Our Conference

Plan to attend the CAVEPM's annual conference in June 2020!

In the face of emerging diseases, outbreaks of known diseases and projected causal relationships, the story of who, what, when and where is often told first without data. Surveillance data provides the evidence base needed to inform action.

The annual CAVEPM conference will be hosted by the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) on the beautiful University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon, Sask.

In addition to the two-day CAVEPM conference (June 2-3), organizers plan to offer:

  • "Fundamentals of surveillance"
    One-day pre-conference workshop, June 1, 2020

  • "Supercharging surveillance: collection through communication"
    Three-day post-conference workshop, June 4-6, 2020

Details to follow.

Important Deadlines

  • November 15, 2019: Call for abstracts opens
  • January 20, 2020: Call for abstracts closes
  • February 14, 2020: Notifcation of abstract acceptance

Submit an Abstract

Submit an abstract for consideration to present your interesting work at CAVEPM 2020!

Presentations in any area of epidemiology are eligible, not only those in the area of the conference theme.

Work does not need to be research-based; epidemiologists working in applied areas are encouraged to submit presentations of work or programs, including program evaluation.

Students are also encouraged to submit presentations, including for work in progress or in the planning stages and will be eligible for awards. For award eligibility, proof of post-secondary school enrolment will be required.

We look forward to receiving your submission!


  • Friday, November 15, 2019: Call for abstracts opens
  • Monday, January 20, 2020: Call for abstracts closes
  • Friday, February 14, 2020: Researchers are notified of abstract acceptance


Please submit abstracts in English. 

  • Title
  • Authors and affiliations; please indicate presenting author and corresponding author (if different)
  • Structure:
    • Introduction
    • Material and methods
    • Results or anticipated results
    • Conclusions or anticipated important conclusions
  • 300-word limit excluding title, authors and affiliations
  • Please indicate desired presentation type:
    • Oral only
    • Oral or poster
    • Poster only
  • Please indicate if presenter is a student
  • For student presenters, please indicate if you are interested in being considered for student presentation (oral and poster) awards


Please submit your abstract as a Word document to: cavepm2020@usask.ca

Please put "Abstract submission" in the email subject line and label the abstract document with your last name.

You will be notified within three working days that your submission has been received.

Additional Information

Accepted abstracts for both oral and poster presentations will be published in an electronic format (PDF) on a flash drive, which will be distributed at the conference.

Presentations will be 12 minutes long with three minutes for questions. Presentations may be organized by topic areas selected by the organizing committee. Computers, projectors and laser pointers will be available for presenters.

In addition to regular poster displays by presenters at specified times, select posters may be given a one-minute presentation slot (using one to two PowerPoint slides) as part of the conference programme to encourage conference participants to visit posters.

Please note that presenting authors of accepted abstracts will receive further information with detailed instructions about the format of oral and poster presentations.

Presenting authors must register for the conference in order for the oral or poster presentation to be included in the program.

For poster presentations, any (registered) author of the accepted abstract may present. If substitutions are needed for oral presentations, the new presenter must also be registered for the conference and the organizing committee must be informed of the change as soon as possible.

Any inquiries can be directed to cavepm2020@usask.ca



Contact the CAVEPM annual conference planning committee