Call for Abstracts

Workshop and panel proposals are being accepted
until October 15, 2018

Review and selection will occur in early Fall. If you have any questions about the abstract process, please email General inquiries about the Opportunity Conference can be sent to

To learn more about the abstract process, click HERE for a PDF download.

To submit your proposal online, click HERE.

Presenter Calendar

July 2018 Call for Abstracts submission form online
August 2018 Conference registration opens
October 15, 2018 Deadline for submissions
Early October 2018 Submissions sent blind to reviewers
Late October 2018 Abstract Committee makes final recommendations
Early November 2018 Program Committee finalizes content
Early November 2018 Presenters notified and confirmed
December 1, 2018 Presenter conference registration due
February 1 2019 Conference program available
April 8-9, 2019 Conference

Submission Format
All abstracts are to be submitted via the online submission form. The form is available HERE.

Abstract Selection and Notification
The Abstract Committee will meet in late October to select abstracts and make recommendations regarding the conference sessions to the Program Committee. The Abstract Committee will review only based on content in a blind review process. The Program Committee makes final decisions based on the expert Abstract Committee as well as other factors (for example ensuring topic, subject and demographic diversity). The Program Committee will assign the time and date of presentation on the conference schedule.

If your abstract is accepted, you will be notified by email early November 2017 of your presentation date and time. This notice is sent to the contact person for each symposium. If the presentation has more than one presenter, the contact person is asked to share the information with the other presenter(s).

Nationally there are very few LGBTQ focused conferences and an even smaller number of those focus on health and health policies for LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS communities. Previous Opportunity Conferences offered rare opportunities for health providers and practitioners, researchers, and policy makers to come together to address the broad array of disparities experienced by the LGBTQ communities in the Midwest.