Otago Polytechnic

The Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, Otago Polytechnic, invites you to submit your abstract for Oral and/or Poster presentation at the online Exercise and Mental Health symposium on 3rd July 2020.



Abstracts must be submitted ONLINE in English according to the following abstract themes.

  1. Exercise and Mental Health research
  2. Exercise and Mental Health practice


  • Abstract Submission Deadline 5 June 2020
  • Author Notification Continuous*
  • Registration open (free online) 5 June 2020
    *Abstracts will be reviewed and announced to authors on a rolling basis until submission deadline

To submit abstract, please prepare the following information:

  • Presenting Author’s and Co-authors’ Details.
  • Full First and Family Name(s)
  • Affiliation Details: department, institution / hospital, city, state (if relevant), country, email address.
  • Abstract Title: limited to 25 words.
  • Abstract text: limited to 300 words, including acknowledgements.
  • Abstracts should clearly state: Background and Aims, Methods, Results, Conclusions
  • Use only standard abbreviations. Place special or unusual abbreviations in parentheses after the full word appear the first time.
  • Use generic names of drugs..
  • Abstract Themes: Please indicate if your abstract focus is either “research” or “practice”
  • Tables: A maximum of 3 tables/graphs/images can be included per abstract.
  • Abstract submissions should be sent to Richard.humphrey@op.ac.nz


  • Authors can submit up to 2 abstracts
  • Abstracts must be submitted and presented in clear English with accurate grammar and spelling of a quality suitable for publication online.
  • Abstracts must be received by the announced deadline (June 5 2020).


Disclosure of financial relationships that the author(s) may have with the manufacturer/supplier of any commercial products or services related to the work presented, should be indicated clearly at the start of the abstract.


Participants interested in presenting an oral or poster presentation are invited to submit an abstract. All abstracts will undergo peer-review by a review committee. The review committee will determine whether abstracts will be accepted as oral or poster presentations with consideration to be given to the author’s preference. Submitting authors will be notified via e-mail on a rolling basis regarding the status of their abstract acceptance.

Oral video presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes, unless prior agreement is negotiated with the review committee. Poster presentations will be available to view during the online symposium. Arrangements to submit completed video presentations will be communicated to authors whose abstracts have been accepted. Accepted videos will be broadcast at scheduled times throughout the symposium and contributing authors are asked to be available to respond to questions online (submitted via text box during the presentation) during their presentation.

After the symposium, the presentations will be publicly available and contributing presenters will receive a link to the recording of their session. The review committee reserves the right to withdraw a video if the quality is not sufficient or suitable for broadcast.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr Florence Kinnafick

Florence completed her undergraduate degree, BSc Sport Science and Psychology, at University of Southampton before gaining her MSc in Exercise and Health Science at University of Bristol in 2006. From there, she worked as a research assistant at UCL on the ESRC funded Millennium Cohort Study. She graduated from University of Birmingham in 2013 with a PhD before joining University of Northampton as Lecturer in Exercise Psychology from 2012-2016. She is now a psychology lecturer at Loughborough University.

Florence is a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Florence’s research employs both quantitative and qualitative methodologies to explore the social contextual and environmental determinants of physical activity behaviour change (long-term persistence, drop out and lapses). More specifically she has investigated who and what is perceived as a source of support for behaviour change. This has included facilitating increased quality of motivation using mobile technology and also investigating the effect of exercise intensity and the physical environment on psychological well-being. She has worked with various population groups including school aged youth, employees and mental health service users.


Published on 15 May 2020

Orderdate: 15 May 2020
Expiry: 21 Jun 2020