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Call for Papers and Contributions

Singing for Mental Health and Wellbeing
Spotlight on Children and Young People

2-day online conference

Friday 26 May 2023
Friday 30 June 2023
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Early Career Researchers (ECRs), established researchers, practitioner researchers and postgraduate students are invited to submit an abstract to present their work at this important online conference.

Aim of the conference

The aim of the conference is to offer a platform to emerging researchers and researcher practitioners alongside those who are professionally established. The event seeks to spotlight research and practice in Singing for Mental Health and Well-being with a focus on Children and Young People. This is supporting our aim to bridge research and practice and create opportunities for shared and accessible learning. This event is split into two themes:

  1. Innovations in practice from experienced and innovative practitioners/organisations with something of value to the sector.

  2. Research findings from projects led by practitioner-researchers, early career researchers or more established researchers.

Questions to consider:

  • What does your research add to the field of Singing for CYP? Contextualise your study within the wider context and trends.

  • Is there something innovative/novel in your research and/or practice?

  • What are you seeking to explore/change/discover?

  • Is there something innovative in your research design, underpinning theoretical framework or your practice that would be interesting to the sector?

  • Can you demonstrate that you have given consideration to limitations, including bias, sample size and generalisability?

  • Has your work gained significant recognition and therefore is worthy of sharing to a wider audience?

Submitting a Conference Abstract              

Presenting your research at a conference can be an effective way to introduce your work to colleagues, share your learning and hone your future research questions. Presenting at a conference is a great opportunity for gaining valuable feedback from a community of scholars/practitioners and for increasing your professional stature in your field.

Understanding your audience

Knowing your audience is critical for writing your abstract and planning your presentation. The conference has a target audience of practitioners, researchers and those involved in healthcare, perhaps as a Social Prescribing Link Worker or Mental Health professional.

Writing your conference abstract

To create a paper tailored to the conference, you might want to set everything aside and create a brand-new document.  You will also benefit from taking a fresh look at your research to align with the current context and the themes of the conference.

Outline your abstract using the following headings:

  • Outline your abstract using the following headings:

  • Highlight whether you are an established researcher or ECR/student

  • Conference category (practice or research)

Call for papers guidance table

If your research is a literature review, please use the following headings to structure your abstract:

  • Highlight whether you are an established researcher or ECR/student

  • Conference category

  • Aims of the research

  • Justification/Rationale

  • Literature review methodology

  • Literature review findings

  • Conclusions

  • Implications for practice – a strategy for embedding or sharing learning

  • References

The conference days take place online, so research presentations will be accepted from international participants.

Things to note:

  • We do not need to see end-notes or footnotes in abstracts.

  • The submissions will be anonymised before being sent to a team of peer reviewers.

  • Whilst we appreciate contributions to the two day conferences, we will ask presenters to pay 50% towards attending the full two-day event. 

Please submit your abstract of no more than 2 pages of A4 (not including references) to by 5pm (GMT), Thursday 6 April 2023.​ You will be notified by 5 May if you have been selected to present.

Our commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

We're committed to educating ourselves, addressing the barriers to equality, equity and diversity, and creating an inclusive environment. This matters to us because if we fail to reflect the wider society in all we do, we know we risk becoming less relevant, and too narrow in our focus, as well as denying giving everyone a voice who would like one, and we understand how people with different lived experience can enrich the work we do. So we're always looking for new ways to engage with communities we haven't connected with before, and welcome and encourage applications Black, Asian and ethnically diverse backgrounds, people with a lived experience of disability and people from LGBTQIA+ communities.

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