Submission guidelines

The European Association for Research on Adolescence (EARA) invites submissions for the 15th Biennial Conference in La Barrosa, Andalusia, Spain, under the theme:
“¿Qué será, será? Adolescent Research into the Future: Visions and Challenges”.
The aim of the conference is to bring together a multidisciplinary and internationally diverse network of scholars to explore advances in the study of adolescents and young adults.
The suggested topics include, though not exclusively: young people and their social groups, developmental transitions, social institutions, risk, deviance and the law, mental and physical health, leisure, identity, gender roles, minorities, technology, sports, cross-cultural differences, interventions, and relevant and innovative research methods.
We expect to receive a much greater number of proposals than we will be able to accommodate in the programme. All proposals will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee and given a rating. In order to arrive at that rating, the committee will emphasize the relevance of the topic, the methodological stringency if applicable, originality, level of inter-disciplinarity and international diversity. If quality is judged equal, and a selection has to be made, submissions by EARA members will be prioritised.
•Deadline for abstract submission: March 31, 2016
•Notification of acceptance of abstracts: April 30, 2016
•Deadline for early registration: May 15, 2016
The following submissions are called for:

  1. Symposia

    A symposium lasts 90 minutes and consists of either 4 papers and a discussant, who summarises and comments on the papers, or 5 papers without a discussant. Each paper is given 15 minutes (which will be strictly observed). There should be at least 15 minutes for general discussion. The submissions for a symposium should include a summary, outlining the common elements of the papers, and a short description of each paper, containing titles, authors, affiliation of presenting author, research question, description of methods and implications. A reference list is not required. The outline should not exceed 1000 words.

  2. Discussion Sessions

    A discussion session lasts 90 minutes, and is meant to be an exchange of ideas. The moderator should prepare a series of questions which will be discussed by up to 4 panellists of his/her choice. There should NOT be any individual presentations of research findings, but a discussion of issues related to theory, methods, practice, the future of adolescent research, inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural co-operation. The use of Power Point slides is not appropriate. Each session will be allocated 60 minutes for discussion among the panellists and 30 minutes for discussion with the audience. Submissions for Discussion Sessions should include a proposal of no more than 500 words that describes the topic and rationale for the session, at least three discussion questions to be addressed by the panellists, and a brief description of the background and expertise of the participants.

  3. Individual Papers

    Individual Paper proposals are grouped into symposia of 4 – 5 papers. Each paper is given 15 minutes (which will be strictly observed). Each symposium lasts 90 minutes, which should allow at least 15 minutes of general discussion. Submissions for paper presentations should include a proposal of no more than 500 words, containing the following: name and affiliation of authors, title, introduction to the research question(s), description of methods, results, brief discussion and implications. A reference list is not required.

  4. Posters

    Poster sessions last half a day, and the author is expected to be at her/his poster for questions at least during the coffee break. Posters are presented in an area well visible to anyone entering the conference venue.

    Poster size is expected to be about A0 (841 x 1189 mm or 33.1 x 46.8 in)

    Submissions for poster presentations should include a proposal of no more than 500 words, containing the following: name and affiliation of authors, title, introduction to the research question(s), description of methods, results, brief discussion and implications. A reference list is not required.

SECNet Best Poster Award

The SECNet Committee is affiliated to the European Association for Research on Adolescence. It comprises doctoral students, post-doctoral researchers, and young assistant professors who are members of the EARA and, thus, share their interests for the study of adolescence. Everything you need to know about who we are, what we do, and what our objectives are can be found on our webpage .
Three SECNet Best Poster Awards will be granted to doctoral students at the 15th EARA Conference that will take place in La Barrosa.

Who can apply?
Doctoral students presenting a poster at the EARA conference. In order to apply, doctoral students must be also EARA members.
How to apply?
Doctoral students can apply for the SECNet Best Poster Award by submitting their poster at the EARA Conference. On the submission form they must specify “I wish to apply for the SECNet Best Poster Awards”.
When to apply?
The deadline for submitting the poster and applying for the award is March 31, 2016, and after the poster is accepted, it needs to be mailed to SECnet before September 8th, 2016.
How are the posters evaluated? The posters will be evaluated by a committee of three judges (Wim Meeus, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, Peter Noack, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany and Rita Žukauskienė, Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania), which is chaired by Elisabetta Crocetti (Utrecht University, the Netherlands) and Katharina Eckstein (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany).
The committee will evaluate the posters with regard to originality and creativity, quality of the research, and quality of the presentation. Each applicant will receive the evaluation of his/her own poster with suggestions for improvement.
What is the award?
Winners will be announced during the EARA conference assembly and will receive an award certificate and a free extension of their EARA membership for two additional years.

For all submissions, please use the online submission form.