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Call for abstracts

Scientific papers on topics related to the SIPS 2023 Conference themes are welcome for consideration as oral (data blitz, workshop or science slam) or poster presentations. All abstracts must be submitted electronically via the Submission page by December 15, 2022.

Important Dates:

October 15, 2022:

Call for abstracts opens

Early bird registration opens


  • December 15, 2022:
    Deadline to submit abstracts
  • January 15, 2023:
    Committee decision notifications sent via email
  • January 15, 2023:
    ECR summer school application deadline

Authors may select presentation formats and the specific plenary session (oral presentation) when submitting an abstract, including:

Poster Presentations

Accepted posters will be displayed online, which requires the author(s) to provide a PowerPoint slide of the poster.  

Oral Presentations

  • Data Blitz 
  • Workshop*
  • Science slam (only ECR)

*Contributions for the workshop should be submitted as individual contributions (presentation duration approx. 15min).
When submitting, thematically related contributions can be noted and referred to as such.
The scientific committee will then individually evaluate these contributions and compile them thematically appropriate.

Oral presentations will be selected and assigned to compliment specific panel sessions.

The Scientific Program Committee reviews all applications with a view toward the quality of the proposed scientific program. Abstracts may be rejected if they do not comply with the general concepts or requirements described in the guidelines below, or if they have low-quality scientific programs. While the Scientific Program Committee makes every effort to honor requests, due to space limitations, the committee cannot guarantee preferences.

Meeting Registration

All authors who will be attending the SIPS 2023 Conference must register online for the meeting and pay any applicable registration fees. The meeting registration site will open on October 15, 2022. 

The registration of at least one author is required for application acceptance and publication in the Conference Book.

SIPS Conference 2023 Registration
opens December 2022

Register here

Topics relevant to SIPS 2023 Conference include:

Computational and Psychological mechanisms underlying Placebo Effects

This plenary session will focus on processes in the brain as understood by a Bayesian and predictive coding framework. What are current developments in this field? How can placebo and expectation effects be understood in the context of predictive coding frameworks? And how do mind and body interact with each other during the processing of bodily homeostatic states, e.g. interception?


Animal Models

In this plenary session, speakers will give an overview over different animal models in relation to placebo and expectation research. Next to discussing the state-of-the-art and what the field should focus on in the future, talks will tackle limitations and advantages of certain animal models and their contribution to translational approaches.


Patient-Physician Interaction / Communication

What do we know about psychological and biological factors contributing to the relation of patient-clinician interaction? How can we measure and positively influence this interaction and how does it contribute to the efficacy of (placebo) treatments? This plenary combines basic with applied research to give insights into a fascinating emerging research field.


Social Aspects of Placebo Effects

The mechanisms underlying (social) observational learning will be the main focus of this plenary. While research in this field is just beginning to understand how observing others contributes to one’s own perception and behavior, speakers will also discuss what we can learn from other neighboring fields.

Placebos beyond the horizon (but not under control of the media)

The speakers of this plenary will go „outside of the box“ and tackle topics such as placebo and expectation effects in marketing, sports and pedagogy from different viewpoints and other fields, such as anthropology.


Placebo in Clinical Trials: Challenges and Future Avenues

This plenary session will focus on the challenges of placebo effects in RCTs. How do trials deal with these challenges? How can placebo effects be minimized and hormonized in RCTs to improve the assay sensitivity for new compounds and treatments? Do we actually have to rethink / revise our current approaches? Aspects like patient stratification, recruitment and selection will also be focus in this session.


Open-label Placebo – a critical evaluation

In this plenary session we want to contrast the opportunities that open-label placebo applications may offer to improve healthcare with a critical evaluation of limitations and potential risks of OLP treatments. Further, potential mechanisms underlying their effects on health outcomes and interindividual differences will be discussed.


Special Spotlight Session: Nocebo and Covid

During the times of the COVID-19-pandemic, negative expectation effects on the severity of symptoms, side effects and treatment outcomes are discussed more than ever. This session will highlight nocebo effects in the context of the Covid pandemic ranging from the vaccination trials to long covid and shed particular light on the role of media coverage in this time.

General submission information

  • An individual may be the first author on more than one abstract and may submit more than one abstract.
  • Authors must complete the entire abstract application for consideration.
  • The official SIPS 2023 Conference language is English; therefore abstracts need to be written in English
  • All completed and submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee using a “blind” selection process.
  • All information for first and all co-authors must be included in the submission.
  • Only abstracts completed by the posted deadline will be reviewed
  • All completed and submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee using a “blind” selection process.
  • Abstracts will be scored using the following criteria:
    • Thematic Relevance: Is it relevant to one or more of the SIPS 2023 themes and topics?
    • Quality of Content: Is the application understandable for people not familiar with the field?
    • Significance: Is the subject relevant for placebo research?
    • Originality: Does the proposal bring new perspectives, approaches or evidence on a particular subject?
  • All information for first and all co-authors must be included in the submission.
  • All authors will complete a conflict of interest (COI) form
  • Only abstracts completed by the posted deadline will be reviewed
  • Acceptance letters will be sent via e-mail. Relevant information about your abstract’s presentation including the presentation date, time, venue, presentation number will be included in the acceptance letters. The presenting author of the abstract must be registered for the Conference.
  • Accepted abstracts will be made available to all registered participants
  • All abstracts should acknowledge the source of funding that supported the work. Please note: Titles and co-authors cannot be changed/added/deleted after the abstract submission. Be certain your information is complete and correct upon abstract submission. All submitted abstracts are considered to be confidential. To maintain confidentiality, only members of the Scientific Committee will be permitted access to the abstracts.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts must be organized in the following format:

  • Background
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusions

Authors will:

  • Limit abstract narrative to 200 words.
  • Omit any table or illustration from abstract
  • Use only generic names of drugs when referring to pharmacological substances.

Abstracts will be not be accepted if they do not adhere to the ethical principles for clinical (human) and animal research.

Commercial Bias

  • All abstracts must be devoid of commercial bias. Trade names should not be used in referencing drugs, devices or instrumentation. Any medications or other substances referred to in the presentation material should be identified by their generic name or description.
  • After the submission is completed, the sender will receive a confirmation email to the address indicated at submission.

Author guidelines

As first author, you will:

  • be the main contact person for the abstract, 
  • assure all information for co-authors is submitted
  • assure co-authors are informed of all communications
  • ensure accuracy of content, spelling and author information, including listing order since abstracts are directly exported from the submission database for publication.

Please review your submission carefully to make sure that all appropriate data and all authors are listed and in the correct order.

No changes to body copy, data or authors will be accepted after the submission deadline of December 15, 2022.

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Recent updates as of 12/08/2022