Twelfth International Conference on Health, Wellness & Society
University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg, South Africa
8–9 September 2022

Building Resilient Research Communities

To support the range of options, and flexibility needed in our current climate, we will offer a blended conference experience. You do not need to commit either to a place-based or virtual presentation at the time of submission. You can present both ways, or change your mode of the presentation if your preferences change. The choice to participate virtually could also be a moral decision – for the planet, for security, or when the financial burden of travel is too great. We aim to foster spaces that align with principles of social justice and community development.
This way we build for our Research Network Members flexible, and at the same time resilient, spaces for communication, engagement, and participation.

2022 Call for Papers

Founded in 2011, the Health, Wellness, & Society Research Network is brought together by a common concern in the fields of human health and wellness, and in particular their social interconnections and implications. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. As a Research Network, we are defined by our scope and concerns and motivated to build strategies for action framed by our shared themes and tension

The Twelfth International Conference on Health, Wellness, & Society calls for research addressing the following annual themes and special focus:

  • 2022 Special Focus—Government and Society Collaborations: Responding to Pandemics
  • Theme 1: The Physiology, Kinesiology, and Psychology of Wellness in its Social Context
  • Theme 2: Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
  • Theme 3: Public Health Policies and Practices
  • Theme 4: Health Promotion and Education

Benefits of Becoming a Presenter

Our mission is to provide a safe, sustainable, and accessible way for us to come together and interact as a Research Network. We are taking on these challenges by offering blended conference experience with session types explicitly designed to make the most of both online and in-person social knowledge processes.

1 Present to a Global Audience

We pride ourselves on the global diversity of our network members. Add your voice, in-person or online, by submitting a proposal today. You will need the following: presentation type, short/long descriptions, keywords, focus, themes, and biographical information.

Also remember, you do not need to commit either to a place-based or virtual presentation at the time of submission. You can present both ways, or change your mode of the presentation if your preferences change.

View our Step-by-Step Guide to submitting a presentation proposal.

2 Personalized Presentation Pages

The development team at the Common Ground Media Lab has been working tirelessly to create a next-generation web platform to support a robust blended conference experience.

All presenters are given personal Presenter Pages: Linked to profile page on CGScholar, displaying abstract summary, thematic connection to panelists and peers, ability to add digital media: video, sound, other files, for persistent discoverability and formal citation as a conference presentation.

For a full feature list, see our Presenters Page guide.

3 Publishing Opportunities

We are working to change the way in which knowledge is produced, validated, and shared within member-based Research Networks.

The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society and Book Imprint offer pathways to transform your presentation into formal research objects. We also support a number of affordable Open Access pathways to allow maximum flexibility to support principles of open research, in a sustainable manner.

Find out more about The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society and Book Imprint.

Participate with Audience Passes

Audience Passes are for those who want to benefit from the content, connect with presenters, and join the discussion -- in-person and online. You'll gain access to all headline presentations: welcome addresses, plenary addresses, and curated thematic content -- either live or from any place and in your own time. And you'll be able to participate in innovative blended formats -- Talking Circles, Garden Conversations -- using the best of in-person and online capacities, and on a human scale. All audience members will be recognized in the program for their participation.

Important Dates

We welcome the submission of proposals at any time of the year. The dates below serve as a guideline for proposal submission based on our corresponding registration deadlines. All proposals will be reviewed within two to four weeks of submission.

You do not need to commit either to a place-based or virtual presentation at the time of submission. You can present both ways, or change your mode of the presentation if your preferences change.

Proposal & Registration Dates

Proposal Deadlines

Advance Proposal Deadline 8 November 2021
Early Proposal Deadline 8 February 2022
Regular Proposal Deadline 8 June 2022
Late Proposal Deadline 8 August 2022

Registration Deadlines

Advance Registration Deadline 8 December 2021
Early Registration Deadline 8 March 2022
Regular Registration Deadline 8 August 2022
Late Registration Deadline 8 September 2022

Submit Your Proposal

Use the button below to submit a proposal for review.