Call for Abstracts

The AAAM’s Scientific Program Committee (SPC) invites full paper abstracts for the 2020 64th Annual Scientific Conference for the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, describing original scientific work that cover that cover all aspects reflected in the Five Pillars of the United Nations (UN) Decade of Action (see Global Plan) and the Haddon Matrix (not limited to #1 Road Safety Management; #2 Safer Roads and mobility; #3 Safer Vehicles; #4 Safer Road Users and #5 Post-Crash Response). All fields of study addressing AAAM’s mission are encouraged to submit, including but not limited to: physicians, engineers, policymakers, psychologists, statisticians, sociologists, and other researchers.

The conference will be held in Portland, Oregon, USA at The Benson from October 13 – 16, 2020.

Scientific work may be reported in the following formats:

Submit Full Length Paper Abstract (Due January 2, 2020)
Short Communications – (Open in 2020, due April 10, 2020)
Posters (Open in 2020, Abstracts due April 10, 2020)
Student Research Symposium (Open in 2020, due April 10, 2020)

All accepted submissions (papers, short communications, and poster abstracts) will be published in a special issue of the journal Traffic Injury Prevention (TIP), the premier medline-listed journal for our field. Students accepted for a full-paper or Student Symposium presentation are eligible to receive complimentary registration to the conference and a travel stipend of up to $1,000. A limited number of travel awards for presenters of up to $1,000 USD are available to select presenters.

Fields of Interest: Physicians, Engineers, Policymakers, Psychologists, Statisticians, Sociologists, and other researchers are invited to submit work studying the prevention of injury in mobility and transportation. AAAM’s multidisciplinary thinking and approach is reflected in the Five Pillars of the United Nations (UN) Decade of Action and the Haddon Matrix.  All fields of study addressing AAAM’s mission are encouraged to submit. Submissions will be judged by the AAAM Scientific Program Committee (SPC) based on scientific merit, novelty of research findings, contribution to AAAM’s mission, and adherence to formatting requirements.

Instructions & Template Information for Full Paper Abstract

DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME OR AFFILIATION IN THE BODY OF YOUR ABSTRACT. The abstract process is anonymous. Please use the text fields on the submission site to submit an electronic abstract. Up to two images may be uploaded. Your abstract may not exceed 500 words.  Your abstract must include the following subheadings:

  • Research Question / Objective
  • Methods
  • Data Sources
  • Results
  • Significance of results

Example Areas of Study:

The Five Pillars of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety1

Road Safety Advocacy Infrastructure Safe Vehicles Road User Behavior Post-Crash Care

 The Haddon Matrix2

  Human Vehicle Social Environment Physical Environment
  • Driver Distraction
  • Fitness to drive
  • Driving and acute/chronic medical conditions
  • Automated Driving
  • Crash avoidance
  • Human factors in design
  • Enforcement actions
  • Alcohol/drug policy
  • Risk and Behavior
  • Roadway Design for safety
  • Infrastructure in developing countries
  • Protection of vulnerable road users
  • Pediatric, geriatric, and adult injury biomechanics
  • Biofidelity of anthropomorphic test devices
  • Crashworthiness
  • Restraints
  • Integrated safety
  • Injury mitigation for vulnerable road users
  • Seat belt use
  • Child restraint availability and use
  • Road barriers and medians in crash mitigation
  • Treatment outcomes
  • Automatic Crash Notification
  • Costs of traffic injury
  • Emergency response
  • Treatment and response in low- and middle-income countries
  1. Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.
  2. Williams, Allan F. (1999) The Haddon Matrix: its contribution to injury prevention and control. In McClure, Roderick (Ed.) Third National Conference on Injury Prevention and Control, 9-12 May 1999, Brisbane, Queensland.


Publications Schedule

Date Action
Mid-December Abstracts for full papers due
Mid-January SPC meeting, notification of invitation for full paper is sent shortly thereafter (within days)
Early March 1st draft of full papers due
Early to Mid-April 1st reviews back, provisional agenda set
Mid-April Short communication abstracts and poster abstracts due
Mid-April through Early July Review processes plays out with minimum two iterations
Early July All papers that will be in special issue are through revisions and onto publication at TIP with ~ 2.5 to 3 months to finalize before conference in October
October Annual meeting, papers are available in PDF format at minimum