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How to make a difference? Choosing the topic of an abstract

 
How to make a difference? Choosing the topic of an abstract
by - Saturday, 9 January 2016, 11:57 AM
 

In module 2 we discuss the importance of offering added value with your abstract. To share new insights and new knowledge with your colleagues. Perhaps easier said than done. Feel free to use this forum thread to share your views and experiences in this. 

Questions? You are also welcome to ask them here and see who may have answers.

Alexei Ceban
Re: How to make a difference? Choosing the topic of an abstract
by Alexei Ceban - Friday, 15 January 2016, 4:56 PM
 

Dear Arnold,

How can i choose the topic for abstract? I can choose what i like or i must to choose from a list?

Thank you

Re: How to make a difference? Choosing the topic of an abstract
by - Friday, 15 January 2016, 11:55 PM
 

Dear Alexei, 

The choice of the topic of your abstract is entirely up to you. Perhaps you have already some ideas from your current research. As was suggested in the module 'make a difference', the topic should lead to a message that adds new value to public health knowledge. In my view, that is the most fundamental, and often difficult decision. Do you have some topics in mind already?

VALENTINA DI GREGORI
Re: How to make a difference? Choosing the topic of an abstract
by VALENTINA DI GREGORI - Saturday, 16 January 2016, 10:34 PM
 

Dear All

I found this module very interesting. Even though I know the rules, as you probably do I found the exercises a good practice . Don't give anything for granted ....

Thanks again


For what concern the topic I believe I will raise the topic of my last university dissertation. Though cases were a few I believe that from a public health perspective, especially from infection control, the topic of Corynebacteria Non Diptheriae is hardly investigated.What do you think Arnold?


Valentina Di Gregori


Re: How to make a difference? Choosing the topic of an abstract
by - Thursday, 21 January 2016, 5:25 PM
 

Dear Valentina

Indeed there is not so much published in the public health on Corynebacteria non-diphteriae, as compared to other pathogens. As the exercise in module 2 showed, searching PubMed will be a good first step to get a sense of the volume of published evidence available. A more difficult question is about finding the 'added value'. As Yvan mentions in his presentation in the module, sometimes this added value becomes apparent only as time passes. Having discussions such as this with other colleagues (in your office, or online) will also help in your choice.

Therefore I am happy with your question and this discussion online.

Giuseppe Noce
Re: How to make a difference? Choosing the topic of an abstract
by Giuseppe Noce - Thursday, 21 January 2016, 4:42 PM
 

Dear All

My studies  are on use of GIS with System Dynamics. I wish to elaborate a topic on this item but i think that my paper does not add value perhaps could make a difference

Re: How to make a difference? Choosing the topic of an abstract
by - Thursday, 21 January 2016, 6:10 PM
 

Dear Giuseppe,

It is always difficult to predict if an article will make a difference or not. Usually, only time will tell. What can help in advance is to analyse online what has already been written about the topic. PubMed is a valuable source for this. In addition, discussions with colleagues can help a lot. At the office or online.

I am interested to hear what particular aspects of GIS with system dynamics interests you, what and why you would like to share with peers through an abstract.

Giuseppe Noce
Re: How to make a difference? Choosing the topic of an abstract
by Giuseppe Noce - Tuesday, 26 January 2016, 2:09 PM
 

Dear Arnold


I followed your suggestion. On PubMed I found only 3 paper on "System Dynamics" and GIS. However I found other papers on System Dynamics Society website. Now, I have about 10 papers on this subject. One of those papers is a master thesis.

I am thinking to write an abstract to review what are written about "System Dynamics" and GIS.

A question, if I do not finish my written until 31 January, is it possible to send my paper later ? 

Giuseppe

Diogo Marques
Re: How to make a difference? Choosing the topic of an abstract
by Diogo Marques - Thursday, 21 January 2016, 2:46 PM
 

Hi Arnold,

Very interesting point. I have two questions: 1) Does the topic have to be related to a research project or could be related to another project e.g. setting up a new surveillance system? ; 2) If we do about one of our EPIET projects, would it still be ok to submit to a conference at a later stage, e.g. ESCAIDE?

Thank you, Diogo

Re: How to make a difference? Choosing the topic of an abstract
by - Thursday, 21 January 2016, 5:13 PM
 

Dear Diogo

Thanks for the questions. The topic is completely up to you to choose and does not have to be restricted to research. 

If you choose one of the projects from your training programme, then that is fine: this course is intended for peer review. Sharing your assignment will remain here in the course: it will not automatically be published. All participants to this course have agreed with the legal notice and code of conduct of EVA, which means your copyrights must be respected.

I have asked the heads of EPIET and EUPHEM about this, and they confirm that it is OK to share your draft abstract as an assignment here in the EVA course.

VALENTINA DI GREGORI
Re: How to make a difference? Choosing the topic of an abstract
by VALENTINA DI GREGORI - Wednesday, 27 January 2016, 11:56 PM
 

Hello Arnold, Diogo and Giuseppe

I am really enjoying this discussion..interesting topics are coming up.

Though I did not have much time these past days to assign to my abstract I already know that there's only a few outbreak investigation of Corynebacteria already published, and just one inside a hospital in Rome.The other papers were especially related to MALDITOF diagnostics and field outbreaks.(one in Poland, one in France)


What type of surveillance system Diogo?Is it informative system based or personnel based?

Could we suggest reviewers for our abstracts within the group?

I would like to ask you some reminder during the week for assignments..please..I am traveling a lot in these weeks.

Thank you

Valentina Di Gregori

Elena Rota Nodari
Re: How to make a difference? Choosing the topic of an abstract
by Elena Rota Nodari - Thursday, 28 January 2016, 3:09 PM
 

Good afternoon!

I'd have a question regarding the topic of the abstract: is it necessary the presence of an epidemiological study in it or it isn't mandatory?

I have a study on going regarding the development of a diagnostic tool in veterinary virology, might be ok to present the abstract of that?

Many thanks!

Elena

Re: How to make a difference? Choosing the topic of an abstract
by - Thursday, 28 January 2016, 5:27 PM
 

Hello Elena, thank you for the good question !

The topic of your submission is completely free. As long as it fits with the objective of scientific abstract writing, then it does not matter if it is about epidemiology or not. As long as you can communicate on the results / findings of a scientific work, then it will be suitable.