Call for Abstract reviewers

The abstract submission for COTEC-ENOTHE 2020 Congress closes September 30th, 2019 and abstract reviewers are needed. Reviewing abstracts is a crucial part of preparing the Scientific Program of the conference, and your contribution would be much appreciated. As an abstract reviewer you will have the chance to ensure the scientific quality of content to be presented at the COTEC-ENOTHE 2020 Congress which will be held in Prague September 23-26, 2020.
Each abstract will be reviewed by two reviewers and each reviewer will have no more than 15 abstracts to review and score. Reviewers will evaluate the abstracts using a simple scoring system, for any of the oral presentations and poster presentations. ExOrdo will be the abstract handling tool used.
If you would be available for abstract reviewing, please fill in the nomination form through this link .
Should you wish to hear more about the reviewing, please contact before September 20th, 2019.
The selected reviewers will be notified by 28th September at the latest.

The AAATE 2019 Conference

The AAATE 2019 Conference in Bologna is approaching fast and most of the programme elements are already online (

Members of COTEC benefit from the reduced AAATE member fee, which is 520€ for the full 3-day participation and 290€ for a 1-day pass.

Of particular interest to COTEC members are probably the 6 educational sessions targeting AT professionals (OT’s, FT’s, Teachers, Educators, etc.):

Overall, the scientific committee has selected more than 200 scientific contributions in virtually all areas of Assistive Technology, including also 7 policy sessions, and 14 companies and research labs will showcase their products and prototypes in the innovation area. With already more than 270 registered participants from 43 different countries around the globe, the AAATE conference is rapidly on its way to be THE GLOBAL #AT CONFERENCE of 2019.

There are also some very interesting pre-conference activities, which might be of interest:

  • Unlocking human potential – High level meeting between AT stakeholders (27/08/2019 h. 15.00 -19.00) 40 Euro per person

  • Visit to INAIL Centro protesi (27/08/2019 h. 9.00-14.30) 20 Euro per person including transport and light lunch

  • Workshop at the premises of EON: Virtual/Augmented Reality and Social Robotics in the Assistive Technology domain (27/08/2019, h. 9.00 – 14.30) 40 Euro per person including transport and light lunch

  • General Assembly of the International Alliance of AT Organisations (27/08/2019, h. 10.00 – 12.00) Free of charge.

  • AAATE SIG Standardisation workshop (27/08/2019, h. 12.00 – 14.00) 10 Euro (light lunch included)

  • Social dinner (29/08/2019, h. 20.30)     45 Euro per person

  • Guided City/University Tour (28/08/2019 h. 19-20.30)   10 Euro per person

  • Evening dinner on a wine farm, including transportation (30/8/2019)      50 Euro per person

More information about these events can be found at:

Please use this link for registration:

Inga-Britt Lindström Grant Award 2019

The Swedish Association of Occupational Therapists has established a grant award in the name of Inga-Britt Lindström, who has been the president of the organization in 1970-2008. We invite applications from foreign occupational therapists and occupational therapy students. The grant is offered to individuals or teams from countries where occupational therapy is under development and countries listed as low- or lower-middle-income economics, according to the World Bank List.

The maximum amount of the grant is 10 000 Swedish Kronor (about USD 980) per year.

Application form and instructions are available on website:

Application closes on October 1, 2019.

Submit your Abstract for the 2ND COTEC-ENOTHE CONGRESS 2020

The conference theme ‘Occupational Therapy Europe – building resilience in individuals, communities and countries’ reflects the increasing prevalence of resilience in many aspects of society.

From an individual perspective, resilience can be seen as the ability for an individual to overcome trauma or a major life-changing event while maintaining a defined, stable trajectory of healthy functioning. Overcoming an event could be shown in emotional, cognitive-behavioural, social and or physical resilience. This could be measured by an individual’s maintaining his or her life roles and occupational demands.

Community resilience is a process linking a set of adaptive capacities to a positive trajectory of functioning and adaptation after a disturbance, where a positive trajectory manifests in improved community wellbeing. As such, community resilience is focussed on improving community wellbeing in both the short and longer term, which emphasises the active and future-oriented nature of community resilience. This active nature of community resilience means that it encompasses community actions and community processes”.

National resilience addresses the issue of society’s sustainability and strength in several diverse realms. Four main social components have been attributed to national resilience: patriotism, optimism, social integration, and trust in political and public institutions.

Although as above it could be defined differently in the context of individuals, families, societies and cultures, we could see it as an umbrella term describing the range of personal protective factors, environmental supports and resources, as well as self-regulatory processes, engaged in response to adversity.

Resilience building has always been a part of occupational therapy practice but might not always be recognised or named as such. Occupational therapy has a lot to add to the art and science of resilience and to how individuals, families and communities can improve their abilities to adapt and respond positively to life stressors.

We welcome abstract submissions that represent the understanding of resilience from an occupational therapy perspective, as well as those that present resilience models and its challenges from an interdisciplinary point of view.

We invite you to submit an abstract for oral, poster or workshop presentations. The closing date is September 30, 2019, so submit your abstract from April 15, 2019.

Simply read the full guideline for authors and submit your abstract, via Exordo.

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