Call for Submissions 2023

Thank you for your interest - the NNN Conference 2023 has now closed for new submissions and we have now entered the Submission Review Period.

The Annual NNN Conference has always been a common ground for NTDs professionals to come together and create new paradigms to beat NTDs. Every year, the NNN looks at issues and concerns within the NTD community, best highlighted by its members, to devise a comprehensive theme for the conference to stand on. 

The theme for the 2023 NNN Conference is "Reaching new frontiers - powering a new generation of leadership and cross-sectoral collaborations to end NTDs." The theme reflects NNN's commitment to cross-sectoral collaborations and partnerships centering endemic voices in the fight against NTDs. It stands on the pillars of the WHO NTD road map and also forms the basis of our sub-themes.

We invite you to submit proposals for the 2023 NNN Conference workshops and rapid-fire sessions.

  • 90 Minute workshop sessions - There are 12 workshop sessions each lasting 90 minutes, organised in three parallel sessions over the course of the three-day conference.
  • Rapid fire presentations - The rapid fire presentation will consist of a 9 - 12 minute presentation followed by a Q&A session in either PPT or video format, eg., videos may showcase community voices, best practices, or impact storytelling.

Workshop submissions that are not selected for the conference may be considered for a rapid fire session, if suitable. 

Before submitting your proposal, please take a moment to review the following guidance:

  • A selection committee will consider proposed workshop submissions that most closely align with the 2023 NNN Conference theme and the strategic objectives of the NNN.
  • The Conference Committee has carefully curated a programme and considered sub-themes that are of interest to the NNN community and is inviting submissions for both workshops and rapid fire presentations in the following sub-themes:
Please note whilst we have offered several examples for each sub-theme, these are not restrictive and are only for guidance, we encourage you to be creative and explore different topics and ideas.
Sub-theme Examples may include but are not limited to:
Addressing social determinants of health
  • Socio-economic factors that affect health outcomes
  • Gender equality social inclusion

Advancing health equity for hard-to-reach

communities (to include gender, disability, refugees, IDPs)

  • Health care access
  • Social justice
  • Acceptance & utilisation of health services
  • Geo-political impacts on health
Building evidence for action
  • Research fed programme design & implementation
  • Operational research in programmatic settings
Communication / Advocacy
  • Health promotion & prevention
  • Community based approaches to health promotion & disease prevention
  • Communications & advocacy for health promotion
Cross-sectoral streams
  • WASH, One Health, education, agriculture, nutrition, child-health
  • Vector management in NTDs and other vector borne diseases
  • Economics of health
Health systems strengthening & capacity building
  • Country ownership & sustainability
  • Health information systems
  • Systems approach to NTDs
  • Domestic financing
Mental health, NTDs and quality of life
  • Stigma, inclusion and wellbeing
  • Disease management & disability inclusion
  • Livelihoods & economic recovery
Technological innovation & solutions
  • New technological advances - Data management & use
  • New interventions tools & diagnostics


Submission selection

The NNN Workshop Review Committee will select workshop submissions using the following criteria:

  1. Relevance to multiple NTDs: the workshop should provide learning relevant to multiple NTDs or share best practice/evidence of cross sectoral collaboration of NTD with other areas of health; disease specific workshops and presentations should be framed explicitly to enable lessons to be applied to other diseases.
  2. Clear objectives: the proposal should have clear learning objectives and demonstrate how the structure of the workshop will achieve those objectives.
  3. Quality of proposal: the proposal should include a clear background on the issue/s to be discussed, rationale for conducting a workshop (including how the workshop will build on previous discussions), and explanation on how the workshop conclusions will be followed up by the organisers.
  4. Innovation: the workshop should bring or share ideas that can be replicated, highlight new learnings, tools, knowledge, samples of best practice or innovation to the conference. 
  5. Interaction and participation: the workshop should be structured to encourage a broad range of audience participation. Workshops containing only presentations or panels with no audience interaction are less likely to be selected.  
  6. Diversity of speakers / facilitators / panellists: the workshop should involve a range of participants across multiple organisations,with an emphasis of engagement and participation of youth in the workshop, including speakers from NTD endemic countries; across genders; or persons affected by NTDs. Proposals that do not include a wide range of representation across these criteria will not be considered.
  7. In-person workshop leader: the workshop must be facilitated by at least one person who will be in attendance in-person in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.  In addition, it is strongly recommended for the Workshop Lead to attend much as possible.

While there are no limits to the number of workshops you can propose, during the submission process we ask you to prioritise your submissions to maximise the number of individuals and organisations able to host a workshop. Please note that all participants in your workshop, including any speakers, moderators and rapporteurs must register to have access to the NNN Conference rooms, and therefore participate in the workshop.

The Rapid Fire Submissions will also be considered based on a selection of the above Review Criteria with a focus on diversity across the Rapid Fire Sessions:

  1. Relevance to multiple NTDs
  2. Clear objectives
  3. Quality of proposal
  4. Innovation

Key dates

  • Workshop and Rapid Fire submissions must be sent no later than EXTENDED Friday 5th May 23:00 EST
  • Successful proposals will be notified by email by Friday 2nd June 2023.
  • Once successful applicants have been notified, they will be sent an editable Google document to develop and complete for Workshop Logistics and Workshop Agenda. We ask that this is completed in time for the information to be uploaded onto the system by Friday 14th July 2023.
  • A secondary deadline of Friday 1st September 2023, for selected submissions will give you two weeks to check the online platform, finalise your speakers and make any final amendments before the information is taken for the posters that will be produced for your workshop.