Abstract Guidelines

General Abstract Guidelines


Word limit

The word limit for all Abstracts is 250 words – including citations but without reference list – written in APA format. These Guidelines are required for all abstracts. The maximum permitted length of the title is 130 characters (including spaces).

Important notice

All formats of the scientific program are open for research and applied submissions. All abstracts are to be submitted in English.

It is possible to submit individual presentations for the poster format, oral research presentations, Gimme 5 presentation and the Science Slam.
During the submission process for these formats, you will have to declare that in case of too many submissions (for the selected format), that you agree to present your submission in another format (e.g., poster instead of oral presentation).


Submissions are welcome on the following topics:

  • Sport and exercise psychology
  • Motor learning and development
  • Motor control
  • Other related topics

Submission is open for empirical, theoretical, quantitative and qualitative research, as well as submissions regarding methodological issues or practical applications.

Information regarding the different formats


Symposia presentations 

The Symposia consist of oral presentations from multiple speakers and cover a specific coherent topic relating to Sport and Exercise Psychology. The focus of the presentations can be theoretical, methodological, or applied.
Each symposium should consist of three to five presenters, representing at least three different countries and including male and female presenters. We recommend using our Facebook page in order to find collaborators for submission. The symposia are scheduled to be 90 minutes. A discussion contribution is recommended, but not mandatory. Several symposia regarding topics of high relevance for the field will also be invited by the organizers.
Submissions for symposia must be completed by the chair/convener of the symposium. Submissions must include a general abstract (description and significance of the topic, the purpose of the symposium, and an overview of each presentation – Max. 250 words). Additionally, submissions must include an individual abstract for each presentation.

All listed presenters have to be present during their symposium. Symposia chairs are expected to take charge of time management during the symposia and to allow sufficient time for questions and discussion with the audience.

Oral presentations 

You can submit abstracts for single contributions about recent research studies and results. These submissions will be reviewed, after which the most outstanding contributions will be incorporated into one of the 55 oral presentation sessions over eleven timeslots, with each session having their own specific topic. Presentations are to be structured into 12-minute talks and three minutes for discussion.


Poster presentations are the primary form of presentation and dissemination of scientific work. Five poster sessions will offer an outstanding forum for scientific exchange and discussions.
The poster format will be A0 (118.9 cm / 46.8” height x 84.1 cm / 31.1” width).

Gimme-5 format presentations 

As a relatively new format, we offer slots in one of three Gimme 5 sessions. Especially PhD students are encouraged to submit abstracts for this format, in which every presenter has five minutes to present a maximum of five Powerpoint slides. After each short presentation, a discussion of up to three minutes is added. Ten contributions are to be presented within one session.

Congress Workshops / Panel Discussion

Please submit your abstract using this category, if you are planning to present either a workshop, involving hands-on activities for participants OR if you plan to organise a Panel Discussion/Round Table Discussion focusing on a specific topic. In each case, you will have to upload a single abstract.

The congress workshops involve active participation through interactive discussions, demonstrations, and/or experiential learning through hands-on experiences for participants. Applied workshops offer opportunities for practitioners to share their professional practice strategies. Evidence-based workshops will be given priority. Research workshops can include, but are not limited to, research methods, ethics in research, theory or measurement development, grant writing and mentoring in scientific writing. 

All workshops are scheduled for 90-minute time slots. Individuals or groups of presenters can submit abstracts for this submission format.

In order for your workshop submission to be accepted please make sure to include the following information in your abstract:

  1. Clearly stated learning objectives for participants
  2. Specifics on the (interactive, hands-on) teaching methods and techniques used to achieve these learning objectives
  3. Details on materials that will be shared with the workshop participants on-site or following the session.

Abstracts submitted without this specific information relevant to an interactive learning experience are likely to be rejected or they might be re-assigned to a poster format.

Panel Discussions/Round Table Discussions bring together experts on a specific, relevant topic that share their experiences, intervention strategies, how they link theory and research… Bringing expert researchers and expert practitioners on a common topic together in a Panel Discussion would seem like an excellent opportunity for an audience to learn and engage in open dialogue in a scientist-practitioner framework. Those sessions would usually involve a discussant or moderator, to manage the session. 

The abstract for a Panel Discussion should clearly state, what topics will be discussed, various research findings and experiences that will be shared and key messages that might be highlighted as part of the discussion as well as what unique perspective or conribution each expert is bringing to the table.

The Science Slam will take place during the open evening session (Tuesday, 16 July). It offers funny and creative, but still informative and scientific presentations of up-to-date and original research. The science slam is a special form of oral presentation that reaches a broad audience.

In addition to the regular abstract submission, applicants have to upload (e.g,. in Youtube) a video of themselves presenting their contents within 180 sec. The link has to be added as part of the abstract submission. The six best applicants will be selected by a Science Slam Committee. All applicants must be aware, that they have to accept that the organizers will publish the application videos for the participants of the Congress. The best Science Slam contribution will be awarded a prize by the Congress host.

Several Pre-congress workshops will be offered on Monday 15 July 2019 at the FEPSAC Congress Venue.
Detailed information (organizers, program, schedule, registration, fee) can be found here.

Separate registration is required and open only to registered participants of the full FEPSAC Congress. The number of participants is limited to 30 participants per workshop. Overall, 5 to 6 pre-congress workshops will be offered. Due to scheduling, only one pre-congress workshop is available for each congress participant. The additional cost will be a fee of 60€ including lunch.

Two awards for young researchers will be handed out during the 15th FEPSAC Congress, one for oral presentations and one for poster presentations.
More information regarding the young researcher award can be found here.

General Congress policies

There is no limit on the number of abstract submissions that each member may submit. However, because of space limitations in the program, the Congress Planning Committee is allowed to change the format of the contribution.

An abstract can only be submitted one time. It is unethical to submit an abstract to two different submission types (e.g., oral presentation and poster).

All identified presenters on the abstract(s) must be certain that they will be attending the Congress, barring unforeseen emergencies.

All presenters must have paid the congress fee not later than June 1st 2019 (23:59 CET, Berlin) in order to ensure the abstract to be published in the online abstract book.

Fragmentation is discouraged. Reasonable exceptions (e.g., projects with multiple studies, multiple data collections) should be clearly stated in the abstract.