About International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH) Annual Conference Submissions

The International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH) invites abstract submissions for the 2020 Annual Conference in Asheville, North Carolina USA, to be held June 22–26, 2020. The conference theme is “2020: A Vision of Farm Safety and Health."

Focus and Scope for International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH) Annual Conference Submissions

ISASH encourages presentations on specific safety and health issues as they apply in agricultural settings. ISASH Issue Committees have expressed particular interest in presentations related to the topics listed below. However, abstracts on other topics will also be considered.  

  • Emerging Issues: new technologies, exposures, research methods and outreach concepts; effects of climate change, and effects of changes in agriculture and health policies on agricultural safety and health
  • Health Issues: respiratory, hearing, musculoskeletal, cancer, mental health, aging, access to health care, response to avian influenza
  • Safety Issues: injuries, cumulative trauma, ergonomics, machinery automation, presence sensing technology, guarding, prevention, intervention
  • Knowledge Mobilization: resource sharing, best practices for educational dissemination, metrics for evaluating programs, and use of online resources including National Ag Safety Database (NASD), and eXtension
  • Special Populations: fishing workforce, migrant workers, returning veterans in agricultural workplaces, farmers with disabilities, new/beginning farmers and workers, elderly farmers and workers, and children on the farm 
  • North Carolina Populations: abstracts with a focus on safety in military, fisheries, and forestry settings are especially welcome given North Carolina’s industrial base

Oral Presentation Categories

Oral Presentations

Oral presentations should report results from completed research or ongoing research (research in progress) or prevention activities (educational programs) that are pertinent to the ISASH audience. ISASH promotes the interaction between research and practice. Therefore, presenters are asked to describe how their findings apply to practice in the field. Oral presentations may describe local, regional, national, or international work. Presenters should follow accepted professional conference practices. This includes avoiding jargon; describing abbreviations of organizations, and using internationally recognized measurement units. The program committee will place oral presentations into breakout sessions with common themes. Presentation time is typically 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for discussion.

Panel/Roundtable Presentations

Authors may request a panel or roundtable session to discuss a broader topic that has particular importance for ISASH members. The Panel/Roundtable leader should submit one abstract for the session that explains the overall theme and lists all presenters involved in the presentation along with information regarding what each participant will be contributing. The duration of a Panel/Roundtable session is typically one hour. 

Educational Displays and Posters

Educational Displays

Educational displays are encouraged, highlighting a product or service that has interest/value for conference participants and ISASH members. Educational displays may be the appropriate format for organizations to present a product, service, demonstration, or item that should be demonstrated with samples or materials that could not be effectively presented in other formats. This category applies to public and private sector organizations. Vendors of commercial products like personal protective equipment should contact the organizing committee regarding display space.

Program Posters

This category encourages discussion of programs aiming to improve the health and safety in agriculture, forestry, and fishing. Programs could involve: education; information dissemination; communication; campaigns; delivery of occupational health services; producer and commodity group programs; agribusiness and insurance initiatives; child, youth, and school activities; programs for minorities and vulnerable populations; and other programs aiming to improve the safety and health of diverse populations.

Research Posters

This category encourages the presentation of results from completed research or ongoing research (research in progress) or prevention activities (educational programs) that are pertinent to the ISASH audience in a printed poster format. Posters are typically displayed throughout the conference and specific poster session times will be assigned in the program.

Submission Checklist

All abstracts are peer-reviewed by ISASH Professional Improvement Committee or experts selected by the committee.  The review uses the following criteria:

  1. Significance of the topic/problem to agriculture, forestry, and fishing 
  2. Innovation and novelty of the concept, method, program or intervention
  3. Contribution to science and/or practice in agricultural safety and health 
  4. Technical quality of the abstract including: writing style, language, and clarity of describing the need, purpose, objectives, methods, program/project features, findings, conclusions, and practical field applications

Copyright Notice

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International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH) Annual Conference Submissions allows the following licences for submission:

Publication Cycle

Abstract deadlines

  • Oral Presentations and Panel/Roundtable Presentations: March 3, 2020
  • Posters and Educational Displays: March 27, 2020

Oral presentation and panel/roundtable presentation received after the March 3, 2020 deadline will be considered as poster presentations.


Public Submissions

Peer Reviewed


Oral Presentation (Completed Research)


Oral Presentation (Ongoing Research)


Educational Display

Program Poster

Research Poster