The 2020 SHIFT Festival, which will be held Oct. 14-16 in Jackson, WY, will advance the economic and practical applications of nature as a social determinant of health.

As part of the gathering, a poster session will showcase basic and applied research that examines the effects of nature contact, outdoor recreation, and time outside on the mind and body. 

Led by Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar, Director of The Envirome Insitute at the University of Louisville, and Dr. Terry Horton, Associate Professor of Research in the Department of Anthropology at Northwestern University, the “Evidence for Action” (E4A) Steering Committee will evaluate and select abstracts for the poster session.

The authors of accepted abstracts will be notified of acceptance by September 1, 2020, and invited to participate in the 2020 SHIFT Festival.

We welcome abstracts that contribute to the evidence base. Deadline for submission is May 15.

Please note:
It is the author’s responsibility to submit an accurate and scientifically-credible abstract. Accepted abstracts will be published on the SHIFT website as presented. Please proof read your abstract carefully for errors in spelling, grammar, or scientific facts.

N.B.: presenting authors of accepted abstracts will be required to register for The SHIFT Festival. Information on registration will be made available here when registration opens in August.

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* 1. Presenting Author Information

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* 2. What organization do you represent?

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* 4. Co-Author Information
For up to three co-authors, please use this format:  A.B. Doe, C.D. Smith, and E.F. Jones. For three or more co-authors please use A.B. Doe, C.D. Smith, E.F. Jones, et al.

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* 5. Help us categorize your abstract by selecting the terms that describe your abstract's Type of Research.

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* 6. Research Domain (Select up to 3 from A & B Combined)

A. Domains as described by Frumkin et al. 2017 Environmental Health Perspectives 125(7):075001, DOI 10.1289/EHP1663. 

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* B.  Domains associated with coupled human and natural systems (e.g. the National Science Foundation’s initiative on the Dynamics of Integrated Human and Natural Systems Program Solicitation NSF19-528

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* 7. Title of Abstract


  • Abstracts must be written in plain English and understandable by a general audience.
  • Abstracts should be no longer than 450 words and should not include citations.
  • Abstracts should contain information on the following:
    • background
    • description of the research methods
    • results
    • a summary statement
  • All abstracts must be submitted as PDFs using Arial font size 10 and single line spacing.
  • Abstract should only include the abstract title and text.
  • Type “Abstract” at the start of the main text
  • Indent the first line
  • Include keywords 
  • Use figures or diagrams in your abstract

All abstracts will be reviewed by the E4A Steering Committee.

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* 8. Please upload your abstract here:

PDF, DOC, DOCX, PNG, JPG, JPEG file types only.
Choose File

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* 9. All abstracts will be made available to SHIFT attendees on the Whova meeting app.

If your poster is accepted, would you like your abstract to be featured on the SHIFT resource webpage (an additional presence on the SHIFT website that will be searchable on the internet)?

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* 10. If your abstract is accepted for presentation, would you be available to present your work as part of the poster session? 

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* 10. If your abstract is accepted for presentation, would you be interested in participating in additional programming regarding the evidence for nature as a social determinant of health?

N.B.: Acceptance of abstracts does not guarantee participation in programming above and beyond the poster session.

Poster Notes:
Authors of accepted abstracts will be provided with an easel and backing board (dimensions: 36" tall by 48" wide) on which to display their research.

What's provided:
  • 5 foot tall easel 
  • 48"x 36" cardboard backing for a poster or paper 
  • Ample space to display your work
  • A group of passionate researchers, policy makers, and organizational leaders ready to hear your work!

What's not provided:
  • A printed copy of your poster
  • Registration fees for the SHIFT Festival (discounted rate provided for accepted authors)

If you are selected and wish to participate, you will need to:
  • Register for the full, 3-day conference (a discounted rate will be provided to the authors of accepted abstracts).
  • Make and cover the cost of your travel and lodging arrangements.
If these requirements would prevent you from submitting an abstract, or for questions or more information, please contact SHIFT Director Christian Beckwith at
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