, documentaries and examples that relate to the field of short breaks/respite.

  • Research
  • Practical implementation
  • Future of short breaks / respite
  • Unusual solutions
  • Success stories
  • Innovation


ISBA has respect for the people that dedicate their time to examine the field and bring interesting data. Any research in the field that might benefit people with personal experience, carers and providers is welcome. We would particularly welcome research that relates to our themes.

Practical Implementation
ISBA wants the conference guests to leave the conference excited and ready for action.
What tools do you have that can facilitate the development and the implementation of new policies, ideas or improvements?

The Future – Going Forward
ISBA aims to contribute to the best possible development of short breaks/respite internationally.
Future of providers’ need – or future of short break or fuller life.
How can we help people live fuller lives?
What will short breaks/respite look like in the future?
What steps must we take today to evolve our practice?
How will different trends in the future affect short break/respite care?
Opportunities for innovation and growth. How can we use co-creation in future contexts?

Unusual Solutions
ISBA’s conference guests love to be swept off their feet and to hear about creative and unusual short breaks/respite.
What opportunities can be created for people with personal experience and families?

 Success Stories
ISBA has found from past conferences that personal stories tend to leave the strongest impressions.
Stories about interesting ways to support carers and providers.
Stories from people with personal experience of short breaks/respite
Stories of practical implementation of policies, new ideas and results of research.

Any kind of innovation in the field of short breaks/respite.

What is ISBA looking for?

Workshops and/or presentations

  • Which encourage delegates to discuss and participate
  • That provide fresh ideas to common problems and challenges
  • That inspire creative thinking
  • That facilitate implementation of change
  • That offer evidence of effective outcomes

You can send more than one workshop proposal but please use a separate form for each proposal. We will provide you with a workshop host and support with any audio visual needs, e.g. Power Point. The host will introduce the presenter(s) and manage the time.

The conference is hosted in English and translation will not be available. Presenters are asked to respect that this is an international conference with participants from all corners of the globe and adjust the speed and vocabulary used in their presentations to accommodate different levels of English knowledge.

ISBA Policy on Workshop Presenter Conference Fee
All presenters are required to pay the conference fee

Need Assistance?
For further information drop an email to resident committee member Sigurbjörg Fjölnisdóttir who will explain the support that will be available to any presenter.

If the lead presenter is being assisted by a colleague, professional associate or beneficiary (service user or unpaid carer) who are not registered as delegates, the assistant can attend the conference for the duration of the presentation with no additional fee.

If any of the presenters need to be accompanied by their personal assistant, there is no additional fee for the personal assistant.

To notify your interest of presenting at ISBA 2018 please complete the attached workshop proposal form.