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Abstract information

An abstract is short but powerful statement that succinctly describes a research project, policy or programme. It should contain the scope, purpose, results and contents of the work, and is an original summary of the larger report. It provides reviewers with enough information to evaluate quality, interest and innovation i.e. why is the research important; what problem does it address; methods used; results and implications for the field and key words. Please see the SVRI Forum abstract submissions page for more information.

Abstract submissions will open on 4th October 2023 and will close on 19 February 2024 at midnight SAST. Please see the SVRI Forum abstract submissions page for more information.

We are using Oxford Abstracts that will auto-acknowledge the receipt of your abstract. If you do not receive an acknowledgement within one week, please send an email to so we can verify if your submission has been received.

If the study is in the beginning phase you are advised not to submit, however, if your study is currently ongoing and you only have preliminary data, but it seems relevant or significant, please submit the abstract.

Yes, absolutely. The SVRI encourages practitioners to submit and attend the Forum. We welcome practice-based knowledge abstracts and have adapted the submission and abstract review forms to allow for these types of abstracts.

Please see the SVRI Forum abstract submissions page for more information. Abstract submissions will open on 4th October 2023. For more guidance for submitters on the Oxford Abstract system, click here.

You will be able to modify your abstract before the abstract submission deadline. No modifications will be possible after the submission deadline. If you need to make any modifications after the deadline on19 February 2024, please contact us at

All submissions will be anonymously reviewed by the abstract review committee. Each abstract is submitted for peer review by members of the abstract review committee. Each abstract is anonymously adjudicated by at least two members of the committee.

Dates for notification of acceptance or rejection to the submitting author will be announced in April/May 2024.


Registration will open on 4th October 2023. Please see the SVRI Forum registration page for more information or join the SVRI newsletter for updates and news about the Forum.

The registration for SVRI Forum 2024 includes entry to all main conference sessions from 21 – 25 October 2024, teas and lunches for the duration of the conference, exhibition viewing, and conference materials. Registration for pre-conference workshops is at an additional cost. Please see the SVRI Forum registration page for more information.

No, your attendance is not confirmed until payment has been received in full.

Yes. Please contact Mandy Salomo at and copy to discuss group rates and registration.

Yes. Please see the SVRI Forum registration page for more information.

We strongly suggest that you register ahead of time as space is limited. Our ability to offer onsite registration is fully dependent on capacity.

Refunds are subject to terms and conditions. Cancellations must be sent in writing to the events management team. Please write to Mandy Salomo at


Bursaries are funding dependent and more on criteria can be read on the Bursaries page. Please note that priority will be given to applicants from low- and middle-income countries. Please join the SVRI newsletter for updates and news about Forum bursaries.

Please send an email with the subject “Declining bursary” so that we can allocate the bursary to others who may not have funding.

General questions

No, you don’t have to be an SVRI member to participate in the Forum. We would however welcome your membership. Please join the SVRI network here.

All the SVRI Forum sessions will be in English. We generally provide translation services in Spanish and French if funding allows.

Please see the Exhibitor page for more information on costs and how to apply.

International delegates will need a tourist visa to visit South Africa. Please see more on our Visa information page.


An invitation letter to help you with your visa application will be provided once you have paid for your registration to attend the conference.

You can email your questions to we will respond as soon as we can.

Sponsorship and Partnership Opportunities

If you would like to partner with the SVRI Forum 2024, please contact us for more on sponsorship and partnership opportunities.

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