General Information on Abstracts and Posters – World Parkinson Congress


Are you new to scientific Congresses? Trying to understand what exactly an abstract is? 

An abstract for the WPC is a short (maximum of 2,500 characters) written description of the subject and contents of your proposed poster. An abstract is submitted for review, and serves as an application to present a poster at the WPC 2023. After you submit an abstract, it will be reviewed and graded by WPC leadership. A decision will be made whether or not it will make an appropriate poster for the WPC 2023. If it is selected, you will be notified via email and at that point will need to begin working on the actual poster itself deciding how to display your work.

Why abstracts to the WPC?

At the core of the WPC experience, since our first WPC in 2006, we encourage researchers to get out of their typical “silos” of research and to meet and speak to researchers and advocates in other spaces to help open their minds to new opportunities and new research priorities to further our understanding of Parkinson’s. The WPC makes ample space and time for abstract authors to have their work reviewed by attendees in person on site during the Congress, as well as during our Poster Tours in the evening and via our digital abstract book that we make available for free download via iOS Press in perpetuity. Our digital abstract books enjoy great exposure, with more than 7,000 copies being downloaded after each Congress. 
We do not digitize posters. We are old school and use poster boards and work to keep the posters up for as long as possible during the Congress so that authors have more time to share their work and answer questions. The exchanges that take place during the poster sessions, poster tours, and after the Hot Topics talks, are crucial to building unique collaborations and help to build relationships between researchers, clinicians, and advocates that is unique in the Parkinson’s community and has had a profound impact over the years. Read about some of the connections made at the WPC through abstracts.

What are the WPC Abstract categories?

WPC accepts abstracts in two main categories, SCIENTIFIC and LIVING WITH PD with many subtopics.

Scientific Abstracts* All topics relevant to PD from anyone currently doing research in the field. This includes but is not limited to research in basic & clinical sciences, best practices for care delivery, quality of life, and related themes. See examples of past abstracts by downloading: the Abstracts of the WPC 2013the Abstracts of the WPC 2016, or the Abstracts of WPC 2019See the full list of categories for submission

Living with Parkinson’s Abstracts* Topics detailing initiatives that make a positive difference in living with PD. Examples might include fundraising or awareness campaigns, appeals to change government policy, projects to elicit feedback on the current status of managing the condition, or programs designed to improve communications in the world of Parkinson’s. Individuals, teams, and organizations are encouraged to make submissions. See samples what people have submitted by downloading the Abstracts of the WPC 2013, the Abstracts of the WPC 2016, or the Abstracts of WPC 2019See the full list of categories for submission

A poster is a display, traditionally printed on paper, but sometimes these days printed on fabric for ease of carrying, that is created to display the subject matter of the written abstract to the public. Posters should quickly and efficiently communicate information. Posters allow viewers to study and restudy information and discuss it with the author one on one. 
A poster is not a personal story or journey. This is not time to tell your personal story of success, this is a place to share research or data of impactful programs and projects in the Parkinson’s space. Please review examples of abstracts from the section above What are the WPC Abstract categories? to get a sense of whether or not your idea would be a good fit for a WPC abstract.

If I want to submit an abstract, what is the submission process?

If you are an advocate, and/or new to research, we strongly encourage you to recruit a local health professional to help you think through your project and your abstract before submission. The abstract of your project should include an introduction, methods used to show the validity of your initiative or project, outcomes, etc. For example, do you have evidence that your program is bringing about change, such as a questionnaire or survey of patients affected by your program, or photos documenting change in health or posture before or after your program, or the results of your fundraising program? Maybe you hold town hall meetings with your political leaders and you can show that these communications are leading to behavior change. 

The whole point of abstracts is to show what you are doing in a succinct, professional setting allowing people to talk to you about your work and to offer a chance for an exchange of ideas and possible collaborations.

Designing your poster

Posters are simply large, vertical or horizontal posters, with the details of your abstract printed in a way that will explain your project. You are able, in the poster, to elaborate and add additional details to your project, but it all needs to be contained in one poster for easy digestion by the readers and should include the aspects you submitted in your abstract, but in an elaborated manner.

QR Codes (Quick Response Codes)
QR codes are two-dimensional matrix barcodes that can be encoded with information. The code must be scanned with an iPhone, Android or other camera-enabled Smartphone using a QR code reader application. You can link the code to digital content on the web. We will accept these codes on posters if you want to direct people to more information on your abstract’s data.